Congrats on a beautiful engagement AND wedding to our latest T&H Couple, Courtney & Aaron! The pair live in Hawaii and met while surfing two years ago. On their first date, they agreed to go to dinner after a surfing session, but completely lost track of time and ended up returning to shore long after the parking lot had been locked up. Aaron, a fireman, came to the rescue and called his buddies to help open the gate. By the time their cars were free, the only dinner option was delivery pizza, but the hiccup clearly didn't matter— Courtney was in love two weeks later. When they started talking about engagement, they shopped around for rings together, but didn't find anything that made Courtney swoon. When they stumbled upon the Peachtree on our website, Courtney loved the uniqueness of the vintage-inspired ring. Aaron purchased the Peachtree over the summer and proposed to Courtney in sweet simplicity, over a pancake breakfast at their home. They were happily married this November. We're so thrilled these two chose a Trumpet & Horn ring to be part of their history! Congratulations!
A Engagement Ring & Antique Jewelry Blog
December 22, 2014
December 19, 2014
TGIF, vintage lovers! This week we are featuring five of our favorite vintage Art Deco rings from the Trumpet & Horn collection. The Art Deco era extended from about 1915-1935 and is one of the most distinctive periods in the history of jewelry. When World War I began, young men were shipped off to war and women stepped in to take on their roles in the workplace. This important contribution to the American economy gave women independence and lead to women's suffrage and empowerment. When the war was over, the newly emancipated females helped usher in the Roaring Twenties, celebrating life with grandeur. Art deco jewelry is characterized by bold, geometric designs with strong straight lines. Jewelry was dominated primarily by diamonds, but colored gemstones added splashes of color to emphasize splendor. We adore our collection of Art Deco rings and have featured some of our favorites below! Feel free to browse our entire selection of Art Deco rings.
Avalon is a lovely, hand crafted vintage Art Deco engagement ring made from platinum, centering three Old European Cut diamonds set vertically within a marquise shaped frame with a total approximate weight of 0.17ct, graded F-G color and VS2-SI1 clarity. This intricate sapphire ring is enhanced by eight additional Old European Cut diamonds with a total approximate weight of 0.28ct, graded F-G color and VS clarity. Two gently curved rows containing twelve hand-carved natural bright blue sapphires weighing approximately 0.10cts cinch the frame on this memorable cocktail style engagement ring This unique and unusual ring is complete with scrolling filigree work and milgrained edges with light hand engraving along the shoulders of the ring. Avalon is currently a size 4.5 and can be sized to fit.
Rolling Hills is a classic example of Art Deco design.This unique ring features a bezel set Emerald Cut diamond gauged at approximately 0.45ct., graded J-K color and VS clarity. The platinum set center stone is surrounded by a rectangular halo of sixteen Single Cut diamonds totaling 0.25ct., further decorated with twelve bright, natural emeralds accenting the edges of the ring, and finished with delicate milgrained edges throughout. Rolling Hills is currently a size 5 and can be sized to fit.
Montecito is a classic Art Deco engagement ring made from platinum centering a 1.25ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded J 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 .20ct. Montecito is further decorated with hand pierced scrolling filigree in the basket, milgrained edges and decadent engraving along the shank. Montecito is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.
Quimbly is an exceptional vintage Art Deco era engagement ring made from platinum centering a 1.03cts EGL certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond graded G color and VS2 clarity. This unique and unusual engagement ring design features the center diamond mounted in a crisp box setting that is flanked by an additional two box set Old European Cut diamonds weighing a total of approximately 0.36cts. The entire three-stone composition is further decorated with twenty Single Cut diamonds along the geometrically shaped frame and chevron motif shoulders. All of the edges of this dramatic ring are delicately touched with milgrained edges, a key trait in Art Deco jewelry.
Fox Hall is a dramatic vintage Art Deco era engagement ring made from platinum featuring a 1.58ct GIA certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond with H color and VS2 clarity. The exquisite spade shaped shoulders are enhanced with 14 Single Cut diamonds that perfectly cradle each of their Baguette Cut diamonds. This unique and unusual diamond engagement ring design truly compliments the stunning center stone. Fox Hall is currently size 7.25 and can be sized to fit.
