(Closed) Grandma's antique/vintage engagement ring…advice needed please!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I can’t give you any info, but wanted to say that is gorgeous!!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think your best bet is taking it to a jewelry shop that has been around for many years. Or a good pawn shop that sells lots of jewelry. An older person would probably be able to give you a lot of info on it! It is very pretty!

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I second taking it to a jeweler – specifically a jeweler who deals with vintage/antique jewelry. They will be a wealth of information. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My MILs original set looks alot like that! No idea where it came from, but it’s really pretty! I’m with PP’s, go to a local jeweler and see what they can find out for you.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Someday_Mrs_Maguire:  I’m actually in a very similar position!  I am looking at re-setting my grandmother’s vintage engagement ring. The diamond looks similar to the one you posted actually. I am likely going to a jeweler this weekend so we can swap information then!

 

Does anyone have any pictures of vintage diamonds that have been re-set or any suggestions of what would look nice and sparkly?

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

That pic is blury but from what I can tell that looks like an illusion head diamond setting.  They have a small stone in the middle (some don’t even have one!) and the metal head is made in a way where it looks like the diamond is more like a 1 carat stone than less than .25.  Like I said I’ve seen some with no stone at all to .25-.01 center stone. 

It’s sort of the same technique that is trying to be done with quads but this is much more artistic, and pretty.  I’ve seen a lot sold at estate sales as “promise rings.”  This one is very square and reminds me of a set a guy posted a while back, his mom offered him rings with a similar shape to those but it had an emerald cut diamond.  If I had to guess this ring is from 40’s to 50’s.

I say though do take it to a jewler and they can get you better than I.  Is it yellow gold with platinum details?  It could be a different metal though I’ve also seen silver and white gold used.  The white gold from then shouldn’t need to be redipped since they used to use nickle. 

And funnily enough this ring looks like yours and pretty much matches everything I just said lol.  I came across illusion head settings when I was trying to do a little more research on my setting to figure out what kind of diamond was in here before.  I still haven’t gotten too far but I sure did learn a lot about illusion heads.  I think its neat how much detail, creativity and work must have went into them. 

It also sort of looks like an art deco ring but I cant tell from the picture, the art deco diamond rings I usually see are from the 30’s-40’s and have a center diamond that is round and .20 carats or more with prongs and a setting that give it a sort of square shape.  The settings are usually really ornate.  Like this one below. There is a whole lot of variety when it comes to art deco though.

ETA: I didn’t notice until now that you mentioned its from the 40s.  Yey for good guessing.  Also I do not have a ring like that so I can’t help with pics.  Sorry.  Frown

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Are you going to use it as your engagement ring? I love heirloom rings..unfortunately, there wasn’t one passed down to me. 😉

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

That ring is gorgeous! Is it just me, or does it look like there’s a “keyhole” detail on the side?

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Someday_Mrs_Maguire:  I don’t know much about vintage jewelry, but I just wanted to say that is beautiful! You’re a lucky lady!

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

@risingsun:  It’s not just you! What a gorgeous ring.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@MissS2MrsD:  +1

I agree take it to a local jeweler and have an appraisal done. I just took my grandmothers wedding band to my local jeweler to be re-sized, some repairs, and an appraisal done. The appraisal is costing me $70 dollars and includes paperwork with the specifications of the ring/diamonds, this is really needed, we need to know the value of the ring, so that we can provide this information to our insurance.

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