Buying vintage? Like vintage, vintage…
You know, the early-mid 1900’s, Victorian era, antique, Art-Deco?
Those diamond rings were beautiful, stylish, and stunning in style.
But there are things to consider when buying such old diamonds (with Old European or Old Mine cuts)… So let’s get into it…
Verify the authenticity of the vintage diamond ring. Look for any hallmarks or engravings that indicate the ring’s origin or designer. Seek documentation, such as certificates or appraisals, that can authenticate the ring’s age, materials, and diamond quality.
Assess the condition of the ring. Vintage rings may have signs of wear, but make sure the overall structure is sound. Inspect the prongs holding the diamond to ensure they are secure. Look for any cracks, chips, or damage to the diamond or other gemstones. If the mounting is thin, bent, breaking, or the prongs are low and flat, it may be ultra-expensive to get it fixed enough to be wearable (if they can even repair it at all).
3. Diamond Quality:
Assess the quality of the diamond, considering the 4Cs: carat weight, color, clarity, and cut. Understand the standards for diamonds of the era the ring is from, as they may differ from modern grading systems. Seek the assistance of a reputable gemologist or appraiser who can evaluate the diamond’s characteristics. Plus, watch out for diamond simulants; many old antique rings had white stones instead of diamonds.
4. Metal Quality:
Vintage rings may be crafted from different metals, such as platinum, gold, copper, brass, or silver. Check the metal quality and purity markings, such as 18K or 950 platinum. Ensure the metal is in good condition without significant wear or thinning, especially in areas where resizing may have occurred.
5. Style and Design:
Consider the style and design of the vintage engagement ring. Vintage rings often have distinct characteristics associated with specific periods, such as Art Deco, Victorian, or Edwardian. Ensure the style aligns with your preferences and matches your partner’s taste.
6. Ring Size:
Confirm the ring size before purchasing. Resizing vintage rings might be more challenging or costly, especially if they have intricate designs or gemstone settings. If you’re unsure about the size, consult with a jeweler to explore your options.
7. Return Policy and Certification:
Understand the seller’s return policy and ensure they offer a guarantee of authenticity. If possible, choose a reputable jeweler or dealer who provides a certificate of authenticity or an independent appraisal.
Vintage diamond rings can vary widely in price based on factors like age, design, diamond quality, and rarity. Research comparable rings and their prices to ensure you’re paying a fair market value. Be cautious of deals that seem too good to be true, as they may indicate authenticity or quality issues.
9. Insurance and Appraisal:
Once you’ve purchased a vintage diamond engagement ring, consider getting it appraised and insured to protect your investment. An independent appraisal will provide you with documentation of the ring’s value and authenticity, which can be beneficial for insurance purposes.
Remember, buying a vintage engagement ring requires patience, knowledge, and careful consideration. If you’re unsure about any aspect of the purchase, seek the advice of a qualified jeweler or gemologist who can guide you through the process.
See some beautiful vintage rings below:
If you have any more tips or opinions, tell me in the comments below.