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A Vintage Engagement Ring & Antique Jewelry Blog by Trumpet & Horn



  • April 22, 2014

    New Engagement Rings: April 22

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

     

    vintage emerald engagement ring Montrose is a stunning antique flower ring featuring a rectangular emerald surrounded by diamonds.

     

    Montrose is a playful antique Victorian era engagement ring made from 18k yellow gold and topped in platinum. Montrose features a charming Rectangular Step Cut emerald with an approximate weight of 1.20cts. This vibrant halo engagement ring features the bright green center stone framed by ten Old European Cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.40cts. During the mid-Victorian Era, beautiful emeralds as featured in Montrose were the gemstone of choice.

    vintage pearl ring Pemberly is a 1950's vintage ring featuring a pristine South Sea pearl.

     

    Pemberly is an incredibly beautiful vintage cocktail ring from the 1950's featuring a pristine South Sea pearl set in platinum. This stunning pearl is 12.00mm round in diameter and is flanked by two tapered diamond baguettes with a total approximate weight of 0.40ct.

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  • April 22, 2014

    Happy Earth Day!

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    April 22nd is Earth Day, so today we’re celebrating how eco-friendly vintage engagement rings are!

     

    For many women, finding an engagement ring that is unique, conflict-free, and environmentally friendly is a priority. However, this can be a big challenge! For many newly made engagement rings, meeting all three criteria can be a tall order. But of course, we think the solution is obvious: choose a vintage engagement ring instead!

     

    ETHICALLY SOURCED
    A surefire way to ensure that your diamond was sourced ethically is to buy vintage or antique. The vast majority of rings in our collection are anywhere from 60-130 years old, which means they were made in the 1880’s -1950’s. This means the diamonds in our rings were mined before the diamond mining conflicts began, giving you some major peace of mind!

     

    ECO-FRIENDLY
    Vintage engagement rings are also eco-friendly. Most vintage rings were made by hand in a jewelers workshop, with handmade vintage tools, and sometimes without the use of any electricity (depending on how old your ring is). There are no big factories in the histories of vintage and antique engagement rings, and since each diamond used has already been mined decades ago, no additional mining processes are necessary to make one your own.

     

    UNIQUE & UNUSUAL
    And of course, vintage rings are also extraordinarily unique. Since most vintage pieces were hand made by jewelers and often designed around the diamonds and gemstones that are featured in each piece, vintage engagement rings are typically very unique and unusual compared to many modern, newly made rings, and some are even completely one-of-a-kind.

     

    Of course, buying vintage isn’t the only option for rings that are unique, green, and ethical, but we think it certainly makes the process of finding the perfect engagement ring considerably less difficult! So, vintage lovers: here’s to Earth Day and making our lives a little more “green”!

  • April 15, 2014

    New Engagement Rings: April 15

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    vintage inspired diamond wedding band Bordeaux is a vintage-inspired diamond wedding band exclusive to Trumpet & Horn.

     

    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.

    vintage art deco ring old mine cut diamond Mansfield is a unique vintage Art Deco engagement ring featuring a square Old Mine Cushion Cut diamond.

     

    Mansfield is an incredibly unique vintage Art Deco Era engagement ring made from platinum, featuring a beautiful 2.85cts EGL certified Square Old Mine Cushion Cut diamond graded H color and SI1 clarity. This remarkable main diamond is flanked by six diamond baguettes with an approximate weight of 0.34ct, and six Triangular Cut emeralds with an approximate weight of 0.10ct. This stunning emerald engagement ring is further enhanced by fourteen Single Cut diamonds with an approximate weight of 0.30ct throughout its ornate basket and shoulders.

     

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  • April 11, 2014

    Our Favorite Vintage Diamonds

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    It just so happens that April's birthstone is DIAMOND, and we're so proud to say that we have more than a few fabulous diamonds in our collection that we absolutely love and want to show off!

     

    We love vintage and antique diamonds for their uniqueness and rich history. Since vintage diamonds are cut by hand rather than cut by a machine, each one is very different and many jewelers designed the final jewelry piece around the diamond, instead of the other way around like many modern diamond pieces. We're so fascinated by diamonds (especially when they are vintage!) that we created an entire page on our website that is dedicated to the 4C's - click here to read more about why we love them so much!

     

    Click on each of our favorite pieces above to read a little more about it. Love sparkle? Make sure to play our video of the fabulous Belle Meade vintage 1950's diamond engagement ring, new to our collection this week, below. You won't be able to take your eyes off of it!

     

  • April 8, 2014

    New Engagement Rings: April 8

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    old mine cut diamond engagement ring Jamesport is an antique Victorian engagement ring shaped like a flower made of Old Mine Cut diamonds.

