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5 “Pinworthy” Low Profile Engagement Rings

The more active women’s lives, particularly Pacific Northwest lives, the more  women seek out low profile engagement rings. Whether it is because a woman is taking gloves on and off as a doctor (or a nurse) or just because she feels a highly mounted diamond would impeded her lifestyle, many women are looking for a ring that sits close to the finger. And so we have chosen five of our favorite “pinworthy” low profile engagement rings to share with you.

1. A classic Art Deco diamond filigree engagement ring, that sits low to the finger in an organic, beautiful way.

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2. Just because a ring sits low to the finger, doesn’t mean it has to be simple. I adore this Art Deco North to South style diamond and sapphire engagement ring.

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3. Perfectly sweet, this vintage engagement ring hugs the finger in the loveliest of ways.

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4. What is more spectacular than this Art Deco rose cut diamond halo engagement ring.

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5. An alternative to a traditional engagement ring, a wide diamond filigree eternity band is an excellent way to get a low profile with a large look.

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What Your Vintage Engagement Ring Says About You

I adore pairing the perfect vintage engagement ring with the wonderful and unique person who comes to Isadoras searching for THE vintage engagement ring to call their own. Making that choice and finding a connection with a ring often is directly informed by personality, the partnership a engagement ring represents, and of course personal style. So here are some personality types as expressed by a few special vintage engagement rings.  xo ~ Gemma

1. Midcentury Solitaire

You lovely Classy Lady! You love tailored clear lines that express simplicity and elegance to a T. Midcentury modern is uniquely clear and timeless in its structure and beauty. See all our midcentury engagement rings here.

3 carat midcentury modern engagement ring

2. Vintage Art Deco Engagement

You love the spirit of uniqueness. Every Deco engagement ring is incredibly detailed and hand crafted by a master metalsmith and stone cutter with love. You are enthralled by the whimsical details in a Art Deco engagement ring that makes it have character that is uniquely yours.  Enjoy Deco engagement rings here.

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3. Classic Vintage Band

The understated luxury, the boldness in classical simplicity of a vintage ring. You are the Audrey Hepburn, the Caroline Bessette-Kennedy in taste and elegance. You know a great band (or stack of bands) can go far. Shop vintage wedding bands here. Please note we have many more gorgeous bands in store. 

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4. A Colored Stone Engagement Ring

You love movement, rarity, uniqueness! A statement maker, choosing a vintage engagement ring with a colored gemstone truly sets you apart from the crowd. From Yellow sapphire, emeralds, to garnet, gemstones are as diverse in their color as their price point. Shop gemstone engagement rings here.

lavender sapphire vintage gemstone engagement ring

5. Gold Gold Gold! 

You are a lover of the essentials in the most luxurious kind of way. Wearing a vintage gold engagement ring is a special kind of decadence- from French rose gold to a rich yellow 22 carat, wearing vintage gold is truly timeless.

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Above: Moi et Toi antique two stone diamond engagement ring. 

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The Beauty of Banded Agate

I have had a number of clients comment on our banded agate jewelry lately. And while I have admired banded agate jewelry for the many years I’ve worked at Isadoras, I have done little to educate myself further. But after a long, and wonderful conversation, with a Tibetan monk, about a particularly enigmatic banded agate stone, I’ve decided to learn a little about this handsome stone.

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Agate belongs to the chalcedony family, which is a part of the larger quartz family. Onyx, carnelian and sardonyx are also chalcedony family members.

To be classified as an agate, a chalcedony stone must be layered with thin bands of quartz. So technically all agate would be classified as banded agate.

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Banded agate is a 7 on the Mohs scale so it is quite hard. And the very very tiny part of me that has dreams of scientific exploration is excited by the fact that most agate can be found within nodules of volcanic rock or ancient lava.

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Banded agate was first discovered between the 3rd and 4th centuries in Sicily in the Achates river. And the banded agate, which we collect, agate from the Victorian era, was typically mined in Brazil and cut in Germany.

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And beyond its obvious beauty, agate is a healing stone. It is said to harmonize the yin and yang. I think this is an additional reason people are drawn to this stunning stone and why a one time buyer often becomes a collector.-xo Miko

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