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Since 1890, the Kirk Kara artists and artisans have handcrafted rings and fine jewelry. Each exquisite piece is designed to be forever captivating.

vintage inspired engagement rings

Vintage Inspiration: Your Guide to Design Details

We all know "it's all in the details," and no detail goes overlooked when we craft your future Forever Captivating ring. For generations, we've draw inspiration for our handcrafted designs from many style eras and jewelry-making traditions to create a one-of-a-kind ring you'll fall in love with over and over again. Consider this our easy-breezy guide to quickly get you in-the-know on the lingo and on your way to shopping for the ring of your dreams!

1. Signature Filigree: Filigree refers to the breathtaking swirled designs on the sides of our rings. Often, we use filigree alongside peek-a-boo diamonds and complete our design with milgrain edging. This type of design work isn't just vintage — it's ancient! Use of filigree dates all the way back to jewelry created in ancient Greece and Egypt.

2. Milgrain Edging: Love the look of tiny bead-like detail on the edges of our handcrafted designs? That's milgrain edging, which is French for "a thousand grains." Milgrain is often seen on antique rings, and the tedious technique required to create authentic milgrain set fine jewelers apart. At Kirk Kara, every single intricately created "bead" is meticulously hand-made by one of our craftsmen using a specially designed engraving tool. This detail creates an exquisitely vintage-inspired effect and showcases the handcrafted artistry of your Kirk Kara ring. 

3. Hand Engravings: Our signature engravings are scroll and wheat designs, inspired by antique jewelry and brought to life in our unique, vintage-inspired creations. These beautiful hand-engraved details add an authentically artisan quality to our stunning rings, and at your request, we can also add custom engravings. 

The ring of your dreams is the perfect combination of all of the details that make your heart flutter. When you're shopping, take note of which details compose your favorite rings — on our website, you can filter our collections by setting, shape, metal gemstone, and details, honing in on the one ring that combines all the elements you love into the perfect piece!