Vintage: Getting Engraved

January 9, 2012 • Magazine, Vintage

The most wonderful thing about vintage jewelry is the story it has to tell. It’s usually been somewhere, survived some sort of event or been gifted in a precious moment that makes it forever unforgettable. I’ve recently become increasingly enamored with engraved jewelry, be it a monogram, a special note or the commemoration of an event, I find such pieces to be utterly charming and unconventionally unique. Even if they are contemporary (which is true of nearly all of the following pieces) they are reminiscent of the distinctive, singular qualities of any treasured vintage item. Undoubtedly ones you’ll have forever. Here’s a few engraved gems I have my eye on.

1. Kate Spade This Is The Year Bangle, $58

This bracelet has stolen my heart. 2011 was a very strange year, and my friend Barbara and I kept saying throughout it, “2011 is the year of this.” “2012 will be the year of this.” It was our mantra. And then Kate Spade produced this gorgeous bangle and it was as if it was personally designed for us. I love its whimsicality and hope. Even though I didn’t engrave it myself, it’s a memento that will last forever.

2. Cathy Waterman Monogram Ring, $4620

I am not a mother, but I absolutely adore this ring. Despite its gorgeous script, the engraving is imperfect enough to make it appear handmade, which is even more special. I love words as accessories, and this is a shining example of a vintage-inspired piece that is individual and distinctive.

3. Anthropologie Victorian Engraved Locket, $1358

There are few jewelry pieces more poignantly vintage than an engraved locket, and this piece from Anthropologie is simply gorgeous. It’s elegant, authentically Victorian, and the unique engraving is a rare treat. A perfect true vintage piece to add to your collection.

4. Kate Spade Hand in Hand Bangle, $58

Yes, I know, back to Kate Spade, but they’re on a roll this season. This gorgeous rose gold bangle which reads “There’s strength in numbers” along the inside and “Hand in Hand” scrolled across the outside is not only a wonderful gift (or reminder for oneself), but 25% of all proceeds will be donated to Women for Women International. Vintage-inspired, and for a wonderful cause. An indubitable win-win.

5. Carla Caruso Signet Ring, $188

Not only is catbird one of my very favorite jewelry boutiques, but I love signet rings. I received a ring with a small “A” on it for Christmas from my mother, and delight in it every time I look at my finger. I love the thickness of this ring and its beautiful script. It’s the perfect engraved gift to give oneself.

— Amanda Aldinger


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