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  • May 21, 2015

    Once Wed Features Trumpet & Horn!

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    We were thrilled to have the opportunity to write a piece about the difference between vintage jewelry and vintage-inspired jewelry for Once Wed! You can head over to their site to check out the feature (AND the beautiful photography they included!) or read all about the distinctions below! Thanks, Once Wed ♥ !!!

    “Something old, something new”— you’ve heard it before, but what does that actually mean? For us at Trumpet & Horn, we live for the “something old”… particularly the very old, sometimes the over 150 years old! Vintage rings are our passion, and scouring the world for rare jewelry from decades past is our obsession. But we also have a soft spot for the “something new” out there, which we express through our ever-growing vintage-inspired collection.

    So, what’s the difference between vintage & vintage-inspired, you may be wondering? Vintage and antique jewelry is authentically one-of-a-kind and was created decades (sometimes even a century!) ago. For a ring to be truly considered “vintage,” it has to have been made over 20 years ago from the present date (so before 1995) AND previously owned. Anything older than 100 years from today (those rings that were made before 1915) and previously owned is considered “antique.”

    Each vintage or antique piece exhibits natural wear and characteristics of the time period it was created in. Most vintage jewelry created before the 1940s was made all by hand, from the carving of the stones to the welding and decoration of the setting. Vintage-inspired jewelry draws upon the styles and tradition of vintage jewelry, but is newly manufactured. This means that the piece has never been owned before, and can be reproduced time & time again.

    If you love vintage styles, but are not sure if you want an authentically vintage ring or a vintage-inspired ring, consider these tidbits!

    • Vintage jewelry tends to be more affordable than newly-made or brand name jewelry because there are no labor costs associated with the pieces, which makes the retail markup significantly less. Also, vintage diamonds and stones are considered “imperfect” by modern standards because they were cut by hand rather than by computerized lasers, which can help to reduce the price tag.
    • Vintage engagement rings are truly unique & one-of-a-kind. There is only one piece out there that exhibits the distinct design and carries the same mysterious and romantic history for you to pass along to your family.
    • Vintage-inspired jewelry takes influence from a distinct vintage time period, but doesn’t necessarily have any other connection with it. At Trumpet & Horn, we use recycled vintage metals & vintage stones in our vintage-inspired pieces to make them more authentic to the era, but that is not the case with all of the vintage-inspired options out there. If using recycled and conflict-free materials is important to you, this is something to consider!
    • Vintage-inspired jewelry lends for more customization options than vintage jewelry. We prefer to maintain the integrity of our vintage pieces and would never tamper with a ring to replace a stone with a more modern one, but this would be an option in a vintage-inspired piece. For example, if you love the Art Deco style, but would prefer a modern, laser-cut diamond as the center stone, vintage-inspired might be the right choice for you!

     

    Whether you’re thinking of incorporating a vintage or a vintage-inspired engagement ring into your family’s history, you’re sure to have a gorgeous and timeless piece to pass on and love for generations.

    Photo above by Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

  • May 20, 2015

    Collaborator Spotlight: Lace & Likes

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    Victorian Gold Old Mine Cut Diamond Cluster Ring | Antique Gold Diamond Cluster Ring | Bridgeport Gorgeous Art Deco Emerald Ring with Diamond Halo | Autry Trail Yellow Diamond Gold Wedding Band Authentic Edwardian Era Engagement Ring with Natural Heated Sapphire and Single Cut Diamonds | Covent Gardens Spectacular Authentic Edwardian Era Engagement Ring with Natural Ruby Center | Lanseboro Image Map

    photography: Joielala | locations: home of SMIDTHAT interiors + Downtown San Diego + Luce Loft | concept + styling: lace and likes | florals: siren floral co | hair + makeup: 1011 makeup | dresses: The Dress Theory + Sarah Seven | veils: The Veiled Beauty | jacket & tassel shawl: Cleobella | bangles: La Feem | models: Amy Clarke, Bleu Archibald, Hannah Savenye, Rachael Lunghi | rentals: Witty Rentals

    These incredible images were published in four separate posts on Green Wedding Shoes and 100 Layer Cake. Check out the Rose Gold Story, Modern Black and Blue Story, Yellow + Copper Story, and Emerald + Gold Story

  • May 19, 2015

    Vintage Engagement Rings May 19

    Robinson | Trumpet & Horn Loveland | Trumpet & Horn Shelbourne | Trumpet & Horn Baycrest | Trumpet & Horn Ojai | Trumpet & Horn Sausalito | Trumpet & Horn Wayland | Trumpet & Horn Swan Hill | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    Delicate Yet Fabulous Victorian Era Opal Engagement Ring | Wayland

    Wayland is a distinct and authentic Victorian era (circa 1890) 14k yellow gold ring designed with a row of five cabochon round opals each gauged at approximately 3.3mm to 2.8mm and each displaying a beautiful array of rainbow play-of-color. Wayland is further embellished on the top and bottom by a row of eight Old Mine Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.16ct. This delicate yet fabulous ring is currently a size 5.5 and can be sized to fit most ring sizes. Please contact our concierge with sizing questions.

