Today we’re going to be talking about a subject very near and dear to my heart: antique engagement rings. I promise you many pretty pictures.
Without further ado:
1. The fact that they’re one in a million.
One of my favorite things about my own antique engagement ring is the knowledge that nobody else in the world has a ring exactly like mine. It was hand engraved 100 years ago, and it’s entirely unique.
The ring above is Art Deco diamonds in platinum, like mine is, and it was even made in the same year as mine (1930) but it’s completely its own entity.
2. The thrill of the hunt.
Each antique engagement ring you look at brings you closer to The One. Will this one be it? Or perhaps the next? It’s waiting for you.
3. The unexpected details.
One of my very favorite things about antique engagement rings is how thoroughly adorned they are. Each way you turn an antique ring, you find a new detail.
Take this one: the luscious Old Mine center diamond is held in a platinum trellis of millegrain openwork details sprinkled with smaller diamonds, a pattern which gives way to a geometrically engraved ring shank.
4. Old diamonds.
Older diamonds aren’t like modern diamonds. Their broader, less precise cuts are designed to come to life in candlelight, flickering softly with iridescence rather than sparkling as brightly as possible with clinically exact faceting.
Old diamonds are less perfect, softer; they come to life in romantic corners and the gentler rays of twilight.
5. The sense of history.
Some of these timeless beauties have already been around for 100 years. Maybe they’ve gone from finger to finger, visiting parties and symbolizing birthdays and engagements, or maybe they’ve been waiting quietly for you in a box – you may never even know. Either way, what an honor it is to be a link in the chain of one of these beautiful pieces’ histories.
As Elizabeth Taylor said of her jewelry:
“I’m here to take care of it and to love it, for we are only temporary custodians of beauty.”
6. Bragging rights.
Repeat after me: “Thank you so much! It’s an antique.”
Feels good, doesn’t it?
7. The heirloom potential.
Antique engagement rings are heirlooms looking to find families. A treasure like this has been passed down to you from history – if you make an antique engagement ring your own, it can become part of your family’s future.
8. The personality.
Antique rings have charisma. They have the tiny, often almost imperceptible imperfections that come from being made by hand. Their platinum has that rich, satin-ey patina that no method can recreate. They’re infused with the glory of life lived.
9. The fact that they’re ridiculously beautiful.
Do you require additional convincing on this point? Please click here for further proof.
10. Because you deserve a ring that is perfect for you.
A lot of engagement rings are pretty – that’s their job. The challenge is finding the one that feels like it was made exactly for you; the one that fits your personality when you’re dolled up for a night out or when you’re watching Netflix on your couch in yoga pants.
With the incredible variety of antique engagement rings – and their wonderful variety of details and features – there’s sure to be one exactly right ring out there waiting for you somewhere.
PS: Already have an antique engagement ring? Me too. Thankfully, we have 9 other fingers. #treatyoself
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nitin pareek says
thanks for the information
Nitin pareek says
very beautiful ring we just loved your collection
Thank you very much!
EY SHOPP says
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It’s always a risk to buy jewelry from new sellers on places like Amazon, or from stores who rely on very obvious spam comments to promote themselves. I don’t recommend buying from Eyshopp or even clicking on that link. It does not sound trustworthy.
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Gaurav Kurti says
I like the look of no.9 image ring. It is a really beautiful ring for my girlfriend’s finger. Can you tell me or provide me with the link of this product? So, I can buy this item for my girlfriend on this Christmas festival. Thanks for writing such an informational article with me.
It’s so beautiful, isn’t it?? This ring is from Estate Diamond Jewelry. Here is their website: https://www.estatediamondjewelry.com/
Beautiful design of rings.
Samkit Palecha says
8th being the simple and adorable one!!
Vancouver Diamond Ring says
It’s so interesting post for us because it’s had some good reasons to choose an antique engagement ring. Loves to this precious ring. Thanks for sharing this.
It’s my pleasure!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
My fiancé (now beloved husband) showed me the ring he had in mind for me and told me to go look at it. I found it in 3 different stores in the same mall. It was a nice ring, but not unique, not me. I agonized over telling him that this $2000 ring was not my taste as I dearly didn’t want to hurt his feelings. He took it like a gentleman, and told his mother who suggested his grandmother’s 2 diamond rings. I loved them on immediately. Classy art deco, but more so because his mother thought enough of me to in trust me with a family heirloom . No heartless, though pretty, modern ring could mean more.
I’m so glad that you found the rings that are right for you! I think a lot of women end up with pieces they don’t love because they’re afraid to speak up. And the family connection makes it even more special.
I purchased one for my wife it has two two ct diamonds and one three point five ct one has a couple of black marks in it but you need a glass to see them. When I purchased it over 40 years ago it cost me only £600 I was told because the stones we’re not the same size on the two ct stones. Well I got the fright of my life my insurance company asked for a new valuation so popped to my jewler. I picked it up he told me it would be £85 I asked him why he told me the ring had gone up in value now it’s worth £85,000 to£105,000.
They are environmentally friendly, too! 😀 That’s my excuse for buying and selling antique pieces.
Very true!! It’s recycling.
I have an antique engagement ring and band I want to sell. Any advice?
I recommend finding your local antique jewelry stores and seeing if they purchase old jewelry – if they don’t, they should be able to give you recommendations as to where else to try.
Voylla Fashions says
Antique engagement rings are beautifully design and adorable. Love to wear it.
Crazy about new jewelry trends. Love to watch more stunning and beautiful engagements rings.
Where did you find the ring pictured in number 8? I haven’t found any other ring similar and I really love that one!
It’s beautiful, isn’t it? This beauty was for sale by Estate Diamond Jewelry (https://www.estatediamondjewelry.com/).
It’s gorgeous! Wish it was still available.
Having received an antique engagement ring sure is one of the greatest feeling in the world. The fact that it’s precious, elegant and rare means you are also precious, elegant and unique in your partner’s eyes. Thanks for sharing this great article!
Having received an antique engagement ring sure is one of the greatest feeling. The fact that it’s precious, elegant and rare means you are also precious, elegant and unique in your partner’s eyes. Thanks for sharing this great article!
Susa H says
Well Becky what you said here is right, but hunting for the perfect one is the most difficult part that many will give up. Do you know any website that sells antique engagement rings? If so it will be important for readers to find out more. Thanks for sharing your expertise.
I’m happy to work with any reader searching for the right engagement ring. Are you on the hunt for one?
Harsh Shah says
Just Perfect. Hi Becky, very well said. Antique rings always make one feel so special, as they are one in million and one can hardly find others have same design of ring. Thank for this unique post.
The examples you have shown are Outstanding.
What a great list! I think I may rethink what my ideal diamond is now. These antiques just seem to have so much character!
Yesss!! That’s what I like to hear. 😉
I’m drooling over these older-cut center stones, especially the one in the first photo!
Aren’t they delicious? There truly is nothing like an old-cut diamond.