Post # 1
I absolutely love the look of engraved/etched wedding bands. It makes a plain band (which I want) so classic and yet have some personality. Yet, I am having a really hard time finding any for me to try on with my ering to make sure I like the look. I’m okay with either a used vintage/antique ring or a modern reproduction done in the same style. Any ideas of places I could look?
And pictures of anybody’s vintage/antique or modern reproduction that they would like to show me either?
Post # 3
I bought mine at Brilliant Earth. I got it from their physical store in San Francisco, but you can order online. They have new rings, but they also sell antiques. Mine:
Their web site: Brilliant Earth, or their Antiques/Estate Pages.
ETA: Just saw you meant wedding bands. They have some at Brilliant Earth, but I actually got mine from an Etsy seller, GoldAdore. It’s from the 1910s 🙂 And, of course, a picture:
Post # 5
This seller has a TON of antique/vintage rings. Some are replicas, and some are actual antiques. I did a lot of research when I was purchasing my band and found some very good reviews and confirmed with a friend that is local to the area of this store that it is legit and has a good rep. http://www.trocadero.com/stores/marleneharris/catalog/query.php?category=Gifts_%26_Home_Decor:Jewelry_and_Accessories
Post # 6
I got mine from a local jeweler. Check out if you have any nearby that sell “estate” pieces. That tends to be the magic word. Where are you located?
You can really see the detail here:
ETA: I am also taking my grandmother’s plain band to the same guy and they are hand engraving it. You could liekly do that if you cannot find something else you like.
Post # 7
http://www.jewelsbyericagrace.com has amazing antique and repro jewelry! I never thought I wanted a vinatge style ring, but after looking at her site, now I do! Maybe a fiture anniversary gift 🙂 I especially love this one:
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
My ring set was my great-grandmothers – here are all three band (currently at the jeweler being un-soldered as it’s a bit much all together, for me). I am going to use her wedding band, which has beautiful geometric etchings on it. Hopefully you can see it ok (the middle band).
I know there are some really well-respected vintage jewelery sellers on eBay and Etsy – maybe try searching for those? Good luck!
Post # 9
Where I live is kind of split up as I live four hours north of “home” during the school year up by the twin cities in Minnesota. Home is actually in the Madison area of Wisconsin. Sadly, I’ve been to anique stores and they have nothing.
Post # 10
Both my Engagement Ring and my wedding band were purchased from a local jewelry store that specializes in (higher end) antique/estate items. – The only reason I mentioned “higher-end” was because we visited a lot of shops saying they sold “estate” jewelry and it turned out to be a lot of 1980s and 90s costume items.
The shop I bought from is Past Era, in Houston. They have an extensive collection of engraved bands – for women. (Not so many men’s bands – they told us that most men are burried wearing their rings, but for whatever reason, a lot of women choose to pass on their jewelry as heriloom pieces.) The store does have a website (though they tend to list some of the more expensive items, and not everything in stock.) http://www.pastera.com/antique-wedding-bands?pagenumber=0
One of the “downsides” to buying an antique band with engraving is that the band can’t be re-sized without damaging the engraved pattern. This means you’re limited to the stock that fits you, even if you love something else they happen to have in another size. An upside – I got an incredible deal on my platinum band, it’s far more intricate than anything I found in “new” stores, and I like the idea that my ring has been around since ~1910.
Post # 11
I also second http://goldadore.etsy.com
Also, http://addy.etsy.com lists some great vintage/antique finds (she is on vacay right now though)
Try http://rubylane.com too 🙂
Post # 12
@lolot: Quite possibly the coolest, most beauitful set I’ve seen! And even better than it was your great-grandmother’s. That is so special.
Post # 13
@UmbrellaMoon: I went “shopping” on that site and found this. Dang, it’s gorg! Totally not my usual style, but I think that’s why I was drawn to it. I have always loved vintage rings though.