    Edwardian Era Diamond Engagement Ring with Quatrefoil Design and Sapphire Accents | Loveland

    Loveland is an incredible Edwardian era (circa 1910) platinum ring centering a bezel set 1.95ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded I color and VS2 clarity. The ring is further decorated with a quatrefoil design of beautiful linear filigree and embellished with four triangular natural, bezel-set sapphires flanking each side of the center diamond totaling approximately 0.20ct in weight. Loveland is finished with a simple platinum shank. The ring is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.

  • May 15, 2015

    Five on Friday May 15

    Happy Friday, folks! Today we are featuring five awesome Retro era engagement rings. The Retro era encompasses jewelry made from about 1935-1950. This was a very unique time in history: Americans were recovering from the financial disaster of The Great Depression & the world was absorbed with the conflicts of WWII. Jewelry from this time period reflects the glamour and glitz of Hollywood, with big, bold designs. Jewelry made in the later Retro period uses gold as the main metal of choice, as platinum became scarce during the war. We love the striking and eye-catching designs the Retro era has to offer! To see all of our Retro era engagement rings, click here!

    Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring | Inexpensive Vintage Engagement Ring | Salisbury Vintage Engagement Ring | Antique Diamond Ring | Hamilton Incredible Unique Retro Era Solitaire Engagement Ring | Lake Forest Timeless Authentic Retro Era Engagement Ring | Ambleside Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring | Westbrook Image Map

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    Salisbury is a 1940’s diamond ring ring made from 14k yellow and white gold centering a 0.17ct EGL certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond with I color and VS1 clarity. A low profile square setting houses this sweet diamond, accented with Single Cut diamonds and hand engraved detailed shoulders. Salisbury is currently size 8 and can be sized to fit.

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    Hamilton is an unusual Retro era ring made from platinum centering a 0.41ct EGL certified Transitional Cut diamond with J color and VS2 clarity. This beautiful center diamond is seemingly suspended between a unique bypass style shank set with Single Cut diamonds. Hamilton is currently size 7 and can be sized to fit.

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    Lake Forest is an incredibly unique authentic Retro era (circa 1945) 14k yellow gold ring centering a bezel set 0.54ct EGL certified Oval Cut diamond graded I color and SI1 clarity. This beauty is further surrounded with an unusual 14k yellow gold floral motif framing the sparkling center stone. Lake Forest is finished with a slightly oxidized finish and a simple tapered shank. The ring is currently a size 6.75 and can be sized to fit.

    Timeless Retro Era Engagement Ring

    Ambleside is a timeless authentic Retro era (circa 1940) engagement ring set in 14k yellow gold and topped in 14k white gold. This sweet and simple engagement ring features a beautiful 0.58ct EGL certified Old Mine Brilliant Cut diamond graded H color and SI1 clarity. The ring is further enhanced by two Single Cut diamonds with an approximate weight of 0.04ct and finished with tapering shoulders. Ambleside is currently a size 5 and can be sized to fit.

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    Westbrook is an elegant Retro period platinum engagement ring centering a 1.06ct EGL certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond graded H color and VS2 clarity set in a six-prong buttercup setting. The center stone is flanked on each side by four bezel set Rose Cut diamonds gauged at 0.15ct., finished with subtle milgrained edges along the shoulders. Westbrook is currently a size 7 and can be sized to fit.

  • May 13, 2015

    Collaborator Spotlight: Amore Events by Cody

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    Unique Art Deco Engagement Ring with Diamond Center | Alameda Vintage Diamond Onyx Cocktail Engagement Ring | Art Deco Diamond Onyx Engagement Ring | Nottingham Image Map

    Photography: Reverie Supply | Styling/Creative Direction: Amore Events by Cody | Coordination: Jaclyn Conlogue | Flowers: Wild Green Yonder (Lori Tran) Dress: Claire Pettibone | Vintage Rentals: Paisley and Jade | Rentals: MS Events | Glass/Chargers: Arte Italica | Hair: Brianna B. Adams | Makeup: Gohar Beaver | Crowns/Veils: Miggonne Handmade | Ribbon: Silk & Willow | Vintage Boudior Attire: Gossamer Vintage | Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter | Cake: Wildflour Fine Baking Co.

