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Unique Antique Engagement Rings & Jewellery for Vintage Loving Brides

This post is a paid partnership with Carus Jewellery

One of my favourite things to do is to walk through The Laines in Brighton and gaze lovingly at all the stunning pre-loved jewellery in the shop windows. You have to wonder about the person that owned those pieces beforehand, what their life was like and when they wore it. It’s all very romantic really.

There is something so special about antique jewellery – the fact that every piece has a history and a story, and not to mention it’s better for the planet to wear something pre-loved rather than always needing to have everything shiny and brand-new. You’re also much more likely to find something one-of-a-kind if you opt to wear a vintage piece. It’ll also be a rare occurrence for you to ever bump into someone else with the same engagement ring as you!

Carus Jewellery, a family-run business with a studio in Marylebone but also selling online, source some of the most beautifully unique pieces which, if you’re having a vintage inspired wedding (or even if you’re not!) you’re going to love gazing longingly at, too. And if you’re wondering, Carus is the Latin name for precious!

Here are some of our favourite pieces from their current collection:

9ct Gold Five Stone Amethyst Ring, £850

This vibrant five stone ring features graduated Amethyst gemstones weighing 1.28ct, set in 9ct yellow gold. These gemstones have excellent clarity and the ring is hallmarked for London 1977.

9ct Gold Garnet & Pearl Ring, £1,325

This Edwardian Garnet and Pearl ring is a true show stopper and something totally unique! The heart-shaped Garnet gemstone weighs 2ct and is surrounded by a row of seed pearls.

Amethyst & Split Pearl Pendant, £1,400

This is a genuine Edwardian piece featuring a beautiful heart-shaped Amethyst mounted in rich 15ct yellow gold and surrounded with split seed pearls. it is finished on top with a split seed pearl bow and is a classic piece of Edwardian jewellery.

9ct Gold Cameo Brooch, £1,250
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Under the Spotlight: Ingle & Rhode – Bespoke Ethical Jewellery

Based in Mayfair, London but selling online, Ingle & Rhode are specialists in ethical jewellery, engagement rings and wedding rings. As a company they strongly support the ethical sourcing and production of all their pieces.

They say, “We are proud to have been pioneers of ethical engagement rings. We use only ethical diamonds, ethical gemstones, fairtrade gold and ethical platinum in our engagement rings, and our ethical policies mean that all of our jewellery is conflict-free and produced in a socially and environmentally responsible way.  Not only that but it is beautiful and bespoke. In addition to fairtrade & fairmined gold and platinum, we also offer the option of having our jewellery made using 100% recycled gold and platinum.”

The Evening Standard have said of the company, “Now diamonds can be a girl’s best friend without it tainting your conscience.” Even Vogue has given them a glowing testimonial, “Combining unlimited bespoke possibilities with all the right ethical motivations, Ingle & Rhode is one of London’s number one jewellery destinations” they say.

But what about the actual bling I hear you say? Here are some of my favourite Ingle & Rhode pieces…

All engagement rings are custom made for each client. Prices start from under £1,000, but vary depending on the diamonds and gems you choose and the market price of gold or platinum.

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Under the Spotlight – Weston Jewelry

Not all brides want a traditional diamond engagement ring, which is why I love to share companies like Weston Jewelry with you. Vintage or antique engagement rings are particualrly popular with my readers, as are rings with coloured stones such as ruby, emerald or sapphire engagement rings.

Weston Fine Estate Jewelry also carry a large selection of cocktail rings as well as men’s jewellery. They even offer free wordwide shipping and a full 60 day money back guarantee!

Here are some of my favourites from their vast engagement ring selection. Oooh pretties…

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Under the Spotlight – Turtle Love Co.

Nested Pearl Engagement Ring Set

Recycled, reclaimed and ethically sourced wedding jewellery is always popular with Rock n Roll Brides but often very difficult to come across. I don’t know how long I’ve scoured the inter-webs looking for that perfectly rustic and charmingly unique ring. However I may have just discovered the answer to all your woes!

Dryad Five Black Diamond Ring (stacked with) Dryad Five Chocolate Diamond Ring
Champagne Diamond Circle Pendant

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Agony Aunt Anna – Bling for the Bridesmaids

Hello Kat and Anna

I’m getting married in October and have two of the loveliest, super helpful bridesmaids (as well as a lovely, super helpful bridesman (has anyone come up with a better term for a male bridesmaid yet?!)) I have been searching all over for a present for the girls (I think the boy is sorted). I would love to get them a necklace or bracelet, but would be open to other ideas. I have been looking all over but nothing has caught my eye yet. I’d like something pretty but not too girly, and fun but not too crazy ironic – does that make sense? I can spend about £50 ($80) per person (but I could be persuaded to go a little higher).

Any suggestions would hugely helpful!

Ray

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Dear Ray,

Ahh yes the pretty things. I am too trying to figure out what I should buy for my girls.  They are all so different with different likes and dislikes and so I can totally sympathise with your plight. 

So first I looked for classic prettiness but with a modern edge.  I happen to adore this pretty necklace.  I just don’t think you can go wrong with such a simple yet chic piece.  If I were to receive this I would be wearing it for years.

