Top Tips for Finding the Perfect Antique Engagement Ring

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Finding the perfect antique engagement ring has never been easier as the internet has made it possible to search jewelers and jeweler shops the world over.

The only down side of the overwhelming array of choice available today is that, well, it can prove overwhelming and make choosing an even harder task, rather than an easier one.

Hence, here are some top tips on how to go about finding that perfect antique ring, where to shop and how to grab a genuine bargain.

Shop Online

When buying an antique ring, the first and best tip there is is to shop online. As already mentioned, shopping online opens up a whole world of potential. This means those who opt to shop via the internet stand a far better chance of finding that perfect ring, rather than settling for the best of what is on offer on the high street.

This is not the only exciting reality open to those who take to the internet in search of that perfect antique ring though; because online jeweler’s needn’t pay overheads such as utilities, rent and council tax, their prices are almost always significantly lower than the prices charged in store.

The only thing, those in search of an antique engagement ring should be aware of when shopping online is that, just like some rings bought n person, those sold online can occasionally turn out to be fake or replicas.

To avoid purchasing a replica, always shop via a credible, established and well know online jeweler which specializes in antiques, such as Laurelle Antique Jewellery. Not only will doing this remove the chance of being conned into purchasing a counterfeit antique ring, it will also help to tailor your search, making it both manageable yet without removing the wealth or choice or increasing the price you pay.

…But Hit the Shops Ahead of Buying

As advised via the Martha Stewart Wedding website; it is important to avoid falling into the trap of spending too many hours online trawling Pinterest and Instagram looking at heavily filtered images of antique rings. Rather, get up and out; you might already have a very clear image of the style ring you want or the era you want your ring to hail from, but without trying a few on and seeing them up close and personal, you could be limiting yourself or even find that perfect ring isn’t so perfect after all. And, as this is such an important ring with such meaning attached to it, it really does matter to get it right.

To put it plainly, finding the ring and style that will prove perfect for you, whilst almost certainly cheaper to buy online, will involve shopping in person before hand – and using that hand to try a fair few in order to make sure the idea you have is as perfect in reality as it is in your head and heart.

Shop Together

As Beth Stebner, a bride who opted to join her now spouse on their search for the perfect engagement ring, logically asks: ‘If you’re going to wear a ring for the rest of your natural life, why not have some say in it?’ It is a good question, and one apparently more and more couples are asking themselves and their partners these days. Consequently, more coupes than ever are also choosing these days to shop together in order to find the perfect engagement ring.

Because a more diverse mix of people is in 2016 now able to marry, it is understandable that fashions and traditions will change. This is simply one way in which traditions are changing, and one to celebrate – and not only because in 2016 more people are able to marry and make their vows than ever before, but because the way this has begun changing tradition, in this instance, also means that whoever you are lucky enough to have fallen for (and been caught by!), you can save them what can be a heck of a lot of stress trying to find the perfect ring on your behalf and for you; after all, shopping together can really be a magical, fun and exciting experience to enjoy together ahead of your big day.

So, whilst this tip isn’t necessarily one restricted to searching for a specifically antique engagement ring, it is a good one – and for couples torn over whether to opt for an antique will probably prove the best tip there is; after all, by searching and comparing both old and new and doing so together you of course have your ‘other half’ with you to offer advice, input and hear out your reservations about either option.

Meanwhile, to read the full article in which Beth explains her reasoning for wanting to join her partner whilst shopping for a ring and her experience of doing exactly that, you can do so by heading over to the Stylecaster website.

Shop Savvy

Not all antique rings will necessarily bear hallmarks. This does not mean they are not genuine. In fact, in some instances rings supposing to belong to certain eras which are hallmarked or bear specific hallmarks is a sure sign a ring is a fake as hallmarking developed over a number of years and the marks used are not only useful in assessing the purity of a metal, but an antiques origin and age as well. Hence, ‘fakers’ often fail to get these details right when creating replicas, which consequently expose fake antiques as not the real deal. The problem is that just as those creating replicas aren’t always too well versed in the history of hallmarking, neither are all shoppers, which means it is important to always shop savvy.

Shopping savvy doesn’t just involve doing your research into antique rings though, it also requires knowing what to ask a jeweler from whom you are considering buying. According to the advice given by an antique jeweler seller with over 30 years of experience, Olly Gerrish:

‘You should always ask what the carat of the gold is (18 or 15 carat) which a lot of antique rings were made in. Nowadays the norm is 14 carats, so don’t be surprised if a dealer says the ring is 15 carat. Some rings are not marked but have been tested with acid to ascertain the quality of the gold. Also ask about the size of the stones: the dealer should be able to tell you the carat weight. Enquire about the quality of the stones; colour and clarity. This is important with diamonds which can be colour and clarity graded, if they are large enough. Small diamonds can fairly easily be assessed with a loupe. You should also look for chips, if they are drawing colour, and internal marks which all affect the value. Ask if the ring has been restored in any way. This is important, although old resizing is perfectly permissible.’

This is about the best advice out there. Further, if you would like to read the rest of the interview, you can find it on the Bride’s Magazine, where it was first featured in 2012.

Meanwhile, to learn more about hallmarking, its history and how to work out the age, metal and origin of a ring according to its marks, give The History of the British Hallmarking System featured via the I. Frank Silver Dealership website a read.

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