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Classic Engagement Rings for the Old School Gal

When we think old school, the word “vintage” comes to mind. But why are so many brides drawn to the elegant look of these pieces? Maybe it’s because there’s something so precious about them, or because they take us back in time when chivalry was alive and well. Whatever it is, the intricate designs of antique style engagements rings are perfect for the old school bride with an appreciation for the timelessness of such jewelry. Gottlieb & Sons has a large collection of vintage inspired rings for every bride, that each have their own unique twist on their tribute to a previous era.

 

The Victorian Era

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The 1800’s Victorian era was marked by Queen Victoria’s reign of England. During this time, many women’s engagement rings were inspired by the Queen herself who had an emerald engagement ring as it was her birthstone. Did you know that most engagement rings during this era featured the birthstone of the bride, rather than the diamond we know today? This engagement ring by Gottlieb & Sons is a testament to this era, with modern touches of diamonds surrounding the emerald itself.

 

The Edwardian Era

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During the reign of King Edward, the era was known as Edwardian—sounds fancy, right? Back then, rings were often made with platinum, which enabled the creation of more complex designs due to its strength. Such designs were inspired by lace and flower petals that made for engagement rings that were feminine and intricate in their silhouette, such as the one on the right from Gottlieb & Sons.

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Many brides who opt for a more vintage inspired ring enjoy the Edwardian engagement rings because of their unique patterns. They were also not limited to diamond cut, as the one above shows circular cut diamonds, but square shapes were also very popular during this time. The combination of soft vine-like designs with a squared-off center diamond created a stunning contrast that really makes the ring pop!

 

Art Deco

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Rush into the roaring 20’s with cool, architectural style jewelry. The use of white gold was on the rise and linear rings were all the rage. Simple bands were also popular during this time, but could be livened up with bold gemstones or several diamonds instead of one centered diamond. An engagement ring from this era is perfect for an artsy bride (or the closeted flapper) — think Jordan’s style from The Great Gatsby, for all you Leonardo DiCaprio lovers out there!

 

Old Hollywood

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As the second World War came to a close, the 50’s promised a life of luxury for many families. Hollywood actors and actresses rose to stardom and inspired glamorous, over-the-top accessories, including engagement rings of course. It was gold’s time to shine during this period, with most rings featuring yellow gold bands encrusted with diamonds like this one featured by Gottlieb & Sons.

 

Each of these gorgeous rings are inspired by eras of romance and class. So, if you’re a trendsetter or trend-reviver with a huge heart for history, you were meant to have a vintage inspired ring.

Wedding Inspiration: Vintage Bridal Accessories

After you’ve picked a vintage inspired ring by Gottlieb & Sons, keep the theme going for all your bridal accessories. You’ll probably agree that when it comes to playing up that vintage feel in your wedding ensemble; accessories may just be more useful than – dare I say it – the gown.  Really! Unless you’re thoroughly versed in the fashion of each decade before the turn of the 20th century, it’s actually sometimes pretty hard to tell the difference between a contemporary bridal gown and one that’s specifically from, let’s say, the Art Deco era

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It’s largely the accessories that tell the story. And you’re in luck – there is a plethora of bridal accessories on the market that rock the vintage look.  Here are just a few gems that could have easily adorned the wedding ensemble of your favorite Jane Austen character or Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary, or Gatsby’s object of passion, Daisy.

 

 

Veil it vintage

Ahh, the romance and passion of Jane Austen’s world!  What woman would not like to be part of that era— at least for a few hours of perfect manners and Georgian society, before making a hasty retreat to her own 21st century thriving career and bustling life? This flowy, ethereal veil could have easily been draped over Austen’s Emma as she glided gracefully down the aisle to wed her beloved Knightley.  

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Crown me royal

No ties to royalty?  No problem.   Even if your blood is not even close to a blue hue, your wedding is a perfect occasion for you to don a crown or a tiara in public —without any snickers and curious looks.  Be a princess or an aristocratic lady (hello, Lady Mary) from years gone by at your nuptials with these most royal of marquees.  

