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Your Guide to Engagement Rings

Apr 6, 2012

by Gem Gossip

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Danielle has been a jewelry collector since she was four years old. Her career in the jewelry business officially started in 2008 when she launched her blog, Gem Gossip, which focuses on jewelry trends, antique and period jewelry, celebrity jewelry, and features exclusive designer interviews. Her hopes for the future include a jewelry line and a book documenting her vast collection.

I work at a jewelry store, and every day I hear the same refrain: “There are just too many engagement rings to choose from, and they’re all so pretty! How could someone pick just one?”

Choosing a ring is tough; it’s the one accessory you’ll be wearing every day of your married life. If you’re overwhelmed by the vast array of choices, don’t fret! Allow me to  break down the top five engagement ring trends. Trust me, you’ll love them all.

 

Halo Style

[Platinum Halo Ring by OroSpot | Shop Halo Rings]

This design features a diamond in the center, surrounded by smaller, full-cut diamonds. It creates the illusion of a bigger diamond, an ode to the illusion setting of the 1940s, except with diamonds rather than more metal or the “boxhead” style.

 

Split-Shank

[White Topaz Split Shank Ring by Onegarnetgirl | Shop Split Shank Rings]

This style takes any shaped diamond in the center and flanks it with a split-shank band, with or without diamonds. The split in the shank can be subtle or dramatic, depending on its width.

 

Classic Solitaire

[Classic Solitaire Ring by Ldiamonds | Shop Classic Solitaire Rings]

Just as it reads, one diamond set in a mounting with no other diamonds. There are lots of different looks possible for this timeless and versatile concept: a four-prong setting, six-prong setting, or bezel setting. A round, brilliant cut diamond in a four-prong setting is the ultimate classic. The metals can vary as well: white gold, yellow gold, platinum or even rose gold.

Antique

[1925 Antique Ring from Erstwhilejewelry | Shop Antique Rings]

I consider an antique ring to be anything pre-1940s. (If I wore my grandmother’s ring from the 1950s, I would categorize it as “vintage.”) There are many styles for antique rings, and many are unique, usually set with Old Mine, Old European, or Transitional cuts.

The Art Deco period (1920s-30s) is popular right now. This style is characterized by a white on white look, provided by white gold or platinum with diamonds. Filigree and/or hand-engraving is evident throughout. Choose this style if you truly want a “one of a kind” sort of ring.

Unconventional

[Egyptian Gold Ring by Arosha | Shop Unconventional Rings]

Why be conventional? Embrace a non-diamond gemstone or a ring with a unique shape. Birthstones are great options for an alternative gemstone; most gemstones are less expensive than diamonds, so this could mean more money in your pocketbook at the end of the day. On the other hand, all gemstones are softer than diamonds, so durability can become an issue — after all, you will be wearing this ring every day! Ultimately, if a ring speaks to you and it doesn’t look like a typical engagement ring, there is one one rule above all: it’s your ring, so do what you want. The importance lies in what the ring symbolizes and the memories you create while wearing that sparkler every day.

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Diamond Halo Engagement Ring Setting, Cut Down Micro Pave Diamond Ring, Half Way Diamond Proposal Ring, Contemporary Style Platinum Ring
Diamond Halo Engagement Ring Setting, Cut Down Micro Pave Diamond Ring, Half Way Diamond Proposal Ring, Contemporary Style Platinum Ring
$1,999.00 USD
CLEARANCE - Moissanite and Recycled 14k Yellow Gold Halo Engagement or Wedding Ring, size 6.75 - Diamond Alternative
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Cushion White Topaz Ring, Clear Stone Split Shank, Silver Rope Band Ring, Rapunzel Ring, Bezel Set Topaz Gemstone Ring, Cushion Cut Ring
Cushion White Topaz Ring, Clear Stone Split Shank, Silver Rope Band Ring, Rapunzel Ring, Bezel Set Topaz Gemstone Ring, Cushion Cut Ring
$214.00 USD
HALO Split shank Round Diamond Engagement Ring - 1.60 carats - 14K White Gold - Antique Style - Pave - weddings - brides - Bp003
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ANUBIS Egyptian Ruby Ring, 14k yellow gold Engagement Ring, Alternative Engagement Ring, Custom Fine Jewelry
ANUBIS Egyptian Ruby Ring, 14k yellow gold Engagement Ring, Alternative Engagement Ring, Custom Fine Jewelry
$660.00 USD
Diamond and Pearl Engagement Ring with Sterling Silver Wedding Band- Custom Made
Diamond and Pearl Engagement Ring with Sterling Silver Wedding Band- Custom Made
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3 Featured Comments

