(Closed) Antique rings…

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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 # 6
1363 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

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.

Good luck! 

Post # 8
1980 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

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
1205 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

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 Fiance 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
299 posts
Helper bee

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 # 12
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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
677 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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
1 posts

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
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

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.

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