We’ve been rounding up quite a few sparklers for your left ring finger, but if there’s one theme we’ve noticed, it’s that we’re mega attracted to vintage engagement rings. Aside from the obvious beauty contest achievements, these gems are packed with character. And that’s not all! UK based Browns Family Jewellers is a lover and curator of antique engagement rings themselves, so we’ve partnered with them to offer some clarity if you’ve been struggling for direction on this monumental decision. Because let’s face it, love is blind and ring shopping is too.
Now Browns has been in the biz for over 20 years, so we’d say they’ve got some know-how on the matter. They have a vast collection of engagement rings in all styles, but perhaps their most crowning achievement is their expertise in the “pre-loved” jewelry section. We may or may not have spent a couple hours perusing all the splendor. So let’s get right to it, shall we? Here are 5 good reasons to consider a vintage engagement ring:
1. They’re quintessentially unique
One of the biggest selling points for these enduring pieces is their character. Their one-of-a-kind nature. Their radiant charm. If you’re a gal who loves to be a unicorn, we’re guessing you want your wedding style to make an unparalleled statement. And doesn’t it all start with the ring?
2. They’re the perfect choice for hopeless romantics
We’re obsessed with the stories glazed in decadence. The tales of star-crossed lovers and forbidden elopements. The captivating lives summed up in a single diamond (or sapphire, or ruby or opal – why limit?) If you’re as hyped by love stories as we are, then you may want to browse a few pieces with history.
3. They hark back to a past era
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning! Say you love the art deco era, and you find yourself searching for every Gatsby party within a socially acceptable vicinity. Or perhaps you repeat lines from The Young Victoria on the daily. The beauty of vintage engagement rings is that they span centuries, so if you’ve ever wondered how you can marry the past + present in your personal life, this’ll just about do it!
4. Their style is utterly eye-catching
There’s a reason we see celebrities like Scarlet Johannson and Reese Witherspoon sporting these glamorous pieces – and doesn’t this diamond and emerald style remind you of Olivia Wilde’s? There’s an allure to the fashion statements they make, and a draw to the idea of turning heads when you walk in a room. Not saying these rings have to be loud, but there’ll be no mistaking they’ll start a conversation.
5. They represent sustainability at its finest
Purchasing a vintage engagement ring means giving a kiss to the environment. Not only can you be rest assured these are conflict-free diamonds, you can sleep well knowing you’ve given new life to something that’s been around the block a while. And bonus! You may find vintage engagement rings for a fraction of the price when comparing gems of the same cut and size.
All photos by Helen Warner Photography
So there ya have it. If you answered yes to any of the above, we’re pretty sure you’ll want to take a look at this collection from Browns Family Jewellers. Praise hands because they ship overseas! Now tell us, which piece gets first place in your book?
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