Become a Smarter Antique Engagement Ring Buyer with These Tips

Many go for an antique engagement ring due to its uniqueness that is unlike any other. Their enchantment is rooted within history, each with a unique story of their own. With emeralds, sapphires, interesting cuts and more, antique rings are really quite the spectacle.

 

If you are reading this article, we bet you have succumbed to the magic the antique ring can emit. You have a feeling in your gut your fiancée couldn’t imagine an engagement ring more perfect than an antique one. If that’s the case, you will need to know some useful facts to help you throughout the buying process.

 

The thing about buying something this unique is that they are not like any other engagement rings. However, the process is not rocket science. You see the antique ring you love and go for it. Right? This article will discuss some essential things you need to know to get you the best ring possible in a safe and successful way.

 

If you are still searching for your antique engagement ring, why not visit KalmarAntiques.com.au to see their elegant collections? There you will find a host of beautiful rings spanning across a range of eras.

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  • Think about insurance for your antique ring

 

If you are going to opt for an antique, then make sure to buy insurance to go with it. You can usually buy a policy, so it’s included with your current home insurance. Alternatively, you can take out a specialist policy from a company who deals with antique jewellery to give you extra peace of mind. Always remember to keep it updated whenever you move home too.

 

  • Asking the right questions before you purchase the ring

 

When you are physically in store and have the opportunity to converse with the sales staff, it’s always wise to go prepared.

It pays to ask the following questions:

 

  • What karat is the gold made in? It is common for many antique rings to be made in either 15 or 18 karats.

 

  • Can I see the mark to confirm this? Once they tell you the karat, you can often see a mark for confirmation where it has been acid tested to ensure the quality.

 

  • What size are the stones? What is the exact colour (or lack of) and clarity? Precious stones, such as diamonds, are graded, so the specialist should show you where they come to on the grading scale for confirmation. They should also be able to confirm the exact weight of a stone in carat.

 

  • If it’s an antique, are there any marks, chips or signs of wear and tear I should know about? The smaller damages may not always be easily seen by the naked eye. You want to also make sure that the ring hasn’t undergone serious repairs. Therefore, it is wise to ask the jeweller whether it has been restored. If so, what exactly has been done?

 

As you can see, it’s wise to get into specifics whenever you are asking for details about the antique. If you are unsure of anything, ask for further clarification or take down notes for further research. It is a sizeable portion of money for a very important event, so you want to make sure everything goes smoothly first time round.

Does A Wonderful Wedding Need A Perfect Proposal?

We’ve all seen them – those YouTube videos that go viral within days of being put up. Where a high school kid has hired a marching band to ask his sweetheart to go to prom with him. How you feel about these videos can tell a lot about you as a person; about half of us will say “Oh, how romantic” while the other half will cringe. Not only has the high school kid been an enormous try-hard, he’s set an unacceptably high bar too.

Those videos also exist for marriage proposals, of course. A level of planning which is somewhere on a par with invading a small island nation goes into asking the question. And sometimes it can look like it’s been done not for the proposer or the proposee, but the hit counter. After all, you can be extravagant with your proposal, but the production values on some of these videos are suspiciously good.

So, what matters when it comes to a marriage proposal? Is it important to make sure the whole thing is Hollywood rom-com perfect? Are stilt-walkers overkill? What is and isn’t indispensable? And are the YouTube heroes actually missing the point?

 

  1. Put A Ring On It

There is, officially, nothing about the engagement ring that makes a proposal more binding than it would be without. However, its symbolic value is relevant to the process. You will want to announce the engagement and you will be asked to show a ring as evidence. Marching band or no marching band, viral or no, Tacori engagement rings will make the whole thing real in a visual way.

  1. One Knee, Or Not One Knee?
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Sometimes cliches exist because they’re just right somehow. When someone has got engaged, the question is often “So, did he/she get down on one knee?”. The implication is that somehow it will be disappointing if the proposer has missed this bit out. Again, nothing is any more or less official for this, but the tradition of proposing on bended knee is sweet, costs nothing and feels right.

  1. The Family’s Blessing

In reality for a marriage proposal to be complete, it needs two people’s assent. The asker and the asked. However, this is the joining of two families and it’s important to get it off on the right foot. If it is likely to be expected of you that you get the blessing of your intended’s parents, then make sure you get their blessing. Getting engaged is such a buzz, but that buzz can be killed quickly by an irate parent asking why they weren’t consulted.