December 18, 2014
If you're perusing the Trumpet & Horn site, the odds are pretty good that you're thinking about engagement. For a lot of people, buying an engagement ring can be one of the most stressful and intimidating parts of the process. But we think it should be exciting! Deciding to buy an engagement ring (and then finding the perfect one!) is the very first step in committing yourself to a lifetime with your partner, and we believe strongly that this special time should be cherished. An important thing to note is that nobody expects you to be an expert on buying engagement rings... that's our job! The more questions you ask throughout the process, the more fully you'll understand your ring's history and feel connected to your purchase.
There's no denying that buying an engagement ring can be a serious monetary commitment as well. We don't believe that you should stretch outside of your financial comfort zone. 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!
If it's helpful, last year the average American spent approximately $5,200 on an engagement ring. For the sake of simplification, this means that about a third of people spent less than $5,000, a third spent around $5,000 and a third spent significantly more than $5,000. Reiterating what's above, your engagement ring budget should be just as personal as the engagement itself!
December 16, 2014
Our hearts are full this morning from the proposal story that we just received from Alex & Dean. Dean thoughtfully chose Ridgefield for Alex, knowing that she would adore the gorgeous ring and all of its fine Edwardian details. After finding the perfect ring, he set off on planning the perfect proposal. And boy, did he nail it?! Dean told Alex in advance to reserve the day for a friend's holiday party, but on the morning of the party, Alex received a phone call from the party host telling her there was a change of plans: There was no party, and the entire day was a day meant just for her. All she needed to do was relax, enjoy, and not ask any questions. Waiting on her bedside stand was note #1 instructing her to meet at their favorite restaurant dressed in warm clothes. When she arrived at noon, she was surprised to find her best friend, and not Dean. The two had lunch and cocktails, and her friend handed her note #2, which sent her to the restaurant where the pair had their first kiss. Thus began the elaborate journey that lead Alex all over their northern Vermont town, meeting with close friends at meaningful bars and restaurants, receiving clues and notes from Dean along the way. Alex yielded the initial instructions, taking in every moment and writing down all of the small details of her exceptional day. Around sunset, the clues brought her to All Souls Interfaith Gathering, one of the most beautiful and spiritual places in northern Vermont and Alex's favorite spot for reflection. Dean was there waiting, and lead her through the snow to a well-lit circle of votive candles that he had prepared. Alex perfectly relayed what happened next, so we'll take no liberties with reshaping her account. From Alex:
"Surrounded by mountains and valleys covered in snow and overlooking Lake Champlain, Dean got down on one knee and asked me to spend the rest of my life with him. Tears had been pouring out of my face since I got out of the car. It was perfect. He opened that beautiful little Trumpet and Horn box and revealed the most exquisite piece of Edwardian history I have ever seen. I could not be happier. It's all perfect! The day, the spot, the ring, the guy... All of it. Thanks for being part of our story."
We are so touched by this narrative and beyond happy for these two — Congratulations!
December 16, 2014
Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...
Avery is an authentic unique platinum Art Deco (circa 1920) ring featuring a bezel set antique cut Marquise diamond weighing exactly 0.38ct graded F-G color and SI2 clarity. Avery is further decorated with a halo of twenty-one calibre cut natural emeralds totaling approximately 0.10ct. and the shoulders of the ring are finished with six Single Cut diamonds with an estimated weight of 0.12ct. Avery is completed with perfect hand engraving along the shank and under the basket as well as milgrained edges throughout. Avery is currently a size 5 and can be sized to fit.
Wildwood is an authentic platinum topped 14k white gold Art Deco (Circa 1930) stunning sapphire and diamond halo ring centering a bezel set 2.56ct oval sapphire accompanied with a Guild Laboratory certificate stating the natural sapphire is Brown-Orange-Pink in color. Wildwood is further surrounded by twelve Single and Full Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.50ct and is finished with milgrained edges and a simple tapered 14k white gold shank. Wildwood is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit.
December 15, 2014
Congratulations are in order for our Thanksgiving Contest winner, Freddie! If you recall, over the Thanksgiving holiday, we teamed up with Green Wedding Shoes & The Mrs Box to offer our fans the opportunity to win a ring from Trumpet & Horn. We asked you to use Instagram to tell us what you are thankful for this year. Over the four days of the contest, we received more than 500 entries and were overwhelmed by the inspiring tales of gratitude, appreciation and love that you shared with us. During our selection process, there was not a dry eye in the Trumpet & Horn house.
When we first saw Freddie's entry, our work came to a halt, and we each took a moment to evaluate her hardship, and admire her grace and optimism. As the contest continued, Freddie's family and friends chimed in on her post, testifying to her strong and selfless character. We knew that Freddie was The One!
