Post # 1
Ok bees! So I have always dreamed of an antique ring. I love the 1920s-1940s and plan to include an antique-y feel in my wedding.
My soon to be FI and I chose an antique ring that I adored, but upon further study and investigation, I learned that it was not infact an antique, but an estate ring circa 1960! The antique store was trying to sell it as an old fashioned ring, but old diamonds are mine cute and it was a princess cut!
Alot of antique engagement rings feauture pearls or gems, but I have my heart set on a diamond.
So now I’m going to let him pick a ring on his own (unless he needs feedback) and I told him that although I’d like an antique ring, it might be safer to get a new one, because we will atleast know what he is paying for.
Has anyone purchased or recieved an antique ring? If so, would you mind sharing advice or horror stories?
Post # 3
I think if you found a ring you love from 1960 it’s a shame to pass it up because you want it to be 20 years older than it is. My e-ring is an early 1930s setting (with a new center stone because the original must have been at least 5 carats and was sold separately at some point). As we were searching, we had a style in mind, etc. The important thing for us, in terms of making sure we got what we paid for, was insisting on an appraisal.
Post # 4
Well the problem with the 1960’s ring (besides the date in which it was made) was that honestly, my FI did not care for it. He loves the antique idea, but we definitely need to agree on the ring. He thinks it is too simple. It is a diamond solitaire with yellow gold and he makes a good point when he says we can find that in jewelry stores now. I wanted an antique ring because it would be unique…and I realized that in all honesty I would be settling with the ring I found.
Post # 5
We love the intricate designs on the older rings and also the art nuvo style, so really we could find a new ring made to look like a retro ring and be guaranteed of the quality rather than settle for a ring that I fell in love with under false pretenses.
Post # 6
Ahh. Yea, that’s a totally different issue. I thought you meant it was the perfect ring, but it wasn’t old enough.
I was starting to feel like we were out of luck finding estate rings. I was getting so frustrated looking for something that was perfect and that we could afford. We ended up finding a setting without a stone, which was stored in as tray in the back of the store, so try chatting up your estate store owners. You might find the perfect ring somewhere you don’t expect.
Post # 7
Great suggestion, ErinMarguerite! Thank you!
Post # 8
If you’re browsing around for ideas http://www.faycullen.com has beautiful rings. I know there are a few other threads on this topic elsewhere on the boards, but I love to look at Fay Cullen just to dream. Good luck!
Post # 9
I have a good estate ring from Fay Cullen. My e-ring is an antique style but new ring from another web-tailer. It sounds like you and your FI are up on your research, so I’m sure you’ll get what you want, whether it’s from the 20s, 60s, or current!
Post # 10
I collect art deco rings, and you really do have to be careful these days. I’ve only bought one replica before, and I kind of thought it was a replica, but bought it anyway because I liked it- I ended up being right.
Take a look at these settings: http://www.jansjewells.com/category.php?category_id=67&page=g
Watch for them- you see them everywhere, they are replicas.
This one is also common, the heart detailing on the side will give it away (this is the one I bought, the replica is the middle one with the rubies, the two on either side are real antiques)
I highly recommend Ruby Lane- their sellers are usually very reputable, and sell authentic pieces. Look for some wear on the piece, and the mine cut diamonds like you said. The clarity will rarely ever be even close to perfect. Platinum and white gold are the most common in art deco rings. Ebay is of course great for deco pieces, but just be careful. If the ring looks too perfect, there is a good chance it’s a replica.
I once had a jeweler sell me a ring made by the same manufacturer as this one, but mine is in a floral design: http://cgi.ebay.com/RETRO-ART-DECO-ANTIQUE-14K-ROSE-GOLD-DIAMOND-RUBY-RING_W0QQitemZ360162740780QQcmdZViewItemQQptZVintage_Fine_Jewelry?hash=item53db5f4a2c&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1326|240%3A1318|301%3A0|293%3A2|294%3A50
She told me it was 1800’s, and I looked at her like she was an idiot- the ring is from the 1930’s, and I’m pretty sure she knew that but wouldn’t own up to it. I bought it because it was a good price though. That’s something else you have to watch out for, misinformed sellers and ones that are just flat out lying.
Post # 11
Thanks for sharing your expertise, Arineya! Your rings are gorgeous!
Post # 12
I second (?) third (?) Faye Cullen and Ruby Lane. But tell your fiance to do his research. There are lots of ways to tell what you are getting. Another option is local estate sales or estate dealers. One of my favorite rings is my great aunt’s 1935 2 mm wedding ring. It was one of the earlier platinum wedding rings because gold was needed in the war effort.
I think vintage is beautiful and environmentally and socially conscious! Good luck!
Post # 13
We got engaged at Disney and I’d already been looking at antique (Art Deco or Art Noveau) rings for a bit before then. There was a Dianne’s Estate Jewelry near the Pirates of the Caribbean and there happens to be a store in San Francisco and Healdsburg (where we met 4 years ago!). They have a great selection: http://www.diannesestatejewelry.com/
You might also want to check out the Alameda Flea Market on the first Sunday of the month or local antique shops. There’s a great art deco dealer in a shop on Park Street in Alameda as well.
Post # 14
There’s already been a ton of great advice given here but another thing I would recommend is seeking out a reputable antiques dealer. Most dealers have tons of contacts in the trade and can help you identify a antique/estate jewelry dealer. Try your local antiques mall – speak with the employees and dealers, let them know what you’re looking for and see if they have any ideas!
Post # 15
I second Dianne’s estate Jewellery in Marina, San Francisco. My fiance and I love our ring, its a very cute and unique Art Deco with European Illusion cut. We had almost given up on finding a “perfect” ring after multiple trips to modern jewelllery stores but we are very glad that we came across some Antique styles online which we loved and actually were able to find a real ring at Dianne’s to match that style.
Post # 16
wow Arineya thanks so much for that ‘jans jewells’ website, i’m recently obsessed with antique filigree jewelry and can’t believe those are replicas!! it’s hard to tell when you’re buying online. i will definitely be keeping my eye out for those.