Why are vintage rings cheaper?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@lovelyMsValentine:  I suppose it comes down to the fact that they will be classed as ‘second hand’.  I have a diamond and sapphire engagement ring from the 1930’s and I know what it was valued at but I got it for a good chunk less as it was billed as ‘previously owned’.  Could well be down to that.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m surprised as well! They are pretty popular right now and I thought vintage would make it MORE expensive.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

In the UK, it’s at least partially tax. You don’t charge VAT (sales tax) on second-hand jewellery and you do on new, so that’s already 16.67% less (20% VAT).

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

They are “used,” but also they are usually extremely thin. If you go buy a traditional solitaire from any jewelry store, the shank will be approximately 2-3mm wide. Most vintage and antique rings I’ve seen (and bought) are 1-2mm. This does make them very difficult to service, if you needed to have anything done like sizing, resetting a stone, soldering, etc.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

They also aren’t in demand. Vintage is popular, but so many people get a vintage – inspired ring, not a true vintage ring. my ring is from the 1920’s. I don’t know a single person who has a vintage ring

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@GoldfishPie:  this is true. I had the shank redone on my antique RHR for this reason. It was an heirloom tho so it was worth spending the money. I think it was 300 to have it done

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@SpecialSundae:  sadly, I don’t know you IRL though. 🙁 I’m the only person Ive seen IRL who has one 🙂 

its nice to see you back here. You’ve been gone awhile!

Post # 11
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Sugar bee

@lovelyMsValentine:  Because diamonds don’t hold their value for resale like the diamond industry would like you to think.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

the biggest reason is because it is used. 

other than that, it will also factor in the quality and weight of the gold and or diamond or gemstone.   the ring itself is usually not very thick, (even wide bands are very thin) therefore, it doesn’t weight a lot. 

also, years ago, only the very, very wealthy cared about the quality or stats of the diamond.  most diamonds in vintage rings are of no more than just average quality.  most people were not educated on the 4c’s as we are now.  they were just pleased to receive a diamond.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

My RHR from the ’20s would be approx $2000 new. It has a G .40 ct OEC center and 8 small stones that are F totalling .20 ct, all set in a gorgeous platinum filligree setting. I paid $900 shipped.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@mypinkshoes:  Lol, people back then had the right idea, didn’t they? 😉

 

I have a vintage ring and I adore it! Indeed. the only thing that was important to me was that my husband and I chose it together, and the design of the one we found happened to have sentimental value. It has just a cluster of diamond chips, and I couldn’t care less 🙂

 

Actually, my wedding ring is pre-owned too…it was my mom’s, and I’m honoured to wear it 🙂

 

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Glasgowbound:  I do. My FI’s great-grandmothers! From the 1930’s. 

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