Choosing a ring to propose marriage with can be a difficult thing to do, but it is also the chance to deliver a really pleasant surprise to your partner and express your feelings through a thoughtful and unique choice of jewellery. There are two common options today, and those are modern engagement rings and vintage rings, both of which can be found from jewellers around the country.
Choosing between these two options can be tricky however, as each one has their advantages and disadvantages. Here are some of the things that you should consider if you are deliberating between which one is the right choice for your future fiancée.
Firstly, one of the main advantages of vintage options such as art deco engagement rings or Edwardian rings is that they are truly unique, bearing designs that you will not often find with modern rings. Fashioned in the distinct style of the time that they were made, you are very unlikely to find something similar from modern designers today.
This can be contrasted with modern rings, which can be a good choice for very different reasons. One of these is that modern rings are often created in a very classic yet contemporary style, and indeed many of the people do like a platinum or gold band with a gorgeous diamond in the centre.
For this reason, your choice between the two might be a stylistic one – do you go for something that is unusual and original in design or do you go for the sleek and elegant engagement ring style that is popular at the moment with a large demographic across the country and indeed the world?
The next point to consider is originality and uniqueness, as this is often a selling point when it comes to vintage options such as Victorian or art deco engagement rings. The reason for this is that these items are certainly not mass produced, and often you will be hard pressed to find something just like it.
This can be great for those who are looking for something truly special, as they are very unlikely to find something the same elsewhere. This can certainly add a feeling of ‘specialness’ to your marriage proposal, which is not true of modern styles of ring.
Some people are not so concerned with this one-of-a-kind uniqueness, however, instead choosing something that is perhaps more similar to many other options on the market – and mass produced – but is simply still more stylish and to their tastes than the vintage option.
Another point to bear in mind is cost, and this is no small element of the process of buying a ring. Often, many mass produced modern rings will be at a lower price tag than when buying some really rare and exquisite vintage rings. This can have a huge impact on how much of your pay check that you actually spend.
With that said, this is not always true, and you can find many gorgeous vintage options available for excellent prices form retail specialists in this particular type of jewellery. It is wise to do your research, however, on the value of the piece that you want to buy in order to ensure that you do not lose out financially.
These are just a few of the main reasons why you might want to invest in vintage options such as Victorian or art deco engagement rings or instead choose a more contemporary option. Both of these choices have their own advantages and disadvantages, which should be carefully weighed up and thought out.
With that said, it is fair to summarise that vintage rings are often more unusual and unique, whereas contemporary options bear a modern classic feel that is certainly the wedding ring standard in today’s society.