Post # 1
I’m not engaged or close to it, but I just found my grandmother’s wedding band hidden away! I LOVE it and have never seen anything quite like it. I kind of had a moment with it when I found it- if I had been shopping for a wedding ring that would have been my “this is the one” moment. If anyone knows anything about vintage jewelry I’d love to know anything more about it, and if you have anything similar I would love to see pics! I haven’t found anything super similar online although I have done a few searches. Anyone know of a website where I could post to get more info?
It’s a five stone setting with round (real) diamonds, and it has two faceted metal squares and one faceted metal triangle on each end presumably to save money. The band has a slight knife edge and the stones are edged in milgrain. It’s not super sparkly- most of the flash comes from the tables of the stones and from the metal facets- but I’m not sure if that’s because the diamonds are tiny or because they’re lower quality. I know it was appraised for around $100 and that the diamonds are real but that’s it.
The inside of the band is marked LB in a circle with 14k next to it- unfortunately no engraving. It’s probably from the 1940’s.
Pic- sorry about the quality, I only have a phone camera!
Post # 3
How special! It is a beautiful ring and it is wonderful that it has the extra meaning!
Post # 4
That’s beautiful! If it’s yours, I would save it and get an engagement ring to match it one day 🙂
Post # 5
That is a beautiful band! My set is very similar; above is the engagement ring. You can’t see from this angle, but it has the same triangle designs on each end and the milgrain edging. The style is 1930s Art Deco, and the bead diamonds are not as sparkly because they’re Old European cut rather than brilliant (Brilliant became popular in the 40s, as jewelers learned more about getting maximum refraction from the stones). I love the shapes and symmetry of Art Deco jewelry! I would definitely hold onto that piece if I were you (:
Post # 6
I have kind of toyed with the idea of using it as a wedding band later on- I love it that much. I don’t want to put it away again though so I’ll have to see if I feel comfortable using a ring I’ve been wearing already as a band when I get there. More likely, I’m interested in using it as an inspiration piece for a wedding set (I love warm diamonds especially for larger stones, so this band might not match) and then continuing to wear it on my right hand.
I can’t see too much detail in your photo, but what I can see is pretty! That’s really good to know about the OEC diamonds- I knew about them in regards to large stones but never thought that of course the smaller stones would be the same. That’s just a little bit more character that I love.
Post # 7
- Wedding: November 2013 - Makena Cove
@kgirl91: Omg it’s beautiful! I would be so touched to have found that and be able to wear it as my wedding ring. Family heirlooms are so so so special.
Post # 8
I really like the triangles on each end!
Post # 9
@kgirl91: Wow, that’s beautiful! i’m finding it really surprising that it belonged/belongs to your grandma because I guess that means it’s quite old (probably over 50 years, right?) and it looks so modern! It’s really lovely and I hope you get to make proper use of it one day *wink wink*.
Post # 10
@kgirl91: That’s so beautiful! You see a lot of milgrain detail in the rings of today as well. It fits you perfectly – perhaps you should use it one day!
The oldest piece of jewelry I have came from my grandmother as well. It’s a bracelet, and it shares some characteristics of your ring and is probably from the same general time period. It has sapphires and diamonds and is platinum.
Post # 11
The round stones are probably an old mine it which is why they don’t sparkle as much. It may also just need a good cleaning. Looks very 1930s to me with the milgraine and geometric designs. An antique shop may be able to help you pin point it more.
Post # 12
Thanks! I feel so lucky to have found it!
The timing is kind of weird- my grandparents got married in the late 1940’s but I think the art deco styles were more from the 1930’s like @michiru4ever
said- so either they were still around or it was someone else’s semi-heirloom ring. I really wish there was an engraving!
That’s gorgeous! I’m just realizing that I love love love milgrain. I have serious ring envy for the ring blondemotives posted earlier http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/i-changed-my-ring-again-pic-heavy.
Post # 13
maybe they bought it used at a pawn shop or second hand shop.
Post # 14
That’s possible, although I don’t think they were particularly short on money. Interesting thought though. I’ll see if my uncle knows anything about it.
Post # 15
The beauty of older stones are they sparkle like mad in candlelight.
Give it a try 🙂