One Ring to Rule Them All

What’s an engagement ring post without a Lord of the Rings reference? Actually, it’s funny I should mention that because apparently when Mr. C first showed his brother-in-law the ring (it was sent to their house for secrecy), he remarked that it looked like the ring the “elf lady” had in Lord of the Rings. This should have been Mr. C’s first indication that he had chosen well.

Anyway, at last I have the big engagement-ring reveal! I will have a separate entry (or two) about the actual proposal, but for now here is the ring:

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It has four smaller accent diamonds around the main diamond followed by two half-moon emeralds. It is considered an Art Deco style and is most likely from the early 1920s. According to the appraiser, as far as they could tell the entire ring is still in its original state (i.e., nothing has been replaced or changed since it was created).

It was purchased from an antique and vintage jewelry store in Largo, Florida, called Gesner Estate Jewelry. Mr. C purchased it from their website and had it privately appraised after it arrived. Of course, this was all in secret. He kept it hidden for weeks before he proposed! But later I found out that he left school early one day to have it secretly appraised. He carted it down the hallway showing it to some of my coworkers who were awesome about keeping it all a secret. It makes me so happy to think of Mr. C showing off this monumental purchase.

I love the delicate open scroll work on the sides. I think my ring really suits my personality. I’m not a flashy person, so something modest is definitely more my style. Something else I love about my ring is the fact that if it has survived 80 years, I’m sure it will last 80 more.

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I like the emeralds, but I wish they carried a little more light than they do. They appear pretty dark when the ring is on my finger. Mr. C and I have discussed perhaps replacing them with diamonds or sapphires down the road as an “upgrade,” but I’m not sure I will ever want to change my ring. I love the colored stone accents that were so popular in early 20th century engagement rings, so if ever do decide to make any changes I’d want to stay true to the look of that era.

I remember the first time I saw it when my fiance presented it to me. It was only last March, but it already seems so long ago. We were outside and it was sparkling like crazy in the sunlight. I thought it seemed so perfect and delicate. After spending months and months searching for rings online and never being able to see them in person, you must understand how anxious I was to have this ring finally on my finger.

Interested in owning your own antique or vintage engagement ring? These are a few of my favorite sites:

And just to make a few distinctions while you are looking:

Antique = Around 80–100 years old

Vintage = At least 20 years old

Happy hunting! (It never hurts to look, right? Right??)

BLOGGER

Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
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    love108 3979 posts, Honey bee @ 11:18 am

    Please do not replace the emeralds! They are BEAUTFIUL! I need to upload a picture of my antique ring… now that I’ve gotten it! :)

    What is your plan for a wedding band? Mine isn’t a strange shape but it’s not flush, plus it’s an older platinum alloy so modern platinum rings woudln’t be the same. I’m debating wearing it on separate hands, but I really would love a set.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:19 am

    That’s gorgeous! I love the emeralds. Green is my favorite color.

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 11:20 am

    Your ring is beautiful! :)

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:49 am

    I love love looove your ring!

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    Jennifer, Guest @ 12:04 pm

    I’d also recommend Leigh Jay Nacht, Inc – http://www.antiqueengagementrings.com

    I have a beautiful one-of-a kind engagement ring and custom wedding band from this jeweler. They are WONDERFUL to work with, really can’t say enough nice things. A friend also worked with them and raves. When choosing a wedding band to go with my engagement ring, they took the time to send me pictures of my engagement ring (a recreation they sell) against a bunch of different wedding bands – front and side angles. The next best thing to seeing it in person.

    For all you Mad Men fans, Christina Hendricks’ amazing 1920s engagement ring also came from Leigh Jay Nacht.

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    jilleeann 409 posts, Helper bee @ 12:14 pm

    He did a fantastic job and I think the emeralds are fantastic. Just a note that sapphires and other colored stones can look dark in different lights also. Therefore, enjoy the different moods of your bits of color! I have a feeling you’ll not want to change it for the world when you get to enjoying the changes. I’d also like to know if you have idea band, because I have No idea what I want on that front for mine and they’re about the same time period, but different shapes. I’m afraid a band would hide all the lovely filigree work, but then, I still have time to worry about that later.

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 12:22 pm

    Oh my goodness, what a beautiful ring!! I love all the detail: it does almost look elfen! I absolutely love it! :D

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:38 pm

    I like it looks antique if you look at it that way but it can totally be a modern design, which I think will translate to timeless :P Anyway, it’s beautiful.

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    fronkinzankinsbride 44 posts, Newbee @ 12:59 pm

    My ring is from the 20s as well! It appears we have very similar ring tastes. I was excited to see what you ended up with and it could not have been a better pay off! That’s my favorite engagement ring I’ve seen on the bee. I’m sure you feel the same. I can’t wait to follow your wedding band hunt. :)

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 1:15 pm

    @love108: I don’t think I will – I think it would be too hard to change something that has been this way for 80+ years. I’m so glad that you like it though! And yes, please post a picture of yours because I’d love to see it! About the wedding band, I’m not sure. Lately I’ve been looking for a simple antique platinum band but it won’t sit flush. I could have one designed to fit my ring, but I’m not crazy about that option either. I need to do some more hunting before making a decision.

    @Mrs. Treasure: Green is my favorite color as well!

    @fronkinzankinsbride: Aww thank you so much! I love my ring and I’m glad you love it too! The wedding band hunt has been a little tedious though — I have an idea of what I want, but just like my search for antique engagement rings, it’s hard when I can’t see them or wear them in person to see how they go with my ring.

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 1:17 pm

    Thank you guys for the sweet comments! You know, I’ve gotten some weird looks showing it to people in person. Or I’ve had people look it over and not say a word to me, which is always a little weird. Do they hate it? Do they think it’s too small? But it’s so nice to hear your comments here. I love it, and at the end of the day that’s all that matters, but it’s still nice to hear nice things too! :)

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    glasgowbound 2691 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:15 pm

    I e got an Art Deco ring too! Good choice!

    I have also gotten a few weird looks, but mostly people just think its really cool because of how unique it is. Welcome to the vintage ring “club”!

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    Red Poppy 21 posts, Newbee @ 2:57 pm

    Beautiful ring. I love the emeralds!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:37 pm

    Ahhh, gorgeous! I love vintage/antique rings. I checked out quite a few Art Deco rings when we were looking. Mine is a more modern spin, but the details are what make the ring unique, and I love how there are so many different aspects to gaze at while you’re daydreaming about weddings, er, to enjoy. :-)

    Also, we got engaged in March too! I still stare at my ring all the time…

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 6:40 pm

    Beautiful, I just love the emeralds and the filigree on the sides!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 7:44 pm

    OMG! this is beautiful! the emeralds are amazing and i saw them straight away. LOVE LOVE LOVE!

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    painauchocolat 2298 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:23 pm

    Oh, see I like the emeralds! Don’t swap them out. They’re part of the ring’s charm. :)

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:53 am

    omg your ring is shiny. so gorgeous

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    garvani09, Guest @ 12:53 am

    I got a ring from garvani but Choice of emeralds is good. Especially the green color looks excellent. The mixing of color diamond with gold and platinum is awesome

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