Getting the engagement ring right is one of the most nerve-wracking aspects of proposing, and the pressure to get it right is immense.
And with the price of engagement rings constantly on the rise, many are choosing to go down a slightly different route and opt for an antique engagement ring.
So why exactly should you consider going antique?
First and foremost, there are some truly stunning antique rings available out there. Unlike the mass produced rings that you’re likely to see on the high street, antique rings are all completely unique (many were handcrafted before the rise of mass production).
This unique beauty really sets antique rings apart, and there’s a certain sense of satisfaction in knowing that there are no other rings out there like yours.
Each antique ring has its own story to tell, with some dating back over 100 years, and have real meaning behind them.
Certain periods such as the Edwardian and Art Deco eras heralded some extremely intricate and elaborate designs which reflected the aesthetics of the time, which are a perfect alternative if you feel like the high street’s offerings have become a little bland and samey.
After all, why should the ring that symbolises your love for your partner be the same as anybody else’s? It should be unique to the two of you!
While some believe that you should always pay at least a certain amount on an engagement ring, it’s really down to you how much you spend.
Thankfully, antique rings often present a much more cost-effective solution, and when you consider all of the other costs that go into making your special day truly special, it might be worth cutting back in other areas.
It’s worth doing some shopping around, both at local markets and online at retailers such as Antique Rings Online and you might be surprised at some of the deals you can get.
(Remember that online retailers can often sell pieces cheaper because they don’t have to mark up their prices to cover things such as high street rents or taxes.
While it might not be the first thing that comes to mind, more and more people are making an effort to go ‘green’ and live their lives in more sustainable ways.
And when you think about it, buying an antique ring fits in with this! Reusing a ring instead of splashing out on a new one is better for the environment, and who knows, one day you might even be able to pass the ring on to a child or grandchild and keep the legacy going!
Keeping a ring in the family isn’t just a great way to get the most out of it without having to spend a fortune on the high street, but it gives the ring a much more special meaning which is personal to your family.
You’ll also be making sure that you’re not accidentally investing in notorious ‘blood diamonds’.
For more information on the increasing popularity of passing down heirloom rings, check out this article from the New York Times.