Probably the most commented on, asked about or talked about ring I own is my engagment ring. Not only is it by far one of the most important pieces of jewelry I will ever own, but I wear it everyday! And for someone who never wears the same ring twice in a row, wearing an engagement ring everyday for the rest of my life better be one I LOVE, with a capital L, all in caps lock. Well, most everyone that knows me or reads my blog is quite familiar with my ring. It got me thinking–what about my other favorite fellow jewelry bloggers?! I’d love to know more about their engagement rings! So, I’ve compiled some of my favorites, along with their stories. Each in its own right extremely heartfeldt and touching, and all extremely gorgeous. So many different styles for such unique ladies! I’m so excited to share these with my readers and glad I can call these girls my friends!
My engagement ring is vintage, a platinum Art Deco ring with an original inscription from 1937. I was working for a very fine independent jeweler at the time that I got engaged, and I called up our Estate jewelry dealer, J. and S.S DeYoung, in Boston to see if they had something that would work. Choosing a vintage piece seemed like the right thing—nothing modern really appealed to me at the time. But going the antique/estate route is potentially tricky—everything is one-of-a-kind by nature, and it can take a while to find something just right. This ring came along very quickly—and it fit perfectly. 20 years later, I still love it and wouldn’t change a thing. I wear it with a hand-engraved platinum band from Charles Green and Sons, and added a vintage eternity band with lovely French-cuts.
Being in the jewelry business, I never envisioned it would be possible to look down at a piece of jewelry and smile as much as I do when I see my ring. The rose gold detail, & of course, glimmering diamond, is something I could get lost staring into for minutes on end. This was the ring that my fiancé, Matt, & I found at New York City vintage/estate jewelry destination, Fred Leighton. It was the first ring I saw and I was immediately enamored by it. Greg Kuwait, owner of Fred Leighton & a friend of mine, even mentioned if he had to pick the perfect ring for me, without me there, that this would have been it. Several months later, Matt completely surprised me with this flash mob in Bryant Park, definitely one of the best days of my life.
My engagement ring is classic Art Deco, with an old european cut diamond, set in platinum with rubies and diamonds. It’s a family heirloom, and has a very special story. It was given to my great-aunt in the 1920s, when Art Deco was contemporary. Can you imagine?! My sweet mom and boyfriend (now husband) chose it from the family heirlooms together. The proposal wasn’t a surprise, Gordon and I were already bound for life. His parents flew in and, with my mom, we had a beautiful little ceremony celebrating our new life together. It happened on the first rain in over 100 days in central Texas, breaking the summer drought, a sign of good luck. My mom was sick at the time, and we lost her only a few months later. My ring, and the memory of our special time, are very important to me, and I carry them with me everyday.
It was only a few weeks ago when Alex and I went about our normal weekend routine of waking our dog Cleo. We both have pretty busy lives so we try and make as much time as possible at the weekends. We’d just got back from a long walk at a nearby river when Alex surprised me by getting down on one knee – along with Cleo – in our house.
We’ve renovated our house from top to bottom together so the building means a lot to us. Alex said he couldn’t think I a more meaningful place to propose.
I fell in love with the warm old mine cut center diamond’s quiet fire, the whispers of filigree on either side, the six winking side stones that bring that central shimmer out and down the ring shank. It’s a tiny masterpiece, a platinum proscenium of curves, whirls, and arches all dedicated to presenting its reason for being, the center diamond.
The future Mr. Diamonds in the Library and I went ring-visiting together, then he went back later to buy this one and kept it hidden until he surprised me with it in our living room. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
My engagement ring is very personal to me because both my fiancé, who works in his family’s jewelry business, and I designed it together. When he proposed, he had Betteridge’s in-house jewelers create a simple solitaire setting since he knew that I would want to be involved in the design of my ring, which was incredibly thoughtful and sweet of him. The center stone is a cushion cut, my favorite cut for a diamond in an engagement ring, and my dream engagement ring has always been a cushion cut diamond with tapered baguettes, a very classic and clean composition.