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



  • 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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    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

  • September 23, 2014

    New Engagement Rings September 23

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    edwardian engagement ring Whistler is a gorgeous Edwardian diamond engagement ring with a graceful, bombe style design.

     

    Whistler is a favorite of the T&H team! This stunning Edwardian era platinum set diamond engagement ring centers a bezel set 0.79ct GIA certified Round Brilliant Cut diamond graded J color and VS2 clarity. Whistler is designed in a graceful bombe style setting adorned with six sparkling Old Full Cut diamonds gauged at 0.25ct. This unusual ring is finished off with delicate scrolling hand pierced filigree, milgrained edges, and linear engraving throughout.

    old mine cut diamond ring Cedar Hill is an absolutely fantastic Victorian ring featuring a cluster of Old Mine Cut diamonds in 18K yellow gold.

     

    Cedar Hill is a showstopping Victorian era cluster ring made from 18k yellow gold. This elegant ring scintillates from every angle, centering an exquisite 2.04ct EGL certified Old Mine Cushion Cut diamond graded K color and SI1 clarity, surrounded by a delicate halo of ten Old Mine Cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.80ct in weight graded I-K color and SI clarity. This timeless halo ring will make a sparkling statement on anyone who wears it!

     

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  • 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!

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