Vintage Engagement Rings: What You Need to Know

Vintage Engagement Ring

Love the look of vintage engagement rings? Enjoy minimizing your footprint, or giving old items new life? Perhaps you like knowing your jewelry has had a mysterious life before you owned it. Maybe you simply like the look of a bygone era. Whatever draws you to older jewelry, allow us to teach you a few basics before shopping!

Vintage Engagement Rings May Require Special Maintenance

It is very important to pay close attention to your antique jewelry. Because it is an older piece, it may have special details that require care. For instance, if your piece includes foil-backed diamonds, you shouldn’t submerge it in water. Be sure to ask the salesperson for important tips for wear before purchasing.

Victorian Engagement Ring

Pay close attention to the setting of your ring. If you choose an older engagement ring, certain aspects may have been worn down over time. Double check the prongs to ensure they are strong enough to hold stones in place. Also, inspect the shank (underside), as it may have become thin over time. Neither of these should dissuade you from purchasing the jewelry. However, you will likely want to address these issues before wearing the ring daily.

We are proud to carry a wide selection of estate jewelry. While we offer many options for your ideal engagement ring, we can show you even more. Because of our relationship with brokers, we are able to obtain pieces to your specification. Looking for a Victorian engagement ring? We’re on the case! Prefer a platinum art deco beauty? No worries! Let us know your budget and timeline and we’ll do the rest.

We invite you to visit us at our downtown San Luis Obispo jewelry store. We are located at 951 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo. Or, contact us with any questions you may have, we’re happy to help!

Four tips for engagement ring shopping

Engagement Ring Shopping is Scary… or is it?

We hear it every day: I’ve never done this before, so I’m not sure what I’m doing. We get it. People don’t often buy a lot of engagement rings in one lifetime, many will only buy one. So where do you start when it comes to engagement ring shopping? How do you know you’re making the right decision? Come along with us as we give you some of our best advice to ensure you pick the piece that will make their eyes light up.

Determine your budget before engagement ring shopping

The least exciting part of the process is the first step- decide how much you can spend on your engagement ring. Will you want to pay cash? Perhaps you want to rack up some airline miles for that impending honeymoon? No matter how you want to pay for your engagement ring, everyone has a price point that they will be comfortable at. Think about your bills, savings, and any upcoming expenses you may have. Will you be funding your own wedding post engagement?

Take a look at the jewelry they already wear

One of our best pieces of advice is to take a look at the jewelry they already own. Is most of their jewelry yellow gold? Maybe everything they wear is a silver color? You can tell a lot about their preferences by looking at the pieces they already wear, so use that information to inform you as you shop for your engagement ring.

Ask their friends if they know anything

Engagement ring shopping is easy at Serengeti West!Everyone has a friend that they trust with top secret information- like “if I ever get an engagement ring, I hope it…” or “my ring size is…”. While that friend may not initiate a conversation with you about that information, they’ll typically spill the beans when asked. Even if your partner hasn’t said much about jewelry tastes to her nearest and dearest, friends are often excellent wing-people when it comes to getting the necessary information.

Buying a diamond? Learn about the Four C’s

Color, cut, clarity, and carat weight (known as the four c’s) are the how the jewelry industry categorize diamonds. Once you figure out where you’d like to be on the spectrum of each of these, you’ll be ready to start viewing a selection of diamonds. Some like a colorless diamond, while others may prefer a touch of body color. Others find the size of the diamond to be more important, while there are some that don’t particularly care. Before you begin shopping, have an idea what your beloved likes, what your budget will be, and be ready to learn a lot more about diamonds.

No matter what you want in an engagement ring, the trustworthy, experienced staff at Serengeti West Fine Jewelers can help you find the ring of your dreams. Call us today or visit us at 951 Monterey Street to learn more!

Grey Diamond Engagement Ring

Beautiful Engagement Rings under $2,500

Shop Our Collection of Engagement Rings under $2,500

In these times of mortgages, student loan payments, and rising costs of planning a wedding, spending three months’ salary on an engagement ring may not be practical for everyone. Lucky for us, anything goes in engagement rings these days, meaning two things for you when you’re ready to pop the question: your options are nearly limitless, and creativity can help you get the most bang for your buck. Follow along as Serengeti West helps you check out stunning rings under $2,500.

Natural Colored Diamond Rings

Rose cut rustic grey diamond engagement rings

Rose cut rustic grey diamond engagement ring

Natural colored diamonds are a great option for couples who are a little less mainstream, but still want the lasting symbolism of a diamond. Rustic grey diamonds have a gorgeous body color that wears well in gold, and looks great with nearly any wardrobe. In this instance, we’ve set a 1.07 carat rose cut diamond in 18 karat yellow gold with a slight hammered finish. This beauty is a statement all its own.

More is Less

Natural Brown colored diamonds rose cut engagement rings

Natural bourbon colored diamonds. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey San Juan

Focusing on a few stones (as opposed to centralizing all of the carat weight in one stone) can help keep costs down. Our bourbon colored five-diamond ring boasts a whopping 1.73ctw of rose cut diamonds. Each diamond is bezel-set in 14 karat gold, giving each stone its own place to sparkle.

Halo Engagement Rings

White Gold Engagement Rings San Luis Obispo

.33 carat round brilliant halo engagement ring

Find yourself more of a traditionalist? Not to worry, there’s a lot that will appeal to classic styles. Halo-style engagement rings are incredibly popular, because they add a little extra sparkle to any solitaire. Take our .33 carat round brilliant cut diamond, enveloped by .22 carat total weight diamond halo; priced at just under $2,000 it gives tremendous sparkle without breaking the bank.

Estate Engagement Rings

Engagement Rings Under $2,500

Edwardian engagement ring

Estate jewelry can be a beautiful value. Maybe you’re ready to have an heirloom piece cleaned up and sized for the next generation. Or, perhaps you would prefer to purchase an estate piece to start new traditions. Whatever your motivation, we’ve got just what you need. Our 18 karat white gold Belle Epoque engagement ring features delicate filigree details and a .31 carat diamond in the center. This beauty would have nearly anyone saying “yes”.

Ready to pop the question? Stop by and talk with some of our staff and let us help you navigate the path to your own “I do”.