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How to Identify Authentic Antique Sapphire Flower Rings

Antique sapphire flower rings are some of the most unique styles in the realm of jewelry. They combine the romance of the sapphire and the elegance of the eras of the past and are very highly sought-after. Due to this, antique pieces require careful scrutiny in distinguishing the genuine pieces from the imitations. It also means a purchaser will need to have a comprehension of the authenticity of gemstones. The world of antique jewelry involves the appraisal and sale of pieces and this means sometimes without an understanding of this process, one can end up with an unsatisfactory jewelry piece. This is where our guide comes in. We are diving into antique jewelry, specifically antique sapphire flower rings, giving you all the important perspectives into how to identify genuine antique sapphire rings, tips for preservation and craftsmanship techniques. 

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Understanding Antique Sapphire Rings

Antique jewelry means jewelry that is over 100 years old. The sapphire is a variety of the mineral, corundum. It occurs in many colors including green, pink and even white but its most popular variant is the blue-colored one. Usually made with the combination of metal and gemstone, a flower ring is merely one that features the design of a flower. So, antique sapphire flower rings are more than just a jewelry piece; they are elements of history crafted with caution and uniqueness. Rings of this nature will often have delicate floral patterns, intricate filigree motifs which will reflect the artistry of the eras in which they were made.

Hallmarks of Genuine Sapphire

If you wish to own an antique sapphire ring, it is extremely important to examine them thoroughly for marks of authenticity before purchase. Most colored gemstones have a primary color and a few secondary colors. A genuine sapphire will exhibit a rich color saturation with hues ranging from deep blue to lavender purple. It will also exhibit great clarity. You can obviously take a close look at the sapphire but to properly assess for authenticity, the most advisable techniques are UV light testing and loupe examination. 

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Vintage Sapphire Ring Characteristics 

Vintage jewelry pieces reflect the craftsmanship of eras such as the Victorian, Art Deco and Edwardian eras. Indeed, vintage sapphire rings cater to a variety of design preferences since they are from different periods in history. For example, a Victorian-era ring will feature foliate designs while Edwardian rings known for their feminine aesthetic, will often use floral motifs like garlands and sparkling details. Art Deco rings however, are known for geometric shapes and the contrasting of very bold colors. All of the design features and styles are period-specific and can help determine the age or origin of a ring. 

Identifying Synthetic vs. Natural Sapphires

The world of antique jewelry is often plagued with imitation pieces attempting to pass off as the originals and when it comes to a stone as coveted as the sapphire, synthetic sapphires are often used in imitation antique jewelry, posing a challenge for collectors and enthusiasts. These are essentially lab created sapphires. You will need to have your sapphire stone gemologically tested to determine its origin: naturally occurring or synthetic. Gemologists will use techniques such as spectroscopy or an examination of the cutting style of the stone (a synthetic sapphire will sometimes have cutting patterns indicative of its origin), in addition to other more modern techniques, to distinguish between the two.

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Historical Significance of Flower Rings

Flower rings actually date back centuries, symbolizing love and beauty. They also represent growth, the blooming of a relationship and reflect the natural cycles of life. Antique sapphire flower rings specifically hold symbolic value and are the quintessential heirloom piece meant to be passed down through decades. Each ring being unique and bearing its story as well as the stories of its bearer in every crevice.

Craftsmanship Cues in Antique Rings

The precise metalwork and detailing required to create antique sapphire flower rings is very paramount in their desirability. The engraving by hand, the uniqueness of the settings are all hallmarks of genuine antique jewelry. Since antique rings are not mass-produced, the level of artistry reflected in them is second to none.

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Preservation Tips for Antique Gemstone Jewelry

Antique sapphire rings are meant to be properly maintained to prolong their luster and charm to be handed down through time. Proper care is absolutely essential in the preservation of the beauty and integrity of these pieces. Harsh chemicals including some household cleaning agents, extreme temperatures are all adverse conditions for your ring. They can damage the stone and or the metal. Clean periodically and schedule inspection and professional maintenance with a qualified jeweler to ensure its longevity and investment potential.  

Guide to Buying Vintage Sapphire Jewelry

One of the first things to do when purchasing an authentic sapphire flower ring is to buy from reputable dealers who offer certificates of authenticity and provenance documentation. Also educate yourself on the features of antique pieces. Find out as much as you can on the history of the piece. Remember, it is not just a ring, it is an investment. You are owed transparency about everything concerning the ring including its condition and any restorative work or treatment it may have undergone as well. 

These unique pieces capture history and beauty all in one. So whether you are an enthusiast, a collector or just one looking for a beautiful statement piece to own and cherish, you now have the essential insight, knowledge and discernment into fishing out authentic antique sapphire flower rings from the imitations. 

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Why Choose Saratti?

Whereas going for antique designs is appealing, elevate it by drawing on the conventions of the past, to create personal heirlooms that live on from generation to generation. You must work with a jeweler who operates with the philosophy that your jewelry experience deserves the greatest attention to detail. 

Saratti has spared no effort in weaving an unparalleled bespoke jewelry experience with you in control at every turn. Handcrafted by the very best artisans in the business, witness your dream jewelry come alive. This exclusive, elite experience continues to bring smiles to the faces of jewelry enthusiasts across the globe. 



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