Some options for purchasing antique engagement rings include online stores, such as Etsy or Ebay, physical stores, such as pawn shops and antique stores, and more direct purchasing, such as through an estate sale. Antique rings are often cheaper than modern, new rings, making them an attractive option. Rings over 50 years old are considered antique.
Some things that are important when purchasing antique engagement rings include the era, gem quality and gem style. Antique rings have a few large eras they are typically divided into, and each has a distinct style. For example, Victorian rings are from 1835 to 1900 and often feature rows of diamonds in nature shapes, such as flowers and birds. Alternatively, art deco rings are from 1920 to the early 1930s and feature a geometric look and bright colors.
The gemstone quality includes clarity and carat, which refer to how few flaws the gemstone has and how large it is respectively. Clearer, larger diamonds typically cost more than cloudy, small ones. Style can include a variety of things, such as cut and color. Diamonds come in many colors that are often found in antique rings, such as yellow or pink. There are also different cutting styles, and they are meant to show off the gem's natural beauty.