Make Someone Happy With An Antique Engagement Ring This Valentines
There is nothing wrong with a modern engagement ring, indeed many are just variations on what has passed and as with so much fashion, these are just re-inventions of designs that have stood the test of time. The cluster, the three stone, the solitaire, they have certainly been the choice of mothers and grandmothers in the 20th century and indeed before.
The Romans thought a ring indicated ‘ownership’. Not perhaps what the modern woman would embrace, but in another way its a sign of connection, sincerity, honesty and most of all- love. The fact that the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger of the left hand indicates the this is where the vein called the ‘Vena Amoris’ or vein of love leads straight to the heart.
Why a diamond, or a precious stone. Obviously, he’s love is precious, but the first diamond ring given was in 1477 when the Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave such a ring to Mary of Burgundy.
So if you wish to give a ring that is not modern or mass produced, then there are vintage alternatives. Elegant, delicate and feminine designs are the forté of the edwardian designers, or maybe the bolder and more geometric designs from the Art deco period.
The Victorians liked to give an engagement ring that may contain the wearer’s birthstone, a ruby for July, or a sapphire for September for example.
Vintage Tom have a large and impressive range of rings suitable for engagements from all periods.Indeed the more modern solitaire can often be a fraction in price of a brand new ring. All rings are brought back to their former glory by our goldsmiths. Cleaned, all stones checked and claws renewed where necessary. Have a browse and feel free to speak to us for advice.