An antique wedding band is mainly identified by original receipts and documented paperwork. A wedding band is only considered antique if it is more than 50 years old.
- Check documented paperwork
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.
- Ask for estimated or exact date
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 the ring independently appraised
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 specific terms
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.