How To Buy A Vintage Platinum Engagement Ring
If your special day is coming soon, you may want to know how to buy a vintage platinum engagement ring. These things can be very expensive as the metal was used for military purposes during World War II. The U.S. government disallowed the use of platinum for jewelry at that time, leading to a rise in the popularity of white gold. While modern platinum rings are now available, vintage platinum rings (usually considered to be 25 years old or more) are rarer, as platinum only regained its popularity in the 1990s. Because of that, this is one type of engagement ring where "vintage" and "antique" can cost you about the same. Like all antiques, you can start your search small scale, but due to the rarity of this ring type dealers are probably your final stop. But if you are up for the chase, try:
- Family. Maybe you are one of the lucky few whose mother (or father) inherited a vintage platinum engagement ring. It doesn't hurt to ask! Nothing beats a free ring with deep sentimental attachments.
- Local and low key. Like any antique, you can try to start small. Pawn shops, antique shops, even flea markets and garage sales can turn up a vintage treasure. It's a long shot, but it can be worth it to get a platinum engagement ring at a rock bottom price. Just be aware that even little ponds can be full of sharks. Before you pay too much for a fake, ask if you can get the ring appraised. If they want a quick sale, ask for a guarantee that if you find out the ring's not what they claim, you can get a refund. Their refusal might be your sign that the deal's not so good.
- Antique shops. A small antique shop can be like a garage sales with credentials. They are far more likely to stand behind what they sell. And if an antique shop has a platinum engagement ring in your beloved's size, you might get a bargain.
- Jewelry dealers. Check local phone books for dealers or do a quick search on the internet. If you can't find a local dealer, there are plenty online. Dealers like Faye Cullen and Dover Jewelry have very pretty rings (with often not-so-pretty prices). There are also smaller dealers and individuals who will offer vintage rings, often at lower prices. Just like the flea market, when dealing with a small dealer, ask for guarantees.
No matter where you buy, realize that there are a lot of platinum engagement rings that are "vinatage inspired" or "vinatge style." Read the fine print so you know you are getting the real deal. Happy hunting!