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



  • October 21, 2014

    T&H Vintage Engagement Ring Featured on Buzzfeed!

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    Today we were SO EXCITED(!!) to find out that a T&H vintage engagement ring was featured on BUZZFEED this week! We've always been huge fans of Buzzfeed (because a person can NEVER have too many lists), and being included in this post has made our entire week! The post, "25 Vintage Engagement Rings You Can Actually Afford (Under $1,000)" included our Shore Ridge antique Georgian era diamond and gold ring, which just makes the cut at $975. This particular ring has always been a favorite of ours, and we were so happy to finally have it get the love it deserves! Big thanks to Buzzfeed for the shout-out! See a few more of our favorite inexpensive vintage engagement rings, above.

  • October 21, 2014

    Vintage Engagement Rings October 21

    vintage sapphire ring Palisades is a fantastic vintage sapphire and diamond halo ring featuring a deep navy blue sapphire.

     

    Palisades is an exquisite Victorian era cluster ring made from silver topped 14kt rose gold, featuring a stunning natural deep blue oval sapphire weighing exactly 1.12cts, surrounded by an elegant halo of ten Old Mine Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.60ct. This vintage sapphire and diamond ring is finished with a simple, slightly tapered shank touched with subtle linear engraving along each shoulder.

    vintage fire opal ring Brixton is a fabulous Edwardian era ring featuring a bright orange fire opal.

     

    Brixton is a dazzling Edwardian era, platinum topped 18k yellow gold ring centering a bright orange 3.18ct oval cabochon fire opal. This stunning stone is framed by a sparkling halo of twenty Old European and Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.40ct, graded F-G color and VS clarity. The fire-like hue of the center opal is mixed with flashes of green and orange play-of-color, and the white diamonds are the perfect compliment. This ring is finished with a simple 18k yellow gold shank.

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  • October 17, 2014

    T&H Couple Kaylin & Anthony

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    Congratulations are in order for the newly engaged T&H couple, Kaylin & Anthony! These two just got engaged at Anthony's family farm, and the nostalgic story behind the proposal idea is a bit of a tear jerker. Anthony has an old photo of three different generations in his family - his grandfather, father, and him as a baby posing for a photo at the family farm (below). In the photo, Anthony is sitting next to a pumpkin with his name carved into it. For his proposal to Kaylin, Anthony carved two pumpkins, this time reading "Kaylin" and "Marry Me?", and brought her into the field to find/pick these pumpkins at his family farm, where the original photo was taken. Anthony gave her the amazingly sweet vintage engagement ring, Black River, to seal the deal. Needless to say, Kaylin said YES! Congratulations you two, we're so happy for you both!

     

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  • October 14, 2014

    New Vintage Engagement Rings October 14

    vintage sapphire engagement ring Bayside is a lovely Victorian sapphire and diamond engagement ring.

     

    Bayside is a lovely Victorian era 14k yellow gold engagement ring centering a beautiful natural oval sapphire gauged at 3.10ct with a lightly saturated, slightly purplish blue hue. Bayside is framed by a lovely halo of fourteen Old European Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.40ct and is complete with a simple, lightly polished, 14k yellow gold shank.

    vintage diamond halo ring Yosemite is an elegant diamond halo ring with a pretty octagonal twist.

     

    Yosemite is an elegant Edwardian era ring made from platinum topped 14k yellow gold, starring a pretty Asscher Cut diamond gauged at 0.62ct and graded I-J color. This gorgeous bezel set diamond is surrounded by two octagonal diamond halos featuring thirty-two Old Mine Cut diamonds with a total approximate weight of 1.50ct. This spectacular ring is sure to make a statement!

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  • October 10, 2014

    Our Favorite Vintage Opal Rings for October

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    October is here, which means FALL is officially in full swing... or at least, it should be. Here in Los Angeles, we're continuing to melt under the heat of yet another Indian Summer - can it be time for sweaters & warm pumpkin-flavored treats already?! Luckily for us, October's birthstone is the opal, which is fantastically versatile. Opals typically contain a "play of color" that flashes when light hits the stone. For this reason, opals perfectly embody this shift in season - from the cool green & blue hues of summer's end to the warm red & orange of fallen leaves.