 Sterling silver wishbone necklace, £60 from Net-a-Porter

I am not sure why I love rings so much at the moment.  Maybe because I see so many pictures of beautiful wedding and engagement rings.  I know it is “trendy” to love thin bands but I happen to think that they suit most fingers and are a delightfully pretty way of saying thank you. A simple first letter of their name is such a touching memento. Although I am a heart fanatic and will probably have to buy myself a couple of these too!

Alphabet Rings, $88 from catbird

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Mad Hatter Rock n Roll Bride ~ Candy Floss, Beach Huts & The Great British Seaside

It’s that time of immense excitement for me again, when I finally get to share with you a ‘lil project I’ve been busying myself with behind the scenes. Unbelievably this shoot has been in the pipeline for over a year but it’s only now that I’ve had the time to get it all organised properly!

The Photographer
I first met Eliza Claire just over a year ago at the very first ‘Rock n Roll Bride meet’. We met in a teeny cocktail bar in central London. We drank cosmopolitans and mojitos and talked way into the night about business, photography and changing the face of the UK wedding industry…and look how far we’ve come in only a year! At this first meeting we talked about doing a photo shoot together and would you believe it’s actually taken this long to get it together. However, as always, the wait was so worth it as within the past 12 months we’ve got to know so many more amazing people in the industry, a few of which we asked along to join in the fun.

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Jewellery Focus Magazine

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Do you remember Becky & John and their ‘Most Curious Party’ wedding that I featured back in January? Well, the lady is not now only a vintage wedding stylist, supplying vintage trinkets, teasets and details other brides and grooms to be (check out her company A Most Curious Party) but she is a brilliant writer. She was tasked with writing a piece on bridal jewellery trends for trade magazine ‘Jewellery Focus’ and she asked me to help her out. It was of course a pleasure and I’m more than happy after seeing that I’ve been put alongside gorgeous images of Flo & Percy, Pearls & Swine, Vintage Magpie and Karin Andreasson.

Thanks to Becky for including me. Check it out…

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A Little Bit of Rock n Roll Magic

I’ve got another Luella’s Boudoir-related post for you now (can to tell I’m excited about tonight?!) Becci & Mark’s wedding is a pretty special one, for more reason than one. Not only did the pair find their photographer David McNeil through Rock n Roll Bride, but Becci also found and discovered the amazing vintage jewellery experts, Magpie Vintage. Who wouldn’t fall in love with their amazing designs after all!? As a DIY bride (Becci’s made her own dress from an original 1930’s pattern as well as her flowers and all the decor and details for their wedding) unfortunately the jewellery pieces she fell in love with were slightly out of her price range. However with a little bit of Rock n Roll Bride magic I was able to pull a few strings for her and the lovely ladies at Magpie Vintage were kind enough to lend her the gorgeous headband and necklace you see her wearing! How amazing is that?!

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Classic Vintage with a Twist of Awesome

I am really starting to fall head over heels in love with Matt Johnson Photography…and I’m not afraid to admit it! His images are subtle, unobtrusive and captures beautiful weddings with all the justice they deserve.

Elodie & Greg’s wedding was one I fell in love with as soon as I saw the first frame. Her amazing vintage-inspired outfit, jewellery and so-now white lace gloves make me smile with glee and his rad groom style puts every other groom to shame! The no-jacket/waistcoat look is totally Rock n Roll and looks way-too-cool when matched with his boys in braces. The details of this wedding are to die for – from the birdcages, the white heart motif, the retro ‘admissions’ sign, the outdoor chandelier. Awesome.

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Win ♥ A Little Bit of Love – From Me to You

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As you all no doubt will have seen by now, I had a very exciting announcement to make yesterday. After over a year of working 2 jobs I’ve finally got to the stage where I feel I can cut back on my ‘proper job’ and put more into Rock n Roll Bride. Anyway, as I said before, none of this would be possible without you. Seriously, without you brides (and grooms!) to be, photographers, bloggers, wedding vendors and wedding / pretty picture obsessives reading, submitting and generally loving my little blog, I’d be nothing and Rock n Roll Bride would be no more. So I wanted to give a little something back – LOVE!

I popped into my favourite shop Topshop yesterday and saw a pink version of one of my favourite necklaces. I had to buy it right away and I want to give it to one of you. To enter I want you to email me (kat@rocknrollbride.com) a picture including the words ‘Rock n Roll’. It can be a drawing, a painting, a photograph, a collage…and the words can be written, spelled out with body parts, super-imposed…anything, let your imagination run wild! Get creative and I’ll share the best ones on the blog next week. Be sure to include your own website/blog url (if you have one) with your entry so I can share some link love back.

Now, let’s be honest, I do actually have a lot of male readers too who may not be jumping up and down with excitement over a sparkly pink necklace. However I would love it if still wanted to take part in order to get your creative ideas shared on the blog. I’m taking to you male photographers here! I’m not only excited about giving something away but I’m dying to see what ideas you can all come up with… hey, I’m sure you cool dudes know at least one lovely lady who loves pink glitter!

