Pros and Cons of a Vintage Engagement Ring

Step back in time with our collection of vintage-style engagement rings. Inspired by the glamour of bygone eras, each ring boasts intricate details and timeless design elements. From Art Deco to Victorian styles, find the perfect ring to symbolize your love and honor the past.

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Vintage styles are making a return in countless areas of late. Vinyl is back, second-hand clothing is a lot cooler now than it was when we were kids, and suddenly grandma’s jewelry is fashionable again.

Vintage engagement rings are becoming more and more popular for couples looking to tie the knot and there are a few great reasons why.

Of course, they’re not for everyone, so we’re going to take a look at some of the pros as well as some cons.

Pro: A Truly Classic Look

Vintage may be back, but in a lot of ways it never really went away.

Engagement rings in a vintage style are a timeless look that never truly goes out of fashion.

While trends come and go, beautifully understated pieces will always be breathtaking.

This is especially true on the finger of a new bride, and while these pieces are vintage, they can still be customized to suit each couple’s desires.

Con: Not For Everyone

Of course, not everyone is going to be a fan of any particular style. Some couples are after a more modern look, and that’s perfectly fine.

Millennials are increasingly turning to different options altogether, including moissanite, while some couples are opting against traditional marriage and are looking to different tokens to symbolise their partnership, such as gifting pendants to one another.

At the end of the day, every couple will decide what works best for them.

sapphire vintage engagement ring

Pro: Surprising Versatility

There’s a notion that things from the past are “set in their ways”. This might be true in other cases; however vintage styled jewelry boasts a versatility not everyone knows about.

While the massive majority of couples opt for a diamond engagement ring, sapphires have played a huge part in vintage styles in the past and are making a recent resurgence as well.

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There’s a strong case for looking into a vintage style with a sapphire as the key gemstone, as we’ve looked into here.

Con: More Upkeep Required On Older Pieces

The final point isn’t so much of a problem for new rings in a vintage style, but more for truly vintage pieces. Like all things, jewelry requires a little more TLC as it ages to keep it looking its best.

While an heirloom ring is a dream for many brides, this is something to take into consideration.

milgrain vintage engagement ring

Pros: A World of Detail

One of the biggest attractions to vintage styles is the level of intricate detail they offer. While many different styles of jewelry have beautiful flourishes, none quite match a vintage engagement ring.

These classic pieces feature iconic details such as Milgrain detailing (the process of adding tiny metal beads to a piece to form a border around your gemstone or the edging of the ring), as well as artisan and elegant filigree and scrollwork designs, giving these vintage works a delicate, beautiful finish.

Some of Our Favorites

Excited yet? We are! Our vintage offerings are a favorite among our customers and it’s clear to see why.

The entire Kirk Kara line is a beautiful vintage style, but this Angelique Diamond Scrollwork Engagement Ring is one of their best. It features round cut diamonds enclosed in swirling milgrain detailing, all showing off your customizable gemstone.

Elsewhere, Kirk Kara’s Angelique Milgrain ring is one of our customers’ most loved. It marries round-cut diamonds, side engraving, milgrain with scroll detailing and filigree!

 If you’re interested in a vintage engagement ring, we can help! Call us today at (716) 631-1584, text us at (716) 574-0966, visit us at our Buffalo, NY location or chat with our experts online 24/7, and see first-hand what makes a vintage style such an attractive option.

Peter Manka Jr

Peter Manka Jr. - Owner at Ben Garelick

Peter Manka Jr. is a passionate member of the family business who joined Ben Garelick in the early 2000s after working in product licensing for Sesame Workshop & The Jim Henson Company for many years. He obtained a degree in diamonds and jewelry from the prestigious Gemological Institute of America (GIA) in order to sharpen his jewelry skills. He takes great pride in providing exceptional customer service and helping clients find the perfect piece of jewelry.

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