Does the love of your life get weak in the knees over exquisite antique or vintage designs? Then you’ve come to the right place! Knox jewelers hand crafts heirloom quality ring designs with exquisite details. Whenever you’re ready to propose with a vintage engagement rings in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area, here are a few suggestions for the perfect engagement location.
If you’re planning to pop the question in late spring or early summer, consider taking a stroll through the world renowned Peony Garden at Nichols Arboretum on the University of Michigan campus. The Peony Garden dates back to 1922 and some of the original plants are still thriving! Imagine taking a walk with your sweetheart among flowering plants that have been around since the Roaring Twenties, when women had bobbed hair and danced The Charleston in dresses with swinging fringe, and men dressed like Gatsby. It’s the perfect setting for proposing with a vintage engagement ring from Knox Jewelers.
The Peony Garden is open from sunrise to sunset and admission is free, so you can wander in whenever the timing is right. The official entrance of the Nichols Arboretum is located on Geddes Avenue but, unless a 15 minute walk is part of your proposal plan, you’ll want to use the entrance closest to the Peony Garden, located at 1610 Washington Heights.
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If you just can’t wait until spring to surprise your honey with the antique engagement ring of their dreams, something beautiful is always in bloom at the nearby Conservatory at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. Like the Peony Garden, the Matthaei Botanical Gardens is also located on the UM campus and the trails are free to access from sunrise to sunset. Admission to the Conservatory is also free, but they do have specific operating hours: 10am-4:30pm from Labor Day to mid-May, and 10am-8pm from mid-May to Labor Day.
Believe it or not, the University of Michigan has yet another location that would make a beautiful backdrop for presenting your partner with a custom engagement ring: The Museum of Natural History. Specifically, the fourth floor Geology Display (talk about antique rocks!) Boasting a large selection of beautiful rocks and sparkling minerals, this setting is perfect if your partner has a penchant for the past. The fourth floor is also home to the Planetarium, so you can get in a little romantic star gazing on the same trip. Museum hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Saturday, 12pm-5pm Sunday, and admission is free.
If you’d rather propose in a more elegant atmosphere, consider getting all dolled up for an evening at the Michigan Theater. Constructed during the silent film era and since restored to its original glory, the Michigan Theater is home to the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and many more entertainment options. For instance, if classical music isn’t your bag, check out the concert schedule for jazz or even rock and roll. You can check the organ schedule to be transported to the past by a master organist playing the original 1927 Barton Theater Pipe Organ, designed to accompany silent movies and vaudeville. Speaking of movies, the historic Michigan Theater is also a state of the art movie theater! Check the film schedule to find a classic film, contemporary foreign film, independent American film, or documentary that you know your sweetie will love. There might even be a classic film playing that reinforces the vintage feeling of the entire evening.
Knox Jewelers specializes in vintage engagement rings and wedding bands inspired by the Victorian, Edwardian, and Art Deco eras, and can customize any ring style to fit your vision of a perfect proposal. So, no matter where you choose to get down on one knee, you can rest easy knowing that the highly trained artisans at Knox Jewelers will make the engagement ring of your dreams.