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



  • September 18, 2014

    T&H Couple Abbey & Ryan

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    Let's start this post off by saying just how much we LOVE when photographers get engaged!! Proposing is one of the most important things a person will do in his/her entire lifetime, and photographers always seem to know exactly how to capture the moment. The groom-to-be from our latest T&H couple, Abbey & Ryan, found the perfect way to capture his proposal in Tuscany, walking away with a set of photos that are sure to take your breath away. This adorable duo from Pittsburg got engaged in Italy at sunset with the beautiful vintage emerald and diamond ring, Timberwood. How jealous are we?!

     

    If you're looking for a Pittsburgh wedding photographer, look no further, people! On his website, Ryan says: "It's about more than just the pretty details... amazing people and defining moments help tell the story of a wedding. I want to document yours with honest photography." One look at the photos he captured of his proposal to Abbey is all you need to know that he's the real deal. Congratulations, you two! We couldn't be happier for you both!

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    Photos from: Ryan Zarichnak Photography

  • September 17, 2014

    T&H Couple Lauren & Gene

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    A big (and belated) congratulations to another T&H couple, Lauren & Gene! This couple from Roanoke, VA got engaged over Labor Day weekend with the lovely vintage-inspired engagement ring, Windom! Congratulations to this completely adorable couple - the entire T&H team wishes you a lifetime of happiness together!!

  • September 16, 2014

    New Engagement Rings September 16

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    vintage sapphire and diamond halo ring Fisher Island is a fantastic Edwardian era sapphire and diamond double halo ring.

     

    Fisher Island is an elegant Edwardian era ring made from platinum topped 14k yellow gold, starring a pretty natural sapphire gauged at 0.35ct with a lovely, moderate purplish-blue hue. This gorgeous sapphire is surrounded by two octagonal diamond halos featuring twenty nine Single Cut diamonds with a total approximate weight of 1.14ct. This spectacular ring is sure to make a statement!

    unusual antique engagement ring Meadow Brook is an incredible Edwardian era ring featuring three vertically placed diamonds.

     

    Meadow Brook is an incredible example of Edwardian era design and craftmanship. This unusual diamond ring is set in platinum topped 14k yellow gold featuring three vertically placed, bezel set Old European Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.90ct graded H-I color and SI clarity, off set by two Old European Cut diamonds gauged at about 0.08ct. Meadow Brook is further adorned with stunning, open filigree designed in a bold zig-zag pattern followed by beautiful scrolling filigree in the gallery.

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  • September 15, 2014

    T&H Featured in The Knot Ring Finder!

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    We are thrilled to announce that today marks the first day of Trumpet & Horn's inclusion in The Knot's online engagement ring and wedding band finder! This handy tool helps brides-to-be search for the perfect engagement ring online. T&H joins an incredible selection of well known brands, including: Neil Lane, Blue Nile, Gemvara, Tacori, Henri Daussi, and many more! See the gallery of Trumpet & Horn vintage engagement rings on TheKnot.com here!

  • September 9, 2014

    New Engagement Rings September 9

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    vintage opal ring Mayberry is a sweet vintage opal ring made from 10k gold.

     

    Mayberry is a cute 10k yellow gold ring from the 1960's centering a pretty round opal gauged at 4mm, surrounded by a halo of eight round opals accented with pretty scalloped edges. Mayberry's opals display mostly green and blue play of color and the center has a hint of red.

    vintage edwardian diamond ring Five Pines is an amazing vintage Edwardian diamond navette shaped engagement ring.

     

    Five Pines is an absolutely amazing Edwardian era navette style platinum ring featuring five vertical, bezel set Old European Cut and Transitional Cut diamonds gauged at 1.10cts total graded H-I color and SI clarity. Five Pines is further adorned with twelve Full and Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.25ct., finished off with stunning hand-pierced scrolling filigree, subtle engraving and milgrained edges.

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  • September 8, 2014

    T&H Couple Summer & Ian

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    A huge congratulations goes out to a fabulous T&H couple (and personal friends of ours!), Summer & Ian! These high school sweethearts have had a long journey together already, and we're so thrilled they've decided to finally tie the knot! Ian went back and forth with proposal ideas and decided to pop the question on their 13 year anniversary while on vacation on Hawaii. Summer knew about the trip to Hawaii for their anniversary, but had no idea what was in store for her there!

     

    Ian asked Summer's best friend, Mia, and her wife, Orit (also a T&H Couple!) to accompany them on the trip to aid in the surprise proposal plan. Ian brought Summer to the most romantic spot on the resort, where Mia and Orit were waiting in disguises, holding signs that said: "Summer, will you marry me?" Summer read the signs and turned back to Ian, who was on his knee with the lovely Yatesville ring in hand. Summer started to cry, and of course... she said YES!!! Congratulations you two!

  • September 3, 2014

    10 Fun Facts About Diamonds

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    1. The word "diamond" comes from the Greek word "adamas," meaning "indestructible."

     

    2. The largest rough diamond in the world was discovered in South Africa in 1905, weighing in at 3,106 carats. Several polished diamonds were carved from it; the largest of which is called "Cullinan I" or "The Great Star of Africa", weighing 530 carats. Today, it is set in the British Royal Scepter on permanent display in the Tower of London.

     

    3. Diamonds are the hardest natural substance on Earth.

     

    4. The United States buys more than 40% of the world's gem quality diamonds, making it the world's largest diamond market.

