- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
My boyfriend and I attended an antique fair this afternoon in search of vintage engagement rings. I’ve amassed a large collection of links to rings that I like from a variety of websites, but seeing them and trying them on in person is incredibly important. We have not had much luck finding anything at local jewelry or antique shops in our area, but we got a tip from a shop last weekend about this once-monthly antique fair about two hours away. I tried not to get my hopes up too much, but I was pleasantly surprised by the huge variety of vintage engagement rings. Finding them did take a while, as you have to stop and investigate all of the jewelry cases. That made things more fun though, kind of like a scavenger hunt.
We spent about five hours at the fair, way more than I expected. I ended up trying on at least 30 rings! I was in absolute heaven, but it was hard to pinpoint which one I loved the most. There were some I was completely in love with, but unfortunately they had diamonds with some pretty obvious inclusions. I found one that I loved, but the inclusion was almost in the middle of the diamond. It was such a shame. I know the diamonds can be replaced, but I would really like a vintage ring with the original old mine cut European diamond.
In the end I think that I have maybe three or four rings that I really loved and that fell in our price range. If my boyfriend doesn’t decide to buy one, then at least I can rest assured that he knows what I like and what looks good on me. But the hard part is for me to now take a step back and let him make the decision. I want to be surprised when he proposes, so he will be choosing the ring on his own. This is both liberating and agonizing! I’m glad the stress of the decision is off of my shoulders but I’m dying to know what he is thinking!
We also don’t really have a timeline. I know he will probably purchase a ring in the near future (you can’t really wait with vintage rings as you never know when it will be gone), but as far as when he is planning to propose, I haven’t the faintest idea. I don’t think he’s the type to propose on a holiday, but who knows.
But waiting is hard. Especially when it’s not just waiting to be engaged to the guy I love, but waiting to see which ring will spend the next many, many years glittering on my finger. 🙂