Estate And Antique Engagement Rings

The classic styles of antique engagement rings from the late 19th and early 20th century continue to be popular today. Some are simple, and others have intricate carving and filigree. Vintage rings are handed down through the family, or purchased through a jeweler. Their history adds another layer of meaning to your proposal.

Antique and Estate Rings

Many antique engagement rings contain antique-style diamond cuts. Rose-cut diamonds have a flat base and facets that come to a point at the top, forming a dome shape. Old mine-cut diamonds and European-cut diamonds are ancestors of the modern brilliant cut, but may not have the same sparkle as new diamond engagement rings. If you choose to propose with a vintage ring, buy from a reputable seller, and ask for an appraisal that includes information such as metal content and diamond cut, clarity, color and carat weight.

If you want a more brilliant diamond, consider purchasing a new diamond and placing it in an antique setting. Or choose a reproduction of an antique ring, which has a vintage feel. Reproductions have clean, bright stones and are often sturdier than vintage rings, as they’re not affected by wear or damage.

Antique Engagement Ring Styles

Depending on the time period in which they were made, antique engagement rings can have a variety of different looks. Victorian rings often had yellow gold and stones such as garnets and pearls. The Edwardian era (early 1900s) introduced the use of platinum with fancy florals and scrollwork. Art Deco rings (1930s and 1940s) tended to include geometric shapes in both settings and stone cuts. Carved settings of many of these antique styles make the center diamonds appear larger, which can result in a lower price.

Heirloom Engagement Rings

Some men may wish to propose with a ring that has been handed down in the family. These rings have special meaning and ensure your fianc