Collecting antique diamond rings

   For some, antique collecting might seem easy because all you need to do is spend money on a specific item. But, being easy is far from being true because possessing an antique piece requires utmost dedication and proper maintenance to keep its real value from decreasing. This is true if you plan to collect jewelry and especially true if your passion is for antique diamond rings.

   Collecting antique diamond rings whether for an engagement, wedding, or just for plain pleasure requires a huge investment.

   Just like when buying jewelry with diamonds, the first thing that you should consider in collecting antique diamond rings is what are referred to as the "4Cs." The "4Cs" of the diamond are considered as the most basic standard in determining the quality of the jewel. 4C stands for "Carat" that refers to the weight of the diamond, "Clarity" that measures the purity of diamond, "Cut" that determines the brilliance of the diamond and the "Color" that determines the whiteness of the diamond.

How to identify antique diamond rings

   If you plan to collect antique diamond rings, you should familiarize yourself with the elements that reveal the diamond's true value and rarity. Do this with the help of an expert or seasoned jeweler.

   Just like any other type of antique, experts say that for a ring to be one, it should be more than 100 years old. It is likely to be antique when it has originated from the Georgian, Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian, and Art Deco era. It should also be very detailed and ornate to avoid reproductions.

  (TIP: Look for antique diamond rings that have gold, platinum, titanium, or silver inlays.)

   One important thing to consider in antique collecting especially with diamond rings is that an item should reflect a distinct character and history when it comes to design. That very factor will set it apart from other modern designs available today.

  The following tips can help you identify antique diamond rings and can also help you come up with a wise decision before buying one:

- Double check the professional appraisal of the item to ensure its authenticity.

- Check the date when the item was authenticated and consult an expert to interpret it for you.

- Get an estimated cost of the repair if the item needs one.

- Make sure that you closely inspect and examine the overall condition of the ring by testing its prongs.

- When collecting antique diamond rings, make sure that you get a certificate from Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to ensure the item's authenticity.