Art Deco Engagement Ring Ballerina

Shout out from weddingchicks.com

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 Weddingchicks.com.  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.

 

 

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!

WHAT IS MILGRAIN?

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.

THE HISTORY OF MILGRAIN

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.

THE LOVE OF MILGRAIN DETAILING IN ENGAGEMENT RINGS TODAY

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.

MILGRAIN AND CUSTOM BESPOKE ENGAGEMENT RINGS

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.

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

rose cut diamond cognac diamond

Engaged in Paris where it all began

rose cut diamond cognac diamond

When my husband proposed to me in Paris on the steps of Versailles he asked me to design my own engagement ring. I was beyond thrilled to be engaged to the most awesome man in the world…and was just as excited to be able to create my own engagement ring.

There ensued a journey of first finding the perfect stone and ultimately create my perfect ring. I searched and obsessed over what this would be. Pretty much just like every bride to be does.

I was lucky enough to have access to some of the worlds best diamond dealers and had the most perfect stone fall into my lap unexpectedly. It was a very, very rare 1.5ct Grey Chameleon Diamond. It is a color changer and changes color according to the heat & light. This one changes color from a smokey grey to a light green. They are highly coveted…and kind of like trying to find the Easter Bunny…you hear about them, but never really see them.

grey rose cut diamond
Grey Chameleon Rose Cut Diamond

I was hooked. I fell in love with the process of designing my ring and watching it evolve. I also fell in love with rare and alternative stones. Especially rose cut diamonds.

I also knew that other brides would feel the same way. They were searching to find something unique and alternative for their engagement rings…instead of the same old overpriced, cookie cutter, manufactured jewelry from the big name stores.

This is where Rough Luxe shines. Over the years I have cultivated relationships with stone dealers from all over the world…some of them own the mines. I get first pick of their gems and choose each stone myself for its unique and special character. I always remember that feeling I had when looking for my stone & designing my ring.

To me it wasn’t just a certain carat stone or a fancy ring. It was a symbol of our relationship and the life we were going to build together. It meant so much more. And it had to be perfect. Or at least perfect to me!

So feel free to explore our collection and contact us if you want us to design your dream ring!

The secret to affordable engagement rings

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An engagement ring is not just a ring. It is one of the most important investments in your relationship and is precious for reasons more than one. It’s a commitment of togetherness, a promise of marriage, a symbol of your pristine love and above all, a bond that will always keep you both tied to each other. It is indeed a monumental gift but is there any use in dreaming about getting engaged when you can’t afford the ring? Well, getting a ring might be easier than you think. Don’t get daunted by the cost, for there are plenty of options of Affordable Engagement Rings. However, the term ‘Affordable’ holds different meaning for different people, whatever you budget is, we have one for everyone. Here at Rough Luxe we pride ourselves in having the most beautiful rings for every budget.

here are the secrets for a stylish and affordable engagement ring:

set your budget:

Well, before heading to shop for your engagement ring, carefully set a budget. Though we’ve got you covered in every budget but at least have some tentative budget in your mind. There is no specific rule for an engagement ring’s budget and everyone has his own purchasing power. Respect yours and spend accordingly. Irrespective of your budget, we have a wide collection of choices to help you select a perfect engagement ring.

choose your stone wisely:

We have already discussed in our earlier blog how colored stones have always held an illustrious position in engagement rings. The increasing trend of colored engagement rings can help you get an engagement ring which is unique as well as affordable.

Moissanite and Diamonds are same in every aspect expect that the diamonds are slightly harder in texture than Moissanite, yet no one can find the difference between the two with a bare eye. With Moissanite almost one tenth of the cost of diamonds, people prefer Moissanite rings over Diamonds rings. Moissanite engagement rings work as perfect alternative engagement rings for Diamonds.

People often have this misconception that Sapphire Engagement Rings are very costly, however, that is not entire true.  In general, a Sapphire Engagement ring can be significantly more affordable than the more common diamond ring and can be within everyone’s reach. Having a sapphire as the center stone instead of a diamond can provide you with a distinctive look for a smaller price.  We have a wonderful selection of lavender, yellow, peach and pink sapphires…pretty much every color of the rainbow. Please feel free to contact us to begin the process of designing your affordable dream engagement ring.

select a more detailed setting:

A glorified way to get a more distinctive yet affordable engagement ring is to step up the detailing. The price of a diamond increases with the increase in its size, however, smaller sized diamonds are much cheaper. Thus, selecting a ring setting with diamond accents is an intelligent way to create a stunning ring within budget.

choose a ring without a center stone:

Today, people are constantly looking for options that seem unique and trendy. There has been a gradual shift of choice from the traditional center gemstone engagement ring to the non-traditional engagement ring without any center gemstone. Despite of not having a center gem stone, these alternative engagement rings have gorgeously shining diamonds that are affordable but never look cheap. A common example of this would be our Three Blessings ring which features three rose cut diamonds. Or our Past, Present and Future ring.

Give your relationship a beautiful start with an engagement ring, which is as unique as your love and as affordable as your budget. Whatever your requirements are, we are always there to help you take your first step towards your dreams.

teal montana sapphire

Blue velvet

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Montana Mountain Teal Sapphire in 14k White Gold

This pretty little thing is on its way to one lucky bride. It is a Montana Sapphire set in 14k palladium white gold amongst a sea of diamonds.  Montana Sapphires are some of my favorite stones as they can range from a beautiful sea blue green to teal to everything in between if they are a color changer. A color changer means they can change colors based on heat and light.

Keep in mind here at Rough Luxe we only use high quality diamonds…regardless of their size. In fact melee diamonds (the tiny ones for the halo) are often where jewelers cut corners…but we believe that using quality gemstones in every aspect of the ring makes all the difference in the world and really makes a ring pop.

 

rose cut diamonds

Sending a little sparkle your way

rose cut diamonds

A few beautiful rose cut diamonds (my favorite)…a very special cognac diamond and a heart shaped diamond that I could not resist when I saw it.

Which one would you choose? You can see more of our unique engagement rings from our website Rough Luxe