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.

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!