Wedding experts predict the heirloom engagement ring will be a go-to option for 2022. Keep reading to see if it’s the best choice for you and your significant other.

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Styles and trends are cyclical, and it’s no surprise couples are turning to vintage and heirloom designs for their big day.

This post will cover:

  • Heirloom engagement ring examples
  • What is an heirloom ring?
  • Pros/Cons of the heirloom engagement ring

Heirloom Engagement Ring Examples

First, let’s look at a few examples of heirloom rings. As you can see, there’s a variety of shapes, sizes, and stones. But they all have a unique, vintage flair.

What is an Heirloom Engagement Ring

Simply put, an heirloom ring is a valuable piece of jewelry likely passed down through several family generations. It was likely worn by the matriarch of the family, and possibly her mother and grandmother.

While some heirloom engagement rings were worn for generations, others may be updated versions that contain gemstones or other elements of inherited jewelry.

We’ve crafted many new pieces that feature gemstones from other heirloom jewelry earrings, necklaces, or brooches.

Why Couples are Opting for Heirloom

Brides and grooms are tired of conventional, cookie cutter rings. Instead, couples desire a design that reflects their unique preferences and tastes.

In addition, heirloom jewelry is a form of recycled fashion. Today’s movement toward sustainability means more and more will opt for pre-owned engagement rings.

Heirloom engagement rings are perfect option because they:

  • are one-of-a-kind, rarely replicated pieces
  • have a unique history and story
  • offer sentimental value
  • are oftentimes vintage
  • are an up-cycled and ethical statement piece

Heirloom Engagement Rings: Pros and Cons

If you’re still on the fence, here are a few reasons you may or may not want to choose an heirloom ring for your proposal. 


  • It’s less expensive than buying a new ring. 
  • Vintage and antique rings are on trend.
  • No one else will likely have the same ring.
  • No further natural resources are wasted. Pre-loved jewelry is a form of recycled fashion.
  • Heirloom rings offer sentimental and nostalgic value and honors previous generations. 
  • Heirloom rings are easy to alter for the perfect look.


On the other hand, there are a few reasons heirloom rings may not be a good idea.

  • Your significant other prefers more modern or traditional styles. Or they may want their own ring.
  • It could put pressure on your significant other to love the ring. Make sure they are open to the idea of an heirloom piece. 
  • Other siblings or family members hoped to acquire the heirloom ring. You may have a family riff on your hands. 
  • It may or may not hold value. It’s best to get an appraisal from a professional jeweler.

Final Thoughts

Heirloom rings are a perfect choice with proper planning in place.

First, it’s very important to have an open and honest conversion with your significant other before proposing with an heirloom engagement ring. This confirms whether or not your significant other is happy with the ring choice, and allows input on preferred alterations if desired. 

Next, ensure the ring in question is available and won’t cause any tension with family members.

Finally, work with a custom jeweler to make any necessary updates: resizing, replacing or adding gemstones from other heirloom pieces, swapping out metals, etc.

Planning to pop the question? If so, allow us to create a one-of-a kind engagement ring. Additionally, we have options for every budget.

Give Jonathan’s Fine Jewelers a call and experience the custom design difference.

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