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Vintage Sterling Silver Ring Boxes
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THE PROPOSAL – DOES PRESENTATION MATTER? THE STERLING SILVER RING BOX

 

They don’t make ’em like they used to… No really, they don’t!

 

Proposal scene from the movie The Notebook

 

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From the late 1800’s to the mid 20th century, when an engagement ring was purchased at a luxury jewelry store like Tiffany, Birks and others, a sterling silver ring box was included. These petite silver treasures came in many shapes and sizes: rectangles, squares, rounds, ovals, hexagons and hearts. Some still have their velvet, silk, or mohair linings (a bit worn or faded). Others are missing them or appear to have been re-done or relined. Like many beloved vintage and antique pieces, they have been around for many decades and have been handled and cherished. This is not necessarily a bad thing. New pieces lack the warm patina, the character and the history that comes only with age.

 

The engraving on the outside of the box can vary from the elaborate, detailed monogram to a simple, single initial. The number of artisans that can beautifully execute a hand-engraving is dwindling (although a few still exist – and we know one in our area). When it comes down to selecting which one to purchase, it really comes down to purpose and individual style. Some look for the absence of a monogram hoping to add their own, while others are purchased for the beauty of the existing artwork and the story behind it (even if the monogram doesn’t match that of the owner-to-be).

 

We contacted both Tiffany and Birks, and while I’m sure the boxes that accompany their engagements rings are beautiful, neither offers the sterling silver ring boxes they used to, once upon a time.

 

CREATE A FAMILY HEIRLOOM

 

We firmly believe that if you don’t happen to have the perfect heirloom already in the family (or if a sibling got their paws on it first) create one of your own. Buy it! Establish a new tradition with your proposal, one that can be lovingly handed down to the next generation. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we currently have a few sterling silver ring boxes in our collection. One happens to be very similar to, if not identical to the one that is in the movie The Notebook.

 

Art Deco Sterling Silver Ring Box

 

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Both the one in our collection and the one in the movie are from the Art Deco period, marked Birks, and stamped sterling silver. Whether you are a fan of the movie or not, the styling and cinematography is hard to resist. So are the Art Deco aesthetics of the ring box that carries Allie’s engagement ring (albeit the one from Lon, not Noah). If you are a fan of the Movie, The Notebook’s official Facebook page has a fairly diverse collection of images.

 

 

Proposal scene from the movie The Notebook

 

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Entertainment

 

 

BEAUTIFUL DISPLAYS

 

The thing I like the most about these ring boxes is that they make a beautiful display for any ring. Keep one on your bedside table next to your other pretty little things or think about collecting a few to create a grouping on your desk or dresser. I have to warn you, that once you start it is hard to stop.

 

Proposal scene from the movie The Notebook

 

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WHERE TO FIND IT

 

Vintage Silver Ring Boxes Sugar et Cie

Montgomery Round Tray Ralph Lauren

These antique, gilt tooled, leather bound books are from our collection. Another source for vintage and antique leather bound books is Strand in New York.

A pewter option, similar to the silver julep cup pictured, can be found in Match Pewter’s vase and garden collection.

Flowers: cream roses, bleeding hearts, hypericum berries, tulips, and hydrangeas.

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CAN’T GET ENOUGH OF THIS SEASON’S METALLICS?

 

Neither can we. And apparently neither could Jason Wu, Lanvin, Altuzarra, and Tom Ford. All incorporated metallic shimmer and shine into their Spring 2014 Ready-to-Wear Collections.

 

 

Altuzarra Spring 2014 Ready to Wear

 

Altuzarra Spring 2014, Ready-to-Wear Courtesy of Vogue U.K.

 

 

HOW TO WEAR IT

 

A great way to bring metallics out of the dark of night and into the daylight, is to mix an ultra-feminine, typically evening, metallic with a contrasting menswear piece. This look straight off of the runway from Altuzarra, is a great example: a menswear “long underwear” knit top paired with a metallic silk, high-slit, narrow skirt.

 

 

Spring Metallics

 

 

OUR CURRENT FAVORITE: ROSE GOLD

 

I’m fighting a losing battle trying to resist this liquid, rose gold, sequinned skirt from Haute Hippie. We’ve paired it with a menswear inspired, white linen, button-down shirt, from Frank & Eileen. Roll up the cuffs and tuck it or belt it in. The boots are Saint Laurent’s Paris Ankle Boots in Cognac.

 

Play up the rose gold by accessorizing it with your favorite rose gold jewelry. I especially love the patina of antique gold. Slip on this rose gold and old European cut diamond snake ring from our Collections.

 

 

Antique Rose Gold Snake Ring

 

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Want to see more rose gold fashion? Visit our Pinterest Board: Blush – Trends 2013/14 – Blush, Beige, Buff and Rose Gold.