Personal Shopper: A Unique, Antique-Style Engagement Ring for a Proposal-to-Be

Jane Doe* wrote: "My brother recently approached me with the task of helping him pick out an engagement ring for his long-time, soon-to-be-doctor, beautiful girlfriend. I adore his girlfriend. In fact, I feel my brother and I would not be as close today if it weren't for her. She softened my brother's hard exterior - and taught him a lot about learning to love and accept the illogical ways of his crazy sister. She has a beautiful soul, and I want to help him find a ring as timeless and beautiful as her. So far we have been taking the Etsy route, and I am wondering what other options are out there for vintage rings. Or sites that make custom rings based on vintage styles? Can you help? I've included an example below of the style we have been looking at. I know it's a daunting task...but Outblush is my lifeline for everything else in my life - so why not for my future sister-in-laws engagement ring?!

OMG OMG OMG, this is so sweet, Jane! We are all dying here in the office, and pretty much all wanted to chime in on this one. A few sites that we love are Gemvara (custom settings with different stones, metals, etc) Antique Jewelry Mall (settings only, he'd have to buy a diamond elsewhere), and Brilliant Earth (ethical origin fine jewelry, you pick the setting and diamond separately and they put the ring together for you). I also love Turtle Love Artisan & Vintage Jewelry and Sylvie. Etsy and eBay are also popular sources, but those always come with a buyer beware caveat. I've lined up a few sample styles from some of the above jewelry designers for you, below.

Enjoy... And please let us know what your brother picks, and if the lucky lady says "yes"!

1. Vintage Cut Corner Halo Diamond Engagement Ring (from $2000 for setting, center stone not included)
2. 14k Rose Gold Lyra Diamond Ring ($1,025 for setting, center stone not included)
3. Vintage Engraved Round Brilliant Center Diamond Engagement Ring (from $1500 for setting, center stone not included)
4. Loving Hearts Art Deco Antique Style Engagement Ring Setting for a 1 Carat Round or Princess Cut Diamond in 14 Karat Rose ( Pink ) Gold ($1180)
5. 14k Rose Gold Tiara Matched Set ($1,900 for setting, center stone not included)
6. Matilda Ring ($14,105 as shown, different prices w/ different metals/gems)
7. Art Deco Diamond Filigree Engagement Ring in 14 Karat Rose ( Pink ) Gold ($2290)

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janetor-lady-blogger.jpg Janetor here: I may spend my days wearing yoga pants and T-shirts, chasing a frenetic toddler and two cats, but I dearly love fashion and pride myself on never paying full price for clothes, shoes, or accessories. Ping me if you're seeking out formal wear, plus-size fashions, or beauty products - or if you just want to discuss the latest season of Downton Abbey or Doctor Who over a pitcher of sangria and some nachos.

*Name changed to protect the innocent



Posted on 04.03.14 at 2:23 PM

Jane Doe here! Maybe I am biased...but you really have outdone yourself Outblush. These rings are absolutely stunning. My brother and I could not be more thrilled! We will be sure to share all the juicy details when he finally proposes. But let's be real, ya'll should probably just come to the wedding now :) Many thanks everyone!!!!!! We are so grateful!


Posted on 04.03.14 at 2:59 PM

Hey, totally creeping in on this conversation.. My husband proposed to me with a vintage ring and I adore it. Old diamonds throw light in a completely different way than new ones. I can't stress how much I adore vintage diamonds. If you wanted to go the true vintage route, I would hands down recommend Erstwhile:

They sell vintage engagement rings and they always have some amazing stuff. It looks like most of the stuff right now is super pricey, but they always get new stock in. Good luck!

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