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  • March 4, 2015

    T&H Couple Erin & Jeremy

    Wowza, have we got some gorgeous pictures to share with you! Erin & Jeremy became first-time T&H customers in 2014 when Jeremy purchased Monterey, a stunning vintage-inspired engagement ring. Check out their engagement story here! After falling in love with Monterey, Erin & Jeremy kept coming back to us! We fitted Erin with our very first Bordeaux wedding band & a gorgeous pair of Edwardian diamond earrings for the wedding. The duo were married in November 2014 in Australia's Blue Mountains. The setting was breathtaking and every little detail was so thoughtfully executed. We're overjoyed to call these two part of our Trumpet & Horn family! Congratulations! ♥

     

  • March 3, 2015

    Vintage Engagement Rings March 3


    Whitewater | Trumpet & Horn Cazenovia | Trumpet & Horn Fort Collins | Trumpet & Horn Stony Point | Trumpet & Horn Venice | Trumpet & Horn Catskill | Trumpet & Horn Bedfordshire | Trumpet & Horn Healdsburg | Trumpet & Horn Victoria Falls | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    vintage edwardian era engagement ring three stone old mine cut diamonds cazenovia

    Cazenovia is a one-of-a-kind Edwardian era (circa 1910) platinum three-stone ring centering a stunning bezel set 1.04ct EGL certified Old Mine Cut diamond graded K color and SI1 clarity. A pair of two Old European Cut diamonds weighing exactly 0.98ct flank either side of the sparkling center stone, each graded I-J color and SI clarity. Cazenovia is further accented with four bezel set Old Mine Cut diamonds set in between the three main gems, all with a total approximate weight of 0.05ct. The ring is finished with perfect handcrafted milgrained edges that run along each platinum bezel. Cazenovia is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit.

    vintage art deco engagement ring sugarloaf cabochon amethyst rose cut diamonds catskill

    Catskill is an alluring original Art Deco (circa 1915) platinum ring centering a lovely sugarloaf cabochon amethyst gauged at 10mm x 8mm bezel set within a cushion shaped halo and set with an additional eighteen Rose Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.07ct. The ring is further adorned with subtle milgrained edges surrounding the diamonds and is finished with a simple platinum shank. Catskill is currently a size 7.5 and can be sized to fit.

  • February 27, 2015

    Five on Friday February 27

    Happy Friday! Today we are featuring some of our favorite navette rings! The navette style has been popular for hundreds of years, first popping up in Renaissance & Renaissance-revival jewelry. In French, "navette" translates to "little boat", a reference to the long, canoe-like shape that characterizes the style. The design of this jewelry is very pleasing to the eye, as it pulls the viewer's attention toward the fingertip and elongates the hand. Navette jewelry paved the way for the ever-popular Marquise Cut diamond. During the Victorian and Edwardian eras, the Marquise Cut diamond was a feat of true craftsmanship— extremely difficult to hand cut symmetrically. Once technology advanced, Marquise Cut diamonds took the jewelry world by storm, and all thanks to their boat-shaped relative, the navette! Check out our favorite vintage navette engagement rings below!

    Laguna Vintage Navette Engagement Ring Orleans Vintage Navette Engagement Ring Lyman Vintage Navette Engagement Ring Silver City Vintage Navette Engagement Ring Burnt Oak Vintage Engagement Ring Image Map

    Laguna | Vintage Engagement Ring Trumpet & Horn

    Laguna is a striking Victorian era Navette style 14k yellow gold ring centering a marquise shaped cabochon turquoise. Laguna is further framed by a sparkling halo of eighteen Old European Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.30ct and graded F-G color and SI clarity.The long and narrow shape of this navette cocktail ring was typical of Victorian era high fashion. Laguna is currently a size 3.5 and can be sized to fit.

    Orleans Vintage Navette Engagement Ring

    Orleans is a striking Victorian era ring made from 18k yellow gold centering a line of five Cushion Cut emeralds. These bright green emeralds are surrounded by a delicate frame of sparkling Single Cut diamonds set in a long and narrow navette setting typical of Victorian era high fashion. Orleans is currently a size 7 and can be sized to fit.

