The word vintage does not mean an item is very old or an antique. That is a very common misconception and often the words are used in place of one another. An antique is vague and generally something at least 100 years old. Vintage refers to very specific eras and time frames.
A vintage wedding ring is easily identifiable by casual observers as well as experts. Can you close your eyes today and see the dolphin shaped engagement ring that Will Smith gave his fiancee in Independence Day? Vintage rings are:
- Hard to find. Collector’s items require treasure hunters to be discovered.
- Expensive. Scarcity always has a positive effect on price.
- Authentic. Be sure to ask your dealer if it is vintage or “vintage inspired”
- Unique. Many were hand crafted meaning there are very few exactly the same
- Investment. keep in mind that vintage rings increase in value as time marches on. Vintage inspired rings will pretty much holds the same consistent value.
Details matter now and forever. The craftsmanship of a vintage ring is in a word, exquisite. During the heights of modern golden ages like Art Deco, Victorian and Edwardian, cost was not an issue in the design of a ring. An argument can be made that more work was put into the settings than the stones themselves. The results cannot be denied and to borrow a cliche from my grandmother. “They don’t make things like they used to”.
Built to last
To piggyback on that for a minute. The look of a generation had better be built to last beyond the lifetime of the bearer. Thus durability is a huge factor on the importance of choosing which vintage period is best for the special lady. For example, if you were choosing a 70’s era car are you rolling with a GTO or a Pinto? Do your due diligence, and have the ring checked for stability. The last thing you want is to purchase the ring and have to continually refurbish the thing and incidentally adding to the cost.
Generations will appreciate such a family treasure. My family enjoys quite a few items that have made it through the sands of times. Some were given as birthrights. Some were lost as a result of not carrying on to the clan standards. Also, quite a few feelings were frazzled and some frifts were made after shrewd political maneuvering caused an item to change hands. However, I am sure that your family is not as dysfunctional as mine. And the procession will be orderly.
- Heirlooms As discussed earlier these items are hard to find. Keep them in the family
- Prestige there is pride in sporting a rock that has been in your family since creation.
- Rivalry. Healthy competition has never harmed anyone.
- Loyalty Every family has core items that keeps the unit together
- One ring to rule them all.
When you embark on your mission for the perfect ring, only shop in reputable places. The peace of mind that comes from knowing that you actually bought a piece of fine jewellery is priceless. Do not stake your reputation on the guy you found deep on page 15 of your search results. The risks are simply too great and it’s just not worth it.
I highly recommend that you visit www.bluejeanbaby.com where we have a an excellent inventory of vintage clothing and accessories for a worry free experience.
Let’s be real for a moment. How many times have you been forced by the rules of decorum to congratulate someone on their social media feed when inside you were like who cares? Come join Team Petty for a moment and have them slow clap for you.
- Mean girls sometimes it just feels good to take the mean girls down a peg or two
- Self-esteem. Let it out! You only live once: Feel good about where your life is heading
- Superiority. Make a preemptive strike letting all potential rivals know that they are not on your level.
- Envy Team petty loves people hating on us because they ain’t us
- Optics. At the end of the day the ring looks good. Take still pics, make videos live streams.and shout out to the world how much you love the person who gave you that ring.