Docstoc
EXCLUSIVE OFFER FOR DOCSTOC USERS
Try the all-new QuickBooks Online for FREE.  No credit card required.

A_Guide_To_Antique_Engagement_Rings

Document Sample
A_Guide_To_Antique_Engagement_Rings Powered By Docstoc
					Title:
A Guide To Antique Engagement Rings

Word Count:
578

Summary:
Antique engagement rings are a unique and beautiful alternative to a new
ring. The tradition of giving separate rings for the engagement and the
marriage started in Victorian England. The first DeBeers diamond minds in
the late 1800s helped increase the popularity of engagement rings.

The earliest diamonds were not nearly as brilliant as today’s rings. The
first mine cut diamonds were not very clear. This improved in the early
20th century with the European cut diamonds. T...


Keywords:
antique engagement rings, celtic, gold, jewelry, wedding ring, party,
wedding bands,


Article Body:
Antique engagement rings are a unique and beautiful alternative to a new
ring. The tradition of giving separate rings for the engagement and the
marriage started in Victorian England. The first DeBeers diamond minds in
the late 1800s helped increase the popularity of engagement rings.

The earliest diamonds were not nearly as brilliant as today’s rings. The
first mine cut diamonds were not very clear. This improved in the early
20th century with the European cut diamonds. These are often found in
rings from the Art Deco period. Diamond cutting continued to improve and
evolve into the brilliant cut that is still used today.

Larger stones are found in Victorian rings. While these diamonds don’t
have the clarity of newer rings, the stone is generally larger. Rings
became smaller throughout the early 1900s and into the Great Depression.
Overall, the quality of the diamond affects the price. Clarity isn’t as
important in antique rings as it is in new ones. The value depends more
on the demand for specific rings.

The most popular vintage rings are from the Victorian Era through the
1940s. Distinct styles, settings and stones can be seen in rings from
each period. Victorian rings are generally yellow or rose colored gold.
The stone can be a diamond, but pearls were just as common in this time
period. Edwardian rings have a filigree design in the rings. Some may
have Jewish or Christian designs in the filigree.

Art Deco rings of the 1920s are generally platinum, white gold or silver.
Bezel settings are common in these rings. The setting makes the smaller
diamond appear larger. Rings became smaller and less ornate in the 1930s
and 1940s. Platinum became less common during the war years and yellow or
white gold was commonly used in rings. Carvings on the shank and settings
helped make the center stone appear larger.
Where to Find Antique Engagement Rings

There are several good places to find antique rings. Antique stores often
carry jewelry. Some dealers are more knowledgeable than others about the
details and value of rings from each period. In some cases, you ca get a
really good deal. Some stores under sell jewelry because they don’t know
its true value. The ring may not come with a certificate. If not, have it
independently appraised for insurance.

Jewelers sometimes carry vintage pieces. A good jeweler will be
knowledgeable about the value of the ring. You may not get as good a
deal, but will have the peace of mind of knowing that you have a quality
ring. You will be given a certificate for the diamond when you buy from a
jeweler.

Estate sales are a good place to find antique wedding jewelry. You can
usually arrange to view the items the day before the estate sale. Read
about the value and characteristics of antique rings to help determine
the value of the ring. Inspect the ring carefully before the sale to
decide how high you will bid. You can find information in books at the
library or on the internet.

Caring for Antique Engagement Rings

Antique diamond jewelry will retain its beauty for years, if you care for
it properly. Before you purchase the ring, have the jeweler inspect the
prongs carefully to be sure the stone won’t come loose. You don’t want to
lose your diamond. Take the ring to the jeweler for professional cleaning
and inspection once or twice a year.

				
DOCUMENT INFO
Shared By:
Categories:
Tags:
Stats:
views:3
posted:8/12/2012
language:English
pages:2