When in the market for an antique or vintage engagement ring there is much to consider. Estate sales, antique jewelry dealers etc. are the perfect channels to find such rings. For a ring to be considered truly antique it must be at least over 100 years old. If you are lucky enough to be the recipient of a ring passed down from generations ago you are sure to have an heirloom that holds much sentimental value, family history and unparalleled craftsmanship.
However, if you’re in love with the look of vintage engagement rings but you’re not able to get your hands on a true heirloom, a vintage inspired engagement ring would be the perfect option. There are 5 different eras of antique jewelry spanning from the 1700s to the early 1900s, with each having a distinct design style. These eras are Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Noveau and Art Deco. Vintage inspired rings can have some or all of the common characteristics of a vintage style engagement ring. Whether in setting technique, filigree, engraving, shape or special finishes. Let’s explore some of these characteristics that give a ring that highly coveted vintage flair.
Most people associate the word “engraving” to etching the wedding date, the couple’s names or some personal love messages on the inside band of the ring. This is called inscription engraving. Hand engraving or decorative engraving, is a term that refers to intricate designs etched over the top surface of the metal, creating a beautiful addition to a ring and one that really gives it some old world charm. Engraving can be done on the outer, inner or both sides of the band or shank. There are different types of engraving patterns available and this technique is truly an art form. Some examples include a chevron, scrollwork, floral, geometric shapes and many more patterns that each give their own unique feeling to the ring. One can even create their own engraving pattern design that can be meaningful to the bride and groom. Since the technique is done by hand, the design can be replicated on the ring, a guaranteed way to have a ring that no one else has.
No, it has nothing to do with baking and everything to do with beautiful jewelry. Milgrain or Millgrain depending on your geographic location, is a design technique that has been used in jewelry for thousands of years. The word comes from the French “mille-grain” or a thousand grains. This technique is often found in vintage jewelry as can be noticed by the closely set row of metal beads, often used on the border or channel. It’s a fantastic, delicate addition to a ring which can take it from a modern to a vintage design.
Millgrain edging really defines the contours of the head and shank. An engagement ring with such intricate, time-consuming details was seen as the ultimate romantic gesture back in the day. Though modern technology makes creating the millgrain effect much easier than before, it will always be associated with the romantic feel of a long bygone era.
One of the most popular characteristics of the aforementioned Art Deco era are angular, geometric shapes, which were so commonly used in this period. Baguettes, hexagonal and octagonal halo frames, emerald cuts, as well as the use of colored stones were common elements distinguishing this era from the rest.
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