Turtle Love Co’s Vintage Engagement Rings

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 1950Marguerite 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.

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  • I lost my engagement ring a month ago and one of the first places I turned to when considering a replacement was Turtle Love Committee. I love the vintage rings and am definitely considering one if we don’t just get a new custom one made. I can’t spend too much time on their site though, because I just get sad that I’m already married and I can’t justify buying a new wedding band with leaves or trees or bark or something.

  • Rachel M

    My ring is from Turtle Love Co. (found through APW!) and I love, love, love it! We were looking at designing a ring with a local jeweler, but in the design process I felt so much pressure to add MOAR detail, MOAR diamonds. And then I found the perfect, already in existence ring on the Turtle Love site. The packaging it arrived in was perfect and the customer service was awesome. Can’t say enough good things about them, and I get tons of compliments on my ring :)

  • Kara

    While we got our engagement ring and wedding bands from a local company (which I also support), BUT I purchased several Turtle Love Co. “Water for One” necklaces for my “small group” – a group of girlfriends who laughed, cried, and prayed with me through the wedding-preparation process (and now into the marriage). They’re beautiful necklaces for beautiful women and we all loved the symbolism of a drink of fresh water that came with them!

  • Caroline

    OMG, that’s “my” ring (his grandmother’s ring that he’s going to give me), the second picture from the top, except that mine is all platinum, but the setting is exactly the same. I love it so much. That’s awesome to see another of the same ring here. (also goes to show that I could totally a pull a yellow gold wedding band with the platinum ring, as this one has both yellow and white gold in one ring.)

  • amazing pics! love the ring in the last picture

  • Michelle

    Just have to say that I got my ring from fiance off of Turtle Love and they rock. Not only do I love my ring, but they have always been super prompt and friendly with any questions we have had through the process..
    Yay Turtle Love!! (and great name, too!)

  • Samantha

    And where the heck were THESE BEAUTIES back in 2009???????????

    *cries into beer*

  • Aaron M.

    Rings are so unnecessary. Why should the man unilaterally be expected to spend hundreds or thousands on a diamond ring? Why shouldn’t the women be expected to buy him something of equal value? Where is the equality?

    Being engaged and/or married can be accomplished just as well or better without the material trappings and ownership symobolism of rings. What is the point in labeling oneself as belonging to another person, to inform strangers of something that is none of their concern? The only thing it accomplishes is identify the wearer as being the property of someone else.