    Vintage Edwardian Era Navette Engagement Ring Lyman

    Lyman is a beautiful example of an authentic early Edwardian era (circa 1905) ring. This navette style ring is made with platinum topped 18k yellow gold and centers a 0.16ct Old European Cut diamond graded F-G color and SI clarity. Four Old Mine Cut diamond grace each point of this diamond shaped ring totaling approximately 0.30ct. and is framed on the outside by twenty-two Rose Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.20ct. The ring epitomizes the use of open filigree work and can be considered a true work of art. Lyman is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.

    edwardian era engagement ring platinum navette old european cut diamonds engagement ring silver city

    Silver City is timeless Edwardian era (circa 1910) platinum navette style ring with French hallmarks centering a single bezel set Old European Cut diamond gauged at 0.25ct, graded G-H color and SI2 clarity. An additional ten Old European Cut diamonds grace each corner of the ring with a total approximate weight of 0.40ct. The ring is further accented with web-like open filigree and the delicate detailing can be considered a true work of art. The ring is finished with a simple platinum shank. Silver City is currently a size 6.5 and can be sized to fit.

    edwardian era engagement ring platinum navette old european cut diamonds engagement ring burnt oak

    Burnt Oak is an exceptional authentic Edwardian era (circa 1905) navette style platinum topped 18k yellow gold diamond ring featuring two Old European Cut diamonds designed vertically in bezel settings, gauged at approximately 0.40ct total weight, graded G-H color and SI clarity. The ring is further enhanced with thirteen Single Cut diamonds weighing about 0.35ct, and finished off with beautiful milgrained edges. Burnt Oak is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.

  • February 26, 2015

    How to Care for your Vintage Engagement Ring

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    One of the questions we get from customers all the time is "Will my vintage piece last?". And the answer is "Yes!" followed by instructions on how to clean, care for, and insure your engagement ring. Some of our jewelry is over 150 years old, and needs to be treated with a little extra love! Below are our recommendations for ensuring that your ring continues to last from generation to generation.
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    Cleaning your engagement ring is essential not only for maintaining it's sparkle, but also helps increase its longevity. We recommend cleaning your ring once a week, especially if you have a diamond engagement ring! Diamonds naturally attract grease & repel water, so you'll need to get creative to keep it shining. Here are our favorite simple ways to clean your engagement ring:
    1. GLASS CLEANER
    Oh the beauty of Windex! Spray a few spurts of glass cleaner or Windex directly on your diamond ring and scrub with a soft toothbrush or lint-free cloth or towel. Rinse under cold water, and pat dry with a lint-fee cloth or towel.
    2. THE DISH SOAP + WATER METHOD
    Give your diamond ring a quick clean, with warm water and a few squirts of mild dishwashing liquid. Soak your ring for 5-10 minutes, or until the water becomes lukewarm. Brush gently with a soft toothbrush, and rinse. Don’t forget to close the drain first! Pat dry with a lint-free cloth or towel.
    3. MORE VODKA, PLEASE!
    Soak your beautiful diamond ring in a glass of vodka, while you enjoy a nice tall glass of your own. Vodka will give your ring its sparkle back! Simply rinse your ring under warm water and rub it dry with a lint-free cloth or towel.
    4. ULTRASONIC MACHINES
    Ultrasonic machines are commercially available to help keep your jewelry clean. These machines work like a charm on diamond rings, but avoid putting other types of jewelry in these machines, like pearls and emeralds! These stones are much softer than diamonds and risk becoming damaged in an ultrasonic machine. Also, if your mounting contains small stones, your diamonds may be shaken loose by the ultrasonic waves.
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    Each Trumpet & Horn ring has been restored by our jewelers with the utmost care to not only secure the setting and the stones, but also to preserve the original integrity of the work that went into making it. Just like all new rings, vintage rings are not indestructible, and care should always be used while wearing them. To give your ring the care it deserves, we recommend not wearing your ring while: showering, washing dishes, cleaning, sleeping, exercising, gardening, or doing any other strenuous activity that you feel may cause damage to it! If you have a ring with emeralds, opals or pearls, you should also take extra care so as not to damage the soft stones.

    blog-vintage-engagement-ring-insurance

    Your engagement ring is an investment that you and your partner have made to celebrate the decision to spend your lives together. Just like you would insure your house, car, or motorcycle, we strongly recommend getting your ring insured to protect against a potentially devastating situation. Trumpet & Horn works exclusively with Perfect Circle Insurance to help ensure your ring is covered against loss, theft, damage, or mysterious disappearance.