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Head for the headband

Want to evoke the Flapper/Gatsby era with your bridal outfit?  Try a feathered or lace headband that will plant you squarely in the 1920s.   

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But, if it’s that classic old Hollywood glamour that sets your heart a-patter, a jeweled band will make you look like one of those icon goddesses from the golden era of motion pictures.

 

 

Twist in a vine or a comb

For a look that whispers rather than shouts “vintage,” hair vines and combs are the way to go.  Slide a comb atop a bridal up-do or twist a flowery hair vine into a braided bun— it’s an understated yet elegant touch that delivers a vintage vibe without stealing the limelight from your gown.

 

Fascinate with a fascinator

But to really rock that vintage look, go for a fascinator.  It’s dramatic and bold and sexy.  There is probably not a single film from the 1930s in which the female star did not wear a fascinator.  And with this accessory, you’re not evoking just the 1930s — fascinators in one shape or another have been worn for centuries, so they are quintessentially vintage.

 

So, which era speaks to you?  Whichever it is, you’ve got plenty of choices in accessories to embody it as you sashay down the aisle.  But, remember, when the clock strikes 12 Midnight, you’ll have to put away these gorgeous time travel pieces, and return – gladly or regretfully — to the 21st century!

7 Most Glamorous Designer Bridal Heels of 2016

Are you about to take that heart-pounding walk down the aisle?  Are you ready to be watched intently by all your friends and family as you take your steps to join your one to say “I do”?   Start with the right heels. Turn your big moment into a bridal catwalk down the runway like a diva. Here are some of the most glamorous designer bridal heels of 2016 that we hope will be inspirational for you!

 

 

How much more dazzling could you get than wearing Cinderella shoes to your dream wedding?  The “Cinderella Slipper” is a remake of the iconic glass slipper worn by Cinderella – you know, the girl who lives out her epic rags to riches tale and weds her Prince Charming, living happily ever after.  How fitting!  

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And get this, the shoe has 7,000 Swarovski crystals of various sizes, and 46 embroidered stones.  Nobody can deny such glitz and romance!  Cinderella would definitely approve!

 

 

 

Sparkle like a diamond, and flash that envy-inspiring red sole!  

This Christian Louboutin open-toe pump is not called “Very Rich” for nothing.  Covered top to bottom with hand-placed crystals, it almost blinds us with shimmer and glitter.  

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Yet, these super high stiletto can feel intimidating, especially with the possibility of tripping and tumbling down the aisle (#bridefail) -- yikes !  But don’t worry; the positive feedback from those lucky enough to own a pair is quite reassuring.  These heels are surprisingly comfy and steady!  

 And that is one of many reasons why Louboutins have been the shoe of choice at all the ritzy Hollywood red carpet affairs.   

 

 

 

Flats for a wedding?  Oh, yes, please!

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For that perfect glam-to-comfort ratio check out Manolo Blahnik’s Sicaria Crystal-Embellished d’Orsay Flat. The heel is unmistakably Blahnik (Carrie Bradshaw would instantly fall in love!), and the large crystals all over the ankle strap take this flat into the glamo-sphere of Sex in the City and maybe even the Kardashianland.  

 

 

 

Sculptural heels were a runway hit this year.  And Tory Burch’s “Firenza” sandal is a perfect marriage of this fashion trend and glitz galore.   

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With shiny gold leather all over a sleek sandal top, the Firenza mesmerizes with an ornate, eye-popping heel.  The design evokes a bit of the Arabian nights with a romantic Renaissance Italy vibe.  These globetrotting knockouts will have you strutting down the aisle like a true fashionista!

 

 

 

Few designers bring to mind old Hollywood and new Hollywood glam like Oscar de la Renta – the master of romance and sophistication with a twist of trendy.    

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Their peep-toe sandal is a prime example.  The intricate Ambria beaded-embroidered appliqués say “something old”, but the metallic heel, the peep toe, and the back zip say “something new.”  All that’s left is to snag something borrowed and you’re all set!

