How many of us have been innocently sifting through our jewellery collections and chanced upon a few long-forgotten rings? It’s always a bit of a surprise. Hidden behind much newer, shinier pieces, their appeal may have diminished over time or languished with lack of wear. However, rather than disposing of these pieces, it’s always a good idea to know how much they may be worth from a monetary perspective. Beyond a certain age, rings can actually increase in value. Meaning you might be sitting on quite the nest egg. Or indeed a potential family heirloom that will continue to appreciate as the years go by. But how do you find out the value of your rings? At what point does age become a factor in price? When is a ring considered vintage? All of these elements play a part in determining the worth of your rings. So, read on to find out more about how to find the value of your vintage rings. What is vintage? First and foremost, you need to be aware of what makes a ring ‘vintage’. Well, speaking in jewellery terms, vintage describes a piece that was crafted between 50 and 100 years ago. A simple way to work out if your rings might be classed as vintage, is to take a close look at the design. This can be a good indication of age as many styles are synonymous with a particular time period. Identifying markings If you are unsure, or can’t recall where you came into possession of your rings, this should be your first step in identifying the value of your vintage rings. The origin story of your jewellery will give you a better idea of age and quality. Uniquely crafted vintage rings will usually be branded or marked by the original jeweller. If you can locate this marking, you will have a reference point from which to research where your jewellery was made. The patina of the metal may also help you age your rings. Older metals often show ‘age spots’ or areas of discolouration the more aged they are. In addition to the ring’s markings, this will allow you to get closer to the true value of your vintage rings. Cut of the gem A good indication of the time period your vintage rings were crafted is the gemstones. The quality, cut, style, and also the wear of the stones can all help verify how old your jewellery may be. Certain cuts and styles are specific to particular eras, older stones may be warmer in colour, and the design overall may be less precise than a more modern piece. These factors may help you firstly age your vintage rings, and secondly determine their value. Professional appraisal The most accurate way to determine the value of your vintage rings is to have an industry professional assess your jewellery. Master jewellers have the knowledge and expertise to perform a detailed appraisal on your vintage rings. Their wealth of training and experience will enable them to provide you with a precise evaluation of what your vintage rings are worth. Where to buy vintage rings Catanach’s Jewellers offer a stunning selection of vintage rings that will take your breath away. Be transported into the past with a majestic art deco piece or dazzling diamond cluster ring. Whatever your personal style, we have a vintage ring to suit. Alternatively, if you have a specific style of vintage ring in mind, our master jewellers can craft your desired design using the highest quality materials and stones sourced from all across the globe. So, if you are interested in adding a piece of classic glamour to your jewellery collection, contact Catanach’s Jewellers today to find out more about vintage rings.