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Antique Rings: A Hidden History
Do you like the idea of wearing a unique one-of-a-kind antique ring? Maybe one that's been on someone else’s finger centuries ago? One that has a history surrounding it that you can't even imagine but would have fun trying??
There are lots of places to pick up antique rings; both fairly cheaply and of great monetary value. The most important thing about antique rings is that it is unlikely that you will ever find another one the same. Most rings from centuries ago were custom made for their buyer; meaning that they are the sole example of that design. It's a great way to have something completely unique and be the envy of all your friends; or to buy that special gift with real sentimental value for a loved one.
Rings over fifty years old are considered to be antique. The most common periods that you will find these rings from are from the Victorian and Edwardian eras; and then going further back to the Art Deco period. Each of these periods had very different styles of rings- especially the Art Deco period; where rings were often of Egyptian and other exotic designs. Buying an antique ring is a real chance to get something that you just can't get nowadays. Due to the fact that there is such a wealth of styles to choose from, I’d have a clear idea of what you are looking for before you go on the antique ring hunt! Think a lot about what you are going to wear it with. There's no point in purchasing a ring that goes with nothing in your closet; or that's so extravagant that you are only going to be able to wear it a few times. Look for something that's timelessly fashionable, and that you can pull out of your jewelry box and put on anytime you need a pick-me-up.
Most antique rings are made from precious or semi-precious stones; which you can get cheaper than if you were buying these stones new. Always be sure to check the quality of the stones though- make sure they haven't been damaged by time. Similarly, check that the settings for stones aren't loose; and if possible get this checked; as standards for jewelry decades ago weren't the same as they are today!
A great place to pick up an antique ring cheaply is by going to trunk sales. Many people discard old rings they have inherited as they do not understand their worth. Antique sales can also be useful for this.
However, if you are wanting to go for a more expensive option, try a specialist store, or a specialist online retailer. They will be able to give you expert advice on each ring; and maybe a little bit of its history too; which only adds to the charm!