Congratulations to the newest members of our Trumpet & Horn family, Mallory & Matt! The pair met in November 2013 via the ever-popular (& effective!) online dating site OkCupid. After completing their profiles, OkCupid forecasted that the two were a "perfect match" and boy, were they correct!! Mallory & Matt talked for hours on end before finally deciding to meet in person. New to the online dating scene, Mallory was cautious about meeting up with a stranger from the Internet, and wanted to vet that he wasn't a serial killer first. She asked him for his last name and did some online Facebook stalking. Turns out, they had a mutual friend, Ian. Mallory had sat next to Ian on a plane ride about six months earlier and chatted with him the entire time. When she told this to Matt and asked how he knew Ian, he responded "We've been best friends since kindergarden...No way, you're cute plane girl!?". With that, Mallory had the confidence to meet him in person. It was totally love at first sight, and the rest, as they say, is history! Fast forward to this winter when they began their hunt for the perfect engagement ring. Mallory knew she wanted something unique and vintage. She stumbled upon a picture of the chic 1980s Thousand Oaks ring on Pinterest and immediately online chatted with one of our Sales Reps to find out more. She sent Matt our way, and a few days later, the ring was traveling to Pennsylvania! Even though Mallory knew her ring had been purchased, Matt wanted to come up with a special way to surprise her with it. One morning she was going through her emails and reading her daily update from theSkimm, an online publication that essentially "skims" all the big news stories of the day when she noticed her name in the Skimm Question of the Day. It said "Mallory, Matt wants to know... will you marry him? Please let him know." What a perfect proposal for two millennials who met online and bought their engagement ring online! We are overjoyed for you two & so grateful that cyberspace brought you to each other & to us! Congrats! ♥
An Engagement Ring & Antique Jewelry Blog
March 30, 2015
March 27, 2015
Happy Happy Friday! Today we are featuring five of our favorite engagement rings under $2,000. One of the questions we get often is, "If you could give me one piece of advice when engagement ring shopping, what would it be?" & our answer is always "Don't spend out of your comfort zone!" There is no need to stretch your wallet beyond what you are comfortable with financially. There are so many rings all different price points, and the awesome collection below is a testament to that!
The most common myth about engagement rings is that a person should spend three months salary on the ring. Sure, that might work for some people, but for the majority of Americans, spending 1/4 of their salary on an engagement ring can be a serious burden. One of the (many many many!) reasons we love vintage engagement rings so much is that you can get a really unique, one-of-a-kind piece that perfectly reflects your lady's style at an affordable price. The only standard there should be for how much to spend on a ring is how much you are comfortable spending personally. Nobody knows your financial situation better than you do!
Check out some of our favorite rings under $2,000 below or browse our entire collection of affordable engagement rings here!
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.
Ponus Ridge is a sleek and contemporary (circa 1980's) ring by the famous English jewelry company Hennell of Bond Street set 18k yellow gold ring from the 1980's centering an Oval Cut purple garnet gauged at approximately 0.45ct, flanked by six bright white, channel set Baguette Cut diamonds with an estimated weight of 0.30ct, graded F-G color and VS clarity. This modern, easy-to-wear ring is finished off with a highly polished tapered shank and is stamped on the inside shank with English Hallmarks. Ponus Ridge is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit most sizes.
Oxford is a 1940-1950's engagement ring made from 14k yellow and white gold centering a 0.38ct EGL certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond with J color and SI3 clarity. This pretty diamond is flanked by two small glittering Full Cut diamonds and a brightly polished ring shank. This ring can be sized to fit.
Rancho Mirage is a dreamy, authentic Victorian era (circa 1890) 14k yellow gold ring centering a beautiful oval cabochon moonstone gauged at 9.4mm x 7.4mm. A pair of bright blue round natural sapphires flank the center stone totaling approximately 0.30ct. Rancho Mirage is a simple ring that showcases an incredibly unique combination of stones. It is finished with a simple 14k yellow gold shank touched with an exquisite patina that only comes with age. Ranch Mirage is currently as size 6 and can be sized to fit.
McFarlan is a sweet 1940's-1950's engagement ring made from 14k yellow and white gold centering a 0.26ct EGL certified Transitional Cut diamond with G color and SI1 clarity. This shining diamond rests in a low profile square setting and is flanked by two small bead set Single Cut diamonds enhanced with engraving. McFarlan is currently size 5.75 and can be sized to fit.
March 25, 2015
Congratulations to the newest members of the T&H family, Tori-Leigh & Matt! The pair were engaged just before Valentine's Day with a vintage-inspired custom Tiara ring! They both had to work on Valentine's Day, so Matt surprised Tori-Leigh with a trip to Panama Beach, Florida a few days prior. He arranged for a couples massage, shopping excursion, and chocolate covered strawberries at a local candy shop. Around sunset, they strolled along the boardwalk and Matt proposed to Tori-Leigh in front of a few friends. She was totally taken by surprise, as Matt had convinced her he wouldn't be proposing until after he'd asked her Dad for his blessing, and they wouldn't see him until May. Sneakily, Matt had asked her dad back in October, ensuring his proposal would be a complete surprise. We could not be happier for the two of you! Congratulations!
