Ask for documented paperwork and original receipts to identify an antique wedding ring. Such rings cost more than undocumented ones due to the account of written history.
Only buy an antique ring from a reputable dealer. Original receipts and documented paperwork are not always available for antique rings, but an estimated or exact date is mandatory when buying an antique ring.
Get a reputable and independent third party to appraise the ring. Ensure that the ring has a 30-day return policy or more to give you time to have the ring appraised. A return policy is also important since antique rings cannot be re-sized. Have a third party witness the transaction when buying from an independent seller. Draw up a contract for a return policy. Verify a phone number and address for the seller.
Look out for terms such as “antique-style ring," "antique-reproduction ring" and "antique-design ring." These terms indicate that the ring is a recent reproduction; such a ring is not truly antique.