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Marge & Charlie
  • HOW DID YOU MEET ?

    We met at the end of our freshman year of college at the University of Minnesota. After weeks of encouragement from one of Margaret’s best friends, we met at a party. A couple weeks later, Charlie inboxed Margaret on Facebook to ask her on a FroYo date. The rest is history!

  • HOW DID YOU PROPOSE ?

    Charlie was recently admitted to the University of Michigan, where he will be pursuing his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) this fall. After learning of his acceptance, we decided to spend a quick weekend in Ann Arbor to get familiar with our future city and tour some apartments. Even though it was raining, Charlie convinced Margaret to do a quick walk around the campus. We ended our loop in the historic Michigan Law Quad, where Charlie had coordinated with a photographer to secretly capture the moment. We spent the rest of the evening sharing the news with friends and family and enjoyed a delicious Spanish tapas dinner downtown.

  • WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FILIGREE ?

    Margaret received her grandmother’s engagement ring, which was passed down from her great-grandmother who wore the ring in the early 1900’s. The original setting was beautiful, but had worn down over the decades. Margaret had long been an admirer of Filigree, so we decided to bring the ring there for advice. Both Brent and Sharon from the Filigree team were extremely helpful in the process. They discussed different options with us and provided very helpful recommendations. We ultimately went with an antique setting from their collection to hold the diamond, and we could not be happier with how it turned out!

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Clare & Garrison
  • HOW DID YOU MEET ?

    We met as members of the Twin Cities chapter of New Leaders Council, an organization focused on recruiting and training up -and -coming young leaders. During the first days of the program, Clare and I got an opportunity to really get to know each other’s life stories and professional goals. Needless to say we were both smitten by what we heard and jumped at the chance for more one on one time in between sessions.

  • WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FILIGREE ?

    I had never heard of Filigree until a friend of mine, who has quite high standards, recommended I check it out when searching for the right engagement ring. Upon my first meeting with the team, I was instantly impressed. They were invested in me finding the right ring and working within my budget. I wanted something that would scream “CLARE” and Filigree did not disappoint. Of course, to ensure that I weighed all of my options, I visited other jewelers, but none of them could match the ring and customer service that the team at Filigree provided. In the back of my mind, I couldn’t stop thinking about my experience there and the first ring they showed me, a pink sapphire princess cut on a gold band, which I ended up purchasing. Clare loved her ring so much that she was adamant we purchase my wedding band from them as well (which we did!)

  • HOW DID YOU PROPOSE ?

    For those who may not be familiar with the history of Gorée Island, during the Atlantic slave trade, this island off the coast of Dakar, Senegal served as the final stop for millions of Africans before they were shipped off to the Americas. Now the island not only serves as a sacred land/solemn reminder of the past, but also is a thriving community where people live, work and play.

    So, I couldn’t think of a better place, a location of such pain, which ripped families apart for Clare and I to stand on the shoulders of our ancestors and bring a new family together. It was such an amazing moment to be there in front of Clare’s family to propose in a place that meant so much to her.

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Kadie & Adam
  • HOW DID YOU MEET ?

    We met through mutual friends (his best friend from high school was engaged to my best friend from high school at the time), at a New Years Eve party that Adam hosted at his mom’s house. I was in town to spend New Years with my friends at a party thrown by someone I’d never met before. Of course I didn’t learn until later that the entire party was a facade just so Adam could meet me (having heard so much about me from our mutual friends). It was a fun night, and a great party, and our life together started off with a kiss at midnight on the very first night we met! And even though we lived a whole country apart (Adam in California and I in Wisconsin at the time), we very quickly became inseparable (and racked up the frequent flier miles!).

  • WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FILIGREE ?

    Adam knew I loved vintage jewelry and that the perfect engagement ring for me would be something unique, and one of a kind. He brought his sisters with him to help him decide, but he knew my ring when he saw it. After I fell absolutely head over heels in love with my engagement ring (it’s my favorite thing I’ve ever owned, ever), we knew it had to be Filigree for my wedding band. And then on one of the many visits to the showroom, we came across the most breathtakingly beautiful bracelet I’d ever seen. 

    And it somehow seemed to match my ring perfectly! I fell in love with the bracelet, but left (sadly) without it that day, vowing to return when I had saved up the money to purchase it.But of course, Adam being Adam, he surprised me with the bracelet a few short weeks later. To complete my wedding day look a la Filigree, Adam bought me beautiful diamond stud earrings (as an anniversary gift; we celebrated four years of being together about 6 months before our wedding day). Filigree is our forever family jeweler at this point – and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • HOW DID YOU PROPOSE ?

    He proposed at my family Christmas celebration at my mom’s house. After dinner and gifts with my immediate family, he slyly asked “Kadie, are you sure you got everything out of your stocking?” I grabbed my stocking from the mantel and sure enough, there was a small, beautiful blue box inside (a blue box I’ve come to recognize now!). He got down on his knee and told me I was his best friend, and that if there was one thing he knew for sure, it was that he would love me forever. It was the most perfect proposal and I was SO surprised I was shaking and crying for most of the rest of the night.

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Maddy & Ryan
  • HOW DID YOU MEET ?

    Ryan and I met in Eau Claire, Wisconsin where both of us had attended college. I was visiting Eau Claire from the twin cities for a girls weekend with some friends. That same weekend my friend’s fiance had invited Ryan over to hang out. Ryan and I met that weekend by happenstance and instantly hit it off. We bonded over mutual love of travel, running, and the shared values. Ryan still lived in Eau Claire at the time so we dated long distance for a while before he moved to St. Paul in 2018. The rest is history!

  • WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FILIGREE ?

