All October long I’ve been posting one ring per day from my personal collection and giving you its backstory. This mostly entails where I got it from, if it signifies anything special, or any other interesting tidbit about it. I really enjoyed doing this project back in 2017, which is why I decided to do it again! If you’d like to read about the 30 rings I featured back then, click here.
Now here they are — 30 rings from my personal collection and their stories. Hope you enjoy!
This ring was found in Miami at the antique show from Park Avenue Antiques — it’s aquamarine & sapphires, a cool gem combo that I love.
This cosmic opal + lapis ring was a fun find from Lysbeth Antiques a local favorite! There have been lots of antique stores that I’ve been going to over the last 11 years living in Nashville that have recently closed, and it’s so sad to see that happening. Antiquing is my favorite pastime.
Not much to say about this one — I love pointy jewelry and it’s from Eras & Ages Jewelry ✨♥️
This turquoise and diamond cocktail ring was a fun find from the Nashville flea market a couple years ago. I haven’t been in so long and can’t wait to get back into treasure hunting again!
I love this turquoise ring I picked up on a trip to Chicago from Gold Hatpin for a few reasons — first, the turquoise has such a unique mottled pattern. The back is what I fell in love with, a large inscription that reads “Cherished Memories 17 Aug 1918 Eddie to Cal”
Instagram is an amazing place to connect with people & discovering Lu Rebuffo is a great example of this. Love his work (he’s the only new designer who has a permanent virtual trunk show going on over at @shopgemgossip ) & this special design is one of my favorites.
Turquoise for Tuesday — here’s one from @hopesparkles which I actually have a few rings from her in my personal collection. Love you!!
Jade + onyx is such an elegant combo and this pretty little ring was my 35th birthday gift from my husband this year. He got it off eBay 🖤💚
This amethyst and diamond ring was another eBay find by my husband — he gave this ring to me after we got home from the hospital when I was exhausted, in a “new-mom” fog, and least expected a sweet gift.
One of my most asked about personal pieces — so these cabochon cut aquamarines used to be one giant brooch. I made two rings and a pendant out of the one brooch, this ring I couldn’t part with.
Purchased this ring from the Miami Antique Show 2019 from exhibitor Mollie Francine. I bought it with the center stone missing and couldn’t wait to give it a makeover. I loved asking all my followers what they thought should go in the center and I had SO many awesome responses. In the end, I decided to go with a diamond and used a match to a stud earring I had lost years ago that I’d been hanging onto for something exactly like this situation!
Pear-shape aquamarine ring was from @lucy.verity — but now I can’t remember if it was Vegas or Miami 2016?!
I love how this ring turned out; this was my latest project where I had the reddish-orange dyed jade replaced with black onyx. I’ve seen lots of these colored jade rings and I love the stone placement of this one and how emeralds are incorporated too.
I found so many great rings this year at the Miami Antique Show — like this one from The Fab Nab.
Excited about next year’s show and trying to decide if I should bring Gino or not?!
I bought this ring from Ella’s Vintage Gems after having a dry spell (not buying any rings for my personal collection) back when I was super pregnant and constantly on Instagram looking to buy 😆
One of my most favorite snake rings in my collection. This one I found while browsing the vintage & estate section of Joint Venture website.
This is my second piece of four from BCE Jewelry — I just love her work, I buy something every year. Posting today (October 4th) bc on this day 5 years ago we first met ♥️
This ring was purchased randomly one night after @bellflowerbay sent me a link to something she found (honestly can’t remember what anymore) and it was listed on Ruby Lane. This led me to search around Ruby Lane and I found this!
One of my earliest purchases from the Miami Antique Show back in 2013 was this ring! It used to have a pearl which I changed out for a malachite sphere instead. And by “changed out” I mean ripped it out with my bare hands 😂
A birthday gift to myself for turning 33 — sniped this one from Laurel Stearns — it’s aquamarine + black enamel.
Another favorite that I purchased from HopeSparkles!
I got this malachite ring a very long time ago while antiquing in California. It’s my go-to for travel bc I never fly without malachite and I usually misplace my tumbled stone, so this is always going places with me.
I always get lots of questions about this ring — it started out as a Victorian bracelet with a broken clasp. I had the idea of making it into a ring by adding a shank and making each link rigid, rather than flexible as it was as a bracelet!
This ring is my newest addition to my elongated diamond collection AKA “don’t you have like 12 of those already” from Andersons Jewelers 😬😃
I bought this ring early on in my collecting career and I love it just as much today as I did when I laid eyes on it at the Miami Antique Show. The shank is pretty unique as it is adjustable and it’s also engraved. The first part is something I can’t discern but to last part says “to Alice” in the most beautiful cursive.
I picked up this ring from Tenenbaum Jewelers at the Miami Antique Show in 2018 ♥️
This turquoise + black enamel ring was a favorite find from the Miami Antique Show in 2017 — found at Haigs of Rochester
One of my favorite Instagram finds was this ring from Rebecca Fogg — it’s a vintage piece that had three garnets. I gave it a little makeover using three of my favorite gemstones: turquoise, opal & lapis.
I love this Art Nouveau turquoise ring. I found it at the Murfreesboro Antique Show here in Tennessee — the particular booth I bought it from had Czech glass jewelry and other costume pieces. It could have easily been passed by, but I decided to take a look. This ring was one of the only pieces of fine jewelry and the lady said it was from her personal collection.
One of my most comfortable rings — this piece is from Kabana Jewelry and I love the size and sleekness.