With This Antique Ring I Thee Wed

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When it comes to engagement ring shopping, we all know how frustrating and difficult it can be. Whether you are shopping for your future fiancé, or are one of the many brides to be who are involved in the buying process. Ether way whatever the engagement ring may be, it is a symbol of your loving relationship that will continue to grow in the years to come. If you are like one of the many women who love antique jewelry, then a vintage style engagement ring may just be the perfect fit for you. The focus will be on all things that you need to know when it comes to purchasing a antique engagement ring

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Before we go diving into the practicals of an antique engagement ring, be sure to keep in mind the 4 C’s of diamonds to look out for when shopping for your stone. Remember the carat weight in which the diamond is measured, this will express the value of the diamond. The clarity as well, which identifies the flaws of the stone. The color and cut are also something to factor in. Also check to see if the stone is certified. With all these things in mind, you will be ready to start shopping for your engagement ring! Now that we have got that little jewelry lesson out of the way, we can get down to the nitty gritty about what makes antique rings different and unique.

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Georgian Period: This period spans across the reign of the four Kings of England during 1714-1837 (George I – IV). Most every piece made during this time period were handcrafted by people before the time of mass production. Heavily influenced by mother nature, many engagement rings from this time were crafted using the shapes found in nature. This is truly a unique and timeless era, perfect rare period piece for any girl who is an outdoorsy nature lover!

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Victorian Period: Dating back to the time of  1836-1901 when Queen Victoria ruled England, this iconic period is known for romanticism. The queen had a great love for her family and it showed in the jewelry she wore. With flowers, hearts, bird and bows being prominent in designs, as well as the major diamond discovery in Africa around 1867, the Victorian period is a well known and popular time for engagement rings still to this day. A ring from this time will ensure a classic romantic look.

Art Nouveau Diamond Ring

Art Nouveau Period: Lasting from 1890-1919 the Art Nouveau time period was the defining time that turned the twentieth century from vintage to modern. In 1900 the women’s suffragette movement was in full swing, this celebrated female freedom rights and in turn was relayed to the designs that went into the pieces from the Art Nouveau time. Paired with gemstones and unique materials jewelry from this time represented a more artisan look. Perfect for any artsy girls out there!

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Edwardian Period: Overlapping the Art Nouveau time period the Edwardian Period lasted from 1895-1914. This time was defined by the high levels of detailed craftsmanship that went into each piece. Following the reign of King Edward of England and his marriage to his Danish bride, who sported an elegant detailed diamond ring, the cosmopolitan classic look became a hit. These delicate designs became the definition of the Edwardian time period.

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Art Deco Period: From 1920-1935 the art deco period became a statement in style. While past periods often played it safe when it comes to color, the art deco period made its mark with bright colors and angles. Rubies, sapphires, and emeralds were popular favorites in engagement rings and other jewelry. This may be the perfect look for you to keep an eye out for!

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Retro Period: Sparked during the Great Depression and World War II, the Retro period lasted from 1935-950. During this time, platinum was not available to jewelers and money was scarce. Synthetic stones became popular as well as chunky and square cuts. Designs with big stones became a trend to give the illusion of a larger stone. Many jewelers started up during this time including Tiffany & Co. and Van Cleef & Arpels. Engagement rings made during this time were bold, so if that’s what you love, this time period is the perfect fit for you!

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