Vintage Gemstone Rings
Shop fabulous vintage gemstone rings including aquamarine, peridot, tourmaline, silver rings, cocktail rings and eternity rings. Expertly checked and sold from the UK with worldwide delivery.
What age is a vintage ring?
A vintage ring is at least 20 years old, while an antique ring is at least 100 years old. An antique ring will always be vintage, but a vintage ring is not always antique!
What gemstone is even rarer than a diamond?
Some stones are quite difficult to source and therefore sought after and valuable. Not necessarily more valuable than a diamond, but certainly more desirable. These include:
- Demantoid Garnet
- Alexandrite (this stone changes colour!)
- Paraíba Tourmaline
- Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl
- Natural Pearl
- Black Opal
Which vintage gemstone ring is best?
Gemstone choice is often fueled by taste and desire rather than logic, but from a logical perspective diamonds are the toughest stones and best suited to jewellery worn on the hands. Next it's sapphire and ruby, which are the same mineral in different colours. Topaz comes next in terms of hardness, and has the benefit of being available in several colours at relatively inexpensive prices. Then aquamarine, which has been particularly popular since Meghan Markle was presented the stone as an engagement ring. Honestly though, the best gemstone - provided you can treat your vintage ring with care - is the one you find the most beautiful and alluring. That might be pearl, opal, emerald, garnet or a whole host of other wonderful gemstones.
Which gemstones are the most affordable?
The most cost effective gemstones often found in vintage rings are garnet, peridot, synthetic sapphires and rubies, topaz, zircon, opal triplets, garnet-topped doublets and paste (glass). These stones are usually set in 9ct gold, though occasionally you will find them set in 18ct if they are particularly fine specimens.