An engagement is a magical time for all of us that is generally experienced only once in a lifetime. Giving the perfect engagement ring can really make the occasion extra special. There are many ring types to select from, but for those that want to give something different from the norm, a vintage or real antique cubic zirconia engagement ring could prove the ideal choice.

You can enjoy great choice when it comes to selecting a vintage ring for your engagement. Whether you want gold, silver or platinum and whether you want classic diamond or a simulant such as cubic zirconia, you will find some incredible rings available. This ring style offers some really intricate designs that impart upon them a unique and sometimes other-worldly appearance.

For example, Edwardian era antique engagement rings hark back to the turn of the 20th century, a time in which platinum became fashionable. Bands were often crafted with filigree detail, a form of decoration on metal-ware created by shaping fine wire into delicate or intricate designs. Its origins can be traced back centuries to the great civilizations of Mesopotamia, Egypt and Byzantium.

Whilst Queen Victoria had shunned society, King Edward VII, after whom the period is named, was the leader of a fashionable elite that set a style influenced by the art and fashions of Continental Europe. The Edwardian era was time of elegant clothes and lavish parties before the horrors of the World Wars set in.

You may think that finding an authentic antique engagement ring may be tricky, but online auctions and the Internet in general have brought the world home. You can shop the tiniest Italian countryside village or Antwerp’s mega diamond dealers all from the comfort of your home computer.

If you like to shop closer to home where you can touch and feel the rings and try them on for size and style, then there are other great sources for vintage engagement rings. Flea markets or estate sales are two of good sources for authentic vintage jewellery.

When it comes to choosing the stone, consider cubic zirconia. Engagement rings made from this diamond simulant are designed to look exactly like their big brother and share the same cuts and carat sizing as diamond. In fact it takes an expert to really tell a diamond ring apart from a high quality cubic zirconia engagement ring.

Just like diamond, even vintage cubic zirconia engagement rings can be classified by the famous ‘4Cs’ that are used to grade diamonds. Of course they do not affect the price of a CZ stone as much as they would a diamond, but in order to know what you are buying, they stand for carat, color, clarity and cut.

The choice of rings available in vintage style means that you can get a ring that is perfectly suited to your needs, tastes, and budget when you buy cubic zirconia. Your proposal will be all the more memorable when you opt for a vintage ring and you will be thrilled by the character and quality of these rings.