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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!


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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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