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  • January 30, 2015

    Five on Friday January 30

     

    Hooray, Friday is here! This week we are featuring five of our very favorite vintage three-stone rings. The three-stone style is defined by a generally (but not necessarily!) larger center stone flanked by two side stones. In a classic three-stone style, there are no other stones in the ring. The style was popularized in the Victorian era and remains extremely popular today. The three-stones are believed to symbolize the past, present and future— a wonderful representation of marriage! We love vintage three-stone rings, especially those that feature colored gemstones! Check out our favorites below or browse our entire collection of three-stone engagement rings!

    Abbotsford | Trumpet & Horn Glen Holly | Trumpet & Horn Sedona | Trumpet & Horn Bradley | Trumpet & Horn Williamsburg | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Abbotsford | Trumpet & Horn

    Abbotsford is a sweet authentic Victorian era (circa 1880) 14k yellow gold ring starring a classic three-stone combination. A natural slightly pink oval ruby centers the ring and is gauged at 0.12ct further flanked on either side by two Old Mine Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.20ct. The ring is finished with lovely detailing on the shoulders. Abbotsford is currently a size 7 and can be sized to fit.

    Glen Holly | Trumpet & Horn

    Glen Holly is a beautiful example of classic Mid Century design. This platinum-set ring centers a 0.94ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded K color and VS1 clarity sitting comfortably in a talon-prong setting. This center diamond is flanked on either side by two Triangular Cut, beautifully saturated emeralds totaling approximately 0.25ct in total weight. Glen Holly is finished with a personal hand engraving along the inside of the shank reading: "Charles to V 12-22-47". How romantic to be married just before Christmas! Glen Holly is currently a size 6.25 and can be sized to fit.

    Sedona | Trumpet & Horn

    Sedona is a spectacular example of Early Victorian craftsmanship (circa 1870) designed in 14k rose gold featuring a stunning three stone combination. An intensely saturated orange-red round faceted spinel accompanied with a Guild Laboratories certificate centers the ring, gauged at approximately 0.75ct and flanked on either side by two Old European Cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.00ct, graded G-H color and VS clarity. The ring is finished with a simple slightly tapered shank. Sedona is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit.

    Bradley | Trumpet & Horn

    Bradley is a Victorian engagement ring made from 18k yellow gold and platinum featuring a 1.25ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond with K color and VS2 clarity further flanked on either side by two Old European Cut diamonds with an approximate total weight of .90ct, graded J-K color and SI clarity. A trio of fiery diamonds glow warmly from this classic three stone ring, accented with small details like a floral basket setting and engraved shoulders. Bradley is currently a size 4.5 and can be sized to fit.

    Williamsburg | Trumpet & Horn

    Williamsburg is a one-of-a-kind Victorian platinum and 18k yellow gold three stone ring centering a 1.70ct GIA certified Old Mine Brilliant Cut diamond graded Fancy Brown-Yellow color and VS2 clarity. Williamsburg is flanked on either side by two Old European Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.60ct, graded H-I color and VS clarity. This stunning three stone ring is finished off with six Rose Cut diamonds alongs the shoulders of the ring. Williamsburg is currently a size 7 and can be sized to fit.

  • January 29, 2015

    T&H Couple Chelsea & Brandon

    Chelsea | Trumpet & Horn

    We are so excited to introduce you to our latest T&H Couple, Chelsea and Brandon! The pair met in March 2012 when they were on vacation in the Wisconsin Dells. Chelsea was there celebrating her birthday, and hit it off with Brandon immediately. They stayed in touch for a few months afterwards, but because they lived four hours away, they eventually lost contact over the summer. In the fall, Chelsea's email was hacked and sent out an message to all of her contacts promising "a dream life". Brandon replied jokingly, and once again they began talking and really got to know each other. After about a year of dating long-distance style, Brandon knew it was time to propose! Brandon wanted to get an idea of what Chelsea liked, so after some coercion, they looked at rings together online and came to the Trumpet & Horn website. Chelsea knew she wanted a vintage engagement ring with sapphires the color of Brandon's eyes. When they stumbled upon the gorgeous Art Deco ring they knew it was perfect not only because it included sapphires, but it was named Chelsea! They never looked at rings again, as this particular ring seemed destined to be part of their love story. Brandon proposed on a secluded bridge in the woods behind Chelsea's childhood home where she used to play growing up. The place was so special to Chelsea and Brandon had come to love it just as much. The two are set to be married in March of this year, on the three year anniversary of the day they first met! Chelsea is a massage therapist, and Brandon is a Project Manager for ComEd. When they first met, Chelsea had a two and a half year old son. Now, together, they have an amazing five year old son. We are SO happy for you and your family— Congratulations!!!

