Are you thinking of getting hitched in the near future? While there are tons of breathtaking rings out there, you might want to consider selecting yourself a vintage ring. Granted, most of us don’t get a say in the ring our hubby-to-be picks out, but a nudge in the right direction never hurt anyone – right?
If you’re looking for something unique, different or one-of-a-kind, antique or vintage is a great way to go. Not only will you be guaranteed not to have a similar ring as one of your girlfriends, but vintage jewellery carries a history and a story with it. Buying vintage also gives you a abundance of options when it comes to style. Between Edwardian, Art Deco, Victorian and Art Nouveau, you are sure to find something to suit your fancy – and your budget.
So how do you go about finding a vintage or antique ring? First and foremost I would suggest searching online. Although I wouldn’t recommend making such a large and important purchase over the internet, it’s a great place to do a little researching. There are tons of antique, vintage and estate jewellery dealers online and their shops will give you an idea of what styles were popular in what period. It will also give you an idea of pricing and of what is out there on the market. A great place to browse is Dover Jewelry (doverjewelry.com). Although it’s a little pricier, they carry a wide selection of fine antique, vintage and estate jewellery. Next, check out local antique dealers and estate sales. Sites like The Great Estate Sale (thegreatestatesale.com) list weekly estate sales throughout Ontario and allow you to sign up for e-mail newsletters so you’ll always know if there’s one happening in your area. Don’t get discouraged if you can’t find what you’re looking for right away. Although your local antique shop may not carry what you’re looking for, they can often recommend other dealers in your area.
And just in case you still aren’t completely sold on the idea, buying vintage is always a fabulous way to live green. We always want to protect our world’s eco-systems and while mining practices have come a long way, the less demand for new stones and new metals means that there is a smaller impact on eco-systems, less mining and less energy and emissions used. Beat that Tiffany & Co.!
But you don’t need to drop major dollars to find a beautiful piece of jewellery. Whether you’re looking for an engagement ring or just coveting something costume, there are thousands of gorgeous rings, pendants and distinctive hat pins out there just waiting to be discovered! Check out local antique shops or estate sales. Browse online or even drop by your nearest Value Village – you never know what you may come across.