 

 

 

Say, “mine, mine” to this Miu Miu Studded Block Heel Platform Sandal!  

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Block heels were all the rage this year, adored for their flirtatiously chunky look. This sleek and curvy sandal with a tower-like, crystal-encrusted heel is a total showstopper.  We get the latest style and comfort at that most important moment in our lives – what else can we ask for?

 

 

 

The “mule” shoe design and the sexy ankle ties are definitely a 2016 look.  Here, the two looks are combined in one uber luxurious bridal version envisioned by Gianvito Rossi.   

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 The many crystal embellishments sprinkled in an abstract design on the etoile mesh and the stiletto heel (also very crystally and sparkly) are absolutely spell-binding. Love!

 

 

 


Now the only problem is, which is the one for you?  It’s times like this, we wish we were centipedes -- those lucky creatures have 100 legs!  But frankly, any of these works of glam art will do the trick to stun your guests with the glitter, glitz and glamour of your bridal shoes.

The Bling and The Bling-less

Taking a look at the Good and Ugly World of Celebrity Engagement Rings.

 

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Just because they spend the dollars, doesn’t mean that it’s on point. The engagement ring game is a competitive one in Hollywood as the gentlemen all want to out-bling their Hollywood counterparts.  We look at the best and worst rings sported on the most glamorous A list ladies in the biz.

 

Thumbs up: Simplicity works

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Keep it simple, right? Not in Hollywood, but in the case of Julia Stiles, we stand corrected. This is why the simplicity of Julia Stiles’ ring makes it a big thumbs-up. The “Ten Things I Hate About You” starlet, hasn’t been able to take her eyes off of her cameraman beau, Preston Cook. The two announced their engagement early in 2016; Cook proposed on Christmas Eve and presented Stiles with a stunning and modest sign of his love.

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The couple went sweet and simple with a diamond on a rose gold band with a bezel setting. Elegant. No fuss. And what’s really important, is that Stiles loved it. “Best Christmas Ever” she captioned the shot of the ring on her Instagram.

 

Thumbs up: Perfection is possible

Rosie Huntington-Whitley

Who can say no to Jason Statham, the smooth-talking action movie star? He sealed the deal with his long-time girlfriend, Rosie Huntington-Whitley, former Victoria Secret Model this past summer 2016.

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The ring features a round, early 20th century flawless diamond. It’s classic and elegant and the stone is out of a fairy tale. According to PEOPLE, Jason wanted something perfect and flawless and he kept coming back to this one. He knew it was the one.

 

Thumbs up: Big, bold and beautiful

Ciara Wilson

This songstress flaunted her show-stopping rock after her beau, Russell Wilson proposed during a romantic tropical vacation. "She said Yes!!! Since Day 1 knew you were the one. No Greater feeling… #TrueLove," Wilson, 27, wrote on his Instagram video.  

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The ring is a vision of beauty, featuring a 16-carat diamond and surrounding stones. In Ciara’s case, bigger is better.

 

Fail: Bad romance… and ring

Lady Gaga

They might be a girl’s best friend, but even diamonds can overstay their welcome. Just like those creepy Instagrammers who keep liking your photos, some forms of flattery just need to go! Gaga’s heart shaped diamond is one of those must-ditch things. It has cheese written all over it, reminding us of those embarrassing days of kiddy makeup kits and jelly sandals… basically, this ring falls under the category of things better left in the past. 

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On the flip side, Gaga got rid of the ring and the guy. She since split from Taylor Kinney and is now rumored to be dating Goodfella, Ray Liotta.

 

Fail: The little rock in the sea

Alyson Hannigan

In the real world, this ring’s not too shabby, but according to Hollywood standards, Alyson’s ring is teeny weeny. The two neighboring diamonds along the band compete in size with the main rock, making it a small tale to tell.

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It’s a story that says the couple’s romance and their obvious devotion to each other is much more important to them than some sparkly jewelry, clearly. And while that’s wonderfully adorable, it makes us press the snooze button on our buzzfeed of coolest celebrity couples.