Let’s start with three basic questions:

What is an Antique?

This question has generated quite a bit of debate in the jewelry world. In the past, jewelry appraisers said a ring must be 100 years old to be labeled an antique. This year of demarcation has been relaxed in recent times. Now, appraisers declare a ring must be only 50 years old.

We’ll compromise. In this article, we’ll cover rings made before 1930, which marks the end of the Art Deco jewelry design period.

How Do You Know How Old a Ring Is?

Qualified appraisers and gemologists can assist with dating a ring. If you want to purchase an authentic ring from a design period, deal only with a reputable antique jewelry store. Be wary of rings marked as reproductions, modern rings made to resemble antiques. A reputable vintage ring dealer will guide you in the identifying the difference.

Below are some of the characteristics that can help identify a ring’s age.

Motif

The first calling card of a ring’s production date is its overall style, ornamentation, and symbolism. Graceful lines, bold patterns, and depicted scenes can help pinpoint age. Historical and cultural events can also drive motif. For example,…