Last updated on August 21st, 2016 at 09:52 pm
Vintage wedding rings have always had a certain appeal and have remained a popular option among couples looking to get married. One of the reasons is that there is a very wide variety of traditional designs that transcend time that never go out of style. Another possible cause is that there are a lot of modern and unique wedding rings on the market, that it can be a difficult and time consuming process to decide on what type of ring to get. A vintage wedding ring is not only a symbol of love and commitment, but also cherished item that boosts in value over time making them a great investment as well. Vintage wedding rings are timeless rings that are heirlooms to be passed down through the generations.
So what are the differences between vintage and traditional rings? Firstly, to be regarded “Vintage” or “Antique”, these rings must be at least 50 years old. They are generally hand crafted, consisting of white gold or platinum and can come with a variety of stones and gems counting on the era they were made. The most popular time periods for antique or vintage wedding rings are the Victorian, Edwardian and Art Deco eras.
Vintage Wedding Rings of Victorian Era – The first era of wedding rings would be the Victorian style rings. These rings date anywhere from about 1835 to 1900 and were generally crafted from yellow or rose gold. These are perhaps the most ornate of styles out of the 3 most popular eras. Victorian wedding rings usually have elaborate and very intricate designs incorporating traditional white cut diamonds set into the band. These vintage wedding rings are the rarest to find out of the 3 varieties we are talking about and can fetch for very high prices.
Vintage Wedding Rings of Edwardian Era – These wedding rings are also another popular era of ring that date from around the 1900-1920s. In this time period, it was very much in fashion to craft rings out of platinum and rose cut diamonds or sapphires. The Edwardian style integrated interlaced intricate scrollwork, mil-graining and filigree details that have been admired all through the generations and is one of the reasons why they are still in demand nowadays. Depending on the quality and rarity, these can be very expensive rings; however they can also be a very good investment over time.
Art Deco rings are probably the most popular out of all 3 eras, which date from about 1920’s-1930. These were very exciting times in the US, expressed through a revolution of art and culture not previously experienced in the century past.
Vintage Wedding Rings of Art Deco – Thus Art Deco was born, and with it came a variety of inventive designs that encompassed lots of cultures that ranged from Native American, Egyptian and Asian influences, creating expressive and very exciting themes never before seen. The beauty about art deco wedding rings is that many have contrasting gemstones such as jade, diamonds and rubies all in a single setting, giving off some very eclectic and exotic designs. These are absolutely the most “modern” of wedding ring designs which perhaps donate to their immense popularity. Vintage art deco wedding rings can also be quite expensive, yet there are more chances of finding a more affordable ring in this style as opposed to Victorian or Edwardian antique wedding rings.
If you are in the market for a vintage wedding ring, there are a wide variety of resources obtainable online to give you a number of ideas on what you may be seeking for. Keep in mind these are not cheap and can cost into the thousands of dollars for an authentic ring. Though an original hand crafted design from a previous era can make for a great investment as these are also collectible items that will increase in value over time. For your ideas and inspiration, you may consider the vintage wedding rings from the gallery below we’ve selected.