(Closed) Antique Engagement Ring Website!

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

check out http://www.faycullen.com

I didn’t get my ring from there, but used it as inspiration to give my Fiance an idea of what I like.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

antiqueengagementrings.com

 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

V- I had another thought.  Just a word of advice that may help.  I have an antique engagement ring (approximately 75 years old).  I did a lot of looking online (I drooled over the Fay Cullen stuff) but was worried about buying online.  I also went into a couple of jewelry chain stores that carry estate pieces (Ross-Simons, Long’s Jewelers).

In both instances, the majority of the rings were priced WAY out of my FI’s price-range (he didn’t have $10,000 to spend on my ring).

Then I did some research on local jewelers that carry estate pieces.  We went to Boston’s diamond district and found dozens of gorgeous rings that were similar in specifications to the $10,000 rings we’d seen elsewhere, but for a fraction of the cost.

Unfortunately a lot the jewelers didn’t have extensive listings on their websites (if they even had websites) so we had to go in person.  However, I’m really glad we did. Because they are wholesalers/jewelers and not jewelry stores, I think their prices are better and they can work with you (I’m generalizing here of course).  When we saw my ring (just the setting) it was missing lots of diamonds and was unfinished- all tarnished and neglected looking, but I fell in love with it.  I couldn’t believe how it turned out when the jeweler refurbished it.

We wound up going back to get my wedding band custom made. I was afraid how much it would cost since it would have to be customized to fit my ring and I wanted platinum (and I have fat fingers).  So I nearly fell over when the jeweler could make the ring and engrave it (as well as engrave my FIs band purchased elsewhere) all for well under $700!

Many of the jewelers offered to custom make an engagement ring, but I wanted an old, estate piece for several reasons.  So look around and don’t let them railroad you into ordering a custom piece- what you want is probably out there, you just have to find it. 

Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I was in love with antique rings and looked extensively at all of the suggested websites.  I contacted one of those sites and turns out….the rings aren’t antique at all!  Just made to look that way!  The ring I was in love with could be made to fit any size diamond etc.  I ended up finding a local jewelry store that I really liked and bringing him a picture of the ring I was in love with.  He said he could make it.   My fiance was able to pick out a conflict free diamond and also to use stones from my mother’s and grandmother’s rings.  The ring doesn’t look exactly like the picture but I love it so much more and now I have a local jewelry store to turn to if there’s issues or I need it resized.  Everyone asks me how old it is.  They can’t believe it’s not an estate piece. Just  a suggestion.

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I love this one, though it’s probably not the one you’re looking for:

http://www.vanatkins.com/

I think Kenzie Kate posted a site; try doing a search on her blog.

Post # 9
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Newbee

I have an estate ring!

To research, check  out John Joseph in London’s website (amazing stuff), Doyle and Doyle, Kentshire Gallery, James Robinson, and Fred Leighton.

Post # 10
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Newbee

I agree with the folks who encouraged you to look local instead of online. A bunch of the sites are really showing "antique style" and the real antiques are super expensive. I’m in Utah (not exactly a metropolis!) and there are several locally owned antique jewelry stores. I found my dream ring for a fraction of the cost of a contemporary ring. Good Luck!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I found mine on ebay LOL.  I love it 🙂

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

What about <font color=”#008000″>www.jewelsbyericagrace.com/ and http://www.rauantiques.com/~Jewelry~Rings.html?</font>

<font color=”#008000″>Word of warning with Fay Cullen…Only some of their pieces can be returned, you only have 24 hours to return it, and there is a $200 restocking fee.  So if you really really like something on there, make sure your size is correct!</font>

Post # 14
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Newbee

I love http://www.marleneharriscol.com.&nbsp; She’s got some BEAUTIFUL stuff.

That said, I also got my ring on ebay. I love it.&nbsp; We don’t have the history because the seller got it at an estate auction, but I LOVE it.&nbsp; Good luck!

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Post # 15
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Helper bee

Have you looked at Artdecodiamonds.com?

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