For those who don’t know, I’m currently in the stages of planning my own wedding for 2018. The major stuff is all covered (Venue, dress, photographer, flowers etc.) and with just over 12 months to go until the big day, I’ve started looking at unique wedding rings. Rob proposed last year whilst we were on holiday in Rhodes with a beautiful vintage ring with rubies and diamonds that he purchased of Etsy. I’ve been looking into vintage looking rings to compliment it and I cam across Browns Family Jewellers – A high street jewellers in Yorkshire who have over 25 years in the industry. They specialise is pre-owned and vintage jewellery which is perfect for what I’m looking for. If you’re looking for your own vintage or art deco engagement ring – here are a few of my favourites:
18CT WHITE GOLD DIAMOND DRESS RING
This stunning 18ct white gold 0.55ct diamond dress ring has a gorgeous Art Deco design set with bright white diamonds – I love the shapes and setting of them.
DIAMOND & OPAL CLUSTER RING
The ring features an oval cut opal claw set to the centre surrounded by bright white, brilliant cut diamonds set within the elevated pierced decorated ring setting. Opals has a wonderful play on colour that captures the light perfectly when worn.
DIAMOND AND RUBY CLUSTER RING
The vibrant reddy pink hue of this ruby is offset fantastically by the impressive brilliant cut diamonds – I am in love with the diamonds on the shoulders of this ring. Continue reading
Fine bark diamond ring with vine detail
Today I get to share with you the gorgeous work of Alex Monroe, who has been making jewellery for the past 25 years. These fine intricate rings are inspired by nature and British eccentricity bringing a cute, whimsical charm which makes each piece it’s own.
Fine Bark Band Ring with Vine Detail, Wide Bark Ring set with Tsavorite, Diamond Twig Band
Having trained at the Sir John Cass School of Art in London, Alex started making his own jewellery in 1986 out of a small workshop in a picturesque, Victorian cobbled yard in south London. To this day, all of his jewellery is still hand made by a team of highly skilled jewellers in that same studio.
Hammered Heritage Band 2, Feather Band Ring, Plain Grass Blade 3mm Band, Heritage Ring 5
Alex makes all of his original designs by hand using traditional jewellery making techniques, and he will often craft his own tools to help with the creation of a new piece. After his initial sketches, he will move to his bench. Here he will start working directly into pieces of silver to create the original item. Working with silver instead of wax allows him to achieve the high levels of detail and texture that are such a feature of his jewellery.
White Dream, Morganite 8mm Hoya Ring, Green Amethyst Forest Jewel Ring, 5mm Pale Green Sapphire Eyebright
How gorgeous are Alex’s designs. Be sure to go and check out more of his fine jewellery on his website – They’re just gorgeous!
Today, especially as 2013 is slowly coming to a cold and windy close, I thought I would share this infographic from Simply Bridal on the top 10 engagement rings of 2013.
I personally am a massive fan of number 3 – the oval cut. Below is also a list of my five favourite engagement rings from a beautiful online custom jeweller Rare Earth who can be found here on Etsy. Their gorgeous rings are made-to-order and can be purchased in any golds – yellow, white or rose, and also in palladium and platinum, (I love their rose gold rings!) and also sets so you have the perfect match your engagement ring! Below are my favourites.
14K Rose Gold Green Amethyst Ring – £517.25
14K Orange Sapphire Ring – £637.49
14K Vintage amethyst Art Nouveau Engagement Ring – $572.99
14K Blue Sapphire Emerald Cut Engagement Ring – £2,545.56
14K Pear Morganite Rose Gold Ring – £701.36
Which is your favourite Rare Earth ring?