If you are planning on getting engaged soon and wanted to surprise that special person in your life with a vintage engagement ring, you will first need to research this type of jewellery before making your purchase. Below you will find some advice on what you need to do to find the perfect engagement ring for your future bride.
The first thing you will need to know is the ring size of your future bride, as well as what styles of rings they prefer. If you have already got this information, then you can start to educate yourself in antique jewellery, and if looking for a diamond ring, you will need to learn about the 4 C’s. Find out about the different styles such as Art Deco, Victorian, Edwardian, and do your research on prices as this will help to negotiate when you find the perfect engagement ring for your other half.
There are plenty of car boot sales, auctions, and antique fairs that you can visit to start your search for the ring of your partner’s dreams. It could take some visits before you find what you are looking for depending on the size of the markets that you visit. One alternative that you have that allows you to shop from the comfort of home is using the internet. Many different online retailers specialise in antique jewellery and companies such as Kalmar Antiques brings you antique engagement rings of the highest quality. Speak to as many different online retailers and specialists as you can and explain to them what you are looking for and see what each of them has available that is similar to your needs.
When you speak to a dealer who specialises in antique jewellery you will probably find that they are very passionate about this subject. When you find a dealer that is like that, you know you are onto a winner. They will probably have plenty of contacts and if they do not have what it is that you want, they can probably check with their contacts for you to see if they can source it.
Once you have found the perfect engagement ring for your partner, you will then want to start negotiation of the price. Ask the seller how much they are looking for, and then give them a counter offer. It is not a wise idea to lowball the seller with a ridiculously low offer, and instead offer what you think is a fair price and go from there.
There is a wealth of information online that you can access for free on websites that tell you more on what you need to know about antique engagement rings.
Once you have been successful in your negotiations and are the proud new owner of an antique engagement ring, you will want to take it to a reputable jeweller and have it checked over and may be given a clean. You will want to make sure that the clasps holding the stones are solid and not loose, as well as clean it up in preparation for the big proposal.
Once all the steps above have been done, you are now ready to ask your partner the question!