Post # 1
My boyfriend wants my input on engagement rings and I’m so glad he asked. I’m partial to vintage style myself and gravitate either toward ornate Edwardian filigree or architecture-inspired Art Deco styles.
So far, the one that calls to me most is this little lovely here.
I love that the downward-ward facing side of the ring is unadorned so I don’t have to worry about damaging it over the years. I take public transit to work every day so I need to be careful to have something that won’t get narfed up on the subway poles.
My boyfriend likes it too but he thinks that the diamond (.55 ct.) is a little small and would like to have it recreated for me with a larger stone.
What do you think of this style?
Post # 2
It’s beautiful. I especially love the prongs!
Post # 3
Those prongs are awesome!!! Very pretty ring 🙂
Post # 4
Really cool design. I think it would look good with a bigger center stone as well. But it is still gorgeous.
Post # 5
Thanks, all! It reminds me a lot of NYC’s Art Deco architecture, which is why I love it so much. I would actually be fine with the existing stone, but my Boyfriend or Best Friend insists we get a larger one.
Who am I to say no?
Post # 6
I think it’s really pretty! I can’t figure it out from your post…is it vintage, or a vintage repro? Also, I like the center stone size as is, it just works really well with the design IMO. Of course you should go with whatever makes you happy, though.
Post # 7
FantasticFawn: Thanks! The ring pictured is original Art Deco from the late 20s, I believe. It’s at some jewelry in Brooklyn so my Boyfriend or Best Friend is gonna hop over and look at it.
He has a keen eye for jewelry (lucky me) and is much pickier than I am in terms of quality. He said something like he’s not crazy about the color/clarity of the center diamond and would like to swap it for something bigger.
He also suggested taking some photos to a custom jeweller in the Diamond District and having it remade to my specifications.
Post # 8
Do definitely ask for a sketch of what the ring would look like with a larger stone. Proportion is important and a larger stone will change the look of the ring–not necessarily for better OR for worse–but it will be different, so if this is your ultimate design, see the changes as they will actually look, rather than as an abstraction.
Post # 9
jb7979: Got it. If you’re swapping out the center stone, buy the original ring and get it reworked to fit the new stone if at all possible! I think vintage rings have such amazing, slightly imperfect details that are so difficult to reproduce…but I’m sure it can be done by a good jeweler if you need.
Post # 10
The prongs are gorgeous but I don’t think they could handle a much bigger diamond. If you want this exact design, I think you’ll have to do custom.
Post # 11
Fancy! I think it is very classy.
Post # 12
jb7979: I loooooove it! It’s so pretty!!! Get it!! Mine is a vintage inspired so I guess I’m partial. :o)
Post # 13
I love the ring. If you are going to change the center stone may I suggest an OEC that is keeping with the vintage look.
Either way, it’s a lovely ring.
Post # 14
Well I am a such for fishtail prongs so…yes! I like the size of the stone in that setting as is, so if you are doing a reproduction make sure you find someone who can adjust scale accordingly, I’d also go with an old cut – OEC or at least a transitional, not a modern round brilliant.
You also need to decide if you like the STYLE or you like the history.
If the style, go for a repro if you want a bigger stone based on that design. If you want a repro with a vintage flair, look at Caysie (CvB Designs), Erika Winters/LAD, Jewels by Grace, Single Stone for their offerings or custom made designs.
If the history, I would not do a repro and I would keep looking for your ring. Try places like Jewels by Grace, Love Affair Diamonds, Gold Adore (etsy), Single Stone, Lang Antiques. I have bought from both Jewels by Grace and Gold Adore and they have wonderful customer service. But Erica at LAD is awesome too.
I personally prefer the history, and a reproduction does not hold the same “force” for me. You just can’t recreate the charm a true vintage or antique piece has, even if it is not perfect.
For that reason, I also would not buy the ring you pictured and go taking it apart and reworking it. There are people out there who will appreciate the story of that ring even with the smaller stone and I think it is a shame to alter limited pieces like that.