The Perfect Engagement. A Vintage Diamond in the Ruff: Erica Weiner

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“I dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.”
~Author Unknown

Real love is rare… unparalleled, absolutely beautiful and timeless. The same can be said for every piece of vintage jewelry at the, Erica Weiner shop, here in NYC . When you walk into this vintage dreamland you’ll never want to wake from, what you’ll find to be, the perfect daydream. Vintage lovers all around are buzzing about this treasure chest located on Elizabeth, between Spring and Kenmare street, in the heart of Nolita. Brides to be though are raving about their one of a kind vintage engagement rings!!! Brides.com, The Village Voice, ofakind.com, The Brides Guide… so on and so forth, are all enthralled and spreading the word. Look inside to see my fave five vintage engagement rings!

“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born, but when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.” – Elizabeth Taylor

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173 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10002 Between Spring and Kenmare Streets.

Indulgence awaits! Continue reading…

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1.1910 Moonstone and Diamond Cocktail Ring

“Moonstone’s popularity hit its stride around the turn of the century, as several emerging design movements affected the jewelry industry and public taste. The Arts and Crafts style emphasized humble materials and semi-precious gems, while Art Nouveau’s tendency towards the fantastic and mystical increased the use of stones with more unpredictable color and luster. This beautiful cocktail ring, circa 1910, holds a luminous cabochon-cut moonstone (about 1.5 carats) surrounded by 13 small diamonds, each measuring about 2 points. The hoop is 14K.” –Ericaweiner.com

“What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” -It’s a Wonderful Life

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2. Mad Scientist Diamond and Sapphire Ring

“We’re calling this 1930s jewel the “mad scientist” ring because the two 0.25-carat diamonds look like two little eyes peering out from behind poindexter-y glasses. About a size 6, the body is cast entirely in 18K white gold, with lots of nicely detailed etching on shoulders and sloped bezel. Based on the sturdy and somewhat dense setting… And MAN, are the diamonds nice!” –Ericaweiner.com

“All my life, my heart has yearned for a thing I cannot name.”     -Andre Breton

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3. Late Victorian Opal Trio Ring

“If you look through jewelry catalogs from the turn of the century, you’ll see that three-stone opal rings like this one were all the rage, having bounced back from the scourge of unpopularity the stone experienced after the 1829 publication of Sir Walter Scott’s Anne of Geierstein. It was a random and uncharacteristic moment of ill favor for this mesmerizing mineral, favored by Queen Elizabeth during the Renaissance and, apocryphally, by the Roman emperor Antony. This yellow gold late Victorian ring holds three blazing opals (each about 1/2 carat) in crown-shaped prong settings.” –Ericaweiner.com 

“A kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous.” -Ingrid Bergman

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4.Turquoise Cabochon and Rose-cut Diamond Ring 

“The word “turquoise” is derived from the French Pierres tourques (“Turkish stone”), acknowledging the widely held belief that the stone was first brought to the Western world by the Turkish in the 13th century. As unfathomably old as that makes turquoise seem, it’s actually even older than that; its earliest recorded use dates from the 5th century (BC!) in present-day Iran. The Victorians were nuts about it, and this ring is a perfect example of late-1800s craftsmanship. The 0.8-carat cabochon-cut turquoise is surrounded by 14 rose-cut diamonds, averaging about 0.03 carats each, and all the stones are set in 14K gold. The juxtaposition of super-hard glinty diamonds and opaque, porous turquoise is extremely fun to stare at it, especially when you’re wearing them on your ring finger.” –Ericaweiner.com

“I can live without money, but I cannot live without love.” -Judy Garland

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5. Oval Sapphire and Rose-cut Diamond Engagement Ring

“The standout feature of this 18k Edwardian ring is the central oval-shaped pale blue sapphire, which is ringed with 11 sparkling and variegated rose-cut diamonds. The raised bezel has trellis-like openwork zigging and zagging its circumference and is clutched in place by fleur-de-lis shoulders. The sapphire measures about .40 carats in weight, and each of the diamonds is approximately .05 carats.” –Ericaweiner.com

“Time is too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice, but for those who love, time is eternity.” -Henry Van Dyke

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THE WOMAN BEHIND THE MAGIC

*All photos and ring descriptions were take directly from the Erica Weiner website. Poshpirate.com takes no credit for ring photos posted or ring descpritions quoted.

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FAREWELL TO CUPIDS SPELL.

“Whatever happened to notes passed in class that made butterflies flutter, clutter and dive into the still waters of your hearts pond. Like fireworks on the fourth of July, mini orgasms exploding in your stomach! Your toes curling in the Punky Brewster sneakers your mom picked up for you at Payless. Your innocent hands shivering as your sweaty palms grip your chewed on number two pencil. You unfold the origami fortune-teller, revealing the kindergarten Shakespearian inspired words…”Do you like me? Circle YES, NO or Maybe” and with a quick swoop you’ve just accomplished making a boyfriend out of an admirer. Who cares if it was only for two days. Fuck it, It’s all about ” The  Moment”… That first day, he was your prince charming, your very own Yum Yum Zack Morris, your happily ever after. He shares his juice box. You share  your fruitsnacks. He holds your hand and if he gets lucky you share a peck on the cheek….. When no one is looking of course. Innocence was bliss.

MAN, what a treasure are the infancy revelations of love and the human condition. The such I imagine are cupids truest conquests.

 “When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man (or, in my case a woman), I put away childish things.” 1 Corinthians 13:11

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 We are meant for each other and not meant for each other. It’s a contradiction. -Juan Antonio Only unfulfilled love can be Romantic.-Maria Elena…. and it was.

 R.I.P My Heart

February 11, 2007-February 14, 2011