     

    While the majority of opals are mined in Australia today, folklore surrounding the stone has been around for thousands of years. The ancient Greeks believed opals gave the wearer the ability to see into the future. In Roman times, opals were thought to provide protection and hope, and ward off disease. Even Cleopatra is believed to have worn an opal in her headdress to attract the attention of Marc Antony.

     

    Opals are as delicate as the season's signature crunchy leaves, so it's very important to take extra care of your opal if you're lucky enough to wear one! Opals are made up of anywhere from about 3%-30% water, and the higher the water content, the higher the chance of the stone becoming damaged. That said, we definitely recommend removing your vintage opal ring before carving pumpkins or taking part in your family's annual Thanksgiving football game!

     

    At Trumpet & Horn, we are thrilled to carry a wide selection of vintage opals. The stunning Maple Grove vintage opal ring contains just a hint of autumnal orange, while our Verbena fire opal ring echoes the changing trees with its fiery hue. To see more of our fabulous opal offerings, click here!

     

    Photos from: The Kitchen, HD Wallpaper Cool, Vinegar Volcanoes, Opalinda

  • October 7, 2014

    Vintage Inspired Emerald Tiara Ring

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    Today we're incredibly excited to introduce the EMERALD version of our vintage-inspired Tiara ring! The original T&H Tiara rings are newly-made rings that were inspired by an antique ring we absolutely loved from the Victorian era. We loved this quirky, regal ring so much that we now reproduce it for our customers in yellow gold or platinum featuring a pear shaped diamond. The Tiara has received so much love that we made one featuring a pear shaped Colombian emerald and, WOW, is it amazing!! We're in love. xoxo

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  • October 1, 2014

    T&H Couple Brenna & Gill

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    Congratulations are in order for our newly married T&H couple, Brenna & Gill! Their story with T&H begins almost a year ago, when Gill popped the question with our stunning Fairburn sapphire and diamond ring after visiting us in our Los Angeles office. He knew it was the perfect ring the moment he saw it! This lovely couple is now married - read their story written by our fantastic groom, Gill, below:

     

    "It was an unexpected relationship. We first worked alongside each other in the military, then had a casual friendship. Six years later, we went on our first date and by date three, I knew. So, I figured I had plenty of time to search for her perfect ring. I spent months of free time looking online (and in every storefront I passed) for something as beautiful, unique, and classic as her. I began to doubt it existed… until I found the Trumpet & Horn website. I remember scrolling down and seeing Fairburn for the first time; beautiful, unique, classic. I was so intrigued that I told Kim I had to see Fairburn in person. Finally, in December I was able to sneak away from a training exercise in San Diego and drive to LA - Fairburn was more than I had dreamed. On our one year anniversary I proposed to Brenna; we were married on a beach six months later with our families and closest friends. The night before our wedding, Brenna surprised me with a Trumpet & Horn box. Inside was an antique Waltham & Company pocket watch, with a personal inscription and wedding date. I look at it and read the inscription every night before I go to sleep. Thank you, Trumpet & Horn, for such personal and attentive service; you helped make our wedding day perfect." -Gill 
    Congratulations, Brenna & Gill! We couldn't be happier for you!!

  • September 30, 2014

    New Engagement Rings September 30

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    vintage art deco engagement ring Bradford is a stunning vintage Art Deco diamond ring centering a 0.94ct diamond.

     

    Bradford is a vintage Art Deco era diamond engagement ring made from platinum centering a 0.94ct GIA certified Old European Cut diamond graded I color and VS1 clarity. Everything about this ring exemplifies Art Deco decadence. This unique engagement ring showcases four angular Baguette Cut diamonds horizontally placed to off-set the gleaming main diamond totaling exactly 0.27ct. The center stone is then encircled by a frame of fourteen sparkling Full and Single Cut diamonds with a total approximate weight of 0.28ct., graded G-H color and VS clarity.

    vintage sapphire ring Huntington is a spectacular vintage sapphire ring featuring a 3.91ct sapphire from Burma.

