Antique Wedding Rings
The Romance of History
Antique wedding rings are perfect for couples who want unique wedding rings, but don't have the money to design their own. Antique wedding rings can be found at antique markets and many professional antique dealers can provide a bit of romantic history behind the rings you choose. Antique wedding rings are one-of-a-kind designs that won't go out of fashion like many modern trends. Antique wedding rings also increase in value as they age and should be passed down as family heirlooms.
When shopping for an antique wedding ring, antique markets or private vendors are your best bet if you're versed in antiques. Be on the lookout for slight flaws - chips or scratches - although charm is most important. If you are unfamiliar with antiques a antique dealer can help you differentiate between antique and old junk and find you a quality ring within your price range.
The most popular antique wedding ring styles are from the Art Deco, Edwardian, Georgian and Victorian eras.
Art Deco (1920-1935) - a style that began in France. And, like the Flappers of the era focused on rediscovery and bold geometric shapes reminiscent of the architecture (ex: The Chrysler Building).
Edwardian (1901-1914) - Named for Edward VII (the reigning king). This period featured diamonds in almost every piece of jewelry. Platinum became the trend and bows, honeycomb and petit-point embroidery patterns were incorporated in jewelry.
Georgian (1714-1830) - Jewelry during the reign of George I to George IV was primarily handcrafted with motifs of acorns, wheat, flowers, leaves and doves. The cameo was also popular.
Victorian (1837-1900) - During the reign of Queen Victoria features symbols of unity - intertwined hands, buckles, bows and the Queen's own ring - a serpent eating it's own tail.