Art Deco Engagement Ring Ballerina

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Art Deco Engagement Ring Ballerina
Aurora Art Deco Tiara Engagement Ring

I remember when I got engaged the first thing I did was start looking at (ok, stalking) wedding blogs. Not only are do they have lovely pretty pictures and inspiration to browse but they are full of wonderful tips & color palette ideas for your wedding.

One of my favorites was  Which is why we are so excited to be mentioned in one of their blog articles 12 Art Deco Rings That Are Absolutely Gorgeous. Yay for us! We had not only one, but two of our engagement rings featured. The Claudette Ring with a Teal Montana Sapphire and our Aurora Art Deco Ring. Head over there and check out their wedding blog, you will be glad you did.



grey rose cut diamond

How much should you really spend on an engagement ring?

grey rose cut diamond
Antoinette Ring-Grey Rose Cut Diamond

How much should I really spend on an engagement ring?

Engagement rings are one of the most valued and meaningful purchases you will make. Not only are they a big investment but they also carry a big sentimental price tag. Picking out an engagement ring is a tough task for a lot of guys and a lot of things go through their heads. Will she like it? Is it going to fit? But the biggest one that no one talks about is: How much should I spend on an engagement ring in the first place?

Men, just by their nature, tend to be a lot more practical than us girls. They tend to get sticker shock when beginning to look at how much to spend on an engagement rings. The first thing they think of is all of the practical things they can buy with $xx,000 dollars instead of a gemstone. Girls, well we just follow the pretty shiny things.

So lets get down to it.

So, how much should you really spend on an engagement ring?

We have all heard the old school rule that you should spend one month salary on an engagement ring. That was updated to two or three months. That can add up to a lot of money. Quick.

Before you start panicking, I am going to let you in on a little secret. This was a marketing strategy put into play by, you guessed it, the diamond dealers. Talk about letting the fox guard the henhouse. After World War II they needed to increase their sales and this was a pretty successful campaign to make that happen. We still are talking about it as an engagement ring buying strategy today.

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The sky is the limit guys. You can certainly spend high 5 figures on that big 3 ct. diamond. The good news is that you don’t have to spend that much on an engagement ring. There is a trend now that we have seen here at Rough Luxe Jewelry, where brides are choosing a unique stone over a traditional high dollar white diamond.

Yay for you! And yay for your bank account. So throw away that engagement ring calculator. Because the new trend is that brides are not necessarily concerned with how much you spent. They are looking for something unique and custom designed for them. Something with some meaning to it. Not a big price tag.

Teal Montana Sapphire Engagement Ring White Gold
Teal Montana Sapphire Engagement Ring

The real value of an engagement ring ~ Meaningfulness

We find that many of our brides most important criteria is that they want their ring to be meaningful. That’s right guys, not big bling like you thought. They want something that has romantic details, a stone choice that has special meaning or even using heirloom stones from a family member. Also, top on the list is one that fits her personal aesthetic and also lifestyle. If she has a pretty active lifestyle a big blingy ring with a lot of pave is going to end up sitting in her ring box most of the time and not on her finger.

Our brides to be are absolutely loving colored diamonds, and unusually colored sapphires such as Padparascha or Teal Sapphires. Grey diamonds and peach diamonds are two of our most coveted sellers now.  Most of these colored diamonds are Rose Cut Diamonds and will sit lower to the finger. Perfect for active girls.

And not only are they are a fraction of the price of a comparable white diamond, but you can often afford a much bigger stone and it will still be a lot less money at the end of the day.

If your bride to be absolutely loves the look of a big white diamond we offer Lab Grown Diamonds which are visibily, structurally and chemically identical to natural diamonds, but are easy on the wallet.

We also offer custom, bespoke engagement rings so that you can design your dream ring that tells your story perfectly. We can also work with heirloom diamonds to create your ring.  Contact us and we will be happy to help you out with a wonderful option that won’t break the bank.

Milgrain Vintage Engagement Ring Halo

Milgrain Engagement Rings, everything you need to know

Milgrain Vintage Engagement Ring Halo
Gwendolyn Vintage Halo Ring

As you have probably figured out we love recreating vintage inspired engagement rings.  Actually, we are obsessed with them. Passionate about them. You may notice that the word milgrain is thrown about quite a bit when talking about antique or vintage inspired rings. What exactly is milgrain engraving and why is it so special? Well, we are happy to enlighten you since vintage detail engagement rings are our passion!


Milgrain, or sometimes spelled millgrain is a delicate technique of engraving used on vintage rings in the early 20th century. It comes from a French word meaning “a thousand grains”. Tiny little round beads of gold are set side by side to form a boarder. You will see this most often on our rings featured around a center stone or on our tiny halo bezels. Because it was a technique that was so time consuming and intricate it was usually reserved for the very wealthy or most expensive pieces of jewelry from this time.