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago Featured

    I have always been in favor of unconventional rings; not only the style but also the gemstone. I would be curious to know how diamonds become the engagement ring stone. My engagement ring has a beautiful fire opal stone and I love it! I would love to see more engagement rings with different gems in the future. I think the trend will change at some point :)

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered said 6 years ago Featured

    My husband wanted me to have a piece of him and who he is. He grew up in Maine near tourmaline mines, so he had a local jeweler create a ring sporting two beautiful green Maine tourmalines. I love that it's unique and ours.

  • BlueBrocade

    BlueBrocade from BlueBrocade said 6 years ago Featured

    Antique rings are definitely my favorites--they are amazing, intricate works of art, in designs you don't see anymore, each with long histories of love and memories of those lovers before us who chose that same ring. I love that idea--how an antique ring can connect us to long histories of love stories before ours. Lovely post!

123 comments

  • compassionmalas

    Laura from compassionmalas said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for the lesson in ring styles. I particularly admire the photography!

  • NecessiTees

    NecessiTees from NecessiTees said 6 years ago

    Love the Egyptian design! Beautiful!!! They all are!

  • kh1467

    Kelly from KikuPaper said 6 years ago

    Especially like the antique ring.

  • twentytwotwenty

    twentytwotwenty from twentytwotwenty said 6 years ago

    LOVE the antique ring!

  • jelenamirkov

    Jelena from CeruleanBird said 6 years ago

    Always unconventional ;) .I just have one from white and yellow gold without stone similar that egyptian.

  • VoleedeMoineaux

    Hillary De Moineaux from VoleedeMoineaux said 6 years ago

    Yellow Gold is coming back.

  • shreyasi22sharma

    Shreyasi Sharma from ShreyasiSharma said 6 years ago

    love the Egyptian ring!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 6 years ago

    So pretty!

  • whatnomints

    Sasha from whatnomints said 6 years ago

    None of these! I've repeatedly told my boyfriend of 6+ years not to waste his money on an expensive ring (I'd probably lose it anyway ...) I would much prefer sleek onyx to the ubiquitous diamond.

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 6 years ago

    ♥♥♥ LOVE all of these. Mine is more of an antique syle / unconventional because I have a square halo style ring with a band of round diamonds for my engagement ring and then a lace type wedding band. They didn't come as a set, but I love the antique look it brings to the engagement ring. I like that it's unique. Love that Egyptian ring, what a statement! ♥♥♥

  • Waterrose

    Rose Waterrose from Waterrose said 6 years ago

    I love the vintage/antique rings.... and of course arosha's!

  • TresChicNmodern

    TresChicNmodern from TresChicNmodern said 6 years ago

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWW SUCH STUNNING JEWELRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME STUFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ArigigiArt

    Gina from ArigigiArt said 6 years ago

    Every ring is so beautiful but my fav is gold one in egyptian style.

  • uniquefabricgifts

    Unique Fabric Gifts from uniquefabricgifts said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful rings!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDConnection from TheIDconnection said 6 years ago

    The antique ring is beautiful!

  • ACupOfSparkle

    ACupOfSparkle from ACupOfSparkle said 6 years ago Featured

    I have always been in favor of unconventional rings; not only the style but also the gemstone. I would be curious to know how diamonds become the engagement ring stone. My engagement ring has a beautiful fire opal stone and I love it! I would love to see more engagement rings with different gems in the future. I think the trend will change at some point :)

  • cottonbirddesigns

    Angela Cotton from CottonBirdDesigns said 6 years ago

    Beautiful collection!

  • LauraMaeJewelry

    Laura Mae Jewelry from LauraMaeJewelry said 6 years ago

    Thanks for the post! I've been on the hunt for a great ring for over a year now!! :D

  • BlueMoonBotanical

    Monica Rutt from rootsandflowers said 6 years ago

    I like the antique rings, beautiful!

  • guziks

    Stephanie from Phylogeny said 6 years ago

    A very interesting contrast between your "conventional" and "unconventional" rings!! That's so fun. Your jewelry collection must be lovely, I'll be looking forward to that book!

