Some days it’s just too cold and miserable to make the effort and you just want to sling on some jeans and a jumper, but add a splash of lipstick and a (faux) fur coat and you instantly feel fabulous again! Although though I suspect I look a bit like a polar bear in this fur coat – you can make your own mind up about this – photos below… 😉
But this post is really about my vintage engagement rings. I’m wearing all three here: one is my own which was made from a broken and unloved old opal ring which I found in a junk shop and had made into something wonderful. The other two tell the story of my great-grandmother.
When she got engaged (in around 1912 I think), she had a ring very similar to the rose gold ring I’m wearing. The version I have was actually an 18th birthday present from my Godparents and is set with pearls and coral – my Grandmother’s ring was set with tiny sapphires and diamonds but my mum wears this ring.
When fashions changed in the late 1920s she decided her engagement ring simply wasn’t fashionable enough and, not being a sentimental woman, decided to replace her engagement ring with a new one: the art deco-style diamond ring.
Sadly the diamonds on this ring were damaged in a house fire, and no longer sparkle the way they used to, but I still love the ring – and the story that goes along with them! Do you wear any vintage jewellery? If so are they family heirlooms or simply things you bought because you love them?[4 photos]