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Finding Antique Engagement Rings
By John Elrow, Fri Dec 9th

Old antique engagement rings are those classic style rings thatbring back the charm and history of an era gone by. Many couplesenjoy the nostalgic feel of something their grandparents mayhave worn. Others simply like the idea of old-fashioned qualityworkmanship and styling. Whatever your reason for choosingvintage diamond engagement rings, finding the best rings at thebest price is a concern.

Finding Antique Style Engagement Rings

Online auctions and the Internet in general have brought theworld home. You can shop the tiniest Italian countryside villageor Antwerp's mega diamond dealers - all from your home computer.If you like to shop closer to home where you can touch and feelthe rings and try them on for size and style, then there areother great sources for vintage engagement rings. Flea marketsor estate sales are two of the top sources for authentic vintagejewellery including diamond or sapphire jewelry in gold orsilver.

Authenticating a Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring

Finding a vintage engagement ring is one thing, but making sureit is truly and antique is another. A reputable jewelleryappraiser


can help. There are telltale signs and markings onjewellery that will tell the trained appraiser when and whereand by whom a specific piece of old jewellery was made. Eachsilversmith or artisan has a symbol that they will engrave intheir work to mark it as one of their own. Counterfeiters willtry to replicate the marks, but other design features will letthe appraiser know if this is the case in a particular antique.The appraiser can then give you a guarantee or certificate ofauthenticity to go with your vintage diamond engagement ring.

The setting and the diamonds will need to be examinedseparately. You may find a vintage setting with newer diamonds.This won't necessarily impact the value to you, but it wouldperhaps indicate that there were either several owners or thatthe person selling the rings as an antique may have changedstones. The number one consideration in choosing antiquejewellery is to make sure you really love it. There are usuallyno exchanges for vintage diamond engagement rings.


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