THE TREASURE HUNT TO FIND THE PERFECT VINTAGE RING

April 19, 2016

On your wedding day, it's a tradition to have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  If it’s one of Gerard Leon's vintage engagement and wedding rings, it could even be an antique from the 1800’s, a vintage from the roaring 1920’s, or an artfully designed and crafted contemporary classic. Here's our advice on seeking your unique vintage piece to have and to hold, for every step on your journey together.
First, do your research on and off the internet. Aside from reading articles, come to our shop to speak with an expert. Figure out which style you prefer: is it a showy Art Deco piece, or maybe a fanciful Edwardian ring? What shape flatters you? Do your fingers look best in a narrow or wide band? What stone size compliments your finger? Because everyone’s hands are different, you may be surprised at what looks good on your finger. While our beautiful vintage rings will always radiate a distinct beauty, the magic of each piece is only uncovered when it contacts the skin of the right person.
When it comes to shopping for a vintage ring, metal is a key factor. Though platinum is the whitest metal in its natural state, the hardness of white gold is a better fit for some people; and yellow gold has made a huge comeback since the past 10 years. For a few examples, see our Art Deco Inspired Old European Halo Diamond Ring in Platinum, and Vintage Old European Solitaire Diamond Ring in 14k White Gold (featured below).
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While diamonds are the most common type of center stone (especially for bridal), the distinct beauty of a sapphire or ruby may be for you if you prefer a more unique look with lively color. For a vintage piece or a contemporary classic, explore the gemstone varieties of  Gerard Leon's curated collection, such as thisEdwardian Emerald and Old European Diamond Three Stone Ring in 14k Yellow Gold or Edwardian Burma Ruby & Diamond Halo Engagement Ring (featured below).
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We believe an engagement ring is a gift, which represents the love, faith and dedication of the couple.  The amount of money that’s spent on it is quite important; the only thing more important is the story behind the ring.  What was the journey in finding the right ring?  What was the groom’s strategy in setting up the unforgettable moment of the proposal? While a diamond center stone can be a factor in that cost, in the end, the age of the ring, its rarity, and its history will determine its price tag. With vintage, remember that you are not only buying a ring's history, but adding your own love story to its pages.
When shopping for a vintage ring, Gerard Leon encourages couples to be mindful of their lifestyle and the activity level of your hands.  Is this a piece to wear daily, to wear on a rotation, or for special occasions only?  Are there delicate stones or jewelry details that require more mindfulness?  Are there normally bumps, scratches, and nicks on my hands and nails?  What’s a good schedule for check-ups (we recommend every 18-24 months)? Understanding all this is not an exact science, nor does it always stay consistent.  People’s wearing habits are susceptible to change.  Luckily, should anything happen to your unique vintage ring, our expert staff is always on call to repair your ring and bring it back to pristine condition. On your wedding day, it's a tradition to have something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue.  If it’s one of Gerard Leon's vintage engagement and wedding rings, it could even be an antique from the 1800’s, a vintage from the roaring 1920’s, or an artfully designed and crafted contemporary classic. Here's our advice on seeking your unique vintage piece to have and to hold, for every step on your journey together.

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