Post # 1
The title pretty much says it all. Tonight I was at a friends Halloween party and she showed me her vintage engagement ring given to her by her husbands grandmother. It was stunning! So now I’m browsing on Etsy and there are A LOT of pieces that are really cheap, but simply beautiful. Does anyone know why they are cheaper? I thought vintage was “in.”
Post # 3
@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
I’m surprised as well! They are pretty popular right now and I thought vintage would make it MORE expensive.
Post # 5
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
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
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 # 8
@Glasgowbound: I do. 🙂
A couple of girls at work do too.
Post # 9
@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
@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
@lovelyMsValentine: Because diamonds don’t hold their value for resale like the diamond industry would like you to think.
Post # 12
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
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
@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
@Glasgowbound: I do. My FI’s great-grandmothers! From the 1930’s.