     

    Huntington is a stellar Art Deco platinum ring featuring a 3.91ct GIA Certified Octagonal Step Cut unheated natural sapphire from Burma. This bright, unheated sapphire is truly rare, and the deep, slightly purplish-blue color makes this ring incredibly valuable. The center sapphire is accented by two trapazoid and two triangular diamonds totaling approximately 0.30ct, graded E-F color and VS clarity. Huntington is the epitome of Art Deco design and it's one of the prettiest examples we have ever seen!

     

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  • September 26, 2014

    Trumpet & Horn + The Mrs Box Giveaway!

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    We're incredibly ecstatic to announce that our VINTAGE RING GIVEAWAY starts TODAY! We've partnered up with THE MRS BOX and GLITTER GUIDE to celebrate this week's launch of The Mrs. Box website!

     

    Made of vintage French velvet, these colorful little ring boxes are the perfect compliment to our vintage and vintage-inspired engagement rings. We are so honored, humbled, and thrilled to be even a small part of The Mrs. Box story and we are beyond excited to give a little something back to say THANKS for including us! The lucky winner of our giveaway will receive a T&H vintage ring of their choice (valued up to $3,500) which will of course arrive in a beautiful Mrs. Box of their choice as well!

     

    Wondering how to enter? First head to Instagram and follow The Mrs Box, Glitter Guide, and Trumpet & Horn if you haven't already. Then, re-gram your favorite photo, hashtag it #ggxmrsbox, and tag all three of us in it! That's it. And if you want to do some pre-shopping for the grand prize, head over to our Rings Under $3,500 page!! Happy shopping!

     

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    Update: Congratulations to our contest winner, Erin Godbey!

     

    These amazing photos are part of a photo shoot for The Mrs Box shot by Jose Villa & Joel Serrato, styled by Grey Likes Weddings & Type A Society!

  • September 24, 2014

    Sapphire Rings & All About Sapphires

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    September is on its way out, but we're celebrating our love for SAPPHIRES before it's over! Sapphires are September's birthstone and one of our most favorite colored gemstones here at T&H. We bet there's a lot about sapphires that you didn't already know... some of the facts below may surprise you!

     

    Sapphires are typically known for their amazing blue color, but sapphires can actually be just about any color except red! Sapphires come in a rainbow of colors including blue, pink, yellow, orange, purple, and green, although blue is definitely the most well known color of sapphire. The only time a colored sapphire isn't actually a sapphire is when it's red or deep pink - then we call it a ruby!

     

    Sapphires are most commonly blue, but the colors of blue range from light, unsaturated blue to a very dark navy blue. The standard for the perfect "sapphire blue" comes from sapphires mined in Kashmir, which are incredibly saturated and rare. Most of the sapphires from Kashmir were mined over a century ago, but they are still considered the standard for that perfect blue color we all know and love!

     

    98% of sapphires are actually brown when they come out of the ground(!) and are heated to bring out the blue color. There are no negative side effects to heating sapphires, and when disclosed to the buyer, it's a perfectly acceptable and normal practice for sapphires. When you come across a sapphire that is "unheated", it's typically going to be a lot more rare (and expensive!), because it came out of the ground that way! If you've ever heard of a "star sapphire", that's another phenomenon altogether called an "asterism". The crystal structure of sapphires is hexagonal, which means that it has six sides. In a star sapphire, you can actually see this six-sided crystal structure in the stone under certain lighting, which looks like a star!

     

    The most famous sapphire ring in the world is the 18 carat sapphire and diamond halo ring that has been worn by Kate Middleton and Princess Diana before her. The sapphire alone is worth about $300,000 today, which is a HUGE increase from the original selling price of $60,000! We definitely have Kate Middleton to thank for the recent interest in sapphire engagement rings again!

     

    If you love sapphire rings as much as we do, check out our current collection of vintage sapphire engagement rings! We get new sapphires all the time, so make sure to check back often for more vintage beauties!

     

    Photos from: Sheinside, ADST.org, GIA

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