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Before Michael and I got engaged, I dreamed of a vintage engagement ring. As a child, I spent a lot of time creating elaborate and dramatic narratives wherein I would find a hundred-year-old diary or treasure map in my attic and be transported to some long forgotten time. So a piece of jewelry with a built-in backstory fit in nicely with my historical fantasies (to me, vintage jewelry was like costume jewelry with street cred). But I had ulterior motives for wanting to shop vintage as well: Michael and I were young and broke when we got engaged, and vintage jewelry was the cheater’s way to get a really special ring for less than a whole year’s salary. And as much as I really did want that backstory, what I really wanted was to boast that I had a ring like no one else’s (I suffer from a pretty serious case of snowflake syndrome).
Back in 2007, online engagement ring shopping was… lackluster at best. Sterile and impersonal at worst. And finding a local vintage dealer we could afford seemed really daunting. So I ended up with a lovely vintage-inspired ring from Jared’s that I’m going to imbue with my own backstory, if it’s the last thing I do. But lucky for you, you have TurtleLove.com. Unlike a lot of other vintage engagement ring retailers, TurtleLove.com stocks their vintage engagement ring collection with rings almost exclusively in the $2,000 and under range, and they do so with beautifully ornate pieces that have just as much oomph as huge, pricey diamonds. And today I’ve rounded up my favorites of the bunch; the most unique and snowflakey engagement rings of them all. But don’t think for a second this is an exhaustive list. TurtleLove.com has plenty of unique engagement rings in their inventory right now—from simple and understated to beautifully crafted ornate pieces. And since so much of the craftsmanship of these rings is in the design itself, they are all priced at a value even 2007 Maddie can afford:
1. Lavinia Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring circa 1950 ($995) 2. Ida Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring circa 1950 ($1525) 3. Paula Vintage Engagement Ring circa 1950 ($1475) 4. Henrietta Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring circa 1950 ($1650) 5. Alma Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring circa 1950 ($950) 6. Mabel Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring circa 1950 ($875)
Sometimes I think shopping for an engagement ring is the most fun in theory. Sure, I can peek in a store window and choose my favorite in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, that favorite usually costs $10,000 (double if it’s vintage). When it comes time for the real deal, it can be really hard to find a ring that feels unique and special and like it belongs to you, while still keeping your budget in check. But TurtleLove.com is changing all that, every day, with a constantly evolving inventory. And lucky you gets to reap all the benefits.