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A guide to vintage engagement rings

Whether you're looking for a special ring to propose with, or perhaps you've inherited a ring you'd like to sell, here's everything you need to know about vintage engagement rings.

How do you identify a vintage engagement ring?

You can tell an older ring by the way it’s made. Typically, the whole ring sits slightly lower on the hand and there is

usually less metal visible around the stones.

Where can you buy a vintage engagement ring?

You can find vintage engagement rings at antiques fairs, antiques markets and centres.

How much should someone expect to pay for vintage jewellery?

The price of vintage engagement rings depends on the quality of the item, as well as the size of the stones. The value will also vary depending on whether it is a precious or semi-precious stone and the overall aesthetic of the piece. Beauty is always a factor in price consideration when it comes to engagement rings.

Are vintage engagement rings easy to find?

The short answer is no. Vintage engagement rings are not easy to find, much like all older pieces. You have to look carefully and speak to the right people. Visiting fairs and antiques centres is always a great starting point.

Can vintage engagement rings be resized and does it affect their value?

A good jeweller will resize a ring regardless of whether it’s antiques or vintage or not. Resizing a vintage piece will make no difference to the value of the ring as the stones are not affected.

What types of vintage engagement rings are worth the most?

As you would expect, diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds are valued the highest, but so are natural pearls. Also, some of the more unusual semi-precious stones such as tourmaline, peridot and citrine.

How can someone get their vintage engagement ring valued?

To get a vintage engagement ring valued, check out an auction house or ask a friendly antiques dealer. They will be

happy to help.

What is the best way to buy and sell vintage engagement rings?

An established shop or dealer will help you. Those who specialise in antique and vintage jewellery are the ideal starting point as they are likely to have the most knowledge and interest.

What advice would you give to someone when finding or buying a vintage engagement ring?

Look, ask and do your homework. Dealers are friendly people so establish a relationship of trust and enjoy the hunt.


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