    Many newly engaged couples don’t think they need insurance - until they do! Whether it’s a lost stone, theft, or damage, insurance gives you peace of mind just in case the unthinkable happens. Don’t wait until it’s too late to insure your ring - applying online takes about 10 minutes at www.perfectcircleinsurance.com and quotes are provided for free within seconds.

    Insurance is very affordable and typically costs between $50-$250 / year (depending on the value of your ring, the deductible you choose, and where you live). Click here for a free online quote, or click here to apply for an insurance policy from Perfect Circle Insurance.

  • February 24, 2015

    Vintage Engagement Rings February 24


    Boca Grande | Trumpet & Horn Marrakech | Trumpet & Horn Santorini | Trumpet & Horn Nantucket | Trumpet & Horn St. Charles | Trumpet & Horn Lyman | Trumpet & Horn Redbridge | Trumpet & Horn Brooklyn | Trumpet & Horn Corinth | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    vintage-victorian-era-engagement-ring-natural-sapphire-old-mine-cut-diamond-halo-yellow-gold-santorini

    Santorini is a stunning authentic Victorian era (circa 1895) sapphire and diamond engagement ring made from 14k yellow gold. This dignified ring features an unheated 0.91ct Guild Laboratory certified Round Cut natural Ceylon sapphire delicately surrounded by a halo of eight Old Mine Cut diamonds with an approximate weight of 0.80ct. Santorini is a wonderful example of Victorian era craftmanship. It is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.

    vintage-victorian-era-engagement-ring-old-mine-cut-rose-gold-starburst-marrakech

    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.

  • February 20, 2015

    Five on Friday February 20

    Happy Friday! If you were to ask us what our favorite thing about vintage jewelry is, we'd say, without hesitation, "We love that it's so unique!" Every piece of vintage jewelry tells a story, and no two pieces in our collection are alike. We think that vintage engagement rings allow for your own true personal style to shine through. If you're a classic girl, there's certainly the perfect one-of-a-kind classic ring out there for you! But if your style is more unconventional and you want your engagement ring to be a talking piece, we've got fantastic unique engagement rings sure to impress. Below are some of our favorites! To browse our entire collection of unique engagement rings, click here!

    Dahlia | Trumpet & Horn Alderley | Trumpet & Horn Cloverdale | Trumpet & Horn Kingsville | Trumpet & Horn Bennington | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Dahlia | Trumpet & Horn

    Dahlia is a beautiful platinum set Art Deco navette style ring featuring a sparkling 0.58ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded H color and SI1 clarity. Two Single Cut diamonds totaling 0.05ct sparkle from the top and bottom of this ring, which is finished off with beautiful scalloped filigree and pretty tapered shoulders. Dahlia is currently a size 4.25 and can be sized to fit.

    Alderley | Trumpet & Horn

    Alderley is a unique and unusual authentic Late Art Deco (circa 1935) 18k white gold ring centering a box-set 0.88ct EGL certified Old European Cut diamond graded J color and VS2 clarity. Alderley is further designed by fan shaped steps tapering towards each shoulder set with eight Single cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.20ct. The top and bottom of the ring is additionally designed with a triangular shaped pattern accented with four Triangular shaped natural bright green emeralds totaling approximately 0.05ct. Alderley is finished with foliate hand engraving down each shoulder. Alderley is currently a size 7 and can be sized to fit.

    Cloverdale | Trumpet & Horn

    Cloverdale is an incredibly unique platinum topped 18k yellow gold Edwardian era ring featuring four bezel set, sparkling Old European Cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.10ct, graded H-I color and SI clarity, set in an elegant quatrefoil motif. Cloverdale is further accented with five Rose Cut diamonds and subtle milgrained edges throughout. This ring is a superb example of Edwardian era design and the mixed metal makes it incredibly versatile! Cloverdale is currently a size 6.25 and can be sized to fit.

