Engagement Ring of the Week: To splurge, or not to splurge…


To splurge or not to splurge, that is the question (when planning a wedding, that is). Our answer? Both! We DO specialize in exquisite antique & estate jewels after all. That being said, we definitely see the value of investing in signature pieces but balancing big-ticket items with DIY touches that are friendlier to the Clare Vivier.

However, “budget” touches do not necessarily mean “bargain bin” looks. When we chose our Engagement Ring of the Week, admiring its unique geometric setting, we were immediately overcome by a vision of femme fatale Dorothy Lamour in some of her smoldering looks from Paramount press photos of the 1930s.

Dorothy Lamour in Paramount Press Photos

Dorothy Lamour in Paramount Press Photos

The glimmering paillettes of her jaw-dropping gorgeous gowns are reminiscent of the beautiful shapes created by our ring’s Square Emerald cut diamond, which is flanked by eight single cut diamonds in a double marquise design. The gown and ring style is a glittering, geometric, match made in heaven.

Square Emerald Cut Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring from Doyle & Doyle

Square Emerald Cut Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring

Square Emerald Cut Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring from Doyle & Doyle

Square Emerald Cut Diamond Vintage Engagement Ring


But the modern equivalent of a dress that has Hollywood glamour stopping power a la Lamour’s may have you looking for some pennies to pinch here and there. Never fear, fair reader, we’ve rounded up some simple DIYs that will infuse any ceremony with a modern take on Hollywood’s golden era – and will still leave a little green in your pocket.

Beaded-headband Dolce & Gabbana to Refinery29

Dolce & Gabbana Runway to Real-world Refinery29

Refinery29 brings the runway to the real world with this beautiful Dolce & Gabbana bejeweled headband you could easily make in under 20 minutes for under $20 dollars

Emboss Stamp Envelope

Invitations, save the dates, place cards, menus  – of course you want every printed piece to carry a personal touch but embossing and letterpress are incredibly expensive. Add that piece yourself with inexpensive, customizable stamps.

flowers in gold drip vase

Be dripping in the glamour of the golden era quite literally with these vases hand dipped in gold paint. Good thing these vases only take a few moments to make because you’ll want enough to put on every open surface at your venue filled to the brim with fresh cut blooms.

White Fringe Chandelier

While the Trocadero of old Hollywood no longer exists, you can bring a little of the French-inspired supper club’s glitz to life with this simple yet stunning fringe chandelier. Draped over tables at a low light, your guests will be transported to another time and feel free to really vamp it up.

What are your thoughts, dear readers? Are you more in the “its a once in a lifetime occasion – let's do it big!” or the “City Hall with some moderate decadences, please” camp? We hope you’ll tell us in the comments!


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