While I love a sparkly new diamond just as much as the next girl, there is something special about the unpolished, timeworn look of estate jewelry. Maybe it's the understated beauty of the hand-cut stones in the popular shapes of the time -- rose, old European, and Asscher -- or maybe it's the aged metal, but these types of rings seem to tell a story.
One of my favorite sources is Erstwhile Jewelry, a New York-based estate jewelry company. The word erstwhile means "belonging to a prior time," and all of their pieces seem simply bathed in history. Whether you're searching for that perfect antique piece or not, I think everyone can appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship in these very precious rings.