March 24, 2015
Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...
McKinney is a classic authentic Mid-Century (circa 1950) platinum-set emerald and diamond engagement ring featuring an unbelievable 1.08ct Step-Cut square emerald. This majestic emerald is accompanied by a Guild Laboratory certificate stating that the emerald is of Colombian origin with moderate clarity enhancement. Four bezel set baguette cut diamonds gauged at 0.50ct total weight, graded F-G color and VS clarity flank the prong-set center emerald. McKinny is finished with a classically tapered platinum shank. The ring is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.
Darley is an alluring authentic Victorian Era (circa 1885) 14k yellow gold halo style ring. The center button shaped pearl is 6.9mm in diameter, slightly cream in color and complete with a beautiful luster. Our gemology team believes the pearl is natural due to the age of the ring as well as the look of the pearl. Darley is surrounded by a glittering halo of thirteen Old Mine Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.65ct. The ring is finished with a slightly tapering, comfort fit shank and is a size 7 and can be sized to fit.
March 20, 2015
Happy Friday! Today we are featuring five of our favorite vintage cocktail rings. Our cocktail rings are some of the most awe-inspiring and fun pieces in our entire collection and it was extremely difficult to choose just five! Check out our favorites below or browse the entire collection here!
Blackridge is a modern platinum ring with a beautiful black opal gauged at 12mm x 9.35mm. The oval opal displays a nice, even combination of blue and green play-of-color and is framed by a glittering halo of fourteen Round Brilliant Cut and eight Baguette Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.90ct. Blackridge is currently a size 7.25 and can be sized to fit.
This amazing oval ring features a tiger eye set in yellow gold accented with diamonds. Circa 1970's. Click to see other vintage cocktail rings.
Squaw Valley is a fabulous modern 18k yellow gold cocktail ring centering a stunning orange spessartite garnet weighing exactly 7.50cts. accompanied with a Guild Laboratory certificate stating the garnet is of natural color with no clarity enhancements. A beautiful halo of fourteen Round Brilliant Cut diamonds surround the center stone totaling approximately 1.40ct., graded F-G color and VS clarity. This show-stopping cocktail ring is complete with a simple split shank. Squaw Valley is currently a size 7 and can be sized to fit.
Canoe Hill is a decadent Art Deco opal and diamond cocktail ring that makes quite the statement! It's designed in both 14k and 18k white gold and centers a six prong set opal weighing exactly 4.23cts. This stunning opal displays an even amount of both blue and green play of color and is in excellent condition! Canoe Hill is further accented by a halo of twenty-six single cut diamonds totaling 0.78ct, graded I-J color and VS clarity. The contrast of vivid blues, greens and sparkling diamonds creates such an amazing look. Canoe Hill is currently size 7.25 and can be sized to fit.
Clifton is an extraordinary authentic Retro era (circa 1940) 14k yellow gold ring centering six-prong set important 5.45cts dark blue-green tourmaline accompanied with a Guild Laboratories certificate. An exquisite halo of twenty-one bezel set diamonds gracefully frame the center stone as well as an intricate scalloped border of green enamel surround the outside. Each shoulder is touched with green enamel with a floral motif and finished with subtle milgraining around the edges of each diamond. This ring is an amazing example of a 1940's reproduction mimicking a beautiful Victorian design. Clifton is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.
March 19, 2015
Congratulations to our latest T&H couple, Clarice & Nat! The Dallas-based pair had been dating for four years when Nat knew it was time to "trade in [his] girlfriend for a fiancé!" He found Trumpet & Horn and snatched up the coveted Leytonestone aquamarine engagement ring shortly after it hit our website. In July 2013, the two had taken a trip to Marfa, a small, art-filled town in western Texas and had an incredible time exploring the unique simplicity of the land. They absolutely fell in love with the town, the people, and the art. As they were driving back to Dallas, Nat knew he would one day return to Marfa to propose to his best friend. So after finding the perfect ring this winter, he took Clarice back to the small town and asked her to marry him. And the rest is history! We are so honored & happy to be part of your story! Congratulations again! ♥
photos by jessica lutz
March 17, 2015
Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...
Malibu is an impressive authentic Mid Century (circa 1950) platinum ring centering a single bezel set cornflower blue 3.46ct natural sapphire accompanied with a Guild Laboratories certificate stating the sapphire is unheated with Ceylon origin. Malibu is flanked on either side by a total of six channel set baguette cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.20ct, each bezel lined delicately with milgrained edges. The ring is finished with pretty scrolling open metal work within the basket and a substantial platinum shank. Malibu is currently a size 5.5 and can be sized to fit.
