There is a rise in Ireland where couples are looking at getting vintage engagement rings over newer ones. Not only are they looking at getting a ring that is made in the style of the period, but they also want one that has a history and a story attached to it.
What is a Vintage Engagement Ring?
People often use the words “vintage” and “antique” interchangeably without knowing that they mean two different things. Unlike an antique ring, which has to be more than 100 years old to be considered as antique, a vintage ring is younger with many jewellers considering a ring as vintage when it is anywhere from 30 to 100 years old. Vintage is basically a piece after the 1920’s that is not too new or too modern.
Which Eras are Vintage Rings Usually Associated too?
If you bought a ring in the early 1980's that was made in the last year of Queen Victoria's reign in 1901, then it could technically be considered vintage even though Victorian jewellery is considered as antique. There are three main periods of the 20th century that vintage rings belong to which are the Art Deco period (1920's - 1930's), the Retro period (1930's - 1950's), and the bold (maybe even outrageous) period of the 1980's.
In a modern world where almost everything we use is mass-produced, owning a piece of vintage jewellery allows you to wear a one-of-a-kind ring that may even increase in value as the years go by - especially if it becomes classed as an antique. Vintage rings can also take your imagination back to the times of the Jacqueline Kennedy inspired jewellery, the classical Hollywood inspired jewellery, and the outrageously-good styles of the 70's and 80's.
No one plans to have their engagement ring sitting in a display cabinet and would much rather wear and show it off every single day. There are some considerations you should think about before buying one with the main consideration being the condition of the ring. For everyday use you need to ensure that the ring is not too delicate, that the precious metals are not worn down or brittle, and the gems should be held firmly in place and not loose – otherwise you run the risk of losing them. Most people can look at a ring and tell if it is in a good condition, however, you should always get a trained eye to inspect it as well as get a guarantee from the seller and as much paper work as possible - the last thing you want to do is spend your money on a cheap fake or a major restoration job.
What about Reproducing a Vintage Engagement Ring?
Modern day manufacturing jewellers have access to the latest technology and can reproduce a vintage ring down to the finest details - and also improve it or customise it to your liking. A reproduction is recommended for anyone wanting to wear their ring on a daily basis because it guarantees that your ring will be stronger by being made from a better quality of materials and improved manufacturing techniques.
Chat to us Before Buying a Vintage Engagement Ring
We have been in the jewellery trade since 1969 and have many years of experience dealing with vintage jewellery and reproductions. Our advice is always free, and we welcome you to contact us or come by our boutique on 5 Mary Street, Dublin City Centre, where we can take you through the ins and outs of vintage jewellery as well as demonstrate how the reproduction process works and explain the pros and cons of reproduced jewellery.