  • VintageMarketPlace

    VintageMarketPlace from VintageMarketPlace said 6 years ago

    love the antique styles. Makes me want to add an antique anniversary band to my settings

  • emmashepard

    Emma Shepard from SewWonderfullyMade6 said 6 years ago

    Very pretty! It's so hard to pick a favorite!

  • slathered

    Sharon Moores from slathered said 6 years ago Featured

    My husband wanted me to have a piece of him and who he is. He grew up in Maine near tourmaline mines, so he had a local jeweler create a ring sporting two beautiful green Maine tourmalines. I love that it's unique and ours.

  • Nikifashion

    Natalia from Nikifashion said 6 years ago

    Awesome rings!

  • flintandspark

    Amy from flintandspark said 6 years ago

    SO many beautiful engagement rings on Etsy! My ring is from a local (at the time) jeweler in Dublin, Ireland.

  • ljersey

    Lisa Jersey from JerseyGirlTrinkets said 6 years ago

    I LOVE rings and these are all FABULOUS! :)

  • sweetpeatotes

    Mary from SweetPeaTotes said 6 years ago

    Congrats Danielle for making it onto the Etsy blog! I have a very talented daughter. Love ya sweetie!

  • JoyousCrafts

    Heather Salzman from JoyousCrafts said 6 years ago

    Wow! beautiful!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat from mazedasastoat said 6 years ago

    Enough of the wedding posts... how about writing about something that concerns us for more than one day of our lives? Too challenging?

  • joolrylane

    joolrylane from joolrylane said 6 years ago

    Beautiful !!!

  • BeatriceCLaNore

    Brittany Hodgson from BeatriceCLaNore said 6 years ago

    I like this posting. My wedding ring started out as a marquise solitaire. After the wedding it grew with a wrap around style diamond band. I love the antique rings but something custom made is always nice too :)

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    Annette from TheLeveretsNest said 6 years ago

    thanks for the article! rings are beautiful! Danielle says it nicely here - if a ring speaks to you and it doesn’t look like a typical engagement ring, there is one one rule above all: it’s your ring - and I sure love, love, love this stunningly gorgeous wings ring by Andrea - http://www.etsy.com/transaction/74771379

  • littlepancakes

    Melissa Pancakes from littlepancakes said 6 years ago

    Unconventional for me... I've got some favorites on etsy with twig designs.

  • volkerwandering

    Jess from volkerwandering said 6 years ago

    I am attracted to the antique and halo style! I currently have a cubic zirconia heart shaped halo style (just a present). At first I was worried I would bang it into things, but it's tough, and pretty! Hooray for rings!

  • MichelleWey

    Michelle Wey from ModernistaJewelry said 6 years ago

    Everything about this post is very elegant. The halo style is particularly enticing. Makes me want to experiment with diamonds!

  • messinabella

    messinabella from BandBEstate said 6 years ago

    great post!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 6 years ago

    Great picks! Love your blog too.

  • rivahside

    rivahside said 6 years ago

    beautiful

  • goodbeads

    goodbeads from goodbeads said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Rings,Great work!

  • RenataandJonathan

    Renata and Jonathan from RenataandJonathan said 6 years ago

    great post !

  • ErikaMayDesigns

    Erika Cz. from ErikaMayDesigns said 6 years ago

    I love antique rings, but be sure to mention next time that antique rings may need the prongs retipped (That one in the photo sure dues!). And ALL jewelry needs to be taken in time to time to be spruced up by a professional because metal DOES wear down eventually.

  • dottywalker

    Dotty Walker from SewThoughtfulBlanket said 6 years ago

    Love all of them!

  • BlueBrocade

    BlueBrocade from BlueBrocade said 6 years ago Featured

    Antique rings are definitely my favorites--they are amazing, intricate works of art, in designs you don't see anymore, each with long histories of love and memories of those lovers before us who chose that same ring. I love that idea--how an antique ring can connect us to long histories of love stories before ours. Lovely post!

  • OnlyOriginalsByAJ

    AJ Marsden from OnlyOriginalsByAJ said 6 years ago

    I love that antique ring! They are all so pretty!

  • GoldAdore

    Gillian from GoldAdore said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • florasvintagecloset

    Madi from 15MadisonStreet said 6 years ago

    I love the antique one!