  • January 28, 2015

    Proposing Without a Ring

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    At Trumpet & Horn, we are proud to have lots of unconventional brides shop our store. We love the unique styles and experiences that lead each of our one-of-a-kind customers to find their one-of-a-kind vintage engagement rings. windomFrom our customers, we are constantly learning about the wedding industry and are so excited to be part of it's rapid growth and evolution. We find ourselves in a super unique position as a vendor of primarily engagement rings— part of the story at the very inception of a couple's journey to matrimony.wildwood
    Wedgefield | Trumpet & HornBuying an engagement ring is a huge commitment and milestone and we never want the gravity of the what engagement symbolizes to be overshadowed by a stressful shopping experience. That's why we strive to provide exceptional customer service to all sifting through our many, many pages of vintage and antique engagement rings! While it has always been common for couples to ring shop together, we've seen an influx of customers who are already engaged shopping for their engagement ring. We are in full support of the new trend of proposing without an engagement ring! Not only does it take some of the pressure off of the guy scrambling to plan a proposal AND find a ring, but it allows for the shopping experience itself to become part of a couple's story. When you purchase an engagement ring together, you have the opportunity to shop leisurely until you find something you're sure to cherish forever. There are so many fantastic vintage engagement rings, from Victorian to Modern, that it can be difficult to narrow it down without a second opinion! If your partner is open to it, it's definitely a great idea to discuss the option of getting engaged without a ring and then shopping Trumpet & Horn. Regardless of if you shop as an engaged couple, or solo, you're sure to have an easy & memorable experience at T&H. All of our buying is risk free, so if you purchase a ring and decide it's not perfect, we'll take it back for a full refund! As always, the most important takeaway when shopping for an engagement ring is that you should be comfortable and excited to take this very first step towards marriage!

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  • January 27, 2015

    Vintage Shopping Spree Giveaway

     

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    We have teamed up with our friends at Sweet & Spark to offer you the chance to win a $1000 vintage shopping spree! Click here to enter and you could be the lucky winner of all the loot, including a $200 credit towards a purchase at Trumpet & Horn! Enter by February 8, 2015. Good Luck!!!

  • January 27, 2015

    Vintage Engagement Rings January 27


    Clifton | Trumpet & Horn Rancho Mirage | Trumpet & Horn Freeport | Trumpet & Horn Ravenscourt | Trumpet & Horn Silver City | Trumpet & Horn Abbotsford | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    Silver City is a classic Edwardian era diamond engagement ring with Old European Cut diamonds. Silver City is a classic Edwardian era diamond engagement ring with Old European Cut diamonds.

    Silver City is timeless Edwardian era (circa 1910) platinum navette style ring with French hallmarks centering a single bezel set Old European Cut diamond gauged at 0.25ct, graded G-H color and SI2 clarity. An additional ten Old European Cut diamonds grace each corner of the ring with a total approximate weight of 0.40ct. The ring is further accented with web-like open filigree and the delicate detailing can be considered a true work of art. The ring is finished with a simple platinum shank. Silver City is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit.

    Ravenscourt is a sweet Victorian era opal engagement ring with a halo of Old Mine Cut diamonds. Ravenscourt is a sweet Victorian era opal engagement ring with a halo of Old Mine Cut diamonds.

    Ravenscourt is a fanciful authentic Victorian era (circa 1880) ring made from 14k rose gold centering a stunning round opal gauged at 4.8mm in diameter displaying a stunning rainbow play of color. This sweet halo ring features ten Old Mine Cut diamonds delicately framing the center opal weighing approximately 0.25ct. This is a unique engagement ring that truly captures its era. Ravenscourt is currently a size 4.5 and can be sized to fit.

  • January 23, 2015

    Five on Friday January 23

    Happy Friday! This week we are featuring five of our very favorite Edwardian era engagement rings. Jewelry during the Edwardian era is from approximately 1890-1915 and is characterized by intricate platinum designs. The Edwardian era introduced platinum to the market and its strength and malleability enabled jewelers to craft extremely complex and delicate rings. Some Edwardian craftsmanship is so fine that stones appear to be set in fragile lace rather than solid platinum! We think that vintage Edwardian engagement rings embody femininity and are the perfect choice for any vintage lover looking for a unique and one-of-a-kind ring to wear forever. Click here to browse our entire collection of Edwardian engagement rings!

