You know you want an antique engagement ring but you aren’t sure about what it’s supposed to look like. Learning is definitely part of the process.
Here are three easy-to-understand traits to help identify antique engagement settings.
First:Look for milgrain details. These are handmade raised rounded bumps around the shank and the stones and are the tell-tale sign of a master craftsman. If you want to know more about milgrain, please read DaCarli’s article about milgrain. There you will learn everything that is to know about milgrain in jewelry.
Second: Antique engagement settings generally have some kind of filigree under the center diamond. This is a lacey decorative touch which gives a vintage engagement ring a delicate and airy appeal. Filigree decoration accentuates the artisan feel of the antique jewelry. The more elaborate is the design, the better.
Third: Many antique rings also have engraving on the shank. This adds to the universal appeal of the ring. The swirl of the delicate engraving here builds up to a crescendo of the diamond itself. Antique engagement ring with engraving
It’s easy to become confused when looking for the perfect antique engagement ring and see hundreds of styles! These are three useful traits which describe antique engagement settings in a clear and orderly manner. Happy hunting!