Posted on November 18th, 2011 by Lauren. Filed under Engagement Ring of the Week.
This week we are featuring a Vintage Engagement Ring centering a Marquise diamond weighing approximately 1.23ct (E-F color, SI1 clarity). The center stone is flanked by bezel set Old European diamonds weighing approximately .50ctw, additionally set with two single cuts weighing approximately .17ctw. and is fashioned in platinum.
This ring is magnificent to say the least and all the Doylerinas are gaga for this stunner. It has all of the makings of the kind of unique pieces that you can find here are Doyle & Doyle. While timeless in style, the setting is distinctive and sophisticated.
The style of this ring is quite comfortable to wear, as it sits low on the hand. Also, the diamonds are bezel set, providing extra security for the setting of the diamonds.
The ring looks superb with a patterned band, however, while the ring won’t sit flush against a wedding band, it could be worn next to one or…
…if you mind the gap (pun intended), you can opt to wear the engagement ring on your right hand leaving your left hand for a wedding band. Also, our eternity rings make great wedding bands and look great stacked together.
For more information on this ring please contact the store at: 212-667-9991 or via email at: email@example.com
The swallow exudes the life and vitality synonymous with the upcoming (and long-awaited!) change of seasons. The bird’s streamlined yet delicate body is designed for efficient flight. The male swallow uses his aerial skills to attract a mate. Once mated, swallows are monogamous and often return to the same breeding site each year.
Swallows have held associative properties in divers cultures since ancient times. The Greeks identified the bird with Aphrodite, the goddess of love. In ancient Egypt, swallows were associated with souls of the deceased. The birds emerged from nests along the Nile at dawn and returned at night, just as souls were believed to leave their tombs at daylight and return from the afterlife at sunset.
These birds also bear meaning in sailor lore of more recent times. The old sea-story goes that after traveling 5000 miles, a sailor earned a swallow tattoo on his chest as a symbol of a safe return home. It is said that a swallow is the first sign that land is near after a long journey at sea. Also, the silhouette of a diving swallow resembles the shape of an anchor, icon of the sea and a symbol of hope.
The swallow motif gained favor in jewelry design during the 18th century and became most popular in the late Victorian period of 1880-1900. Swallows in brooch-form were particularly common, encrusted in diamonds or detailed in enamel. The lyrical lines the bird adopts when in flight appealed to the sinuous Art Nouveau aesthetic in the early 1900s as well.
Our newest addition to Heirloom by Doyle & Doyle is our 18 karat gold swallow necklace. The piece is highly detailed, yet small and delicate. It is the perfect everyday piece, especially for these wintery days as a reminder that spring is just around the corner!