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Love at First Pin - 2013-05-17

First comes love, then comes.... a thimble?! In the mid-19th century, a large group of American colonizers (self-identified as “plain people”) regarded betrothal rings as excessive displays of frivolity. Instead, a prospective groom would present his bride with a thimble, which she would use to sew items for her hope chest. Once the marriage was complete, and the dowry sewn, the woman would cut off the top of the thimble and wear the bottom as a wedding ring.


Times are Changing - 2013-04-09

Opportunity and change come as a package deal. We are very excited to hear about our landlord

David Mirvish’s plan to transform the King and John area into an international architectural destination.

This change creates a major opportunity for our city and for our business. For three and a half years, we

have enjoyed working in this old Mirvish building. We are not sure what the future holds, but we are sure

that in a few years we will need to relocate. This move offers us the opportunity to reinvent our business,

while continuing to serve our loyal and wonderful customers. Come and enjoy our store in this historic

location while we’re still here.

Toronto Antiques on King

Bertha and Thomas Dinsmore - 2013-03-05

When we buy and sell beautiful old jewellery, we ask the seller to tell us the family story

behind the story. Most people rarely know more beyond the basic generalities of what

their families were doing in the last century (do you know how your great-grandparents lived?).

Well, in this case, we have a ring with not only a story, but a picture! Meet Bertha and Thomas Dinsmore.

They were married in 1893 and this ring was Bertha’s engagement ring. In this photo, they are on

their way to the 1909 Seattle Exposé. The person who chooses this ring will be re-purposing it for a new

future, while maintaining the integrity of it’s history, which is the ultimate joy of vintage jewellery. Will

this ring visit Seattle again?

Man and Woman in car

Diamond Engagement Ring

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