The door slammed behind Barbara. “I threw the antique diamond setting back at him,” she said to Millie. “On-line dating is for the birds!” “Well I guess it doesn’t really matter if the engagement ring is a real vintage diamond engagement ring or an antique style ring setting if you have to kiss that many
Mother’s Day is the perfect time to appreciate a new mother or honoring a more experienced mother with a vintage diamond ring or an antique ring setting. The sun is shining, the sky is glorious, and the tulips are blooming. Spring is springing and the world seems new and bright–love is in the air! What
Did you ever have to make up your mind? And pick up on one and leave the other behind? It’s not often easy and not often kind. Did you ever have to make up your mind? – John Sebastian, Lovin’ Spoonful In this precarious economy, we all want to maximize the buying clout of our

Earrings in History

Coeval with the dawn of time, one of the first activities which preoccupied humankind was the enterprise of self-adornment. While it would take another thirty thousand years for the invention of metallurgy, skills needed to make jewelry from such metals as gold, silver or bronze. The materials that were first used were readily available: animal
Perhaps because they are more intrusive than either earrings or necklaces, bracelet-wearing was confined to the upper arm for a very long time–at least, until humankind was able to sort itself into classes. There were the ones who served, and the others who moved little. Our knowledge of early jewelry comes from archeological investigations of
Despite the moralizing tone epitomized by the French evolution and seen in Angelica Kauffman’s Cornelia Presenting Her Children as Her Treasures, from 1785, people still wanted to buy and wear jewelry. Until goldsmiths learned more sophisticated manufacturing techniques, bracelets continued to take previously known forms, like the famous gilt silver cuff bracelet from Thrace (an
Chances are, for those of us living in the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st, strong traditions concerning life events still guide us – whether we follow those traditions or reject them. Nowhere is this more momentous than observing customs and rituals surrounding betrothal and marriage. All of us
Engagement jewelry in the early 19th century in England was entirely hand made. Diamonds were either rose-cut, with a pointed top, or mine-cut, with a flat top. There was a lack of precision, but also each piece was completely unique. Not many of these antique engagement rings still exist today. Their rarity means that they
Have you heard of “Fair and Ethically Sourced Gold Jewelry”? Wow! That sounds great, doesn’t it? Now, many of you who are seriously looking to buy an engagement ring have heard of the “Kimberly Process”. To those of you that don’t know, it is an agreement by a group of nations to certify diamonds that
If you are researching about “conflict free diamonds” it means that you are interested in buying an engagement ring, right? As you know, there is a lot more about buying an engagement ring than finding out about the diamond source. 2.4 million engagement rings are sold every year in America. In our American culture, the