If the Ring Fits…

The ring that was a close second, another 1920s filigree design. This one had an old European cut diamond. I only got a top view, so wasn't able to capture the filigree detail on the sides. This picture was actually taken through the magnifying glass too. This was from a different antique shop than I got my ring (not Gilt). I need to be careful sharing this picture and sharing the name because I was told that antique rings/jewelry is heavily regulated.
Not the ring I chose, but it was a close second — another 1920s filigree design. This one had an old European cut diamond. I only got a top view, so wasn’t able to capture the filigree detail on the sides. This picture was actually taken through the magnifying glass with my iPhone. This was from a different antique shop than I got my ring (not Gilt) and actually, I need to be careful sharing this picture because I was told that antique jewelry is heavily regulated. In fact, the guy almost didn’t let me take a photo. Thus, I won’t reveal the jewelry shop name.

Well, Saturday was the big ring shopping day and boy, was it eventful. I’m kind of sad to say it’s over, but the memory is very fond. This truly is such a fun and special time in our lives.

Jesse and I started the day with breakfast out at Besaw’s, my favorite place to go for breakfast in Portland. We had to wait a bit for a table, but expected to do so and weren’t in a huge rush anyway since the first jewelry shop I wanted to go to didn’t open until 11:30.

My favorite breakfast at Besaw's: 2 over-easy eggs, seasonal veggies, honey-sweetened bacon and a side of avocado.
My favorite breakfast at Besaw’s: 2 over-easy eggs, fresh sauteed veggies, honey-sweetened bacon and a side of avocado.

Anyway, after breakfast, the day unfolded into three jewelry shops, many beautiful rings (I even tried on one that cost about $10,000…a bit over our budget!), clothes and a bow tie for Jesse (very Portland appropriate, if I do say so myself), celebratory wine and Thai food for dinner since we were too exhausted to go grocery shopping and cook afterward. We were gone from about 9:45 am – 7 pm!

Jesse trying some duds on at Lizard Lounge, and no, we did not buy this shirt and tie. We went with a lightweight white shirt with thin dark blue stripes and a maroonish bow-tie. Bow-ties are a big thing in Portland and Jesse said he wanted one. Now, he just needs to learn how to tie it. My friend, Brooke, did a great job helpings us pick stuff out. We didn't buy pants here, but did find a nice pair at Prana.
Jesse trying some duds on at Lizard Lounge and no, we did not buy this shirt and tie combo. We went with a lightweight white shirt with thin dark blue stripes and a maroonish bow-tie. Bow-ties are a big thing in Portland and Jesse said he wanted one. Now, he just needs to learn how to tie it! My friend, Brooke, did a great job helping us pick stuff out and repeatedly tried to tie the bow tie that none of us could figure out! Oh, and we didn’t buy pants here, but did find a nice pair at the Prana store for Jesse.
Thai food to end our great day. This is my red curry with chicken.
Thai food to end our great day. This is my red curry with chicken.
With some hot unsweetened Thai tea, of course.
With some hot unsweetened Thai tea, of course.

I tried on so many rings and repeated the words, “it’s beautiful,” and “Jesse, look at this one,” more than I could begin to count. With all the rings I liked, I could have had one for every finger…and then some. I knew though, right away, when I found “the one.” What’s funny, is that I found it at the first jewelry store too and knew it was the going to be the one I’d pick. Still though, I had to go elsewhere and reassure myself. I went to two antique/vintage jewelry stores and one modern jewelry store, all of which were in NW Portland.

I actually decided on two rings, even though I thought I’d only pick one, so I have both a band and an engagement ring. The band is a 1930s white gold ring with a stream of little diamonds on top and the engagement ring is a 1920s white gold filigree design with an old mine cut diamond (diamond estimated to be from the 1890s). I can’t share pictures because they’re being re-sized and won’t be ready for 7-10 days. I’ll share a picture on Facebook of my engagement ring when I get it back, but will wait on the other until it’s official. Oh, and Jesse picked a simple white gold band from the same shop where I got mine. It’s a modern estate band, but the time period is unknown. Overall, we’re very happy and excited about our choices. I can’t wait to get my engagement ring back and wear it!

Celebratory chardonnay at Cafe Nell after a long, but successful day! Our feet were barking, so it felt good to sit down too.
Celebratory chardonnay at Cafe Nell after a long, but successful day!
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13 thoughts on “If the Ring Fits…

  1. Kari Sobeck April 23, 2013 / 5:42 am

    Beautiful ring! Jesse is as handsome as ever! The food pics were yummy looking. What an exciting time of your lives for both of you! Look forward to more!

    • paleoinpdx April 23, 2013 / 8:42 am

      Thanks, Kari, although, it wasn’t the ring I ended up choosing! Stay tuned for a picture on Facebook when I get it back. Yep, Jesse is always handsome ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Nikki April 23, 2013 / 6:39 am

    Your day sounded like so much fun! I think it’s really cool that you both are doing a lot of things together, I feel like that creates so many more memories that way. I also think it’s a great idea to pick an antique ring, jewelry with a story makes it so much more- and now 2 lifetimes of love will be associated with your bands. Can’t wait to see it on FB.

    • paleoinpdx April 23, 2013 / 8:41 am

      Thanks, Nikki! It was an amazing day all around and I agree that it’s so much more meaningful to do things like this together. I think antique rings are so neat too and I love the thought of another woman wearing it, during a completely different era. It really stirs the imagination!

  3. Megan April 23, 2013 / 7:42 am

    Congrats on finding a ring!!

  4. Naz (@CinnamonEats) April 23, 2013 / 9:57 am

    I got the email notification for this post last night here and have had such a busy day but finally sat down to read it! Congrats to both of you ๐Ÿ™‚ How exciting and wonderful that you found the rings you wanted! Looking forward to seeing a photo of the one you chose ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your planning!

  5. Besaws (@Besaws) May 5, 2013 / 3:11 pm

    We love having you in! And awesome, a HUGE congratulations!

    • paleoinpdx May 5, 2013 / 3:19 pm

      Thank you so much! Besaw’s will forever be my favorite breakfast spot in Portland! You guys always do it right ๐Ÿ™‚

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