(Closed) Show me your true vintage rings

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Would you want a true vintage ring?
    Yes, I have one and love it! : (64 votes)
    50 %
    No, I want something new! : (22 votes)
    17 %
    I have one and wished I had a new ring : (5 votes)
    4 %
    I have a new ring but wish it was vintage : (37 votes)
    29 %
  • Post # 3
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    1342 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @Bazinga:  I don’t have a picture on my computer to upload.

    But I have my grandmother’s original engagement ring and wedding band.  I love it!  No, they aren’t as big as others I have seen, but I don’t even care.

     

    My grandparents on that side are both still alive and it means so much to them that I wear them.

     

    We had a jeweler friend size them and freshen them up a little and they are just gorgeous.  A perfect set for me.

    Post # 4
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    563 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 1993

    I have a new e-ring w/band but I would love to have a true vintage ring for my right hand.  I would like to have an old rose cut diamond set in an antique platinum setting.    I saw one at an antique store that sells estate jewelry, and it was breathtaking.  Of course, it was priced well above my budget. Cry

    Post # 5
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    9234 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Well ok if you insist 🙂  My ring was my great-grandmother’s and is about a hundred years old.  I love the history and sentimentality of it, as well as the unique vintage setting!!  There is nothing that I don’t like about having a vintage ring.  If this family heirloom weren’t available, we probably would have scoured pawn shops and estate jewelers to find something vintage.

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 6
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    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I’ve been posting mine a lot lately, but oh well! I love it! It’s my fiance’s grandmother’s ring, and our best guess is that it’s 50-60 years old:

     

     

     

     

     

     

    What I love about it:

     

    -The meaning behind it. His grandparent’s marriage was beautiful and lasted until they died, and I want that for us.

     

    -How his family allowing him to propose with this ring really shows that they’re willing to make me part of their family.

     

    -The fact that it’s BEAUTIFUL, timeless, and unique. I’m not going to have another friend with the exact same ring, and it’s not going to go out of style in 10 years or look overly trendy (which was definitely my fear with the super popular halo rings).

     

    -I get to have a pretty sparkly diamond without the guilt of overpaying for marketing hype or buying a blood diamond, lol

     

    What I don’t love:

     

    -In order to wear it/resize it, we had to replace the shank. I guess it’s not really a downside, but it made me sad that I’m not *technically* wearing the exact ring he proposed with. The bright side is that I know it can be repaired, and will probably still be around when my grandkids start thinking about proposing.

     

    -I live in utter terror of losing/harming it because it means SO much to his family (and to him, and to me). Vintage family rings are completely irreplaceable. 

     

    Post # 7
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    9234 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @missmess:  I love yours! That’s such a good point – I’m so paranoid about losing mine too. I basically never take it off for that reason.

    Post # 8
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    271 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    @lolot:  Thank you! Yeah, mine is currently sized a little on the small side and I’m leaving it that way because it is impossible to remove without effort (even when it’s freezing). I’m probably going to have to kick it up a quarter size once I get a wedding band because adding another ring makes it uncomfortably close to being impossible to remove, but I think I might wear them wrong on purpose and have the wedding ring on the outside so that the engagement ring is safer!

    Post # 9
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    1503 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @MrsJX3:  What did you do to “freshen it up?”  My SO has his grandmother’s ring and it’s a little beaten up, but I’m not sure what’s even possible to do without compromising the original ring.

    Post # 10
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    1342 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @kb7:  I believe she laid some new white gold down where it had been worn down thru the years and anywhere she thought needed some reinforcement.  She also cut the bottom half of the band off and put a new one on because it was so thin.

    Post # 11
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    3145 posts
    Sugar bee

    Love these true vintage rings. My friend has an engagement ring that she keeps on calling vintage. It came from Kay’s Jewelry (which is fine) but it is no vintage ring. I don’t tell her that of course…

    Post # 12
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    9234 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    @kb7:  Not sure about her, but I know on mine (above) I had to have the four platinum prongs rebuilt a bit.  They were somewhat worn down due to the 100-year-old age….

    Post # 14
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    2497 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @lolot:  Wow, you are so lucky! That’s an amazing ring! I love the shoulders of it, and I love how well your wedding band pairs with it. Is there an inscription or engraving on it? I can’t really tell what it is/says.

    Post # 15
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    199 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    @Bazinga:  I love vintage, so much, not just because I prefer the looks of the rings but also I love knowing there is a history behind it. Mine was made in 1942 in London and I love wondering who on earth could afford to comission a new ring at that time! I also love that I now get the chance to give it a new life Smile.

     

    And here she is;

     

    Post # 16
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    1098 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: December 2013

    I have a vintage inspired ring but I would love love love to have an actual vintage ring.

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