Post # 1
I’m looking for a vintage ring and would love to know where you have had good success finding one? I’m in San Francisco so would love to know of stores in the Bay Area but we are open to buying one online from a reputed place. Also, has anyone bought a ring on Ebay?
Post # 3
Did you try Etsy yet? It’s the Hives’ favorite!!
Post # 4
Yes!! Check out Lang Antiques, langantiques.com. They are in downtown SF, very friendly and have a great inventory that you can look at online. Definitely go in to see stuff in person, though, it looks different in person. It is not cheap stuff but they are a longtime reputable company i think. I almost got a ring from there.
Post # 5
Jingle – THANK YOU! I knew about Etsy but I thought it was mostly handmade craft stuff… didn’t realize there was vintage jewelry on there. There are some seriously swoon worthy rings there… am so tempted to buy myself a right-hand ring I saw!
Snowflake — Thank you as well — I had briefly looked at Lang’s site but I think you are totally right – things may look very different in person. Glad to hear you had a good experience with them and they have a good reputation. I will go check them out and report back.
Post # 6
What sort of price range are you thinking. If this is for your engagement ring, try looking at ylang23.com. They have an AMAZING estate collection.
Most of the rings right now are pretty pricey, but they update every month or so and typically have somethign in the 2-3K range.
If you wanted something less expensive, or just a fun ring I’d suggest etsy also. Ebay has plenty as well, though you have to be an educated buyer.
Post # 7
Seconding Lang Antiques. They have a much bigger selection in-store than online. I’m actually going there this weekend to look at wedding bands.
If you’re not squeamish about buying online, I’d suggest:
It’s where my fiance and I found my engagement ring; they have a huge selection of all estate jewelry. What sort of ring are you looking for?
Post # 8
I also vote for Lang Antiques! The pieces there are incredible!
Post # 9
Lang Antiques is really great, but fairly pricey. You should also take a gander at estate jewelers like Mark Watson who has an office on the fifth floor of the Shreve building in downtown SF. I bought my wedding band from him, quite happily.
Post # 10
Thanks everyone for the recs! Will definitely check out the local stores suggested. For those of you would bought online, how did you research the reputation of the store/seller (other than ebay feedback and google search)? Did you know what style you wanted and searched specifically for that? I guess what I am afraid of is seeing something that looks pretty on the screen but not so great on my hand (I have very bony fingers).
Post # 11
Have you tried looking up an antiques place on Yelp? There is an antiques shop in the castro that specializes in etstate jewlery, I think they are called Brand X Antiques? There are a wealth of shops in the city so you’re sure to find something!
Post # 12
I just bought my wedding band from Old and New Estates on Union (at Fillmore). All their jewelry are estate pieces and the prices seem reasonable.
Post # 13
They have both actual antique rings and replicas. Mostly engagement style rings, but some wedding bands as well.
Post # 14
We bought my husband’s ring of ebay. We got him a very simple and very cheap ring. The things to watch out for are lenient return policies (I looked at a lot of rings that couldn’t be returned) and then read the seller’s ratings. I’d encourage you to ask about settings too–we ended up finding my antique setting (and putting in a new sapphire) but we never would have thought about it unless we’d lucked out with a really good saleswoman.
Post # 15
I just featured one of my favorites on my blog. Try The Three Graces
Post # 17
I know this is a super-old thread, but it’s still being linked to so I figured I’d add something for any bees still looking for vintage/ antique rings in the SF area. Dianne’s is great! I’ve never actually purchased anything from them… So take this with a grain of salt! But I am a frequent browser in their Healdsburg location (they have one in San Francisco as well) and they’re super friendly and more than happy to show me things even though they know I’m not buying. They used to have a location in Disneyland (in New Orlean’s Square, where the current perfume shop is), but unfortunately had to move. Might be worth a look-see for anyone on the hunt!