Out with the old, in with the old. Antique engagement jewelry is “IN”.
Here are a few things to consider when selcting out your antique jewelry piece.
Age: Know the difference between estate and antique jewelry. Antique by definition is at least 100 years old. Vintage should not be used to reference items less than 20 years old. According to Ruby Lane in an Apartment Therapy posting “the term vintage to accurately apply to it, an item should be somewhat representational and recognizable as belonging to the era in which it was made.”
Style: Do you want an antique ring that would rival Queen Elizabeth’s Victorian jewelry? Are you feeling the Edwardian Gatsby vibe? Or do want intricate geometric design shapes that scream Art Deco? Figuring out your ideal design will save you lots of time.
Longevity: There is a fine line between an antique piece and a piece that’s so old that it’s going to break any second. Literally, many have seen years of wear. Pick a piece that suits your needs. Do you want an antique ring that you will wear only on special occasions, or do you want an everyday ring?
4 C’s: Just because the antique ring might have been created before the 4 C principles were set in stone does not mean that they no longer apply. Look extensively at the cut, color, carat and clarity to find the perfect ring.
Reputable Sources: Choose a dealer or auction house that specializes in antique and vintage jewelry – One who can tell you about the piece and its history.
Appraisals: Sometimes it makes sense to consider appraisal. Antique jewelry buyers would most likely consider a Consumer Protection Appraisal (CPA). A CPA will provide you with a detailed explanation of the jewelry and value estimations. These can also tell you whether your piece is really an antique or a reproduction.
Antique jewelry does not mean antiquated jewelry. The jewelry is an infinitely modern choice full of history and full of fortune.