  • May 12, 2015

    Vintage Engagement Rings May 12

    Hampstead Heath | Trumpet & Horn Lake Forest| Trumpet & Horn Noble | Trumpet & Horn Williston | Trumpet & Horn Zelda | Trumpet & Horn Dorchester | Trumpet & Horn Adelaide | Trumpet & Horn Grantham | Trumpet & Horn Sawmill | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    Incredible Unique Retro Era Solitaire Engagement Ring | Lake Forest

    Lake Forest is an incredibly unique authentic Retro era (circa 1945) 14k yellow gold ring centering a bezel set 0.54ct EGL certified Oval Cut diamond graded I color and SI1 clarity. This beauty is further surrounded with an unusual 14k yellow gold floral motif framing the sparkling center stone. Lake Forest is finished with a slightly oxidized finish and a simple tapered shank. The ring is currently a size 6.75 and can be sized to fit.

    Incredible Newly Made Platinum Engagement ring with Emerald Cut Diamond | Hampstead Heath

    Hampstead Heath is an incredible Trumpet & Horn original design platinum engagement ring centering a high quality bezel set 1.01ct GIA certified Emerald Cut diamond graded G color and VVS2 clarity. Six square Step Cut diamonds frame each side of the center stone while an additional cushion shaped halo of eight Single Cut diamonds border the ring. Hampstead Heath is finished with six Single Cut diamonds lining the shoulders and the total additional side stone carat weight equals 0.40ct. The ring is finished with outstanding open metal work and each edge is delicately touched with milgraining. Hampstead Heath is a size 6.25 and can be sized to fit.

  • May 8, 2015

    Five on Friday May 8

    Happy Friday! Today we are featuring five of our favorite vintage-inspired wedding bands. All of the bands below are exclusive to our collection & are made by hand with antique diamonds, using the same tools and techniques from the 17th century! Most modern wedding rings today are made from molds and include laser cut diamonds which means they are easily replicated. Our rings use recycled metals and often use diamonds that have been repurposed from broken stones which give them a distinct vintage flair. Authentically vintage wedding bands are hard to come by in today’s market. This is generally due to the fact that many women pass their wedding bands down to their daughters or daughters-in-law as sentimental heirlooms to keep in the family. Also, bands typically take on more wear and tear than engagement rings, as they are often not removed for strenuous activities. Vintage bands that we come across tend to be in poor condition and unfit to be resold. Thus, in an attempt to fill this hole in the market, we have created a line of handmade vintage-inspired wedding bands to pair perfectly with your Trumpet & Horn engagement ring. Each wedding band is custom-made to order, and will take approximately 3-4 weeks to be completed. Check out our favorites below or browse the entire collection of wedding bands here!

    Marseilles Vintage Inspired Yellow Gold Wedding Band with Rose Cut Diamonds | Trumpet & Horn Marseilles Platinum Vintage Inspired Wedding Band with Rose Cut Diamonds | Trumpet & Horn Cheshire Vintage Inspired Art Deco Platinum Wedding Band with Square Cut Diamonds | Trumpet & Horn Sonoma Vintage Inspired Wedding Band with Rose Cut Diamond and Chevron Pattern | Trumpet & Horn Vintage Inspired Diamond Wedding Band | Bordeaux Image Map

    Marseilles Vintage Inspired Yellow Gold Wedding Band with Rose Cut Diamonds | Trumpet & Horn

    Marseilles is our handmade incredibly unique Trumpet & Horn exclusive wedding band inspired by the historically significant use of Rose Cut diamonds in jewelry. Marseilles is a handcrafted band designed in 18k yellow gold set with seventeen Rose Cut diamonds totaling exactly 0.28ct, graded G color and SI1 clarity. The diamonds travel halfway around the band which is finished with beautiful fluted edges on each side.

    Marseilles Platinum Vintage Inspired Wedding Band with Rose Cut Diamonds | Trumpet & Horn

    Marseilles is our handmade incredibly unique Trumpet & Horn exclusive wedding band inspired by the historically significant use of Rose Cut diamonds in jewelry. Marseilles is a handcrafted band designed in platinum set with seventeen Rose Cut diamonds totaling exactly 0.28ct, graded G color and SI1 clarity. The diamonds travel halfway around the band which is finished with beautiful fluted edges on each side. The band is approximately 1.95mm in width.