As expected, Freddie was ECSTATIC when we announced her as our contest winner. After much deliberation, she and her husband selected the gorgeous Cottleville as their prize. Over the weekend, the ring arrived, and Freddie was overcome with how stunning her choice was. The ring is perfect for Freddie, and we are so happy to be part of her family!
If you ask us what we're thankful for this year, it is our incredible customers who continually amaze and inspire us with their stories of love. We are honored & grateful to all who shared their stories with us ♥ ♥ ♥
All images courtesy of Freddie's personal Instagram
December 12, 2014
Hi Y'all! We are starting a new series this week called "Five on Friday" to feature five of our very loved vintage engagement rings. This week, we're showing off five engagement rings under $5,000. Be sure to check back every Friday for the next set of featured rings!
Willow Ridge is a simple Victorian era platinum topped 14k yellow gold cluster ring set with twenty Old European Cut and Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.00ct graded H-J color and SI clarity. Willow Ridge's multiple glimmering diamonds make a fantastic statement at a wonderful price point. Willow Ridge is currently a size 3.5 and can be sized to fit.
Templeton is a sweet vintage Art Deco engagement ring made from platinum centering a 0.53ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded G color and SI2 clarity. This classic ring enhances the bright, sparkling center diamond with six Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately .10ct with cute triangular accents on the edge of each shoulder. Templeton exemplifies true refinement with its crisp knife's edge ring shank and slightly milgrained edges. Templeton is currently a size 5 and can be sized to fit.
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.
Holden is a whimsical Victorian era ring made from 18k yellow gold centering an Old European Cut diamond that weighs approximately 0.15ct with I-J color and VS1 clarity. This ring has such a great summery feel with alternating halos of Old European Cut diamonds and bright green demantoid garnets in a pretty flower design. Holden is currently size 6.5 and can be sized to fit.
Bloomingdale is a classic Edwardian era platinum navette style ring centering two bezel set Old European Cut diamonds delicately framed on the top and bottom by six deep blue natural cabochon sapphires. Bloomindale is further adorned with a glimmering scalloped halo of twenty-two Single Cut diamonds, the border touched with milgrained edges. Bloomingdale's total diamond weight is approximately 1.20ct, all graded G-H color and SI clarity. Bloomingdale is currently size 6.25 and can be sized to fit.
December 10, 2014
At Trumpet & Horn, we'll be the first to admit that we LOVE our collection of ornate and bold vintage rings. From intricately detailed Edwardian platinum rings to brilliantly designed Victorian emerald pendants, our passion for sparkle knows no bounds. That being said, we in no way want to infer that we adore our beautiful and simple diamond engagement rings any less than the elaborate ones. We love the classic simplicity of the solitaire engagement ring, and the story each simple vintage ring seems to tell. Originally popularized by Tiffany & Co. in 1886, the solitaire engagement ring setting allows for the diamond to sit alone above the band, raised perfectly so the light can reflect more impressively off of the facets of the diamond. A classic engagement ring is the perfect compliment to an elegant and sophisticated gal's style. And the best part about simple engagement rings? They come at all price points! Whatever your budget is, you're sure to find the perfect ring for your perfect lady!
December 9, 2014
Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...
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.
Byron Bay is an authentic and remarkable vintage Edwardian Era (circa 1905) engagement ring made from platinum featuring a glittering 0.78ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded H color and SI1 clarity. This unique and unusual bombe style engagement ring is further enhanced by sixteen Single Cut diamonds with a total approximate weight of 0.35ct. and is further decorated with delicate handcrafted linear filigree tapering to a point on each shoulder. The ring is finished with graceful engraving throughout and is currently a size 6.75 and can be sized to fit.
December 8, 2014
'Tis the Season to be bright, merry & SPARKLEY! And what better way to shine than with a vintage halo or cluster engagement ring from Trumpet & Horn!? We love our collection of halo rings for many reasons (um hello, the more stones the better!), but around the holiday season, we especially love them for their intrinsic ability to light up the entire room. Vintage halo and cluster rings carry an incredible amount of charm and quirk— two things we value deeply in our one-of-a-kind rings. Each individual stone in our vintage halo rings is hand cut, ensuring that no two stones are alike and your ring has a truly distinctive vintage flair. Whether it boasts a center Old Mine Cut diamond or fabulous colored gemstone, our halo and cluster rings are sure to impress all season and all year long! Click here to browse our collection of halos or click on any of the "ornaments" in our Christmas tree above to find out more!