The choice for a perfect ring can be quite a journey these days. After all, there are nearly infinite styles of rings available, especially contemporary rings. So then why are antique engagement rings growing in popularity with people looking to pop the question?
Although it might take you longer to find “the” ring, there’s a compelling case for choosing a vintage one.
Take a look at our top 5 reasons that a vintage ring might be the right choice for you. Then browse our collections here.
VINTAGE RINGS ARE THE PINNACLE OF LUXURY
Yes, vintage rings are the height of luxury. The quality of workmanship is above and beyond anything you will find in modern rings where technology is used for mass production. In fact, vintage engagement and wedding rings feature details that are hard to replicate with modern technology. Back then, jewellers had to create each piece, by hand, dedicating a huge amount of craftsmanship to the individual ring.
A lot of techniques used in vintage rings have fallen by the wayside as jewellers turned to technology. Look at a technique called Mille Grain for example – study much of the diamond and platinum jewelry in the Edwardian period (Circa 1890-1915) and you will see its ubiquitous presence.
Our vintage rings possess enduring style, one that cannot fade.
This stunning ring is an original Art Deco circa 1920s to 1930s. Set in 18K white gold, the ring features six old European cut diamonds of 1.68 carat in the centre forming a geometric design and its further enhanced by 46 old European cut diamonds around the central design totalling to 0.44 carat. Shop it here.
YOU WANT A RING AS UNIQUE AS YOU ARE
Selecting a vintage design is a sure-fire way to make sure that your ring is as one-of-a-kind as your style. The Keshett team hand select every item in our collections, making sure that every ring upholds exceptional workmanship, and beauty.
An original Art Deco diamond ring circa 1920s to 1930s starring in its center a 1.00 carat Old European cut diamond, bezel set in a geometric setting highlighted by 16 sapphires and 28 sparkling diamonds around the sapphires running to the shoulders. This ring is one of a kind and speaks of the bold Art Deco era.
YOU LOVE HISTORY AND WANT TO OWN A PIECE OF AN ERA
Antique engagement rings are a wonderful piece of history. Whether you love that romantic Victorian era or whether you live by everything the Art Deco period meant, a vintage ring from that era is a solid statement of your personal style.
Let’s have a look at the Art Deco period for example.
When World War I began in 1914, manufacturing of jewellery came to a stop. When the war ended, the “Roaring 20’s” brought about a rebellious new attitude to live life to the fullest – an attitude that was very much reflected in the jewellery design trends.
This spectacular original Art Deco diamond ring, circa 1920s-1930s, features close to 0.85ct of sparkling diamonds. It is hand fabricated in platinum and accentuated with delicate decorative piercings and mill-graining. Shop it here.
YOU ARE AN ECO-WARRIOR
Anyone passionate about sustainability, and protecting our planet are often drawn to a vintage piece. If the issue of the mining of diamonds has ever crossed your mind while looking for your perfect engagement ring, then choosing a vintage piece should definitely be considered. Beauty on the inside as well as on the outside.
This ring was handcrafted in 14 carat white gold and dates back to the 1950’s. This Vintage piece boasts beauty with a large and vivid blue Sapphire equating to 4.10 in total carat weight, further enhanced by 32 diamonds surrounding the centre stone. Shop it here.
GREAT VALUE JEWELLERY IS WHAT YOU ARE AFTER
While it’s not true that a Vintage piece will set you back less than a contemporary ring, it can come down to the vintage ring you’re considering. If you are on a budget, the decision to turn to an antique ring might allow you to buy something with a larger gemstone.
In saying this, the jewellers at Keshett are experts in vintage and antique rings and can find you something special based on your budget. If want the look of a larger diamond for example, Keshett has an extensive collection of gorgeous antique engagement rings from the 1930s or 40s. The diamonds in these bands were often set in an elaborately carved setting which made the diamond appear larger.
An original Art Deco circa 1920s old European cut diamond sparkles from within a geometric square frame. Handcrafted in platinum and embellished with a stunning millgrain design, this vintage diamond is surrounded by smaller diamonds held together in 8 claws. Note the fine filligree work around the shoulder. This is truly one-of-a-kind! Shop here.
The search for your vintage piece might extensive. It may require more time and effort than choosing a contemporary piece, but putting in the extra effort can mean finding a ring that you’ll cherish forever, and pass down to future generations to come.
Whether you are at the start of your search or know exactly what you are after, the team at Keshett are always here to help you find the perfect “one”.