    Kingsville | Trumpet & Horn

    Kingsville is a spectacular Victorian ring featuring a luscious GIA certified natural saltwater pearl surrounded by a halo of five gleaming Old Mine Cut diamonds totaling approximately 1.00ct and five Full Old Cut royal blue natural sapphires totaling 1.00ct, further accented with a line of six Old Full Cut diamonds decorating the shoulders of the ring. Kingsville is set in a highly polished 14k yellow gold mounting and can be easily sized to fit any finger.

    Bennington | Trumpet & Horn

    Bennington is a gorgeous Edwardian navette ring made from platinum centering a 3.07ct Oval Cut natural pink sapphire. Two Old European Cut diamonds weighing an estimated total weight of 1.00ct graded H-I color and VS1 clarity flank the top and bottom of the ring. This fabulous ring is further set with six additional Old European Cut diamonds with a total approximate weight of .24ct, further surrounded by a foliate design of filigree, milgrained edges and hand engraving. Bennington is currently size 7.5 and can be sized to fit.

  • February 19, 2015

    Heart Shaped Engagement Rings


     

    He gave me his heart on Valentine's Day, and I said YES!

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    If you've been on the Internet this week, you've probably seen the big news: Lady Gaga is engaged! The pop star announced her engagement to longtime boyfriend Taylor Kinney via Instagram on Valentine's Day. And WOAH! Would you look at that ROCK?! Unconfirmed reports speculate that the diamond is about eight carats and cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $500,000! While it's probably unrealistic for most of us to even dream of a ring that grand, there's nothing stopping you from incorporating hearts into your engagement ring! In fact, we've got a few (very affordable!) T&H vintage favorites featuring romantic heart-shaped stones and filigree! Check them out!

     

    Bayboro | Trumpet & Horn Tulane | Trumpet & Horn Finchley Lane | Trumpet & Horn Image Map
  • February 18, 2015

    Inspired by This Features Trumpet & Horn!

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    A few weeks ago we were visited by the lovely ladies of Be Inspired, a Los Angeles-based Public Relations firm, and boy did we have FUN! We spent the morning playing dress-up (with particular attention to the gold cluster rings!) and snacking on beet chips in our downtown Los Angeles showroom. This morning their visit is documented on their lifestyle and wedding blog, Inspired by This. Check out the awesome photographs & sweet words here! Thanks ladies! ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥


  • February 17, 2015

    Vintage Engagement Rings February 17


    Burnt Oak | Trumpet & Horn Northbridge | Trumpet & Horn Austell | Trumpet & Horn Ridgecrest | Trumpet & Horn Billingham | Trumpet & Horn Crystal Lake | Trumpet & Horn Image Map

    Our favorite vintage engagement rings are...

    vintage-engagement-ring-edwardian-emerald-square-cut-diamonds-northbridge

    Northbridge is an exceptional example of authentic Edwardian (circa 1915) workmanship. Made from platinum, this elegant ring centers a bezel set bright green Rectangular Step Cut emerald gauged at 0.45ct flanked by two crisp Square Cut diamonds weighing approximately 0.25ct each with F-G color and VS2 clarity. Hand pierced floral filigree and splashes of twenty-two Single Cut diamonds totaling approximately 0.45ct lend a dramatic charm to this masterfully crafted ring. Northbridge is currently a size 7.75 and can be sized to fit.

    vintage-edwardian-era-navette-platinum-yellow-gold-old-european-cut-diamonds-burnt-oak

    Burnt Oak is an exceptional authentic Edwardian era (circa 1905) navette style platinum topped 18k yellow gold diamond ring featuring two Old European Cut diamonds designed vertically in bezel settings, gauged at approximately 0.40ct total weight, graded G-H color and SI clarity. The ring is further enhanced with thirteen Single Cut diamonds weighing about 0.35ct, and finished off with beautiful milgrained edges. Burnt Oak is currently a size 6 and can be sized to fit.

  • February 13, 2015

    Valentine's Day Giveaway!


     

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    Happy (almost!) Valentine's Day! We've teamed up with Style Me Pretty & The Mrs Box to give one lucky winner a T&H vintage ring (up to $3,500 value) + a Mrs Box from the new Spring collection! Contest ends Sunday, February 16 @ 11:59P EST. All eligibility rules & conditions are on the Style Me Pretty site.

    Click to enter now!

    Good Luck & Happy Valentine's Day ♥


     

    Photograph by Jose Villa with Joel Serrato. Styling by Type A Society

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