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Engagement Rings Through The Years

With engagement season upon us, it’s time to take a stroll down memory lane and dig in to the origins of the engagement ring and trends throughout the years.

It has been documented that engagement rings date back to ancient Egyptians as they have been found buried with metal wire around the third finger of their left hands, the same finger we wear wedding bands on in present day.  The diamond engagement ring dates back to the Middle Ages when Archduke Maximillian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a gold ring with the letter M spelled out in small diamonds, though it is believed that an advertising campaign for jewelry De Beers from the 1940s is what really thrust diamond engagement rings into popularity with the slogan, “A diamond is forever,” a phrase that is well-known and still used to this day.

Now more than ever, we are seeing less traditional diamond rings and more gem stones taking front and center. Let’s take a look at how we got here.

1930s

Unlike what we think is a traditional engagement ring, 1930s rings boasted an art deco feel with not just diamonds but gemstones.

1940s

This decade saw the rise in big and bold rings, with intricate details that included ribbons, bows, and flowers.

1950s

Stacked engagement and wedding rings were all the rage this decade, which is likely due Audrey Hepburn’s trend-setting ring.  This trend is something we are still seeing today!

1960s

Celebrities set off the “bigger is better” trend, with record breaking carat sizes. Just check out Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat engagement ring from Richard Burton:

elizabeth taylor engagement ring from richard burton

1970s

The new popular cut was the princess cut – something I view as traditional, though at the time was viewed as a cut that strayed away from engagement rings past.

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1980s

Two words: Princess Diana. Her iconic sapphire had girls ogling knock-offs!

princess diana ring

1990s – Present

We have been seeing a mix of decades past most recently, but it’s important to mention the rise of the halo ring these past few years.

Personally, I think you can never go wrong with a classic solitaire. What’s your favorite?

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Product Review: Anjolee Milgrain Diamond Eternity Band

Longer ago than I’d like to admit, I was given the opportunity to review product from jewelry brand, Anjolee. I was given the option to chose the piece and knew immediately I wanted the Milgrain Diamond Eternity Band, because I’ve been dropping hints for another band probably since my one year wedding anniversary.

The band was bigger than I anticipated, but that may also be because I’m used to my thin pave ring. The detail of the ring is very minor, and dainty, with little indentations surrounding each diamond, which gives it just enough pizazz to bring to your hand. 

Since it’s an eternity band, you can wear it many ways: alone, with your engagement ring, or all three together! Check out what it looks like on and let me know what your favorite style is!

   
   

Engagement Season!

With Christmas just days away, and New Year’s a week away, it is safe to say that engagement season is in full swing!

A few years ago I went with Steve, his cousin and her son to go ice skating at Rockefeller Center. We must have waited on line in the freezing cold for two hours. I remember one of the sessions ending, and everyone was clearing the ice, except for one man, who was down on one knee in front of New York City to propose to his girlfriend. It was so amazing to see – I thought this is what Christmas in New York is about!  As time passed, and we were still on line, and even when we finally were ice skating, the number of men dropping to their knees exponentially increased.  The thrill for me wore off, but never-the-less, it’s really magical to see couples embracing the season.

With engagement season underway, I rounded up some of my favorite styles of engagement rings!

Let’s start with a traditional princess cut solitaire. I’m partial to this since it’s exactly what I have:

princess cut engagement ringAnother solitaire, this time emerald. I sometimes have a case of engagement envy with this one:

emerald cut engagement ring

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love a good cushion cut with a pave band that really adds a touch of elegance:

cushion engagement ring with pave band Another take on the solitaire that I really love are the pave diamonds that crawl up through the prongs:

pave prongs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I go back and forth on the halo look.  I think if it’s really done right, it’s super classy, like this one. Personally, if the halo is too thick, I think it looks a bit cheap:

halo

 

Lastly, there’s something about a double band that I adore:

double band

 

What’s your engagement ring style?

 

Brooch, Smooch

I adore a good brooch.

This concept of a brooch is a bit new for me. It began a few years ago, when my aunt gave me one of my grandmother’s opal brooches. She knows that I love opals because they are my birthstone and figured I would get the most use out of it than anyone else in the family.

I was kind of puzzled. I was super excited to get it, but I wasn’t quite sure what to do with it. Being in my mid-twenties at the time, and at a job where jeans were the norm, I didn’t think I would ever really have the chance wear it.

When blazers started making a comeback, and when I was brave enough to buy one that didn’t make me feel old or butch, it dawned on me that I could pin it on the lapel.

Since then, there has been no turning back. I’ve been wearing that opal brooch on every lapel that ever touched me. I never felt the need to get a new one, since the one I have has such sentimental value to it. But, a few months ago, November 8th to be exact, I did find a beautiful Eiffel Tower brooch on Etsy. The Eiffel Tower is another thing that holds a special place in my heart as it is where my husband proposed to me. I didn’t think twice, I bought it.

Although I love it, I couldn’t bring myself to wear it right away. I couldn’t imagine replacing grandma’s pin. This past week was the first time I wore it. It was a nice change, and it added a pop of color to my gray and black ensemble, which made it easier to wear. I’m looking forward to adding it into my rotation.

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*Grandma’s opal brooch

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*My new brooch, Romantic Bird / Eiffel Tower / Rose Brooch from minnadiy on Etsy

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