5 Vintage Engagement Ring Ideas for the Alternative Bride
Use a Wedding Band as an Engagement Ring
Yes, you read that right, a wedding band. My own engagement ring is a wedding band, my husband's grandmother's. As a woman who didn't need a big ring, the wedding band with its small row of diamonds was absolutely perfect.Once we did get married, the original engagement ring that went with the band was what we used, reversing the norm! I'm proud of our unique and one-of-a-kind engagement ring, which allowed us to make a family heirloom all our own.
From deep rosy gold Victorian rings, to plain bands in warm, buttery high karat gold, our shop has a variety of rings to choose from. What wedding band could you see wearing?
Antique buttery 22k gold wedding band with an inscription from 1921.
A Cluster Vintage Engagement Ring
While a solitaire diamond ring is one of the most common engagement ring styles, a cluster ring is a unique take that allows you to get more sparkle for your money. When stones are clustered together in a setting, smaller carat stones can be used to the same visual effect as a large stone, and is a lot lighter on the pocket book. Cluster designs are also an eternal classic, and have been used as a design element in rings for centuries.
Colored Stone Vintage Engagement Ring
- Agate: truth, protection, strength
- Aquamarine: courage to overcome fears, protection on journeys
- Blue topaz: fidelity, friendship, gentleness, and integrity
- Emerald: fertility and calm
- Garnet: fertility, protection and healing
- Onyx: thought to deflect the negativity of others associated with determination and perseverance
- Pearl: harmony, humility, purity, worth
- Ruby: fire, passion, the opening of the heart
- Turquoise: friendship, associations with nature
A rose cut diamond is surrounded by rubies in this unique "target" antique ring. This simple and more modern vintage ruby ring is perfect for the bride who prefers dainty designs. Available at Stacey Fay Designs.
Queen Victoria's engagement ring had snakes, and yours can too in this stunning antique garnet snake ring.
A Family Heirloom Makes a Wonderful Vintage Engagement Ring
Choose an Engagement Ring with a Symbolic Number of Stones
While people often think about the symbolism in the stones themselves, the design or number of stones in a ring can speak to your commitment and future together. Toi et moi rings - French for me and you - are highly sentimental, yet with two stones are simple enough not to overwhelm.Trinity rings, with three stones, one for the past, present, and future, also offer a highly symbolic ring which doesn't fit the solitaire norm. What number of stones is significant for your life?
A Victorian rose gold ring with two synthetic emeralds and seed pearls in an infinity pattern A stunning Victorian turquoise ring with five stones lined up perfectly. Does the number 5 symbolize anything for you?
References: www.americangemsociety.org www.gia.edu www.artofmanliness.com¬†