I like to do what I call engagement ring expose's on some of the more famous engagement ring's you may have seen on Instagram. What this means is finding out all the details behind of my favorite Instagram-worthy engagement rings. You may recognize this ring from the hands of Nicole of @ringconcierge. Nicole runs and owns her own jewelry company Ring Concierge but her ring is also famous for her stunning old mine cut that has definitely made the rounds almost every big wedding and jewelry bloggers page. There is something very captivating about her ring from the old cut mine diamond to the floating setting that drove me to find out more about Nicole and her engagement ring.
Let’s start with the romantic stuff, how did your husband propose?
We were on weekend getaway in Charleston over Valentine’s Day and he proposed at Magnolia Plantation. This all sounds perfect on paper, but it didn’t go quite as he planned. It was unusually cold that day (in the 40s) and the picturesque white bridge he planned to propose on was towards the end of our walk. By the time we reached the bridge, I was walking so quickly, to keep warm, he didn’t have time to get the ring out of his pocket before I crossed to the other side.
Since there was champagne and flowers waiting back in the hotel room, which would ruin the surprise, he was determined to propose before returning. After warming up in the gift shop, he suggested we take a quick walk through the plantation’s swamp. And that’s where he proposed. The scenery was actually beautiful and we were on a secluded path completely alone, aside from the alligators.
What are the specs on your ring?
My ring features a 4.5ct Old Mine Cut diamond set in a platinum antique mounting from the Edwardian Period. But perhaps the most unique aspect of the design are the triple split prongs which are placed North, South, East, and West (rather than in the corners).
How involved were you in the process?
Very! I was looking for my dream ring for over a year before I came across this one in an antique jewelry shop. I tried on every style under the sun, but when I put this ring on I knew it was the one. I made it very easy for my husband, all he had to do was purchase it!
Why do you love your ring?
I love so many aspects of my ring. First, I am in love with the charm of a nicely cut antique stone. The huge flashes of light and warmer color give it a very romantic feel. I also love the proportions of the large center stone to the super thin (1.35mm) band. From afar the diamond almost appears to be floating! And I especially love that up close it’s actually quite detailed with beautiful metal work and three tiny diamonds on each side.
What’s your favorite way to take care of your ring?
I think every jewelry lover should invest in a small ultrasonic cleaner. I clean my ring weekly with a Magnasonic and use a few drops of Blitz Cleaner Concentrate. Nothing makes my ring shine brighter!
If someone wants to purchase your ring through you can they do that?
My ring is actually my most requested engagement ring style and I’ve recreated it many times. I’ve also created different versions of it for clients who wanted to change some of the details to make it unique to them. For example, I recently made a version with a micro pave shank. And another using an Old European center stone with split claw prongs. Antique stones are very rare and beautiful, and I specialize in creating rings that feature antique center stones but have mountings that are more modern and wearable.
You can find Nicole at ringconcierge.com.