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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:

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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!

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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?

Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry

We all have that box of old stuff from our ex-boyfriends under our beds in our childhood bedrooms. That stuff ranges from silly knick-knacks, items of clothing, and jewelry. We typically give this box no mind, but every now an then, it sneaks up on you, and reminisce about that nice necklace you once wore in pride that is now collecting dust.

Enter website Ex-Boyfriend Jewelry; an online hub that allows for you to buy, sell, trade, and blog about the breakup. Though the name of the site plugs ex-boyfriends, it’s open to all dumpees, divorcès, and everything in between; to rid themselves of the literal excess baggage and make a little pocket-chance in the process.

The site’s search function is seamless and once you find what you’re looking for, you’re not only provided with pics and details of the product, but treated to “The Scoop,” the reasons behind the splits, an within seconds you will find yourself down the rabbit hole of lovers scorned:

I was in a serious relationship with this guy, let’s call him Doc since he was a surgeon. We were dating about a year; I had quit my job after he asked me to move in, and basically played housewife – without the wifey status. We flew to Vegas, Miami, places like that very often for his “work conferences”. One weekend in Miami, Doc got drunk – like pass out in the elevator drunk. Let me mention that while I was away on a trip to see my family the weekend prior, I came home to find a hair tie and a bangle bracelet on the ledge of our shower. NOT MINE!!! So while in Miami, I’m taking care of Doc getting him to the to and I’ve been dying to go through his phone, naturally like most girls would. Voila. FOUND IT. Bastard has individual photo albums for each of his girls he’s been “friendly” with. He’s got message after message after MESSAGE of “patients” of his… Found out these weren’t real patients, because real patients pay with money or insurance. Nope. These girls didn’t pay for anything, in fact, they got free Botox and their cell phone and light bills paid BY MY MAN for a small fee of having sex with him. DIS. GUS. TING. I waited until the next day to bring this to his attention. He had no idea what to do because there’s no way he could deny it. Want to know how he makes it up to me? Bastard goes to Tiffany & Co. and buys me this ring. HONEY, diamonds are a girls best friend but I will take loyalty any day over that. Needless to say, I accepted it. Along with getting my job back and a house of my own impressively quick after that. Bye Felicia.

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The concept of this site is really great – after a break-up, especially a bitter one, I can’t imagine a better way to get revenge and vindication. I think they should implement a dating section, too! Wouldn’t it be cool to see a match made from people selling jewelry from their exes? Definitely a story for the grandchildren!

Let’s Go Tigers!

Is that even a team? I’m not actually sure and it doesn’t matter since I’m talking about jewelry!

The other morning just after I woke up, I rolled over and starting my morning routine of checking Facebook before getting out of bed and saw this post from Bergdorf Goodman:

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Yes, I follow Bergdorf’s on Facebook and no, I don’t own anything from there. My Louboutin’s were from Barney’s!

That pic caught my eye for many reasons, of course, but I gravitated right for that clutch because of the animal handle. It’s fabulous, and I love a good wild animal accessory!

When did this trend get so popular? Years ago I bought my self a giraffe bracelet, then not longer after a jewel encrusted serpent ring, then last year got myself lion brass knuckles at my favorite local vintage shop. That has to be way longer than a five year trend. I think I’m going to deem the wild animal trend as timeless!

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