You Can Find The Perfect Antique Engagement Ring on any Budget!
Vintage and antique engagement rings are unbelievably sentimental due to their poetic nature. They evoke a time and space where candlelight ruled, and diamonds were much harder to come by.
Each one-of-a-kind antique engagement ring at Isadoras is chosen for its exquisite and unique qualities. Antique jewelry is the most collectable, rare, exotic jewelry there is.
We often tell our clients, "If you want an antique ring, be patient, and the right one will come to you." We love helping couples find the antique or vintage engagement ring of their dreams, no matter what their budget is.
It is important to keep in mind that the price of an engagement ring is affected by a diamond’s clarity, color, and size. We all know that a .50-carat diamond is more expensive than a .25-carat diamond, but if your budget is tight, there are ways to shop for beautiful diamonds without giving up on size.
We will show you how!
Each diamond is assigned a grade corresponding to its clarity.
- VS1-VS2 – Very Slightly Included
- SI1-SI2 – Slightly Included
- I1-I3 = Included
Diamonds with very minor inclusions that can only be seen under magnification are graded VS1-VS2. Diamonds with tiny flaws nearly invisible to the naked eye are graded SI1-SI2. Diamonds with flaws that can been seen with the naked eye are graded I1-I3.
The cost of a diamond decreases as you move down the scale from very slightly included diamonds to those that have inclusions.
Isadoras sells ideal stones, and a flawless diamond is a thing of beauty, but it never seduces us the way a stone with its own quirks, flaws, and ultimate beauty does. A stone with its own idiosyncrasies puts butterflies in my stomach; and when one of those stones arrive in our store I find myself inexplicably drawn to it.
Diamond Color Each diamond is assigned a grade corresponding to its color.
The diamond color scale begins at D and ends with Z. As a general rule, diamonds slightly tinted are much less expensive than colorless stones. D, E, and F diamonds are nearly colorless. The color difference is so negligible, that the grade can only be discerned by a gemologist. Diamonds rated G-J on the color scale are nearly colorless; however, the price decreases as you move up through the scale. I-J colored diamonds will be less expensive than G-H colored diamonds. If you are drawn to diamonds with a faint warm hue – you will find that the stones with a faint color grade (K-M) are much less expensive than G-colored diamonds.
Diamond Size Each diamond is assigned a carat weight
If you choose a stone with slight inclusions and a faint color, you can buy a higher carat diamond for your money.
Gemstones – The Alternative
Don’t forget - gemstones are a stunning way to get more for your engagement dollars. Typically, larger gemstones cost less than their diamond counterparts. Because most antique diamonds are cut by hand, they have an individuality and character that cannot be emulated. Please visit our blog post, A Beginner’s Guide to Antique Diamond Cuts, for more detailed information. For more ideas, visit our Pinterest boards and browse our Instagram page to find inspiration for unique antique Valentine’s Day engagement ring and gift ideas. Our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you find the perfect antique engagement ring for your beloved!