  • pengworkshop

    pengworkshop from PengWorkshop said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful rings!

  • mrszeus

    mrszeus said 6 years ago

    I love love the antique ring also !

  • msklek

    msklek from msklek said 6 years ago

    I chose specifically to have NO engagement ring. Really thoughtful and provocative write up in The Atlantic yesterday for those who are interested in the history of engagement rings. http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/04/the-strange-and-formerly-sexist-economics-of-engagement-rings/255434/

  • thevicagirl

    VaLon Frandsen from thevicagirl said 6 years ago

    I have been looking into the engagement rings lately (not sure why, I have no guy.) But, I think I like the solitaire the best. However, I have also been liking the the ones that have a floating diamond, and you don't seem to have those listed.

  • KatDesignsNYC

    Kathy from KatDesignsNYC said 6 years ago

    Wonderful post!

  • WeThreeTrees

    Jenna Callahan from WeThreeTrees said 6 years ago

    When I was replacing my original engagement ring/wedding band, the girl at the counter at the jewelry store said "You should get whatever you want!" I chose a green amythest ring (with diamonds surrounding it). I don't care if its not "conventional". I LOVE IT. Its a beautiful smoky blue/green that looks almost like a mint color sometimes. I've had it for nearly a year now and when I look at it, it makes me so happy. I'm forever glad that I chose this one. :)

  • lovelygifts

    Linda from lovelygifts said 6 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • yqsl66

    Ada Ada from idajewelry66 said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for the lesson in ring styles.

  • yqsl66

    Ada Ada from idajewelry66 said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful rings!I love that antique ring!

  • yqsl66

    Ada Ada from idajewelry66 said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful rings!I like the antique rings.

  • NicoleNicoletta2

    Nicole Nicoletta from MintMarbles said 6 years ago

    ooh my they are all so beautiful!

  • peshka

    Peshka from Peshka said 6 years ago

    Love!

  • ErikaPrice

    Erika from ErikaPrice said 6 years ago

    They are all stunning! OK then, if I say "yes" can I have any of them please! No? Oh, all right then, if you insist, I'll go for the classic solitaire. Thanks! Love you :) x

  • LittleWrenPottery

    Victoria Baker from LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Wow, I love the vintage style rings the best they have such a classic timeless look!

  • BridalSashesOnly

    Kathy Johnson from BridalSashesOnly said 6 years ago

    Love the rings, my style is LOTS of diamonds!

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    Carolyn S. Miller from AutumnLeavesJewelry said 6 years ago

    love all the rings! Thank you for adding Unconventional to this collection!

  • amicaduo

    Kathy Sander said 6 years ago

    Love the antique ring :)

  • Addy

    Addy from Addy said 6 years ago

    Very pretty rings! I found it hard to decide between vintage and unconventional so went for both!

  • Knitsteel

    Kirsten Skiles from KSkilesJewelry said 6 years ago

    If I were to buy an engagement ring specifically from Etsy, I would look for a ring in a style that couldn't be found in a conventional jewelry store. To me, that is the point of buying from Etsy, to buy unique, clearly artist-made, pieces, whether jewelry, clothing or wall art.

  • KKSimpleRegalJewelry

    Krista from TheBeadtriss said 6 years ago

    Lovely! ~KK~

  • siennaorlando

    Sienna Orlando from SiennaOrlando said 6 years ago

    This is a great little breakdown of styles. I LOVE my antique engagement ring from the 1920's. It has so much character, and the idea of reusing something instead of buying new really appealed to me.

  • handandheritage

    DueAmici from handandheritage said 6 years ago

    We love them all!

  • IntheMoodforVintage

    Michele from IntheMoodforVintage said 6 years ago

    Although exquisite charmers, they are deceptive charmers. Diamonds unfortunately lose value. Prices are artificially set high for a product that is mined in abundance...therefore creating an even greater automatic devaluation right after purchase. Similar to driving the new car off the lot. They are nice to admire but I wouldn't allow my true love to waste his hard earned money on one.

  • SallysVintageKitchen

    Sally from SallysVintageKitchen said 6 years ago

    Great article! Beautiful rings!

  • jbeaudet

    Jennifer Beaudet from JBeaudetStudios said 6 years ago

    I love them all but the antique is my favorite!

