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Why an Antique Ring Makes the Perfect Valentine’s Day Present

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

If diamonds are judged according to the 4 C’s, jewellery intended to be gifted can too be judged according to the three As. Namely, the three A’s are aesthetics, affordability and the affair.

Affair

By ‘affair’, what is meant is the occasion. The occasion for which an antique ring is purchased will go in some length to determine the perimeters of your search for said ring. That is, searching for an antique engagement ring will almost always involve narrowing a search as the majority of rings purchased as engagement rings will involve diamonds.

A Valentines Day antique ring, on the other hand (and no pun intended), is more of a fluid and less formal purchase; you may know already what your intended recipient likes and so opt for the safe option.

Aesthetics

Aesthetics, or the visual appearance, of a jewellery piece is the combined effort of a number of decisions and determining factors. Era. Style. Stone(s). Metal(s). Motifs. There are many things to consider, but these are all the things you will need to consider to get it right this Valentine’s Day.

One decision affecting aesthetics though is easy: the decision to ‘go antique’. Antique rings are by far the most romantic choice of ring out there, and as such the only choice on this the most romantic celebration of them all. Its journey to reach you or your intended recipient imbue the antique ring with romance, history and lore that no other ring can lay claim to.

Quite simply, antique rings span the most romantic eras in history and the eras whose fashions have come to inform and to a large extent determine current trends, hence you are guaranteed to get the perfect ring. As if that weren’t reason enough though, perhaps the what makes the antique ring quite such a popular valentine’s Day choice is that the likelihood is when you happen upon that perfect ring you know it is ‘the one’ at least in part because the likelihood is it is the only one of its kind you will ever find – just like the loved one for whom it is intended.

To learn about the eras that span the antique period of jewellery making in detail, refer to the Brilliant Earth website which features a low-down of all the major design eras and what characterise each era in terms of gems, styles and metals.

Affordability

Still not sold on opting for an antique? You might be when you consider the price difference between a contemporary and antique ring.

Antique rings are by far both the most affordable and eco-friendly way to purchase a ring made of a precious metal and cast with genuine gemstones. Hence, and unless you are a millionaire, the choice to go antique can be the choice between getting what your intended recipient dreams of, or getting them a scaled down version of their dream, which is about as unromantic as it gets.

Further, by shopping for an antique Valentine’s ring online via the likes of specialists such as Antique Rings Online you can save even more as online antique ring dealers save money through not having to pay the often hefty price of renting out a premises on the high street. So, to bag the perfect Valentine’s Day ring observe the following, and you can’t go far wrong:

1) Focus your search on a period, theme and/ or motif
2) Consider stones, and which.rings1
3) Go antique
4) And finally, shop online.

Buying Antique Jewelry

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Buying the antique jewelry sounds crazy and stupid. But actually jewelry is just about the best investments you can make. This is because the value of jewelry increases over time. The older a piece of jewelry is, the more expensive it gets. This is the reason that there are many antique jewelry collectors in the world today.

Being that the market for antique jewelry is actually quite large, one must take care to get his or her money’s worth. Many people out there are ready and willing to take advantage of a person’s naivety. Dealing with the amount of money required to invest in antique jewelry needs a bit of finesse. You need to know what you are doing in order to avoid being scammed.

Most experts agree that the value of antique jewelry always depends on its condition. The rock may look good, but is the condition of the jewelry actually sound? How can you tell?

One thing you should do is check out the back of the jewelry. The fact is, you can rarely really tell the condition of the jewelry from the front. No forger is stupid enough to make fake antique jewelry look bad. What should you be looking at?

The answer to this question is: seams. The seams of antique jewelry often say a lot about the condition of a piece. In fact, the very existence of a seam can tell you that the piece may have had a previous life. It is often the case that jewelers will cut a piece of jewelry out of an antique dress or other old accessories in order to make them easier to sell.

Seams may also indicate the fact that the antique jewelry has been repaired. This can either be good or bad, depending on the quality of repair. If a piece of antique jewelry has been repaired, then it is either in a better condition or it is in a worse condition. One sure way of telling a bad repair from a good one is color.

Badly-repaired jewelry often has different colored seams. This is because of the fact that people who have no idea what they are doing often use cheaper metals to repair antique jewelry. If a repair is noticeable then it is badly done.

You should also take a look at the pins or attachments found at the back of the jewelry as these are indicators of age. Different styles of pins often indicate different ages and thus, you can tell whether or not a piece of jewelry is truly antique from the pin.