What You Need to Know Before Buying Vintage Engagement Rings

As the fashion saying goes, “What once was old, is new again.” This is particularly true for the engagement ring industry. While many people still opt for a new or customized ring, many soon-to-be-engaged couples –specifically millennials- are increasingly looking for more vintage style rings

As more people are researching how to sell an engagement ring and actively putting their rings on the market, it’s no surprise that we are beginning to see a number of vintage engagement rings for sale. Before buying a used vintage engagement ring, there are a few items that you need to keep in mind.

Vintage vs. Vintage Styled
One of the biggest confusing factors for people who are shopping for vintage engagement rings is determining the difference between vintage styled and an actual vintage ring. This should ultimately be the first question you ask the seller. Vintage engagement rings originate from a specific time period whereas the vintage styled rings are modern rings designed in an older style. To the average or even overenthusiastic buyer, the two types of rings can look the same, and that is the easiest way to get duped without doing your research.

Ring Durability
One of the truly special qualities about vintage engagement rings is the fact that many of them were made by hand. They are true works of time, dedication, and craftsmanship. Depending on the age of your ring (some rings circulating that originate from hundreds of years ago!) you may notice small cracks or chips in the ring and stone. Make sure you ask the seller about the durability of the ring, including flaws, age, and prongs. Factor in your lifestyle and how active you are,\ and determine how feasible a vintage engagement ring is for you.

Possibility of Resizing
Have you ever fell in love with a pair of shoes only to find out they aren’t in your size? Many vintage rings fall into this problem. With the shoes, you can always find a new size in that same pair, but for rings, the solution is not that cut and dry.  Before falling in love with a ring, be sure to find out if the ring can be resized or not. Most rings can be resized as far as two sizes in either direction before conflicting with the design and integrity of the ring.

There’s something aesthetically pleasing about seeing a vintage engagement ring. Whether it’s the gem or the design of the band, vintage engagement rings are a simple glimpse into the styles and signs of the past. Keep these simple tips in mind when looking for a beautiful vintage engagement ring.

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