Antique Wedding Rings

Written by Serena Berger
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Estate jewelry has become very popular in recent years for several reasons. Brides who put a premium on unique personal style want to know that they're wearing a ring that's not going to be sold at every chain jewelry store around the country. Romantically minded couples love knowing that they have a symbol of their love that has a long and storied history, whether they know the specific details or not.

Of course, if you believe that a ring might have picked up energy or vibes from the places it's been or the people who have worn it, that might be seen as a compelling reason not to buy an antique from an estate sale. Is it ever really guaranteed that the ring was only worn in happiness and health by a woman who was deeply loved and truly content? Perhaps if you want an antique wedding ring, you're better off getting a replica or other ring with an antique design--that way you know that the only energy with which it will be imbued is your own.

Replicas of Vintage Rings

There are many different styles of antique replicas that are popular enough that you shouldn't have too much trouble finding them, while still unique enough that you'll probably be the only woman you know wearing one. Poesy rings, for example (the kind frequently mentioned by Shakespeare) had their heyday during the Renaissance in Europe, and slowly faded over the course of a century or so. These rings are incredibly romantic--you can find them engraved with sweet verses, or (in a decidedly modern twist) the Latin word aequalati, which means equality of rights.

While this sentiment could be interpreted one way by women who have no intention of promising to "love, honor, and obey" a spouse, it also has another interpretation which could make it a particularly meaningful wedding ring. For same-sex couples who want to be married, a poesy ring with this engraving is both a commitment to be equal partners in a relationship and a claim that their union should have equal rights in the world. If you don't have any desire for your wedding ring to make a political statement, however, you can find any number of simply romantic or aesthetically adventurous replicas of vintage wedding rings.

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