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Most of us here at APW are big fans of using our wedding dollars to support small businesses whenever we can. We want to support the people who do the kind of work we believe in. APW’s sanity pledge isn’t just about finding you sane vendors; it’s also about finding you vendors who support your values. And this is why we’re such big fans of Turtle Love Co., and it’s why we work so closely with them. (Fun fact: Adrianne, TLC’s owner, and I just got asked to co-lead a virtual seminar this fall on finding or creating a job you love, for women graduating from Smith. Rad, right?) So I’m super pleased today to get to talk at length about Turtle Love Co.‘s vintage engagement rings. I mean, first of all, they are gorgeous, right? (I’m in love with the Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring with Palladium Setting circa 1960, for $1,120, which to be totally honest looks a lot like my own vintage engagement ring, as does the next ring, which I also love. I’m nothing if not consistent.)
But the thing about conscious consuming and vintage rings, is it can be complicated. Vintage rings are spectacular, in that they are green. (Yay for not bringing new products into the world!) Also. They are pretty. (Hello, Amelia Vintage Engagement Ring circa 1950, for $750. It turns out I can’t buy you right now, but I hope someone else snatches you up.) Also. They are lovely and unusual engagement rings. But up till now, there hasn’t been a single source I could point you to, where you could buy vintage rings, and still know you were supporting an awesome small business. But now, there is! Turtle Love Co. Cheers! Cheers!
Turtle Love Co.‘s main mission, up ’til now, has been two-fold: first, trying to solve the social issues around wedding rings with conscious consuming (see Adrianne’s killer posts on why engagement rings matter to us as symbols and authenticity in wedding and engagement rings). And second, providing you affordable jewelry while supporting independent artists. (Obviously, you can see why I love their business tons and tons.) But now they’ve branched out into finding amazing and unusual vintage pieces just for you. (Nice to meet you, Paulina Champagne Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring circa 1950 for $1,000. I like you very muchly.) This means those of you who love vintage jewelry as much as I do (you guys, they have little souls, and little stories of their own) can shop a wide range of vintage jewels while supporting a business you can feel awesome about. High fives to that.
Plus, there is the price issue. When I showed Maddie TLC’s vintage engagement rings (and other vintage jewelry, see the Vintage Octagonal Sapphire Necklace circa 1915, yum). She said, “Where is the $20,000 ring?” When I asked her what she meant, she pointed out that almost all vintage jewelry shops have a few affordable pieces to suck you in, before the price skyrockets. And this is fact, y’all. I can’t count the number of times I’ve pointed at a ring in a vintage jewelry store and asked the price, to have them say a cool $35,000. (In case you were wondering—the higher the price, the quicker I ask to try on the ring. Because you might as well, right? You’re probably never going to own it.) But Turtle Love Co. has always been dedicated to bringing you affordable artisan jewelry, and it’s no different with (ever pricey) vintage pieces. They’re looking to find you the very best, that you can feel good about (see the Joan Vintage Diamond and Sapphire Engagement Ring circa 1950, Marguerite Vintage Engagement Ring circa 1935 above).
But Turtle Love isn’t just vintage jewelry (though if someone doesn’t buy the Fiona Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring circa 1950, for $625, above, I’m going to be super sad). They’re also committed to green practices, supporting artisans, affordable wedding and engagement rings, and building a business we all can be proud to support. So what are you even doing here? Go get shopping! And happy Friday.