Interest in vintage engagement rings has soared in recent years. With more and more brides-to-be donning vintage engagement rings offered by prospective grooms, the style is making a comeback. Here are five reasons why you should definitely shop for a vintage ring before popping the question.
Most antique jewellery is very rare and hardly ever do you see identical pieces. Also, vintage designs are very different from modern ones. There are many eclectic styles from a multitude of eras that the trends of the present just cannot approach. These modern rings don’t have the unique and fascinating beauty that vintage style one present.
Many of the bridal jewellery on the market today is mass-produced in very similar and generic styles. Conversely, vintage engagement rings were generally handcrafted in distinctive and intricate designs specific to the time period in which they were created. This ensures that each old-fashioned article of jewellery received an amount of care and attention that most of the modern designs simply do not.
For many engaged couples, vintage jewellery is something to cherish. There is a unique romanticism to every ring and every new owner. One can never fully know the story behind the ring’s original creation, so its meaningfulness can be left to the imagination.
The constant production of jewellery at the industry’s current pace takes a considerable amount of energy that has a negative impact on our environment. Raw materials and resources around the world are being depleted and exploited to sustain the mass-production of large scale jewellery manufacturers. In buying vintage engagement rings, you help recycle these materials by giving them a new life, and you simultaneously make a hip fashion statement.
Return on Investment
Many consider engagement rings a very costly expenditure. After all, it is commonly thought that a proposing groom should spend anywhere from one to three months’ salary on the piece if not even much more. Engagement rings from past eras can be a good investment. If they are kept in good condition, they will undoubtedly appreciate in value over time. Generally the rule of thumb is the older the more valuable, but there is nothing wrong in buying a later period jewel, such as an estate or retro engagement ring, and then keeping it in good condition for potential resale. These pieces of jewellery have an intrinsic worth that will never fade.