When it really comes down to it, the most important thing is that the proposal reflects the couple getting engaged. Traditions are traditions, but some of us aren’t that traditional. If you have a flair for the dramatic, why not have an extravagant set-up? And at the same time, if you’re simply focused on one another, it’s more than fine to have a simple, quiet proposal. If that’s what reflects you, then that’s what’s right.

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Your Must-Read Guide To Buying an Engagement Ring

The entire act of popping that big question is hard enough as it is. Picking the perfect ring to propose to your soon-to-be-bride is even harder. However, knowledge is power when it comes to shopping for the engagement ring, so take some time to read through our ultimate guide before making a decision.

 

Plan Your Budget

 

When it comes to narrowing down your choice, the first step is to set your budget. Once you know how much you plan on spending, you can start looking at the best diamond with the 4C attributes for your budget and start shopping at Australia’s premier diamond jewellers.

 

Consider How Much Prices Can Vary Between Diamond Rings

 

There is an infinite number of choices when it comes to diamond rings. It all depends on the quality of the diamond. Diamond bands that are more detailed are going to cost more than their plain counterparts. It’s a good idea to keep your soon-to-be fiancé in mind when it comes to picking a style and considering practicality.

 

Considering Certification

 

All diamonds should be issued with a certificate. Larger diamonds, in fact, should be internationally certified and many come with a laser inscription on the ring’s girdle. When ring shopping, make sure you choose a jeweller you trust, the one with a solid background.

 

The 4Cs and What They Mean

 

There’s no doubt you’ve heard about the 4C’s – carat, clarity, cut and colour. The 4Cs acts as a guideline when choosing an engagement ring. It’s a good idea to give more importance to higher grades of clarity, cut and colour as opposed to focusing on carat weight. A good tip is to purchase a diamond that is as white as possible in the range of “excellent” white.

 

Another important factor is clarity. A diamond that has minimal inclusions will portray a fire brilliance and shine. Larger inclusions within a diamond act to decrease the attractive sparkle and the value of the diamond.

 

Cuts that have a lesser grade than “good” mean that the diamond’s proportions aren’t going to be exact and the light rays that flow into a diamond won’t flow outwards. It is also important that you check that the diamond does not have any fluorescence. A diamond with fluorescence influences the brilliance and will make a diamond less appealing to the eye and less valuable.

 

Take a look at the brilliant selection of bespoke engagement rings in Melbourne by Simon West Jewellery.

 

Which C Can You Compromise On?

 

You should not compromise on any of the 4Cs to an extent. But it is a good idea to go for a diamond that has less carat weight within the best possible quality range in clarity, cut and colour. By doing this, the value of the diamond itself won’t be compromised, and will enable you to upgrade the diamond over the years while keeping the best possible quality.

 

Settings and Bands: The Options

 

Rings are available in a wide variety of designs and the final choice will ultimately rest in your hands, keeping your partner’s preferences and style in mind. The classic, simpler mounts are the rings that never go out of fashion and will emphasise the diamond itself. Other mounts for diamonds of the shank, for example, are more modern and can complement the centre diamond.

 

The perfect engagement ring should be bought with your partner in mind. Think about her everyday routine and style before making the final choice.

 

Marry Me Monday

After such a gorgeous weekend, we are celebrating with an absolutely beautiful, well planned and touching wedding proposal! Happy Monday loves <3

 

 

Marry Me Monday- Starbucks Lovers

How adorable is this surprise wedding proposal?! We just LOVE all of the planning he did to make it so special for her! Happy Marry Me Monday!

 

A Surprise- Marry Me Monday

Marry Me Monday- Airport Proposal

I was definitely crying during this one!

Marry Me Monday’s Mountaintop Proposal

OUR CHEEKS HURT! We couldn’t stop smiling watching this cute mountaintop proposal. Her reaction is so adorable. You can feel her absolute happiness and excitement! Love is such a beautiful thing!

Action Packed Marry Me Monday

I have never seen this kind of proposal before! Can you believe the amount of work and effort this guy went through to create a fake action film with his girlfriend to be able to propose to her in the most EPIC way?! How creative and adorable!

 

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