     

    5. Diamonds are virtually fireproof. To burn a diamond, it must be heated to 1292 degrees Fahrenheit (yikes!!).

     

    6. In their pure state, diamonds are colorless. However, diamonds can also be yellow, brown, blue, green, orange, red, pink and black.

     

    7. Blue and red diamonds are the rarest colored diamonds, while Fancy yellow diamonds are probably the most well known colored diamonds.

     

    8. A rough diamond will lose 40 to 70 percent of its weight in the cutting process (how tragic!).

     

    9. The earliest record of a man giving a diamond to a woman as a wedding ring was in 1477, when the Archduke of Austria gave a diamond to Mary of Burgundy.

     

    10. Until the 18th century, the only diamond mines were in India. Today, the top three diamond mines in the world are: Botswana (24 million carats), Russia (17.8 million carats) and Canada (10.9 million carats).

     

    Photos from: Private Diamond Club, Leibish Co.

    Want more fun facts about diamonds? Visit GIA.com!

  • September 2, 2014

    New Engagement Rings September 2

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    vintage opal halo ring Verona is a stunning, bold cocktail ring featuring a large oval opal surrounded by a halo of diamonds and emeralds.

     

    Verona is an eye catching 18k yellow gold ring from the 1980's made by the fantastic American jewelry company Hammerman Brothers. It centers a pretty oval opal gauged at 13mm x 9mm displaying beautiful orange, green and blue play of color. Verona is further adorned with a lovely simple halo of eleven emeralds alternating with eleven Round Brilliant Cut diamonds; the diamonds totaling approximately 0.33ct. Verona is complete with a simple triple split shank and is stamped on the inside shank: "HB for Hammerman Brothers".

    Pimsbury is a lovely Rose Gold Victorian era diamond cluster ring featuring Old Mine Cut diamonds. Pimsbury is a lovely Rose Gold Victorian era diamond cluster ring featuring Old Mine Cut diamonds.

     

    Pimsbury is a timeless vintage Victorian era engagement ring set in 14k rose gold. This beautiful halo engagement ring features an exquisite 0.43ct EGL certified Old Mine Brilliant Cut diamond, graded I color and VS2 clarity. Pimsbury’s charming center stone is surrounded by an additional eight beautiful Rose Cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.56ct.

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  • September 2, 2014

    T&H Gives Back to Exceptional Minds!

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    Today, we at Trumpet & Horn are thrilled to announce our new partnership with EXCEPTIONAL MINDS! Amid a growing shortfall of funding for autism programs, we're giving back to a cause that is very near and dear to our hearts. For one year, T&H will be happily donating a percentage of every sale through August 2015 to Exceptional Minds: a vocational school for young adults with autism.

     

    Exceptional Minds opened its doors in 2011 as a nonprofit organization to prepare young men and women on the spectrum for careers in movie post-production and other digital arts fields. Unique to the school is its specialized curriculum providing its students with certification training and testing on key software programs as well as paid work experience in the field, including post-production work on films Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, American Hustle and Lawless.

     

    Despite the lack of government funding for such programs, and with a higher cost per student than comparable schools, Exceptional Minds has successfully grown its student population three-fold in as many years. Full-time student tuition is set at 50% of the per-student cost of what it takes to operate the school, the balance funded exclusively by individuals and organizations.

     

    A word from our Founder, Jerry Heidenreich: “It’s a huge commitment for an organization our size, but we’ve made this exceptional contribution because we see how autism affects our customers and our community as a whole. We want to make that big difference so many families need.” Jerry is a close family friend of an Exceptional Minds student, and has witness firsthand the value of the school's vocational program for preparing young adults for careers in the digital arts.

     

    “The biggest fear as the parent of a child with autism is what happens when the school bus stops coming. Very little is available to help these young people become productive citizens, and government funding for these types of education programs are nonexistent. We’re changing that at Exceptional Minds with the help of people like Jerry,” says Mollie Burns Keith, a gemologist whose son, PK, attends Exceptional Minds part-time where she also sits on the board of directors.

     

    Needless to say, we are thrilled, honored, and humbled to be in a position to help Exceptional Minds and its students. Please contact us with any questions about getting involved with Exceptional Minds!

  • August 28, 2014

    Vintage Velvet Ring Boxes from The Mrs Box!

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    We are SO WONDERFULLY ECSTATIC about the debut of the delicious little velvet ring boxes you see above, lovingly entitled... THE MRS BOX! Our fabulous friends at Grey Likes Weddings asked us to be a part of their first photo shoot to debut The Mrs Box this week, and how could we possibly say no?! These little ring boxes are made from vintage French velvet in just about every color you could possibly imagine, and go just perfectly with our vintage and vintage-inspired engagement rings. We think the only problem is deciding which color to order - we need them ALL!!!

     

    Lady Grey has been creating these beautiful heirloom ring boxes for the last three years, and we are SO thrilled that they are finally ready to be shared with the world! We feel so wonderfully blessed to be even a small part of this amazing, colorful project. With styling by Lady Grey herself, photography by Jose Villa & Joel Serrato, flowers by Type A Society, and artwork from The Dancing Pine, there was so much creative genius in the room during the photo shoot that we were about ready to burst!! SO many thanks to Grey Likes Weddings for including us in this fabulous project (and of course, there will be more photos to come). Ladies and gents, you know you need one (or five) for your vintage engagement and cocktail rings... head over to www.themrsbox.com to sign up for the pre-sale launch, and DON'T FORGET to follow @The_Mrs_Box on Instagram for updates!

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