When shopping for wedding rings, some couples are steering clear from the average jewlry store on the street and in the malls and opting for a antique diamond engagement ring. Antique diamond engagement rings are heirlooms that can be passed down for generations.
The antique engagement rings characterizes a ring which is more than 50 years old. Vintage rings on the market today are dated from the late 1800’s through the 1950’s. These wedding rings are often less expensive and usually contain better craftsmanship than the average over the counter manufactured ring. They can be referred to as vintage, a term used by jewelers for “old”. Vintage is also sometimes used to describe a rings that's made to look like it was from that era.
Just like paintings antique diamond rings can be classed in different eras, here are the most common:
-Victorian Era (1835-1900)
Victorian jewelry is dominantly set in yellow or rose gold. The designs are fairly simple and elegant. With a single solitaire diamond or a row of diamonds, many rings include elegant hand carved engravings. The diamonds commonly used are of a Mine cut or European cut.g
-Art Nouveau Era (1890-1915)
Art nouveau jewelry takes its designs from life forms. Flowers, animals, insects. With an extensive use of enameling.
-Edwardian Era (1900-1920)
Edwardian wedding rings are set in platinum and white gold, with intricate details adorning the rings. These lacy designs contained scrollwork. Filigree designs, giving the ring pierced shapes and a more open look.
-Art Deco Era (1920-1930)
Art deco brides wore rings of a more geometric and symmetrical design. Using new diamond cuts such as emerald, pear and marquise. Often utilised contrasting colored gemstones.
-Retro Era (1935-1949)
Retro jewelry has a big bold chunky contrasted style from the new emerging Hollywood. With more fluid designs than art deco jewelry
Antique wedding rings often used a gem other than diamond as the rings primary stone, which was sometimes accented by smaller diamonds around it.
Vintage or antique engagement rings [http://www.quality-diamond-engagement-rings.com/custom-wedding-rings.html] are well crafted pieces of art, beautiful heirlooms to be treasured for years to come. An antique engagement ring is a ring every woman would proudly wear for years to come!