Wondering whether to go vintage with your choice of engagement or wedding ring? Andrea Taylor from the jewellers Trumpet & Horn guest writes this week with advice on how to find the perfect ring with a classic twist.
An engagement ring is one of the most important purchases someone will make in their lifetime. While the monetary price associated with the ring needs to be considered, there is so much more to the decision than just that. An engagement ring is a reflection of the woman who wears it, so she is going to want something that is true to her style, as well as her individual personality. While every woman is unique, the same cannot be said about every engagement ring.
Why Go Vintage?
When you choose a brand new ring from a jeweler that has multiple stores, you know that there are many people out there who will have the same ring as you. Many of these rings are truly beautiful and can be a great representation of your future commitment and your persona. Just because someone else owns the same ring does not in any way make yours less special.
That being said, there is something gratifying about owning a ring that no one else in the world has. That is one perk you get when you choose a vintage engagement ring. Rings from earlier eras are often handmade and the work shines through in the finished product. Each era, from Georgian to Art Deco and Modern, has its own characteristics that differentiate it from the others, which are also reflected in the jewelry.
Where to Look
Online: You’ll be hard pressed to find a vintage ring at most of the jewelry stores in your local mall or other large corporate stores. So where do you look? Online is a good place to start. There are companies that search high and low to find the best pieces of estate and vintage jewelry to add to their collections.
Browse through their selections and get a feel for different options. There are a variety of styles to choose from, so make sure that you really take the time to figure out what you like and what you want. If there is a store in an area near you, you can narrow down your choices online before you go to the physical location, which can help you avoid feeling overwhelmed.
Really do your research. There are a lot of stores out there and some are better than others, not only just because of their selection, but also because of their customer service. There are jewelers out there who care about their customers and truly enjoy the rich history of vintage pieces. And sadly, there are those who don’t care about either. You want to avoid the latter, which means you have to put in the time and have those conversations about the background and significance of the jewelry.
Local Shops and Sales: Search your local neighborhoods for places nearby that sell estate jewelry, or go to estate sales as they pop up in surrounding areas. Make sure that you check reviews and testimonials so that you can see how others’ experiences have been, and make sure that the jeweler you choose is reputable and trustworthy. And pay attention to details; “vintage-inspired” rings are made to mimic the styles from earlier time periods, but they are not authentic to the era.
Your Own Backyard: You might also consider asking the women in both families if they have any vintage pieces to pass on. You might be surprised at what you find. It’s possible that a great grandparent has left a ring to be passed down and no one has taken advantage of it yet, or that another family member has always planned to give their engagement ring to a daughter or granddaughter. After all, that is usually how engagement rings become vintage pieces: they get passed down as heirlooms throughout generations.
That is often the best part about choosing vintage jewelry; you never know what to expect. There are so many beautiful pieces out there that incorporate elements in such interesting and unique ways. At the beginning of your search you might not know exactly what you are looking for, but when you find it, you’ll know.
Andrea Taylor is a marketing coordinator for Trumpet & Horn, a resource for fabulous vintage and vintage-inspired engagement rings and jewelry. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with her two pugs, Lana and Ava. In her free time, she enjoys blogging, pilates, and bottomless mimosa brunches.