You want a vintage ring — but not just any vintage ring. You want one that’s straight out of the Jazz Age, with a sleek geometric design, sparkling gemstones, and bold colors. What you want is a gorgeous Art Deco ring. Here’s how you can get exactly what you want.
What Makes an Art Deco Ring?
Art Deco is a style, not a time period. So, you don’t want to browse an antique shop for a ring that’s just from the 1920s. You could end up disappointed.
When you’re shopping for an Art Deco ring, here are some of the qualities that you should look for:
- Geometric and fancy cuts
- Clean lines
- Pavé settings
- Contrasting gemstones
- Colorful gemstones (sapphires, rubies, emeralds)
- Platinum band
The jewelry has to carry the exhilarating spirit of the Roaring Twenties. For some celebrity inspiration, take a look at Ashlee Simpson’s engagement ring from Evan Ross that has a marquise-cut and a stunning design of rubies and white diamonds.
How Do You Pick One?
If you’re not lucky enough to have a relative pass down their fabulous jewelry to you, you can look for a vintage ring online or in antique shops. It’s important that you look at the list above to see if the piece matches the Art Deco style that you’re looking for. If authenticity is really important to you, you should get a confirmation of the piece’s age before you buy it. Art Deco saw a resurgence in the 1980s, so that engagement ring may not be as old as you’d like it to be.
If you do find an authentic vintage Art Deco ring, you still have to check the quality. The biggest problem with vintage jewelry is wear and tear. The older the ring is, the more worn down it’s likely to be. If the quality is good, but the fit is wrong, you can go to a professional jeweler to redesign a piece for you using the heirloom gemstones from the ring. You can make a perfect recreation.
If the quality is not great, you might not be able to use it. But don’t worry — this doesn’t have to be the end of the road. You can go to a specialized jeweler to get a custom designed engagement ring in an Art Deco style so that you’re guaranteed a beautiful engagement ring that’s a perfect fit for your personal style, budget, and finger. It will be crafted with new top-quality materials, so you know that it’s built to last. You can have that “vintage” feel without any of the downsides.
What About an Art Deco Wedding?
You don’t have to stop with your engagement ring. If you want to have a unique wedding reception that will stand out from the rest, you should bring Art Deco into the theme. You can have a Roaring Twenties wedding — or better yet, a Great Gatsby wedding that rivals the parties set in the novel and film adaptations. Fill the venue with glitzy décor. Ask guests to wear their best suits and flapper dresses. Hire a jazz band that will get everyone out of their seats and tearing up the dance floor.
The Roaring Twenties are getting a big revival. Your engagement is the perfect opportunity to bring some of that 1920s style into the 2020s.