Vintage Emerald Ring

Is that a "real" vintage emerald ring? What does "vintage" actually mean?

Generally speaking, anything made before the 1920s is considered antique, and items produced between the 1920s and 1960s is referred to as vintage.

The actual gem is much older, of course, but a vintage emerald ring is a ring that was set and designed before the '60s and after the '20s. As we progress farther into the future, these dates are sure to change, but as of now, that is the generally accepted guideline.

In many families fine jewelry is handed down from generation to generation. But, sometimes there is no one to hand the jewelry down to, so it is sold – giving you the chance to own your little piece of history.

Vintage Wedding Ring Set with Emerald and White CZs
Vintage Wedding Ring Set with Emerald and White CZs
Vintage Art Deco Emerald Ring
Vintage Art Deco Emerald Ring
Genuine Emerald Diamond Vintage Style Ring
Genuine Emerald Diamond Vintage Style Ring

You can find all sorts of fabulous vintage rings in specialty jewelry stores and online. Estate sales and auctions are probably the best places to find high quality rings and other vintage jewelry at reasonable prices. Of course, financial hardship is another reason why these rare rings end up on the open market.

Giving a gift of jewelry is not always easy. Rings, in particular, signify certain elements of a person's lifestyle or personality, and often signify a special occasion such as an engagement.

Royalty and elite classes have worn rings for centuries to identify themselves as such. These rings were commonly used on wax seals to prove the correspondence was indeed from the desk of the nobleman, and not a forgery.

High school students buy class rings as mementos of their school and the years they spent there. Many times these rings are given to girlfriends or boyfriends to signify a steady relationship. Champion sports stars are given rings to commemorate their victory and skill in the game.

There are many reasons you would want to give someone a ring. Birthstone rings are very popular gifts among people of all ages. It is also very common to give a mother a special, custom-made ring with the birthstones of all of her children.

Genuine Emerald Diamond Ring – Vintage Style
Genuine Emerald Diamond Ring – Vintage Style
Genuine Oval Emerald Diamond Vintage Style Ring
Genuine Oval Emerald Diamond Vintage Style Ring
Luxury Women’s 9K Yellow Gold Emerald & Pearl Vintage Style Ring
Luxury Women’s 9K Yellow Gold Emerald & Pearl Vintage Style Ring

Emeralds promise good luck and are believed to posses healing powers. They are the birthstone for May and also the Zodiac gem of Taurus, Cancer and sometimes Gemini. So, giving an emerald ring to someone born in January might not be appropriate, unless you know for sure that person really loves emeralds. A true emerald aficionado will gladly accept anything with emeralds on it, any time of the year.

Giving someone a vintage emerald ring can pose the same problems. Some people are all about retro and love anything vintage. While others are all contemporary, and would be insulted by a “used” ring. Especially if that ring had belonged to a stranger.

There is one instance where you can never go wrong with the gift of jewelry and that is when the jewelry holds sentimental value. If an older relative gives you an heirloom, you will cherish it whether you like the design and gemstone or not. The same is true for lovers. When you give your special someone a ring that had belonged to your mother, father or one of your grandparents, they will cherish it forever.

And that brings us back to buying a vintage emerald ring at auction. This ring obviously does not have any sentimental value to you personally. Why would you think the intended recipient will like the ring? Because you know this person intimately and you know what type of rings she likes.

Gemstones don't lose their value. On the contrary, the value of most gems rise. So, don't think you will save any money by buying a vintage emerald ring. Depending on the setting, the material used for the band and the overall condition of the ring, you could easily pay more for an old ring than for a new one. When you add in artificial value, such as the status of the previous owner (a rock star or royalty), you are looking at one very expensive ring.

It is an age old practice to forge valuable items. Although many gems today are man-made, there is a big difference between a man-made emerald and a fake. Man-made emeralds are composed of the same elements nature uses, while fakes are usually made of glass.

Only a highly trained gemologist is able to positively identify which gems grew wild in Africa, which grew wild Columbia, which grew in wild in Brazil and which were manufactured in a controlled, domestic environment. Fakes, on the other hand, are easily recognizable by just about anyone.

Since man-made gemstones have not been around for very long, it is a good bet that a vintage emerald ring is made with a genuine, wild grown emerald.

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