    Dayton Way | Trumpet & Horn La Crosse | Trumpet & Horn Whistler | Trumpet & Horn Covent Gardens | Trumpet & Horn Napa Valley | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Dayton Way | Trumpet & Horn

    Dayton Way is an elegant Edwardian era platinum and 18k white gold engagement ring designed as an oval shaped cluster of fifteen Old European and Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.40ct. Dayton way is finished with delicate milgrained edges flowing along the shoulders. Dayton Way is currently a size 4.25 and can be sized to fit.

    La Crosse | Trumpet & Horn

    La Crosse is a stunning vintage Edwardian Era engagement ring made from white gold featuring a tall hexagonal setting with handcrafted milgrained edges. This unique solitaire engagement ring features a 0.59ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded F color and VS1 clarity. La Crosse is further enhanced by ornate foliate engraving on the shank and shoulders. La Crosse is currently size 6.25 and can be sized to fit.

    Whistler | Trumpet & Horn

    Whistler is a favorite of the T&H team! This stunning Edwardian era platinum set diamond engagement ring centers a bezel set 0.79ct GIA certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond graded J color and VS2 clarity. Whistler is designed in a graceful bombe style setting adorned with six sparkling Old Full Cut diamonds gauged at 0.25ct. This unusual ring is finished off with delicate scrolling hand pierced filigree, milgrained edges, and linear engraving throughout. Whistler is currently a size 8 and can be sized to fit.

    Covent Garden | Trumpet & Horn

    Covent Gardens is a timeless authentic Edwardian era (circa 1915) platinum ring centering a bezel set natural heated 2.06ct oval sapphire accompanied by a Guild Laboratories certificate. The bombe style sparkling ring is further touched with sixty eight Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.00ct. The ring is finished with geometric linear open metalwork and subtle milgrained edges throughout. Covent Gardens is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit most ring sizes.

    Napa Valley | Trumpet & Horn

    Napa Valley is an authentic exquisite Edwardian era (circa 1915) platinum engagement ring centering a bezel set Old European Cut diamond gauged at approximately 0.90ct, graded G-H color and VS2 clarity. A halo of eight half moon shaped natural bright red rubies frame the center diamond which total approximately 0.64ct. Napa Valley is further decorated with a second halo of twenty-nine Single Cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of 0.70ct which border the outside of the ring. The shoulders of this beautiful ring are graced with two pear-shaped diamonds estimating 0.24ct in weight and each edge are touched delicately with milgrained edges throughout. Napa Valley is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.

  • January 21, 2015

    T&H Couple Grace & Adrienne

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    Congratulations to our latest T&H Couple, Grace & Adrienne! The two met in late 2009 shortly after Grace moved to San Francisco and connected immediately. Grace recalls feeling a bond so deep and special that she wanted to do all she could to get to know Adrienne. After dating for almost five years, Adrienne knew it was time to propose! She wanted to find an art deco ring for Grace, and connected with Tom to find the perfect one. When she saw the stunning Halifax ring with its Old Mine Cut diamond, she immediately knew it was The One! For the proposal, Adrienne organized a beautiful and elaborate surprise for Grace. It was a Tuesday evening, and one of their favorite bands, The Family Crest, was playing in San Francisco's Huntington Park. After a romantic dinner, the two walked over to the park where they were greeted by their close friends & Adrienne's family. The band started playing their song "Marry Me" and Adrienne dropped to one knee to propose to Grace. Grace responded with a resounding "Of course!" Their wedding date is set for August of this year! On her ring, Grace says:

    "When I got time to gather myself, I could hardly stop admiring the ring. I love the engraving along the sides, the delicate baguettes, and how the diamond catches the light. It couldn't be more perfect."

    We are so happy to be a part of this beautiful couple's happy story! ♥

  • January 20, 2015

    Vintage Engagement Rings January 20


    Chancery Lane | Trumpet & Horn Ketchum | Trumpet & Horn Lowell | Trumpet & Horn Pleasant Hill | Trumpet & Horn Pembrook | Trumpet & Horn Sedona | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    Sedona is a timeless early Victorian vintage engagement ring with a vibrant spinel center stone. Sedona is a timeless early Victorian vintage engagement ring with a vibrant spinel center stone.

