Rings in this style category are typically white and/or yellow gold or platinum. This style is seen in wedding rings for him and her and also engagement rings and solitaire designs.
Rings which are antique are actually by legal definition 100 years old. Such rings may contain diamonds cut in the styles of old European cut, old Mine cut or Rose cut. Millgrain beading, hand-engraving and bead setting are typical of antique rings.
Art Deco jewellery was a style introduced in the 1920’s which reflects geometric motifs, bold colours and defined linear expression. The shanks on many of these rings are usually narrow at the base and sides with a wide crown/head.
Classic rings share characteristics with traditional style which includes delicately styled solitaires and narrow rings which will incorporate set shoulder stones.
Estate jewellery is commonly referred to as vintage and pre-owned jewellery. This can be antique or a piece from an important or popular design era. It may also come from well- known jewellery design houses or artisans. The attraction of Estate jewellery is often its ornate design and unique workmanship and techniques.
Rings which are considered vintage usually are in the same spectrum as antique, Art Deco and Estate pieces. They have a specific attractive character such as hand-engraving, millgrain borders or compliments and micro-pave set gemstones and diamonds.
The date that a piece was originally made is called the circa date. This is an approximate date and includes the ten years before and after the stated date. Therefore, if you have a circa date of 1890, this includes the years between 1880 to 1900 for the estimated date of origin.