  • DansMagic

    DansMagic from DansMagic said 6 years ago

    The anubis is my fav out of all of those. Always love the more unique pieces.

  • VintageEclectica

    Maria from VintageEclectica said 6 years ago

    Love!!!! Great information, thank you. Beautiful rings!!! Antiques rock!!!

  • misponko

    Liudmila Rosario Ponko from PonkoWorld said 6 years ago

    So beautiful!!

  • SomsStudio

    Som from SomsStudio said 6 years ago

    Such beautiful designs!! I love them all.

  • littlebrownbantam

    littlebrownbantam said 6 years ago

    Great article and beautiful rings shown as examples :o)

  • janessarobbins

    Janessa Robbins from AnarasCorner said 6 years ago

    I love the modern halo style ring with a classic round cut diamond, Of course, with a beautiful, sparkling gem in the center I think I like them all!

  • mdalamin

    md. alamin said 6 years ago

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  • Zalavintage

    Zane Saracene from Zalavintage said 6 years ago

    Hope to read more from you soon!

  • RapscallionVintage

    RapscallionVintage from RapscallionVintage said 6 years ago

    Very informative article. I inherited my husband's Grandmother's ring from the 40s and I honestly don't think I've ever owned something as special or delicate. I love it dearly but I am of the mind, who says a girl can't have more than one ring! In the future I hope to own my very own Tacori original!

  • bmjnyc

    Barbara Polinsky from bmjnyc said 6 years ago

    Great information!

  • GardenDaisiesStudio

    Katie from GardenDaisiesStudio said 6 years ago

    Love how you organized the different types. My husband knew I am a little different and that I would appreciate a vintage/antique ring much more than going to a jewelry store (although we looked at handcrafted ones on here, too!). He ended up choosing an art deco engagement ring from the 1930s and a late 1920s wedding band with little, subtle engravings in it. I couldn't have picked them out any better :) I love them and no one else will ever have the same combination, let alone the same rings, probably.

  • ArtWhimsCrochet

    Jeananne Sizemore from ArtWhimsCrochet said 6 years ago

    I will admit that the featured antique ring is my favorite :O) A great guide that includes many styles - would be perfect for helping the proposer to scout out what their significant other likes.

  • myvintagecrush

    Kathleen from myvintagecrush said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous!

  • laralewis

    Laurie Lewis from ShopHedgerowRose said 6 years ago

    I'll have one of each please! :)

  • WestCermak

    WestCermak from WestCermak said 6 years ago

    I love antique rings – there is so much history, known or unknown. Although it is always lovely and fairytale-like to believe that the previous owner(s) lived and loved their significant others for their lifetime, I think it holds so much meaning for the current receiver as well. If those rings could talk…

  • dianaarcuri

    Dianita from dianaarcuri said 6 years ago

    I'm loving the halo style, but somehow I'm a bit scared of diamonds since you don't know who to trust anymore this days. My hubby bumps my self steem in ways I could never imagine. He wanted me to have a beautiful diamond ring, so he spent a whole month learning of diamonds and all the theories that surround them, it's a very simple design, but with 3 of the biggest diamonds I've ever seen (those kind you just stare at jewelries because there's no way you're going to get a big ring someday, or at least I thought >..<

  • pasitorkkeli

    Pasi Torkkeli from TorkkeliJewellery said 6 years ago

    Beautiful selection of engagement rings:) In here women usually have an ordinary band as a engagement ring and usually the wedding ring is the one ring with bigger diamonds or gemstones in it. My girlfriend has always told me that she want to have a big and "American style" Engagement ring and she wants her wedding band to be more simple. When I proposed my girlfriend last month I wanted to make her a beautiful solitaire ring with diamonds in the band. She has always loved brown Diamonds, so I spend a lot of time finding her just the perfect colored brown diamond in brilliant cut.

  • pasitorkkeli

    Pasi Torkkeli from TorkkeliJewellery said 6 years ago

    And as in here I mean Finland:)

  • poppyporter

    Poppy Porter from PoppyPorter said 6 years ago

    My engagement ring definitely comes under unconventional! There are two of them, gold curls with a pointed garnet on one and pointed topaz on the other. Made by Tim liley of London and bought at the Goldsmiths Fair held every year in the fabulous Goldsmiths hall in The City.

