Post # 1
FI got my 3-stone diamond ring from an antique shop. I love it, and it fits my size 4.5 finger well. It is total carat weight of about 1.6, I believe.
Today at work a coworker commented “oh, look at that rock!” (She is married). I told her it was an estate ring. I work w/a lot of engaged & married women and except for my manager, my ring is the largest. So I’m a little self-conscious.
I heard another cowoker say under his breath “Is it real?”
I now feel like they think FI is somehow loaded, OR that I am trying to pass off a fake ring.
Post # 3
I have a former co-worker whose engagement ring is an estate piece. She proudly told people that it is. It’s a beautiful ring.
Post # 4
What!? I’ve never even heard of people thinking or saying things like what you put in the poll – tacky, not real, cheating? The kind of people I run with love vintage, antique, and retro things (heck, we live in a midcentury modern home) and are all about the older pieces. Mine is new only because the antique ring I fell in love with sold a few months before we were ready to get engaged, so we made it based on the pictures.
It’s true that it’s more ethical, but it’s also just a great way to tell a story with jewelry. I love the idea and always have!
Post # 5
people will always be people and say things without thinking
i often try to compliment peoples rings by jokingly commenting on how big someones ring is and ask if its real, 😐 lol
Post # 6
I would get an estate ring! I look at those sort of things all the time to see if theres a piece that might be in interesting to me. Thats crazy someone who say is it real!
Don’t those things have to be verified before it is sold?
Post # 7
My ring is also an estate ring and the story that comes with it is beautiful.. I feel like I got passed down a lot of love. My ring has an antique look and tone to it and I love it!!! It’s unique and not cookie cutter at all… same thing my sister said wow look at that rock!!! We were told that the gentlemen who was selling the ring.. his wife had passed on He has served in the war, when he returned he had an injury and they were unable to have children so there was no one to pass the beautiful ring down to. They were married all thier lives and very much in love. I say congratulations and it doesn’t matter what other people think if you LOVE it that is all that matters.
Post # 8
I love estate rings. There’s just something so warm in knowing that it’s an object with a history, that it didn’t just pop out of some factory.
Post # 9
i actually like the idea of an estate ring, it has history to it! i think it’s great, wear it with pride, and know that there is a story behind it 🙂
Post # 10
Thanks, everyone, I feel the same way, that my ring is not “less” in any way because FI did not buy a brand spanking new one. And yes, it does come with a certificate verifying it is real and what quality it is.
@Ellebot: I get that people compliment by saying that sometimes, but this girls tone of voice did not seem like a compliment, but more like “well, aren’t you lucky your FI makes more than any of us!”
Oh well. Haters gonna hate!
Post # 11
In the old days, the pieces were handmade with great care. I would feel very special if I had an antique ring that was such high quality that lasted someone’s lifetime before me. I am making a repro of the set that sold on RubyLane before we had a chance to get it. I doubt it would be just as well made but it’s what I always wanted. I can’t justify spending money on the new rock, so we are going with alternative stone that resembles the chunky old mine cut.
Wear yours with pride 🙂
Post # 12
- Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry
We took a family diamond (from the 50s) and put it in an estate setting. I LOVE that it’s unique- two olds made one new.
Post # 13
I have an estate ring. I never considered that people might think of it as “less than” or fake because it’s not new. One of the reasons I love my ring is because it isn’t new. I doubt I’ll ever see someone else wearing the same ring as me. There are always going to be bad-mannered people out there. If I were you, I’d ignore the rude comments and enjoy your lovely and unique ring.
Post # 14
I picked up an estate ring just last week, upgrading my engagement ring. It’s platinum, .33 tdw …and there is no way I could have afforded both the quality of the diamonds and the platinum if it hadn’t been an estate ring!
And anyone who calls it ‘less than’ or ‘fake’…well, all they are displaying is their own ignorance!
Post # 15
Gems and precious metals are always being reset or melted down and turned into something new. you will find even’ brand new’ pieces of jewellry may contain reused metal or gems.
I think estate jewellry is lovely….it has a sense of history. Workmanship is of a great standard….and its lovely to know that someone else in the past loved it as much as you do. I hope someday that someone will wear my ering and get as much pleasure wearing it as I do.
Can you post you beautiful ring for all us bees to see?