    Cheshire Vintage Inspired Art Deco Platinum Wedding Band with Square Cut Diamonds | Trumpet & Horn

    Cheshire is our classically beautiful handmade Trumpet & Horn exclusive platinum wedding band featuring a row of eleven Square Cut diamonds totaling 0.35ct, graded F-G color and VS clarity. Cheshire encompasses several perfect Art Deco techniques, including framing the diamonds in a simple channel set design as well as adding a touch of handcrafted milgraining along each edge. The band is approximately 2.8 mm at it's widest part, and 1.7mm at its thinnest.

    Sonoma Vintage Inspired Wedding Band with Rose Cut Diamond and Chevron Pattern | Trumpet & Horn

    Sonoma is our handmade Trumpet & Horn exclusive wedding band reminiscent of the antique Etruscan Revival period. The ring is handcrafted in 18k yellow gold brushed lightly with an oxidized finish featuring a continuous row of twenty-four Rose Cut diamonds totaling 0.31ct, graded G color and SI1 clarity. Sonoma is delicately accented with stunning chevron pattern open metalwork detailed around each quarter of the ring, as well as milgrained edges throughout.

    Vintage Inspired Diamond Wedding Band | Bordeaux

    This stunning, handmade wedding band is a vintage inspired Trumpet & Horn original and we are ecstatic to have this incredibly unique style in our collection. Although this ring may appear to be a standard diamond eternity band on first glance, each individual Round Brilliant Cut diamond is prong set with a beautiful fan-like pattern of platinum on each side; a historically significant technique called "French Set". The French Set technique was first used in the late 1500's, adding an undeniably distinctive antique touch to this otherwise simple and classic diamond wedding band. Size 6 features thirty-five Round Brilliant Cut diamonds weighing exactly 0.66ct graded F-G color and VS1 clarity. Each band is approximately 2.0mm in diameter, but the total diamond weight will change depending on the size of the band that is ordered.

  • May 7, 2015

    T&H Couple Lauren & Gene

    T&H Couple | Lauren & Gene | Windom Ring from Trumpet & Horn

    We shared these Southern lovebirds on our blog before, but we couldn't resist posting these incredible engagement photos! The pair met in summer 2012 at a local music show. Gene's brother happened to be the lead singer in the band, so when she met Gene, she met his entire family too! After hitting it off at the concert, Gene asked Lauren out on a date the next day. For the first eight months of their relationship, they lived about an hour apart until Lauren moved to Roanoke for school. Gene proposed just before their two year anniversary with our amazing vintage-inspired solitaire ring Windom. They will be married next summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains, close to where he popped the question. We are so thrilled for the two of you and can't get enough of your perfect engagement photos :) — Thanks for sharing! ♥

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  • May 6, 2015

    Collaborator Spotlight: Liv Hart

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    Antique Victorian 18K Yellow Gold Old Mine Cut Diamond Cluster Ring | Cedar Hill Vintage Antique Engagement Wedding Ring | Edwardian Diamond Engagement Ring | Stratford Image Map

    Photography: Laura Gordon Photography | Location: Verulam Farms | Makeup: Carl Ray | Gowns: Gossamer Vintage | Model: Dorian Maris | Headpieces & Accessories: Liv Hart for Sophie Hallette and Enchanted Atelier by Liv Hart

    Click here to see the rest of the photos from this incredible shoot!

  • May 5, 2015

    Vintage Engagement Rings May 5

    Peppertree Lane | Trumpet & Horn Cinque Terre | Trumpet & Horn Skylark | Trumpet & Horn Yale | Trumpet & Horn Carlton | Trumpet & Horn Cassidy Park | Trumpet & Horn Newbury Park | Trumpet & Horn Figaro | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    Incredible Over-the-Top Edwardian Era Diamond Engagement Ring | Carlton

    Carlton is an over-the-top authentic Edwardian era (circa 1910) platinum ring centering a stunning 2.77ct EGL certified Transitional Brilliant Cut diamond graded K color and VS2 clarity. This one-of-a-kind ring is further adorned with thirty-two Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.50ct, graded G-H color and VS clarity. Carlton is finished with impeccable scrolling open metal work and a decadent arch of open metal work accenting both sides of the gallery. The ring is finished with beautiful milgrained edges and hand engraving along the entire circumference of the shank. Carlton is currently a size 7.5 and can be sized to fit most ring sizes. Please contact our concierge for additional sizing questions.

    Victorian Era Solitaire Engagement Ring with Old Mine Brilliant Cut Diamond | Yale

    Yale is a sweet and authentic Victorian era (circa 1890) 14k yellow gold ring centering a six-prong set 0.58ct EGL certified Old Mine Brilliant Cut diamond graded H color and VS1 clarity. Yale is finished with an original 14k yellow gold tapered shanked further accented with fluted linear engraving that terminates into a double circle motif. The ring is currently a size 5.75 and can be sized to fit most ring sizes.

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