Vintage Engagement Rings
When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, he gave Kate his mother's vintage engagement ring. This gesture lent private, personal meaning to the impending nuptials that would all-too-soon become a very public affair. Brides-to-be and their husbands-to-be who are seeking to lend that same nostalgic romance to their betrothals will find an unusual and unique selection of vintage engagement rings at Topazery.
What a Vintage Engagement Ring Says about You
Do you have your heart set on a vintage engagement ring? Have you been turning to classic Hollywood, instead of celebrity sites, for inspiration when Internet browsing for an engagement ring? Ever wonder what these tendencies say about you? Read on for insight about yourself if you happen to be a lover of vintage engagement rings.Continue reading >>>
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If a vintage engagement ring speaks to you, perk up your ears and listen. Choosing one says a lot about you. And those who see you wearing one will get the not-so-secret message loud and clear.
Celebrity Vintage Engagement Rings
Her choice in engagement ring says a lot about a woman, and if anyone understands what it means to make a statement with her jewelry it's a starlet. She's used to commanding attention everywhere she goes and she knows that a one-of-a-kind vintage engagement ring will have all eyes on her finger.
Who exactly are the celebrities who opt for vintage engagement rings? Here's a rundown of some of the most famous women who prefer vintage.
Penelope Cruz - This Hollywood super couple half, wife of Spanish sex symbol Javier Bardem, wears an engagement ring that has all kinds of vintage touches. Its centerpiece is a stunning oval blue sapphire that is surrounded by diamonds in a very vintage halo effect.
Scarlett Johansson - The second time just might be the charm for Johansson, whose North-South arranged engagement ring oozes with spectacular vintage touches. With a trio of bezel set diamonds streaming down its rectangular center and its band starlit with accent diamond, Scarlett's vintage engagement ring has a decidedly Art Deco flair to it.
Milla Jovovich - Having all eyes on her is just another day on the job for this Ukrainian-born actress and model. And her current vintage engagement ring ensures that the public's interest remains glued on her. She goes for the triple knockout punch with a gold engagement ring that features a threesome of vintage colored diamonds down its center: pink, white and yellow.
Mary Kate Olsen - When her much older French fiance proposed to the "Full House" twin, he chose a vintage engagement ring with a blue sapphire-encircled European cut diamond. Adding to the romance, he reportedly purchased the vintage engagement ring for Mary Kate at auction.
Emily Blunt - Hearts were crushed when "The Office" cutie John Krasinski asked for Blunt's hand in marriage. The vintage engagement ring he selected for his now wife was a platinum ring featuring a three-carat round diamond. Flanked by baguette cut diamonds, this vintage engagement ring has Edwardian touches.
And then there is another whole crop of starlets who draw their engagement ring inspiration from the past and wear vintage inspired engagement rings. Among them are:
Jessica Biel - Justin Timberlake picked out Biel's engagement inspired engagement ring without any prompting or hints from his actress girlfriend. Some of the vintage inspired touches this engagement ring embraces are a halo-set square diamond, two blue gemstone accents and an antiqued platinum band.
Natalie Portman - Portman, who won an Academy Award for her role in the movie "Black Swan" is certainly accustomed to the spotlight. It's a good thing too because her vintage inspired engagement ring exudes all kinds of showstopper appeal. The round diamond at its center is spun with a double diamond halo. In a nod to Portman's eco-consciousness and veganism, the band is made of recycled platinum and the diamonds are environmentally friendly.
Kristen Bell - The emerald cut champagne diamond that highlights Bell's vintage inspired engagement ring draws all kinds of inspiration from the world of vintage. The platinum band features rows of diamonds down the sides of the champagne diamond solitaire that spill over to its shoulders.
Salma Hayek - Hayek's vintage inspired engagement ring suits her exotic beauty to a T. An oval cut centerpiece diamond, a French-set platinum band and trillion cut accenting diamonds are just some of the ring's most striking vintage features.
Sandra Bullock - Although the two have since gone their separate ways, Jesse James proposed to Bullock with a "you and me" themed vintage inspired engagement ring. In a nod to the romantic past, the double arrangement of the ring's diamonds was an intertwined one.
How to Clean and Care for Your Vintage Engagement Ring
You love everything about your vintage engagement ring and you want to keep it exactly the way it looked the day you received it. You might worry that because of its age your vintage engagement ring won't stand up to the rigors of cleaning. And you'd be right in one regard. A vintage engagement ring does require some special tender loving care.
Read on for Topazery's Top 10 tips on how to clean and care for your vintage engagement ring the right (and not so right) way.
1. Have the right cleaning tools at your disposal. - Fortunately, it doesn't take a lot of fancy gadgets to care for your vintage engagement ring. You need warm water, mild soap and a soft-bristled toothbrush ... all things you probably already have in your cabinets. Use the soapy brush to scrub away any dirt or residue then rinse thoroughly. Any leftover soap will dull the stone and metal. Use a lint-free cloth - an eyeglass wipe works great - to completely dry your vintage engagement ring, especially if you're planning to put it away instead of wearing it. Never store your vintage engagement ring while it is still wet.
2. Find a professional jeweler you trust and invest in periodic cleanings with him/her. This partnership will not only keep your vintage engagement ring looking beautiful; it also gives the jeweler an opportunity to alert you to loose stones or damage that you might not notice until a stone is lost or the damage to the prongs or metal requires costly repairs.
3. By the same token, steer clear of the big box jewelry stores where engagement rings are mass-produced. While you might think the staff at these locations will handle your heirloom piece expertly, it's much more likely that they lack the knowledge to properly care for your vintage engagement ring.
4. Do NOT use an ultrasonic cleaner. Save your money. These modern-day contraptions are not made for vintage engagement rings and other vintage jewelry pieces. The vibrations they produce can dislodge the diamonds and gemstones from your vintage engagement ring, necessitating costly repairs.
5. Consult with a trusted jeweler regarding specific aspects of your vintage engagement ring. Certain gemstones like opals, pearls, coral and emeralds require special care, and trying to clean them the same way you would say a diamond could result in some unwanted side effects. Pearls for example can be permanently damaged by brushes.
6. Proper storage of your vintage engagement ring is essential. Never throw your vintage engagement ring in with other jewelry pieces. To avoid scratches and nicks, stow your vintage engagement ring in its own pouch or padded box and make sure the receptacle is padded or lined.
7. Do not allow cosmetics or household cleaning products to touch your vintage engagement ring. Lotions, hairspray, oils and everyday chemicals have the potential to damage your ring. Always remove your vintage engagement ring from your finger and store it in a safe place when applying beauty products and when cleaning your home. Even fine residue that lingers in the air can wreak havoc on your beloved vintage piece.
8. Perspiration is another big no-no when it comes to your vintage engagement ring. Always take your ring off before working out. Other situations in which it is best to go ringless include dish washing, floor scrubbing, vacuuming and other vigorous household chores or other strenous activities in or outdoors.
9. Never allow your vintage engagement ring to be exposed to the elements. Direct sunlight and the air from heating vents can pose problems. And under no circumstances should you leave your ring in a hot car. If you wouldn't expose your kid or your pet to it, you shouldn't expose your vintage engagement ring to it.
10. Don't forget about everyday contaminants like skin cells, hair, dust, dirt, soap scum and living flora. Even the most scrupulous ring wearer can't avoid the build-up of these things over time. Because all of them can get under stones and inside tiny crevasses, a good cleaning is necessary even when you think you've always kept your vintage engagement ring out of harm's way.
And for added peace of mind, talk with your insurer. Some homeowner's policies include riders that cover loss of and damage to your vintage engagement ring.
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