    Sedona is a spectacular example of Early Victorian craftsmanship (circa 1870) designed in 14k rose gold featuring a stunning three stone combination. An intensely saturated orange-red round faceted spinel accompanied with a Guild Laboratories certificate centers the ring, gauged at approximately 0.75ct and flanked on either side by two Old European Cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.00ct, graded G-H color and VS clarity. The ring is finished with a simple slightly tapered shank. Sedona is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit.

    Pleasant Hill is a spectacular vintage opal engagement ring with diamond halo. Pleasant Hill is a spectacular vintage opal engagement ring with diamond halo.

    Pleasant Hill is a classic and authentic Mid-Century (circa 1950) 14k white gold ring featuring a six-prong set round opal gauged at 8mm that displays subtle green and orange play-of-color. A dazzling halo of twelve Round Brilliant Cut diamonds frame the center opal, totaling approximately 0.80ct. The ring is finished with a high profile and a simple 14k white gold shank. Pleasant Hill is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit.

  • January 16, 2015

    Five on Friday January 16

    Happy Friday! This week we are featuring five of our very favorite vintage solitaire engagement rings. Solitaire engagement rings are the perfect choice for the classic lady in your life, as they embody timeless sophistication. We especially love vintage solitaire engagement rings because each piece carries a unique history and and one-of-a-kind antique charm. Solitaire engagement rings are simple in design and allow the center stone to truly shine above the rest of the ring. Vintage solitaire engagement rings come in all different sizes and at all different price points, so you're sure to find the perfect ring for your elegant gal! Check out our favorites below!

    Aurora | Trumpet & Horn Edge Hill | Trumpet & Horn Woodbury | Trumpet & Horn Toulouse | Trumpet & Horn Stratford | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Aurora | Trumpet & Horn

    Aurora is a classic Retro era engagement ring made from platinum centering a 0.59ct EGL certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond with G color and VS2 clarity. This simple engagement ring showcases the sparkling main diamond within a clean four prong setting. A tailored line of Single Cut diamonds are nestled within a soft knife edge shank. Aurora is currently size 8.5 and can be sized to fit.

    Edge Hill | Trumpet & Horn

    Edge Hill is a sweet vintage 1940's solitaire engagement ring made from platinum centering a 0.95ct EGL certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond graded I color and SI3 clarity. This classic ring enhances the bright, sparkling center diamond with six Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately .10ct and graded H-I color and SI clarity. Edge Hill exemplifies true refinement with its crisp knife's edge ring shank and bar set diamonds. Edge Hill is currently size 5 and can be sized to fit.

    Woodbury | Trumpet & Horn

    Woodbury is a crisp Art Deco era ring made from platinum centering a 0.93ct EGL certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond graded F color and VS1 clarity. This gorgeous diamond shines brightly from an angular box setting and is flanked on either side by a tailored channel of six classic French Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.12ct and further accented with delicate milgrained edges. Woodbury is currently size 5.25 and can be sized to fit.

    Toulouse | Trumpet & Horn

    Toulouse is a traditional Art Deco diamond engagement ring made from platinum featuring a 1.18ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded I color and SI1 clarity. This timeless engagement ring style has been the classic standard for decades. Set in a simple four prong setting, this gorgeous center diamond sparkles brightly and is enhanced by two straight baguette diamonds totaling approximately 0.15ct. This timeless classic will never go out of style. Toulouse is currently a size 7.25 and can be sized to fit.

    Stratford | Trumpet & Horn

    Stratford is an antique Edwardian diamond engagement ring made from platinum centering a 2.05ct EGL certified Old Mine Cushion Cut diamond with E color and SI2 clarity. This simple, easy to wear ring showcases the colorless, sparkling main diamond accented by a channel of eight bead set Full Cut round diamonds with a total approximate weight of .20ct. Stratford is currently size 7.25 and can be sized to fit.

  • January 14, 2015

    Refinery 29 Features Trumpet & Horn!

    Alderley | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    This morning we were greeted with some very exciting news! The ever-popular fashion and lifestyle website Refinery 29 included us in an article titled Vintage Engagement Rings for the Unconventional Bride! We are so thrilled to be included on Refinery 29's list among such impressive company! At Trumpet & Horn, we are proud to offer our customers unique and one-of-a-kind vintage engagement rings that allow our brides to express their own personal style. The three rings that Refinery 29 chose to feature — Napa Valley, Elsberry, and Alderley — are perfectly singular and extraordinary, each exhibiting stellar attributes of vintage heritage. Big thanks to the team at Refinery 29 for including us! ♥

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