  • pocketsize

    pocketsize said 6 years ago

    Unconventional here! My husband found a beautiful petite amethyst and garnet ring from Lura Jewelry here on Etsy and requested one like it in my size with moissanites and rainbow moonstone (my favorite stone). It's perfectly my style, and the fact that he picked it out on his own really shows how well he knows me!

  • OleanaJewels

    Yanina Faour from OleanaJewels said 6 years ago

    The Antique and Halo style are absolutely stunning! It's a terrible thing that we can only pick one ring to wed with isn't it? Thank you for sharing your blog post! As a jewelry designer I invite you to take a look at my Etsy store collection.

  • alwaysdaddysgirl

    alwaysdaddysgirl from alwaysdaddysgirl said 6 years ago

    I wear a plain vintage sterling silver band as I work construction for half the year. I also have custom made band with a small ruby from an etsy seller that was for my 10 year anniversary. My original wedding ring is a celtic band. My engagement ring was a regular ring that had 2000 in the side with a tiny diamond that we thought was neat. I would like a ring with a vintage cut stone in it just to wear as they are so beautiful. Old engagement rings are works of art.

  • ScoutingSquirrel

    ScoutingSquirrel said 6 years ago

    I designed my own ... a wishbone shape 'mountain' with a small triangular diamond at the top, I had looked at trilogy rings of three diamonds to represent past, present and future, and my triangular diamond coveres this meaning too. That is flanked by my birthstone, peridot, which will need to be replaced about every ten years but this doesn't bother me, and then sapphires as a manufactured sapphire was part of his first Christmas present to me, bought early and in time for a posh ball he was taking me too and also because the blue and green represents the water and land of our hobby of Scouting and also fits the 'mountain'. The peridots and sapphires are rectangles un the flanks of the wishbone shape. The jeweller had terrible trouble fitting all the stones in to the size of my ring and I therefore know it is unique! It is also very very special to me and gives me plesaure every time it catches my eye. The article, linked above, from theatlantic.com had a few comments relating to 'what does the lady give to the man as her sign of committment', well, I 'borrowed' a favourite landscate photograph of his and commissioned a painting. Not the same monetary value as my ring but very special to him and out on display for both of us to enjoy.

  • metalicious

    Stephanie Maslow Blackman from metalicious said 6 years ago

    I love Danielle's blog! As a jeweler I had the hardest time coming up with my own engagement ring and this was more than 10 years ago before I truly honed my metalsmithing craft. Today I make modern engagement rings from recycled metals for other happy couples. I love to be a small part of someone's 'forever.'

  • WendysJoy

    Wendy Garrigues Jenkins from WendysJoy said 6 years ago

    My husband and I were very lucky and got to use three family stones: A center diamond from my great Aunt's engagement ring, and two side diamonds from a ring that belonged to my great grandmother. I love the "miner's cut" of the stones. My husband picked out a new setting that honors the antique cut. I feel like I carry his promise of love plus the memory of those two sassy, fantastic women on my hand everywhere I go.

  • aratta

    Jade Le Maître said 6 years ago

    I have an engagement ring designed by Arosha - the unconventional type :) Arosha made for me a special listing, with an Isis ring and a white sapphire gemstone. so beautiful! A real "wow effect" for the best day of my life :)

  • alexsandra1

    alex sandra said 6 years ago

    I want to buy a GOLD RING can anybody help me with that here is my email............alex_sam201194@yahoo.com

  • tochess

    Tammy Perone from tochess said 6 years ago

    I just recently got married (11-11-11) and my ring is an edwardian dome ring in white gold with an aqua marine stone. I can't tell you how many compliments I get on it. I am older now and married someone I went to high school with...our rings are totally different, but each represent who we are and our eternal love. Listen to your heart, it will tell you which is right for you.

  • eidesigns

    Sara Hunter from SaraHunterDesigns said 6 years ago

    Simply beautiful!

  • windycitynovelties

    Windy City Novelties said 6 years ago

    The rings are all so gorgeous!

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 6 years ago

    I have never owned a diamond ring. When I was married in 1975 I wanted to be unconventional and actually asked my mother if I could borrow her wedding band for the ceremony. She refused, so we purchased a couple of wide gold bands. My marriage that lasted 26 years, dissolved 10 years ago. Now, I am finally interested in a diamond ring for myself. My dear mother had her 1945 simple engagement diamond reset in the 1960's to a rather gaudy dinner ring setting. She has promised it to me... and is in full agreement that it should be reset into a simpler, deco style.

