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Shopping for a Vintage Engagement Ring: 5 Factors to Consider

Shopping for an engagement ring is an exciting time in anyone’s life, and you definitely want to make a well-informed decision. Vintage engagement rings are popular among many brides, and rightly so. The mere idea of them has an old world charm and is reminiscent of timeless stories of romance and courtship. There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping if you decide you want to get a vintage engagement ring:

1. Be realistic about your budget.
Deciding on a budget is one of the first, if not THE first thing to think about before you start shopping around. It can be a very emotional time, and you want to avoid getting attached to something you can’t afford with your budget. Don’t feel pressure to spend two month’s salary on the ring. This rule of thumb was created by the diamond company De Beers in the 1940′s as an advertisement ploy to get men to spend more money on rings.

2. Know where to shop.
You can find vintage and vintage-inspired engagements rings at local estate sales, auction houses, jewelers, pawn shops, and online websites. It’s a good idea to look at customer reviews of the company you’re buying from before you lock down the deal and spend the money.

3. Make sure the material in the ring is in good condition and will endure over time.
When shopping for a vintage engagement ring with a gold band, you will actually find more durability in rings with a lower carat number. That means that there’s less gold in the ring. Because gold is a very soft metal, it’s not as durable in high carat numbers.

Many vintage rings have jewels other than diamonds in them. Historically diamonds were not always the standard in engagement rings. You might want to think twice before getting a ring with pearls because they are not durable enough to be recommended for daily long-term wear.

4. Make sure it can be sized appropriately.
If you’re planning on proposing with the ring, a popular way to get the right size is to take a ring that she owns already to the jewelry store and have it sized based on that. However, it is very expensive to get a ring resized, so if you want to make sure to get it right on the first try then it may be wise to wait on getting it sized with your fiancé.

5. Get insurance on the ring.
Protect your purchase and gain peace of mind by getting insurance. Oftentimes you can get home owners/renter’s insurance to cover the ring, but make sure. SF Jewelry and Loan can be a good resource for additional insurance options.

Vintage jewelry shopping can be a fun and even educational experience. A vintage engagement ring can be a unique and special choice for a woman to wear for the rest of her life. They are a wonderful representation of history and can be a lovely symbol with which to begin a marriage.

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