     

    Jamesport is a timeless vintage Victorian era engagement ring set in platinum and 14k rose gold. This beautiful halo engagement ring features an exquisite 0.63ct EGL certified Old Mine Brilliant Cut diamond, graded I color and VS2 clarity. Jamesport’s charming center stone is surrounded by an additional eight beautiful Old Mine Cut diamonds weighing approximately 1.20cts.

    yellow diamond engagement ring Sun Valley is an incredible Art Deco engagement ring featuring a striking 1.77ct Fancy Yellow diamond.

     

    Sun Valley is an incredibly striking vintage Art Deco era engagement ring made from platinum featuring a 1.77cts Old European Cut diamond accompanied with a GIA certificate stating Fancy Yellow and VS1 clarity. This unique and usual engagement ring showcases an intricate display of forty four Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.50ct on a bombe style setting with a beautiful open circle motif throughout. Fancy yellow diamonds are incredibly rare in the shape of Old European Cuts, and we are so proud to have Sun Valley in our collection.

     

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  • April 2, 2014

    T&H Amethyst Ring Featured in Inside Weddings Magazine!

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    This week we're beyond excited to announce that a Trumpet & Horn vintage ring was featured in the Spring 2014 print version of INSIDE WEDDINGS magazine! The stunning amethyst cocktail ring featured in the Jewelry Box was made in the 1950's in a Victorian style featuring a 5.50ct deep purple amethyst. Wow!! We love it. Thank you so much to Inside Weddings for the feature!

  • April 1, 2014

    New Engagement Rings: April 1

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    yellow diamond engagement ring Sunny Springs is an incredible vintage engagement ring featuring a fancy yellow diamond.

     

    Sunny Springs is an incredible vintage colored gemstone engagement ring set in platinum featuring a stunning 1.73cts GIA certified Radiant Cut Fancy Yellow diamond graded VS2 clarity. This solitaire engagement ring design features the show stopping center stone in a talon-prong setting that is flanked on either side by two Emerald Cut diamonds weighing approximately .50ct. An additional six Round Brilliant Cut diamonds decorate the shank, giving Sunny Springs a truly glittering presence.

    vintage emerald engagement ring Indian Wells is a spectacular, unique vintage emerald engagement ring.

     

    Indian Wells is a vintage Art Deco era engagement ring made from platinum featuring a unique bright green sugarloaf cabochon emerald weighing approximately 2.44cts. This striking emerald engagement ring is accompanied with a Guild Laboratories Certificate stating this natural Colombian emerald is medium green in color and moderately included. The center stone is flanked by two bezel set Baguette diamonds and enhanced with eight Round Brilliant Cut diamonds with a total combined approximate weight of 0.55ct.

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  • March 31, 2014

    T&H Couple: Margaret & Alistair

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    HUGE congratulations go out today to our latest T&H Couple, Margaret & Alistair! This outdoorsy couple got engaged last month on a five day cross country skiing trip in Maine. Alistair proposed with the gorgeous Art Deco engagement ring, Canaan, on the frozen Flagstaff Lake in the shadow of the Bigalow Mountain Range. Margaret wasn't sure which ring Alistair had picked, and when she saw it was Canaan, she was absolutely thrilled! We're so happy for you two; congratulations again!!

  • March 25, 2014

    New Engagement Rings: March 25

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    vintage opal and pearl ring Smokey Hill is an antique Victorian cocktail ring featuring an opal surrounded by pearls.

     

    Smokey Hill is a romantic antique Victorian era engagement ring made from 14k rose gold centering a stunning round opal displaying a green and orange play of color. This soft halo engagement ring envelops the center stone with twelve round seed pearls. Evocative colored gemstone engagement rings like Smokey Hill were in high demand during the 1880's due to the popularity they had with Queen Victoria and her royal subjects.

    art deco engagement ring Rawlins is a vintage Art Deco engagement ring with unique marquise shaped diamonds.

     

    Rawlins is splendid vintage Art Deco era engagement ring made from platinum centering a 0.83cts EGL Certified Transitional Round Brilliant Cut diamond. The bright main stone is mounted high in a box setting flanked by a delicate marquise shape motif. Each marquise setting centers a Single Cut diamond with a total approximate weight of 0.10cts. Rawlins is a wonderful example of Art Deco era craftsmanship and aesthetic.

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  • March 21, 2014

    T&H Couple: Gina & Jim

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    This week a huge congratulations goes out to our latest T&H Couple, Gina & Jim! This lovely couple got engaged in beautiful Mexico - Jim proposed with the stunning antique Edwardian engagement ring, Westwood, and Gina said YES! Congrats to the both of you from the entire T&H team!!

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