Antique vintage engagement rings have gained in popularity over the past few years and people are looking to vintage or antique rings for items that are unique. Antique rings are generally one hundred years old or more while vintage rings are around fifty years old. Antique rings are often bespoke and set with gemstones that are rarely seen today and at the time the stones were cut by hand by master craftsmen as can be found in London's jewellery quarter, Hatton Gardens, rather than the computerised precision cutting seen today.
An Antique ring from the Victorian era is likely to be made of platinum or gold and set with one of the four precious gemstones, rubies, emeralds, sapphires or diamonds and is often accented with pearls. A ring from the Art Nouveau period is usually in gold set with stones such as amber, moonstones, opals, pearls and garnets and the designs incorporate elements of nature.
The Edwardians preferred more conservative and understated filigree designs set with a single stone. The 1920's saw increased numbers of diamonds, used to add impact to the ring and very often used to frame larger central coloured stones. The Art Deco period of the 1930's saw the emergence of designs primarily made for the Hollywood elite using onyx, sapphire and ruby stones in designs that were more architectural and geometric.
Whether you prefer Art Deco rings or Victorian style antique rings it is important to go to reputable dealers to purchase Vintage rings UK Hatton Jewels carry a selection of some of the best antique and vintage rings available.