This season the vintage ring is making a comeback with force. Influenced
by the ornate detail of the authentic estate rings of old, this
season's new 'antique' style rings are gorgeous, unique, and all
the rave! The modern styles of the vintage, or 'antique', engagement
ring sets focus on the acute detail of pave set diamonds and milgrain
and filigree detailing on the metal.
Generally these rings have a thinner shank and the accent diamonds
are much smaller than a contemporary ring's side stones. However,
this style allows for a much larger amount of diamonds to be set
within the band which makes the ring sparkle and shine as if the
entire thing were encrusted in diamonds. Though the center stones
may not be very large, nor may there be an abundance of them on
the ring, the fact that the shank of the ring sparkles with so much
brilliance and fire more than adequately substitutes the traditional,
more contemporary engagement sets.
Moreover, the antique ring's standard trademark is the presence
of a 'veil' of diamonds that surrounds the center stone. Generally
these diamonds are also pave set and the aesthetic gives the beautiful
illusion of a much larger center stone. This style of ring is extremely
popular with the round, princess, and oval shaped diamonds but there
are mountings for other diamond shape cuts including emerald, marquis,
etc. If you cannot find a semi-mount (engagement ring purchased
without a center stone) that fits the shape of your center stone,
many designers have antique rings pre-set with their own diamonds,
from which you can choose a variety of shapes. Moreover, if you
are intent on setting your own stone, you can often have this 'antique'
look customized to fit your stone.
A beautiful switch from the previous trend of the 'Past, Present,
Future' ring; a tri-stone setting set in a simple metal band, the
new antique rings offer a unique look that distinguishes itself
from the multitudes of mass-produced contemporary designs. Moreover,
some designers are actually spinning the look of the tri-stone ring
and making it look 'antique' by adding milgrain and filigree etchings
to the metal shank, and/or, including pave set diamonds along the
sides of the shank for even more sparkle.
The estate ring look will generally include a much larger center
stone than traditional engagement rings. This, along with the extra
detailing to the metal and the detailed pave settings will make
these rings a bit pricier than standard engagement sets; however,
they are arguably worth every penny. Be prepared to start at least
around $800 for semi-mounts. These rings can range anywhere from
$800 - $5,000 for semi-mounts and from $1,500 - $65,000 and up for
engagement ring sets with center stones. Obviously the price range
will be large and is dependent on the carat weight and quality of
diamonds in your ring. To help lower the cost however, you can opt
to only purchase the engagement ring. Since the center stones in
these rings are generally either much larger, or made to look larger
by the surrounding veil of diamonds, these rings can look great
on their own and may not need a wedding band; the choice is solely
For the past few years many celebrities have been seen displaying
their larger than life 'antique' style rings on the red carpets.
Both Kate Hudson and the newly engaged Katie Holmes sport the antique
looking rings on their slender fingers. Kate Hudson's is a bit more
'Art-deco' than antique; however, it still has an elemental estate
look that is very popular right now. Katie Holmes recent 5-carat
oval shaped two-tone antique ring is a perfect example of the current
trend in rings, and, if I may add, it is beautiful. Big... but beautiful.
Naturally one wouldn't expect to purchase a ring of that magnitude
and hundreds of designers are taking this look and incorporating
it into an engagement ring that holds a more modestly sized center
stone that is much easier on the wallet.
After looking at engagement rings for months I absolutely fell
in love with the vintage style and am 100% convinced that the antique
look is the perfect blend of traditional (as in family heir-loom
traditional) and contemporary styles. This ring has the flare of
a modern twist with an essence of the rings of old that smack of
grandma's beautiful antique jewelry. But the beauty of these rings
is that they are devoid of that 'aged' look and are designed to
look appropriate for even the youngest of brides-to-be.
Happy ring hunting!