    We chose Filigree because we both really enjoy things with character and history. I grew up with parents and extended family who appreciated antiques, so when we were looking for rings I wanted something unique. Before Filigree, we visited several chain jewelry stores, but the rings were not unique, and each one was just a prototype of what we would actually purchase, so it was hard to imagine what the actual ring would look like. I started searching for vintage jewelry stores and found Filigree online. It really stood out to us because they specialized in antique and vintage jewelry, so each piece was unique. When we visited the store everyone was so kind, knowledgeable, and accommodating.

    They really helped us pick out something perfect. I am thrilled that we found an engagement ring that is a refurbished piece of history! We are Filigree customers for life, and are so happy to support this local business!

  • HOW DID YOU PROPOSE ?

    Ryan and I knew we wanted to get married after we had been dating about a year but didn’t want to rush anything. Ryan proposed in February 2019, about two years after we met. It was a Sunday evening and I was headed over to Ryan’s apartment for dinner. When I got there the entire apartment was decorated in rose petals, the movie we saw on our first date was playing on the TV, and our favorite artist, Leon Bridges, was singing through the speakers. Ryan had six or seven little stations set up around his apartment with a love note and photos of us together doing the things we love at each one. The last note told me to meet him at a park down the street. When I arrived he proposed! I was completely surprised. We were so excited to finally be engaged, and spent the next year or so planning our wedding. I’ve also spent every day since then admiring my beautiful ring from Filigree!

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Rachel & Ben
  • HOW DID YOU MEET ?

    Ben and I met at work!  We both work for an airline.  He works in the aircraft maintenance department and I am a flight attendant.  We met about five years ago as new employees, both eager to try out our new travel benefits!  Our first date was a day trip to Washington DC.  We explored monuments and museums and got to know each other.  After that date, we immediately knew that we were excellent travel companions and our relationship grew from there as we explored the world together!

  • WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FILIGREE ?

    We fell in love with Filigree immediately because it was different than all of the other stores we had shopped at.  To us, it didn’t feel as special to try and choose a ring out of the huge catalogues that you see at most jewelers, and it was overwhelming!  Filigree showed us that engagement ring shopping can be a true treasure hunt.

    Vintage rings are special, unique, and timeless!  It was so much fun to try them on, and to find one that really felt like me.  We were very impressed with the quality at Filigree. The vintage/antique jewelry was refurbished beautifully and we loved the custom pieces as well.  Both of us couldn’t be any happier with my ring, and we would recommend Filigree to anybody who is starting to look at rings!

  • HOW DID YOU PROPOSE ?

    Ben took me on a road trip up north in the fall of 2018 to see the colorful trees.  He proposed near Grand Marais on a beautiful rocky beach on Lake Superior.  I wasn’t expecting it to happen that day, but I suspected the proposal may be in the near future because my favorite ring at Filigree was no longer on their website. 🙂

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Anne & Adam
  • HOW DID YOU MEET ?

    Bicycles — and pants! We lived in Dallas at the time and Adam was a buyer for a large bicycle retailer; Anne worked in sports, but also had a clothing line of commuter bicycle apparel and Adam placed an order for a size run of the pants. A year or so later, we re-connected over a shared love of sports, travel, and dogs! We recently moved to Minneapolis for Adam’s work in the bicycle industry at Quality Bicycle Products. Anne no longer sells pants, but she still works in sports.

  • WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FILIGREE ?

    We really believe in connections with people and places. We also really like things that have a neat history and a special provenance behind them, or, in the maker’s spirit, come directly from the person who made them. The proposal was a surprise to Anne, and Adam knew that he wanted to choose an engagement ring together, so he proposed with a casual diamond ring that Anne now wears on our athletic adventures, like riding bikes or hiking. Since we were new to Minneapolis, we searched online for jewelers who offered estate pieces — and we found Filigree! Walking in, there were a few reasons we knew that Filigree was the place for us: The space itself has a neat design that we love: modern and historic all in one (even the art on on the walls is similar to Anne’s paintings). Also, the stunning collection features both original, modern designs as well breathtaking estate pieces — but, the best reason of all is that we have truly enjoyed working with Catherine, Brent, and the whole team.

    We selected a 30s-era estate piece for the engagement ring, but later worked with Brent to have him create our bands so that they would have a modern look, but also complement the engagement ring. Adam’s band is truly a striking design, featuring an elongated 6mm emerald cut stone that almost seems to float within the brushed white gold band.

    We love the mix of old and new and the provenance that our three rings have, and we love the connection we now have with the people at Filigree.

  • HOW DID YOU PROPOSE ?

    We’d spent New Year’s 2019 with some of our closest friends in downtown Chicago. Anne’s hometown of St. Charles is a Chicago suburb, so we swung through for a night and stayed at historic Hotel Baker. Before driving back to Minneapolis the next day, our plan was the stop in nearby Elgin at a one-room wooden church that Anne’s maternal ancestors built on their land after immigrating from Scotland in 1840. The church is where Anne was christened and is one of her most cherished places. That cold, snowy January day was the first time she was showing Adam the church … so it was especially fitting Adam proposed in front of the church while they were there. And, in December 2019, we were married in the church!

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Tess & Nicholas
  • HOW DID YOU MEET ?

    We meet in Austin, Texas while we were both living there. It was my first weekend exploring the city and a coworker invited me to watch the Vikings Game with a few of his midwestern friends. Nicholas was there with our mutual friend and as soon as I walked in Nicholas’ dog jumped at me! The rest is history!

  • WHY DID YOU CHOOSE FILIGREE ?

    I have always been drawn to antique jewelry and Filigree always has a beautiful collection. It was the only place we looked and found the ring of my dreams!

  • HOW DID YOU PROPOSE ?

    It was just an average night and Nicholas made my favorite dish, Green Curry. I had no idea he was going to propose. I don’t remember much except for crying once I saw the ring and him on one knee!