My favourite picture will win this darling little bit of love – from me to you….and to get you started, here’s one my bestest friend Carly made for me…

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…and my ridiculous attempt! haha…yes it’s rubbish – I’m sure you can do much better!

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♥ You have until Thursday 18th March to get your entries in and the winner and my favourite images will be shared on Friday 19th March ♥

Big Love…

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Retro Rockabilly vs Vintage Hippy Chic

For Jessica’s trash the dress, she wanted to go for two different looks. So along side her husband Randy and her photographer Lori she got kitted out twice to create some images she’d always remember. First up was a retro rockabilly style urban session full of graffiti shots and stark architecture completed with her kick ass attitude and fashion including necklaces by Anna Sheffield for Target, the Je t’aime two finger ring (which I adore!) by Erica Anenberg and her heels were by Steve Madden.
F0llowing this a much softer, more earthy style was required, so they all headed out to a local woodland with a gorgeous green chair and had a play around. For this style she wore vintage necklaces and a vintage coat, boots by MIA and a pink disc necklace by Dominique Cohen. Her dress in both sessions was from David’s Bridal.

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The Designer Wedding Show February 2010 ♥ Highlights

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A few weeks ago I was offered a couple of tickets to attend The Designer Wedding show in Battersea, London. The event took place from last Friday – Sunday so my friend (and photographer extraordinaire) David McNeil and I thought we’d go check it out in the hope to be inspired, have fun and to actually real-life-meet some of the amazing UK wedding vendors that we’ve met online. Today I want to share a few of my highlights and photographs from the event so you can see what fun we had. I definitely did and I even got to meet a bunch of Rock n Roll Bride readers. It was the first event I’ve been to where I actually got recognised which was surreal but certainly nice! Here are some of my (and David’s) faves.

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Magpie Vintage undoubtedly had one of the busiest stalls of the day. I’ve wanted to meet Lisa & Tania for ages now and The Designer Weddingshow proved to be the perfect opportunity. I wondered up to their stand hoping they’d spot the pink hair and know it was me and as soon as I was within 20 feet I was greeted by Lisa with a massive hug and an “oh my god you look so young!” (haha way to suck up Lisa – you go girl!) and ” oh you simply must wear this necklace!” She the proceeded to drape a beautiful powder pink and teal green reclaimed vintage gem around my neck which I was lucky enough to walk around with all day (and yes I did remember to return it after!)

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♥ Abbey of Sugalily Stationary and I have been chatting online for months now so it was great to finally meet her in real life. I fell in love with not only her but with her beautiful creations in paper, ribbon and sparkly bits. From retro to classic, colourful to muted, Abbey’s display was one of the most endearing there..and she had cupcakes! Now who could say no to that!?

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♥ David and I had waaaay too much fun at the  Booth Nation/Glitterbooth. As we walked past I was instantly drawn to the 8 foot, silver glitter-covered photo booth. We were greeted by Seamus who immediately told us to hop in and give it a go, and inside only a bloomin’ built in wind machine (you can see we had fun with that!) I swear to god, if I was getting married again I would totally have one of these. Awesome!

♥ David fell in love with Emma Hunt’s simple, clean lines and said he would certainly be recommending their gowns to his clients!

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The Designer Wedding Show February 2010 ♥ Highlights

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few weeks ago I was offered a couple of tickets to attend The Designer Wedding show in Battersea, London. The event took place from last Friday - Sunday so my friend (and photographer extraordinaire) David McNeil and I thought we'd go check it out in the hope to be inspired, have fun and to actually real-life-meet some of the amazing UK wedding vendors that we've met online. Today I want to share a few of my highlights and photographs from the event so you can see what fun we had. I definitely did and I even got to meet a bunch of Rock n Roll Bride readers. It was the first event I've been to where I actually got recognised which was surreal but certainly nice! Here are some of my (and David's) faves. ♥ Magpie Vintage undoubtedly had one of the busiest stalls of the day. I've wanted to meet Lisa & Tania for ages now and The Designer Wedding show proved to be the perfect opportunity. I wondered up to their stand hoping they'd spot the pink hair and know it was me and as soon as I was within 20 feet I was greeted by Lisa with a massive hug and an "oh my god you look so young!" (haha way to suck up Lisa - you go girl!) and " oh you simply must wear this necklace!" She the proceeded to drape a beautiful powder pink and teal green reclaimed vintage gem around my neck which I was lucky enough to walk around with all day (and yes I did remember to return it after!) ♥ Abbey of Sugalily Stationary and I have been chatting online for months now so it was great to finally meet her in real life. I fell in love with not only her but with her beautiful creations in paper, ribbon and sparkly bits. From retro to classic, colourful to muted, Abbey's display was one of the most indearing there..and she had cupcakes! Now who could say no to that!? ♥ Myself and David had waaaay too much fun at the Booth Nation/Glitterbooth. As we walked past I was instantly drawn to the 8 foot, silver glitter-covered photo booth. We were greeted by Seamus who immediately told us to hop in and give it a go, and inside only a bloomin' built in wind machine (you can see we had fun with that!) I swear to god, if I was getting married again I would totally have one of these. Awesome!

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