The Vintage Advantage

The Vintage Advantage

Why Buy Vintage and Antique jewelry?

That’s beautiful…where did you get it?

I’ve never seen anything like it before!

This is exactly what I’ve been looking for.

Here at Lang, we’ve seen it happen again and again—someone finds a piece that was made decades before they were even born, yet seems to be made just for them. Sometimes it’s what they’ve wanted forever; sometimes it’s a complete surprise. Most of all, we love watching people fall for the unique and enduring appeal of having all of jewelry history at their fingertips!

Our collection of vintage and antique jewelry is among the largest available anywhere in the world. An elegant necklace, a clever brooch, a chic bracelet, a striking set of earrings, and of course, original vintage and antique engagement rings…nearly every style and era has passed through our door, yet we still get new pieces every day that surprise and delight us. Especially when it comes to engagement rings, vintage and estate gems provide both iconic style and nearly infinite variety. You’ll never scroll through our online inventory or gaze into our store’s cases at a sea of clones or copies. Even our more recently-crafted estate pieces are chosen carefully with our unique collection in mind. We believe that there’s no such thing as “old” or “new” jewelry…at Lang, we know that true beauty is timeless!

Vintage jewels are inherently eco-friendly, since they already exist in the world before entering our collection—sometimes one or two hundred years before! Even our Vintage-Inspired Lang Engagement Collection features original antique diamonds at its heart. Repairs, ring sizing, and the creation of vintage-style settings and wedding bands are all done with the slightest ecological footprint possible. Our San Francisco boutique uses energy-efficient lighting and “green” in-store practices in keeping with our commitment to global citizenship. So you get the most beautiful and unique pieces available, at the best value and the highest ethical standard.


The same qualities that make vintage and antique jewelry appealing—the history, character, and exquisite design—also make it more complex and nuanced to evaluate. We think of this complexity as a major part of the appeal, and not at all difficult to appreciate—what you see is simply a little piece of wearable art and history. However, the lives that these pieces led before they came to us mean it’s especially important to explore them with the help of friendly and trustworthy specialists.

Our staff includes expert gemologists, historians, curators, writers, luxury professionals, a master jeweler and a fine arts photographer, all with an eye for both the style and substance of each piece. We are all creative spirits who come together to present each piece as beautifully and accurately as it can be, and we celebrate together every time one of our gems finds a new home and begins its next lifetime.

We love chatting with other vintage and antique jewelry lovers, from novices to experts, and are happy to bring pieces of our collection out of the cases to play. So if you live in the Bay Area or are visiting San Francisco, please don’t hesitate to come see us, and if you’re farther away, we’re happy to chat over the phone or by email through our website. We strive for accessibility to all—everyone is welcome at Lang Antiques.

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