  • alienlabel

    Luxe Label from LuxeLabel said 6 years ago

    Vintage rings are my favourite, as well as ones where the centre stone is not a diamond. It's a bit more mysterious and unexpected. In fact there is a lovely vintage citrine engagement ring in my shop, if anyone is interested :)

  • linayu

    Lina Yu from linayu said 6 years ago

    I love it! So nice, those are really good silversmiths!

  • ripecardsandjewelry

    Adriana from ripeshop said 6 years ago

    I was recently engaged and we went with a classic solitaire princess cut, but I bought a vintage wedding band here on Etsy because I love, love, love vintage rings. Since then I've also bought a couple more right hand rings that are antique, art deco rings and I'm so happy with them. The craftsmanship is so great and I love wearing something that has history behind it. Thanks for this great post!! :)

  • llmaddy

    LaDonna Maddy from GiftsForNow said 6 years ago

    I am going to go with a combination of the split-shank style and an unconventional style. I have been married before, and I want my ring to speak to the uniqueness of my current relationship, not necessarily to what is expected or conventional (after all, the relationship with my fiance has been anything but either of those!). I've never been crazy about diamonds - I find them to be a rather cold stone - but I love opals, particularly fire opals, but they are a soft stone, creating a potential problem since, as the above article points out, I will be wearing the ring everyday. I've finally decided that I am going to keep a diamond as the centerpiece of the ring, but I am going to have small opals on the shank portions of the ring, where they are will be more embedded in the band, thus less likely to fall out.

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    fancy chen said 6 years ago

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    Christa Smith from EnveloveInvitations said 6 years ago

    These are very beautiful. I am a big fan of unique engagement rings. :)

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    Pink Poppies from pinkpoppies1991 said 6 years ago

    I love antique rings. Remind me of princesses !

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    Saara from SaaraReidsema said 6 years ago

    Lovely!

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  • simongjewelry

    Simong Paul said 6 years ago

    Its really awesome designed engagement rings.Mainly the unconventional engagement ring design is great..

  • llewellynh

    llewellynh said 6 years ago

    I have a 6 ct green tourmaline step emerald cut that was set in the 1940's in sterling silver. I want to use it as an engagement ring but everyone is screaming it must have white gold. The problem is I like the setting just as it is. Would it be OK to leave it alone and then use a thin white gold wedding band.

  • simongjewelry

    Simong Paul said 6 years ago

    Mostly I like the classic solitaire engagement rings design.I particularly admire your jewelery collection. I love your blog too.

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    Dalia Shteiman from DiamondsMine said 3 years ago

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    Sylvie Collection said 3 years ago

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  • sharonandbillwood08

    sharonandbillwood08 said 3 years ago

    Can you recreate my Mother's 1940 style wedding set? They were passed down to me in 1969. While stationed in Germany they were stolen from my purse. We were bowling with a group of Army guys and their wives. I had removed them because being pregnant my fingers were swollen. We just could not believe any of our friends would do something so awful so we said nothing. I have no pictures, just my memory. They were very dainty. The wedding ring was yellow gold with white gold heart in the middle with small diamond in center. A gold heart on each side of middle heart, those hears had small rubies in center. Engagement ring had whit small hearts (I think 4 or more with small rubies in center. We are not wealthy folks. Mom passed away 2013 and having them back on my fingers would mean the world to me. Thank you Sharon Tapley Wood

  • sharonandbillwood08

    sharonandbillwood08 said 3 years ago

    One more additional point. Engraved on each side were roses and leaves. They were not flat rings. But the diamond was flush with in the heart. But the center of the wedding ring was a little higher than the engagement ring. They also hooked together by a small hook of some kind. I am praying you can help my be fulfilled. sharonandbillwood@gmail.com 1-906-828-2220 home #.

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    Vihan Deshmukh said 2 years ago

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  • SabrinaBJewelry

    Blue Bella Beads from BlueBellaBeads said 2 years ago

    Beautiful rings. Great advice for a gal who needs it :) Thanks!

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    SAM Ballucci from Balluccitoosi said 1 year ago

    Perfect We love that antique rings!Very beautiful rings Great article

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