10 Reasons To Give Her An Antique Engagement Ring

 

If you are getting ready to pop the question and would like a different idea, why not consider an antique engagement ring? Let’s look at why this is a great idea.

 

  • Antique Rings are Unique

 

One of the best things about antique engagement rings is that no one else in the world will have the one you give her. They are entirely unique. You can see a great selection of antique engagement rings at https://www.kalmarantiques.com.au.

 

  • The Hunt is Thrilling

 

Every antique ring you look at will bring you closer to the perfect one for your lady. The hunt for the best ring for her is part of the thrill.

 

  • Expect Unexpected Details

 

One of the best things about these kinds of engagement rings is how beautifully adorned they are. Every way you turn an antique ring, you are bound to find a different detail.

 

  • Exquisite Old Diamonds

 

Older diamonds can differ quite a bit compared to modern diamonds. They tend to be less precise cuts, broader, and designed to come to life in the candlelight with a soft flicker instead of a bright sparkle. What’s more, old diamonds tend to be less perfect, much softer, and they simply come to life in romantic corners with gentler rays of twilight.

 

  • There’s a Sense of History

 

Some of these gorgeous antique diamond rings have been around for hundreds of years. Perhaps they have gone from one finger to another, visiting sensational parties, and symbolizing engagements, birthdays, and other milestones. Perhaps they have been waiting patiently in a box for you to own. Whatever the history may be, it is an honour to be a link in the chain of an antique ring’s history.

 

  • She Gets Bragging Rights

 

When you present your beloved with her antique engagement ring, it is sure to be a talking point wherever she goes.

 

  • There is Heirloom Potential

 

Antique engagement rings are heirlooms just waiting to find a new family. It is certainly a treasure that is passed down in history, and making an antique ring her own can become part of your new family’s future.

 

  • There Is Personality

 

Have you ever noticed how antique rings just have charisma? They seem to have tiny, almost unidentifiable imperfections that come from being so lovingly hand-made. They are infused with love and glory and their platinum tends to have a rich, almost satin-like patina that no machine method could recreate.

 

  • Antique Rings are Stunning

 

There’s no doubt about it, a ring that has been handmade, comes with a history, and is waiting for you to buy it is simply beautiful.

 

  • Doesn’t She Deserve the Perfect Ring?

 

Naturally, most engagement rings are pretty in some way or another, but the trick is to find the one that feels like it was made especially for her finger – it is the one that fits her personality when she is all dressed up for a night out on the town, or when she is dressed down in sweat pants and watching a movie.

 

With such an amazing variety of antique engagement rings, along with their incredible features and details, there is no doubt you will find the perfect ring for her.

Brunswick In The Blitz – A Treat For Vintage Fashion Fans

Brunswick Park is a gorgeous green space in the heart of Wednesbury. It was opened in 1887 to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee, and it retains a wonderful air of calm, a perfect place for a picnic, to walk your dog or just to spot local wildlife. But on Saturday and Sunday last week, the park was alive with the sounds of Big Band tunes, and awash with colourful 1940s fashion as it played host to the first ‘Brunswick in the Blitz‘, transporting the park and its visitors back to the heady days of 1940s.

The beautiful bandstand, which is usually closed, was open once again, as the Ashby Big Band played the tunes of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Cole Porter. The sun shone for at least part of the afternoon, as couples dressed in 1940s dress, from military uniform, land girl garb and more glamorous tea dresses, enjoyed dancing to the memorable tunes. There was also a sing along of wartime songs from another conflict, with ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’ particularly enjoyed.

A red Routemaster bus provided the perfect bar for refreshments of the alcoholic kind, whilst more refined tea and coffee could be found at the Blitz tearoom, which was also stocking a range of delicious homemade cakes and cookies.

Brunswick in the Blitz had a range of stalls that offered information about the 1940s, from ‘Dig for Victory; and growing your own, to the reality of rationing. I was fascinated by the false and elaborate wedding cake that was made from cardboard, and housed a rather more modest fruit cake underneath. There were beautiful vintage cars to enjoy, and military vehicles too. And then there were stalls, selling a range of beautifully curated vintage fashion and homewares, all at very reasonable prices, and totally adding to the authentic feel of the event. From retro furs to glorious hats, and beautiful leather handbags and vintage cake stands, this was a treasure trove that would delight vintage lovers of all ages.

Brunswick in the Blitz was a fantastic event which I hope will happen again very soon. It was simply lovely.

 

Charity Shop Haul – My Recent Bargains

I love clothes and I love shopping. That’s no secret. But if I was to spend all my time shopping on the High Street or online, I would quite frankly need to remortgage my home.  Which is why so much of my shopping time is spent visiting charity shops in market towns, the sort of places where you can pick up great bargains and unusual pieces when you are on a strict budget.

I love charity shops, the idea that you can find something that has been preloved and give it a new lease of life. Charity shops serve a great cause in raising money that is much needed, and also work well in recycling clothes that could otherwise go to landfill, hence helping the environment too. They can also be the cheapest option when searching for vintage clothing, definitely cheaper than dedicated vintage shops or ebay.

Charity shops can also be hiding designer bargains too. Recently I have found pieces from Louboutin, Vivienne Westwood, Dries Van Noten and Calvin Klein – all for under £25.

Here are some of my most recent charity shop finds, along with a few more tips on what to look for if you are charity shop shopping.

Look for classic shapes and prints

Animal prints, stripes and polka dots or plain, block colours, all these are perennials that never really go out of fashion and are worth picking up. In a similar way, a shift style dress is always a winner, with 1960s shift shapes like the striped M&Co dress below being a great option for dressing up or down.

F&F Dress £4.49 from BHF

M&Co Dress £4.50 Katherine’s House Hospice Shop

Kaleidoscope dress £5.99 Acorns Hospice Shop

Look for Vintage

Vintage is so much cheaper if you can pick it up in a charity shop, and there are some brilliant finds out there. 1970s and 1980s labels are the easiest to find, but you may pick up something earlier, like the 1960s yellow dress that I snapped up for £6.99.

1980s dress £4.99 BHF

1970s print skirt £3 and Hobbs shell top £3.99 Katherine House

Tea Dress 1970s £3 Salvation Army Shop

1960s dress £6.99 Giles Hospice shop

1960s suit £4 Save the Children

1980s jacket Giles Hospice shop

1960s dress £4 Fresh Fields

Look for Designer and Quality Labels

Charity shops are not just about ‘old clothes’ and High Street Labels, you can also find premium High Street labels and Designer labels – you just need to look!

Hobbs Dress £2.50 Severn Hospice

 

Louboutins Pigalle £25 Age Concern

Dries Van Noten dress £8.99 Giles Hospice

 

Have you found any good bargains in charity shops lately?

Shop Online

Oxfam http://www.oxfam.org.uk/shop

BHF https://giftshop.bhf.org.uk/

Sue Ryder on Ebay http://stores.ebay.co.uk/suerydershop/?_trkparms=clkid%3D890980944738164266