(Closed) Any antique experts out there? How to tell if its a replica?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
3616 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2000

@kay_thunderbird:  I’m no expert but I like antique rings. I also like replicas of antique rings that have the elements I like: pave and platinum. I’m not hip to any trend for reproducing actual antique rings on a large commerical scale. Perhaps they are there, I don’t know.

For the novice there is no one, single way to tell if a ring is antique.

Sometimes on ebay there are rings that are so distinctively not-current style, so you can assume it is vintage if the vendor says that it’s vintage.

I guess htat I would, if wanting a verifiable antique ring, PM the ebay seller asking for verification of age. If he’s a profesisonal jeweler he will come back with his qualifications. If it is a private seller he may say something like: this is my mother’s ring and she got married in 1962. And from there you could web investigate other rings from 1962 to see it if fits the style.

Another good way is to post here photos of the rings you are consdiering–you;ll get lots of opinions!

Hope you get your antique ring!s


Post # 4
341 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There are differences in manufacturing techniques and tools, but those aren’t easy to tell unless you’re a jeweler.  Honestly?  The best way is wear.  A real antique ring won’t be in absolute pristine condition.  It may have narrowing of the band, or tiny scratches, etc.

The easiest way to tell, of course, is if the original owner had it engraved.  But be wary of interior engraving in perfect shape.  They can engrave 1927 just as easily today as they did in 1927… but the real one will be worn down.

Post # 5
30 posts
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’m not an expert but I did get an antique ring. I’d recommend buying from a reputable dealer or better still a shop where you can look at the rings yourself. Generally stylistically you can tell an older ring – the settings are often more elaborate and (depending on the age you are talking about) they won’t be solitares. Also the stones are cut differently on old rings as they were hand cut.

Victorian rings will usually be set in yellow gold (or at least partly in yellow gold, e.g. the band is yellow). When you get to Art Deco they are much more likely to be a white metal as platinum became very fashionable in the early 20th century. Edwardian rings often have coloured stones. If you look at lots of rings you’ll get a feel for the age just on the basis of style.

Obviously gold rings are often hallmarked which gives an exact date.

Don’t know if that helps!

Post # 6
2357 posts
Buzzing bee

I know my cameos are both Victorian are are 9 ct. gold. 


I echo the wear on the ring. 


Also look at the stones that are used in some of the antique rings. If they used a pink diamond or one of the more modern stones that are popular today then you can tell it isn’t vintage.


Rings have different charachterstics from different ages, but you need to know them. personally, I dont trust ebay sellers. Some know they have modern stuff and some may not know.  I bought a reproduction(at an antique store when I was young n dumb) thinking it was real, but its marked sterling and rings from the 1910s to my knowledge wouldn’t have been stamped such.

Is there a link to the ring you are looking at?

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