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There are women who know exactly what they want when it comes to their wedding – their path has been curated since childhood. Then, there are women who only have a vague or no idea … these “cross that bridge when I come to it” types, when consulted, revel in the idea of choosing an antique diamond ring to suit their style.
Ah, but where to start? Firstly, if you’re the beau looking to become engaged, you can still keep it a surprise and let her choose; you could take her post-proposal to peruse in person at Kalmar Antiques, or you could cosy up together on the couch and look for antique diamond rings for sale at www.kalmarantiques.com.au.
But let’s step back. How will you still be able to make a surprise proposal and still allow her to choose her own ring? Easy! Have your planned proposal, however lavish or intimate you plan and have a “placeholder” ring (a little silver band, perhaps, something relatively innocuous and believe us, she’s very likely to consider that “placeholder” as something memorable and sweet and definitely a keepsake). When you presented it to her, you reveal the additional surprise of letting her choose her favourite amongst a bevy of antique engagement rings.
Peruse antique jewellery dealers online, but know that few, if any, will have the qualifications of Kalmar Antiques – they have a shop as well as the aforementioned online presence.
Antique Diamond Rings
Luckily, there are significant enough eras of jewellery to examine and the chance of finding one to suit your style is a good one. Whilst today’s contemporary engagement rings traditionally feature a diamond (or two or three or more), antique and vintage diamond rings feature unique characteristics of the era – that means the rings may feature not just diamonds, but other gemstones popular for the time: pearls, opals, sapphires, emeralds, and rubies.
Yes, mid-century modern jewellery – and rings – are considered antiques, especially if you’re applying the 50 years and older rule. In fact, this means that rings from the early 1960s are considered antiques.
The era began in the centre of culture, France just before World War I and lasted through the end of the next war. One of the most famous hallmarks of the Art Deco period is the Chrysler Building in New York City. Deco rings feature geometric designs in symmetrical patterns.
Art Nouveau emerged at the tail end of the Victorian era and overlaps with the Edwardian period. Nouveau jewellery is characterized by a celebration of nature – consider the popular “wheat pattern,” as well as leaves.
The Post -Victorian period jewellery is distinguished by intricate, delicate filigree and lacy designs.
Diamond rings from the Victorian era are the last readily available antique jewellery – it’s much harder to find diamond rings from before the late 1830s. This era correlates, obviously, with the long reign of Queen Victoria (who died in 1901). It’s actually an eclectic definition, because early on, she and her husband Prince Albert represented an extremely romantic design period. When Albert suddenly died at only 42, the queen fell into a profoundly deep depression and this affected jewellery, which then began to feature black onyx and cabochons. Different types of pearls were used in rings, as well as garnets, in addition to diamonds, emeralds and rubies. Popular jewellery techniques of the time are Cannetille and Repousee. White and yellow gold were the most popular metals.
From these eras and in-between you’re sure to find a style of diamond antique ring that will ideally suit your aesthetic.