My initial store profile of The Antique Guild was a big moment for Diamonds in the Library: it was the first time I featured a store using only photos that I’d take myself, which – as you know – is now one of my favorite things.
I have some very pretty things to show you, some of which I got up close and personal with thanks to my new favorite lenses. Here’s some of the prettiest rings I met that day, from Victorian to contemporary.
I love the details on this antique gold and seed pearl bangle – it’s like a vine that’s blooming stars.
How do you like that sapphire? I’m kidding, obviously you love it as much as I do. 5.77 carats, gorgeous beyond all comprehension. It took my breath away.
You know I love Art Deco filigree. In fact, here’s some more:
The subtitle of this post should really be “Becky plays with her macro lenses.” Because I did, and it was marvelous.
This little ruby ring is actually contemporary, just antique-inspired. It’s good, though, yes?
I actually did not buy anything while I was there. I’m trying a new budgeting thing for 2014 – it involves spreadsheets designed by the brilliant future Mr. DitL – and I’m doing pretty well with it so far, if I do say so myself. The retro emerald and diamond stunner above is the piece I most nearly bought.
How do you decide if you love a piece of jewelry enough to buy it? I have all kinds of little logic games I play with myself to try to decide. Sometimes it work, sometimes it doesn’t. I think it only worked this time because I’m still so excited about my birthday rings, which I wore that day, too:
Antique emerald and diamond filigree ring from The Eden Collective was a bday gift to me from Mr. DitL, antique turquoise and diamond cluster ring from eBay was a birthday gift to me from me! And you already know all about my engagement ring.
But anyway, I’ve digressed. I had a glorious visit to The Antique Guild once again, and I can’t wait to return again. Mara has such a great eye, and she uses it to fill her store with sparkling delights. A huge thanks to Mara of The Antique Guild, for being as lovely a host as ever. I’ll be back soon!