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If you are planning on 'popping the question' you are bound to have thought about engagement rings. The huge variety available can make choosing the right ring for your partner a daunting task. In this article we look at vintage and antique diamond rings and why you may wish to consider them.

These days there are many styles, cuts and colour of stone to choose from at your local high street jeweller, plus more choice when it comes to the metal the ring itself is made from. However, most of these are massed produced, and it is more than possible that your partner will at some point bump into someone with an identical ring. By choosing a unique vintage ring it is highly unlikely that www.tfonlinejewelry.net/ your intended will meet anyone with a similar ring.

Traditionally an engagement ring may hold a single round diamond, a solitaire, on a gold band. In more recent times the gold band may be exchanged for white gold or platinum, this being the hardest wearing of the metals. Diamond engagement ring stones are now found in a range of different cuts, including the princess, cushion, pear, asscher, oval, radiant and heart shapes.

What you should pay for a second hand diamond engagement ring depends on the Four Cs of diamond valuation. These are Cut, Clarity, Colour and Carat Weight. The cut is usually considered the most important factor. The cut is not the shape per se, the cut refers to the reflective qualities of the diamond. www.tfonlinejewelry.net/tiffany-bracelets.html The quality of the cut makes a difference to the appearance of the diamond, and though related to the shape is something quite different. In a well cut diamond the light reflects from one side of the diamond to the other, bouncing back and to the observer's eye. In a poorly cut diamond reflected light is 'lost' through the sides or bottom of the diamond and the brilliance of the stone is diminished.

If a vintage engagement ring is something you are considering, it is worth popping to your local pawn shop to see what they have in store. This may not seem like the obvious choice for fine jewellery, but in fact it is a very popular choice for those looking for engagement rings. Think about it: a person who uses the services of a pawn shop need to get hold of cash, and must leave an item of value to secure the loan, or for the pawnbroker to sell on their behalf. This item most often comes in the form of a piece of jewellery. In a number of cases the pawn broker's customer may be unable to repay the loan, or choose not to, and the ring becomes an item for sale in the pawn shop, usually at very competitive prices. Very often these antique engagement rings will be one of a kind, or at least much more rare than their high street counterparts.

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