Have you ever heard yourself say, “I’ll know it when I see it”? when contemplating an important purchase. Have you ever flipped through countless pages of an online catalogue in search of something? Or have you been frustrated, trying to describe your needs to someone on the phone when they just didn’t get it?
One of today’s most popular styles of engagement ring is the antique look, which has specific describable characteristics.
This is a free, downloadable, clear guide which explains what to look for when shopping for an antique style engagement ring.
One of the most representative features of this style is the use of milgrain. Milgrain is comprised of little raised beads of gold surrounding elements on the ring. When all jewelry was hand-made, milgrain was an element that showed master craftsmanship. Only the most expensive and exclusive pieces warranted its use. Today, we can cast rings with the milgrain built in as part of the ring, and it is no longer the domain of the wealthy.
antique style ring with filigreeAnother hallmark of this style is the use of openwork filigree. This is a delicate and artistic attribute creating a delicate and airy appearance, almost architectural in concept.
Finally, another component is the use of engraving on the ring’s shank. These are actual shallow grooves which are an integral part of the design and also lend a handmade quality to the finished product.
The integral components of the antique style are migraine, open filigree and engraving. These elements are easy to recognize and describe, and make a smooth and accessible search for the perfect engagement ring.