Although milgrain edging and milgrain engraving enjoyed great popularity in the early 20th century Edwardian era as well as the Art Deco era of jewelry design, the technique of applying milgrain is actually thousands of years old and dates back to the Etruscans. They would fuse high carat gold granuals in rows and borders creating intricate patterns. The process was very lengthy and each tiny bead had to be placed just so in order for it to be perfectly set. They were masters of this and their jewelry lives on in museums today. Many of the ancient techniques of granulation were lost along the way and there really is only guesswork today on how they accomplished such intricate patterns without being able to solder.


Vintage, Art Deco and Antique inspired engagement rings are making a comeback. Who would have thought that what is old is what is new? At least for us it is. I adore adding sweet and delicate milgrain to almost every Rough Luxe ring. You can see an beautiful example of it in our Gwendolyn Vintage Halo Ring. It immediately gives the ring a custom vintage, heirloom look instead of looking mass manufactured and like “everyone elses”. We know you want your ring to be as unique as your love and to tell that story. Adding this beautiful detailing to you ring raises the bar and makes even a simple, classic engagement ring more exquisite.


At Rough Luxe we can add custom milgrain detailing to your bespoke engagement ring. The best part about working with us is that we can provide you with detailed sketches and renderings so you can see your vintage inspired engagement ring with and without the milgrain engraving before it is even made. Isn’t technology great? We are all about options here. Our most important goal is to help you design the dream ring that is even better than you ever imagined.

Feel free to contact us to get started on your custom made engagement ring.

Art Deco Engagement Ring

Art Deco Engagement Rings ~ Why we love them

Art Deco Engagement Ring
Greta Art Deco Engagement Ring

Art Deco engagement rings are elegant, timeless and so very classic. This is why we offer so many different styles of both Art Deco wedding bands and Art Deco Engagement Rings. The word Art Deco is tossed around quite a bit, but what truly is a vintage Art Deco ring?

The Art Deco era in the jewelry got its name from the ‘Exposition International des Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes’. In 1925, it was held in Paris and was put on by the French government to highlight a new style they were calling “moderne”. The focus was on Architecture, furniture, glass and of course jewelry. There were 15,000 exhibitors from twenty different countries which later became known as the Art Deco Exposition.

The Art Deco era from about 1915 to the 1930’s, however people remember it best as the “roaring 20’s”.

Instead of the gently curving vines and romantic flowers that were so prominent in the Edwardian era (1890-1912), Art Deco Engagement rings were all about geometric lines and angles. Art Deco rings and wedding bands featured a lot of zig-zag, triangular and trapezoidal shapes. White gold and platinum led the way and for the first time yellow gold fell out of favor.

Art Deco Engagement Ring Ballerina
Aurora Art Deco Tiara Engagement Ring

Different colored stones, often sapphires, were incorporated into these designs to accent the bold geometric patterns. This often made for incredibly striking engagement rings and even wedding bands. You would often see intricate filagree work in these Art Deco beauties.

My love for all things Art Deco came from my time living in Miami. I lived for many years on South Beach, in fact even before it was called South Beach. At that time it was just abandoned hotels and nursing homes. But the amazing Art Deco architecture was still there, albeit in shambles. In fact my good friend owned Al Capone’s old house which was Art Deco at its finest, complete with false doors and escape tunnels that you would expect any proper gangster to have.

I found many cast off art deco engagement rings & jewelry in pawn shops and thrift stores during this time. Each one was more beautiful than the last. I cannot tell you how much it warms my heart that Art Deco Engagement Rings are making a comeback because they truly are amazing treasures.

Our Art Deco style engagement rings & wedding bands are inspired by this great era of opulence and beauty. We would be love to design one just for you!

Montana Teal Sapphire Engagement Ring

Sapphire engagement rings are the new diamonds


Montana Teal Sapphire Engagement Ring
Montana Teal Sapphire Engagement Ring

Are Sapphire engagement rings the new diamonds?

Sapphire engagement rings are the new diamonds. Not only are they sometimes indistinguishable from diamonds if they are white they also come in beautiful easter egg colors giving your beloved lots of choices to create a unique engagement ring. Here at Rough Luxe we specialize in teal, lavender, peach, pink and yellow sapphires of all sizes and shapes. Mix and match to your hearts content. Or choose a white sapphire engagement ring as an alternative to a more expensive diamond.

Now a days people are looking for unique and affordable engagement rings and our sapphire rings really fit even the most discriminating budget. They rank just below diamonds on the Moh’s hardness sale which makes them durable and long lasting.


Sweet little beauties, octahedron diamonds

Sweet little beauties…a laurel of daisies, a beautiful solitaire diamond set in golden leaves and a raw octahedron diamond set in a halo of diamonds.
Did you know that octahedron diamonds are actually uncut diamonds in their purest form…just as they come out of the ground. If you look back at Byzantine rings or old Roman rings from the Vatican you will see that the rings were all octahedrons. We adore the raw look & feel of these diamonds

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Heirloom diamond necklace

white gold diamond necklace

Little treasure…heirloom diamonds from Grandmas cocktail ring made into a pendant for moms 80th birthday. What a sweet surprise.
Each diamond representing the kids and grandchildren. Do you have some heirloom diamonds or sapphires laying around that you would like to repurpose into a more modern setting. We would be happy to help!