Engagement Rings: Antique, Vintage, Art Deco Reproductions or Genuine?
The important thing to remember is that these terms are not readily understood by the public, and sometimes the jewelers selling them have difficulty with the terms. We are not talking about genuine antiques, or genuine vintage rings. A real Antique ring has to be at least 75 years old. Imagine the wear and tear on the ring.
How many times was it sized and re sized, each time creating new welded joints, that may or may not hold up over time.
The vast majority of rings sold today are called the above terms, antique engagement rings or vintage engagement rings, but the simple truth is there are not enough to go around to fill the two million plus rings sold to brides yearly.
We are usually referring to replicas of beautiful designs of years ago. Timeless designs that never lose their appeal.
They come in all varieties and subcategories, but know this. When you buy a replica, you are buying something new. It hasn’t been worn for 50 years, or traded down to a daughter or come out of a pawnshop.
This is a topic I am quite well versed in. I have been in the business long enough to be a human “antique”. I have a genuine passion for helping people make the right choice for their special occasion.
Real antiques that are in pristine condition are exceedingly rare. If people purchased them long enough ago to call them antiques, unless they stored them in a vault, they will look just like a 75 year old car, and that is rare. A 75 year old car will not be in pristine condition. It more likely than not be in a junkyard, or have been cannibalized for parts. That’s not what you want.