Popular Vintage Gemstone Rings and Jewelry
August 25, 2012 by Afshin Yaghtin
While “there’s nothing new under the sun,” old styles can seem as good as new, and the popularity of vintage gemstone rings proves it. Vintage gemstone rings are loved by many because they bring to mind pictures of a simpler time, one that we may have heard our grandparents or great-grandparents talk about with nostalgia. These were times before the constant pings of technology—times when life was simpler and moved at a more manageable pace.
Gemstone rings that feature styles loved in the past have a staying power that seems unaffected by passing fads. While their looks are undeniably from another era, these pieces have a timelessness that allows them to retain their appeal decade after decade.
Vintage rings are also popular for their quality of craftsmanship, and Apples of Gold holds to the same standard of quality that was expected over a century ago. In an age when most everything is mass-produced, styles with the touch of a skilled artisan are truly refreshing.
The Vintage Floral Blue Topaz Ring in .925 Sterling Silver is a prime example of exquisite handcrafted style. A 6mm round blue topaz glitters like a clear blue sky reflecting on water, set on a band inspired by a bouquet of flowers. Expertly carved blossoms and petals are lavished on this ring, creating a look that’s ripe with feminine beauty.
While many of us associate the Victorian Era with demure, feminine jewelry, vintage style is far from limited to dainty designs. Apples of Gold carries a number of bold looks that draw inspiration from the past while adding pops of color to today’s trends. For example, the Vintage Emerald-Cut Amethyst Ring in .925 Sterling Silver surrounds an eye-catching amethyst like a frame in a setting that’s portrait-like on top and more organic on the sides.
Even stones that had yet to enter the jewelry scene in the Victorian Era look stunning in vintage settings. For example, tanzanite wasn’t discovered until 1967, but it gives astoundingly vibrant color to several pieces in Apples of Gold’s vintage gemstone ring collection. For example, the Vintage Filigree Tanzanite Ring in 14K White Gold features a fine-threaded filigree design that’s both airy and strong, while being given a modern update by the matchless hue of tanzanite. This stone’s eye-catching blue with a hint of violet is unlike any other gemstone, and in this ring it adds a refreshing sense of life. Geometric yet graceful, this ring is both grounded in the past and ready to take on the future.
Vintage gemstone rings are also excellent options for engagement rings as they allow couples to express the timeless nature of their love and, through a rainbow of colors, the unique qualities that set their relationship apart. For example, emerald rings, with a color that speaks of life and vibrancy, are an excellent way to express a love that makes you more alive. The 1 Carat Art Deco Emerald Engagement Ring is a stellar example of a ring that communicates life-filled love. An elegant carved lotus flower opens to reveal a 1 carat round emerald, accented by a swirling carved design on the band.
Red gemstones are the traditional color of love, and vintage rings that feature them make wonderful engagement rings or simply symbols of affection. For example, the Enchanted Ruby Ring in 14K White Gold surrounds a round, rich ruby with a swirling engraved design that could have been taken from the pages of a fairy tale. It’s the perfect way to say “I love you” or “Will you marry me?”
Of course, the main reason that vintage gemstone rings are so popular is probably the simplest reason: they’re beautiful. Each one is a timeless treasure.
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