10 Things We Love About... Vintage Wedding Rings
Shopping for a wedding ring is one of the most exciting parts of organizing a wedding. While some brides want to buy something contemporary, other brides prefer an antique ring with some history and character.
There are so many reasons to love vintage rings, like the one worn by Drew Barrymore, but we could only choose 10.
Older rings are more unique
They might come with a high price tag, but antique rings are usually one-of-a-kind. They often have diamonds of a higher quality than newer rings and will only increase in value. If you’re looking for a more budget friendly option you can seek out estate rings. Unlike antique rings they are less than 50 years old and will cost less than older rings.
Sellers love their product
Rather than looking at rows and rows of wedding rings, antique jewelry sellers tend to be dealers who are enthusiastic about what they are selling. You should always go to reputable dealers who have lots of experience. Do some research and make a shortlist before you meet a dealer so you can give them an idea of what your dream ring looks like.
They are built to last
Some vintage rings have been around for over 100 years and have survived being passed from one generation to the next. Although they’re not indestructible, chances are that with some TLC they will still be looking as good in another 100 years.
They have a story to tell
There’s something magical about jewelry from another era. If we don’t know where the ring came from, then your imagination can run wild about who once wore it. Maybe it was a Count and was given to a beautiful Countess on their wedding day, or perhaps a Hollywood star gave the ring to his leading lady. Just think what stories a vintage ring could tell if it could talk.
You’re wearing history
Rings don’t all look the same and have a distinctive style that reflects the period they were made in. Like Edwardian period rings were feminine and luxurious and generally made of platinum, while Art Nouveau and Art Deco rings had exquisite detailing known as filigree. Vintage rings are little of bit of history that you can carry around with you wherever you go.
They can be cheaper
If your family has a ring that is passed from generation to generation, you can save some money by joining in on the tradition. With so many adults paying off student loans and other debts, using a family wedding ring means a big portion of a wedding budget can be saved and used elsewhere.
They’re kinder to the planet
Reduce, reuse, recycle is the motto many of us live by and that is just what you’re doing when you buy a vintage ring. Because it's an old ring there was no recent mining needed to create it. No new resources were used and it also means that no new chemicals are added to our environment. So they’re good for you and good for the planet!
They’re kinder to people
Thanks to media coverage and the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, blood diamonds, also known as conflict diamonds, are bad news when it comes to ring shopping. Although you probably won’t be able to trace where your diamond came from, when buying a vintage ring you are not helping the trade or finance civil wars.
It’s a new family heirloom
If your family doesn’t have a tradition of passing down wedding or engagement rings, here’s your chance to start. Your vintage ring can be passed down to future generations and will become a part of your legacy. There has been a big rise in the number of people using a heirloom rings, so why not join the gang.
You can fake it
If you can’t find an old ring that suits your taste, you can get one that looks vintage instead. You can work with a trusted jeweler to find a new ring that has a vintage look. There is no wear and tear on a new ring, and modern cutting techniques used on new diamonds create more sparkle than you get on older rings.