Carolwood is a classic Art Deco engagement ring (circa 1925) made from platinum centering a 0.54ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded F color and VS2 clarity. The stunning center diamond is set in a crisp box setting and finished with geometric, stepped down shoulders studded with twelve sparkling Single Cut diamonds with a total approximate weight of .30ct. The ring is further decorated with milgrained edges and subtle engraving along the shank. Carolwood is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.
March 13, 2015
Happy Friday the 13th, vintage lovers! Today we are featuring five of our favorite rose gold vintage engagement rings. Rose gold is such a wonderful and unique choice for an engagement ring! The metal gets its hue from the addition of copper to gold, giving it a warm and gorgeous color that compliments any skin tone! Check out our favorites below! ♥
Wembly is a beautifully crafted mixed metal antique Victorian era engagement ring made from silver and 14k rose gold. This cocktail style ruby engagement ring is surrounded by a halo of 12 stunning Old Mine cut diamonds. Delicate milgrain work anchors the beautifully scalloped edges and supports the perfectly placed French Cut rubies that circle the bezel set Old Mine Cut center stone. This unique and unusual engagement ring features 0.70cts of diamonds and 0.40cts of rubies all within a divine 14k rose gold shank. Wembly is currently size 7.5 and can be sized to fit.
Austell is a lovely, intricate authentic Victorian era (circa 1880) engagement ring made from 14k rose gold centering a 0.67ct EGL Certified Old European Cut diamond graded O-P color and SI1 clarity. The rose gold setting is very unique to our collection and it compliments the warm toned diamond perfectly. This solitaire engagement ring showcases the center stone cradled in a raised six prong crown-like setting and is finished with an intricate scrolling hand engraving. Austell is currently a size 6 and can sized to fit.
Victoria Falls is a unique Victorian era (circa 1880) 14k rose gold ring centering a round Demantoid Garnet gauged at 0.65ct. encompassing beautiful chrysotile inclusions inside. The electric green center stone is highlighted by an intriguing halo of six Old Mine Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.20ct. The ring is a beautiful and unusual example of jewelry from the past. Victoria Falls is currently a size 5.25 and can be sized to fit.
Marrakech is an intriguing authentic Early Victorian era (circa 1840) 14k rose gold ring centering a six-prong set 0.91ct EGL certified Old Mine Cut diamond graded K color and SI1 clarity. The stunning and unique antique ring is further decorated with a starburst design throughout the gallery, each point delicately touched with black enamel, and finished with additional enamel and a scrolling raised metal motif lining each shoulder. Marrakech is a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit some additional ring sizes.
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.
March 10, 2015
Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...
Lockhaven is a gorgeous Early Art Deco (circa 1915) platinum ring centering a six prong-set 1.42ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded J color and VS1 clarity. Four Old European Cut diamonds line the shoulders of this lovely original ring with a combined estimated weight of 0.15ct. Lockhaven is finished with elegant open metal work and a slightly tapered shank. It's a wonderful example of early 20th century design and its beauty continues to shine radiantly today! Lockhaven is currently a size 7 and can be sized to fit.
Central Park is a one-of-a kind Victorian era (circa 1880) 18k yellow gold ring centering an Old European Cut diamond gauged at 1.00ct graded I-J color and I1-I2 clarity. The center stone is extremely unique and has inclusions that are visible to the eye, making the ring a fantastic value for its style & age! It is encircled by an unusual combination of six round rubies totaling approximately 0.50ct and six Old European Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.30ct. Central Park is an incredible floral ring that is sure to wow any vintage-loving girl! It is currently a size 7 and can be sized to fit.
March 9, 2015
Congratulations to our latest T&H Couple, Kallie & Michael! Kallie is the adorable and talented writer behind the fashion & lifestyle blog But First, Coffee. She wrote a fantastic account of their perfect engagement on her blog, complete with pictures and all of the tiny details! Here's a little summary, but we definitely recommend heading over to her blog and checking out the full story and all of the photographs, too sweet! Michael purchased Hollingsworth, a gorgeous Edwardian era solitaire engagement ring, for Kallie, knowing that the classic, antique style would perfectly compliment her refined taste. Michael completely surprised Kallie with a weekend in New York City, one of their favorite and most cherished destinations. She thought they were just headed to lunch in Connecticut with Michael's parents, but he kept on driving and eventually revealed that he'd packed her bags (makeup and all!) for a weekend getaway in the Big Apple. They checked into the famous Empire Hotel & headed up to the rooftop for a pre-dinner cocktail. Under the iconic "Hotel Empire" sign, Michael got down on one knee and proposed to Kallie with Hollingsworth. She gleefully said "YES!", and the surprises continued to stream in! Her parents appeared to celebrate with them that evening. The next morning, they shopped and then went to a brewery in Brooklyn where Michael had arranged for their closest friends to meet them. So amazing and thoughtful! We're so happy to be part of your story — Congrats! ♥
Images courtesy of But First, Coffee Blog