If you love someone who loves diamonds, Christmas is the perfect time to indulge her biggest fantasy. A gift of holiday sparkle is always an appropriate way to show someone just how much you care, and this year’s trending jewelry fashions lean toward lots of color. In the famous words of Coco Chanel, “Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street. Fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”
Geometry and Placement
Bold geometric shapes rocked the runway at this year’s New York Fashion Week. From stark, weighty earrings to pendants that border on belligerent, this fall’s fashions are all about making statements. Plenty of silver and gold are still in vogue, as are tradition pieces worn in surprising ways — a sparkling bracelet that rests demurely above the elbow or an asymmetrical pendant that drops slyly off one side of the neck. Diamond cuts such as emerald and pear are perfect complements to this year’s nod to geometrics.
Unexpected Color and Fabrics
The holiday season of 2015 brings a surprising mix of tropical colors to accessories, including jewelry. And while even well-placed scarves are filling in for more traditional pendants, there’s no denying the trend toward the bright, bold colors of those romantic, tropical climes. Sapphires, rubies, and fancy colored diamonds are fitting tributes to the punchy colors that are all the rage this Christmas.
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December is so much more than the colors red and white. And when you’re planning your winter nuptials, don’t be afraid to break away from tradition and personalize your wedding to reflect what’s important to you. A simple stretch of the imagination is all that’s needed to carry your December wedding to new, unexpected heights:
What are the colors of winter? They’re limited only by your imagination. From the frosty pink of a December sunset to the glittering silver of a frozen lake — there are no holds barred when it comes to selecting a color scheme for your December ceremony. According to Los Angeles wedding planner, Cassandra Santor, for Junebug Weddings, it’s more important to focus on the personalization of your ceremony and on the comfort of your guests than on a certain color scheme anyway. So if you and your significant other are more long walks on sunny beaches than you are playful romps in the snow, don’t be afraid to reflect this in your choice of wedding colors. The delicate hues of sand and surf are just as appropriate for a winter wedding as are those bold reds, whites, and golds that are typically associated with the holidays.
Nothing says December more vividly than taking your inspiration from nature. Incorporating natural textures and decor is appropriate for any theme — whether it’s tables decked out in winter cactus for a southwestern December wedding or a simple, stunning Colorado Spruce that stands stately towering in a corner of a decked-out reception hall — bringing the outside indoors is a staple of any well-done winter wedding.
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Silver and gold may describe the decorations at your house, but for these over-the-top celebs, it means something entirely different. See which of your favorite personalities opted to treat their significant others with gifts of sparkle to celebrate the holiday season:
Rumor has it, Jude Law once gifted gal pal Sienna Miller with a baby grand piano for Christmas. Not sparkly enough? Tucked inside was a $200,000 sapphire and diamond ring. How’s that for decking the halls?
Last Christmas was a memorable one for LA Lakers star Nick Young and girlfriend Iggy Azalea. Reportedly, she bought him a vintage Chevy to celebrate the holiday; he reciprocated with a gorgeous and eye-popping diamond-encrusted heart pendant from Cartier. The incredible gift of bling debuted on Instagram to a whopping 352,000 likes. Way to play, Santa Baby.
Why go big when you can go ridiculous? That’s the reasoning behind David Beckham’s Christmas gift to wife Victoria one yuletide not so long ago, and it came in the form of a ruby and diamond Boucheron necklace valued at a cool $2.4 million. Of course, the bling was only part of the Beckham Christmas booty — a Rolls Royce Phantom made up the rest of this grown-up Christmas list.
If the gift of Christmas bling is tradition at your house — though possibly on a smaller scale than these celebrity statements — visit our comprehensive collection of diamond engagement rings and fashion jewelry. You’ll find the perfect gift for that special woman on your list, shooting you straight to the top of the “nice” list this holiday shopping season.
It’s been around for less than a decade, but Twitter is shaping up to be the social medium of choice when it comes time to announce celebrity engagements. Take Witney Carson’s latest announcement last week, for instance. Carson is a long-time alum of “Dancing With the Stars” who just became engaged to her hometown sweetheart, Carson McAllister. Witney’s post on Twitter including a gushing declaration of love and and a link back to an instagram photo of the happy couple on a secluded beach. People magazine later tweeted a shot of her glamorous ring — a 2-carat stunner that features a diamond set inside a halo on a rose-gold band.
Carson’s latest tweet is just one in a growing trend of celebrity engagement announcements that are taking over the Twitterverse, and fans couldn’t be happier. It seems just about everyone who’s anyone has a Twitter account, and while Instagram may be the new go-to choice for celebrity pic posts, there’s no replacing the punch of a brief, mysterious announcement composed of 140 characters or less. And then, of course, there’s always the link back to wherever.
It turns out Twitter is a great place to keep up on what your favorite celebs are doing in real time. And if you want to be one of the first to see the new engagement ring, the stunning wedding dress, or pics of the ceremony, following your favorite stars on Twitter is the way to go.
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If you think of a bright yellow gem when you envision November’s birthstone, you’re close to the mark. Most people envision topaz as yellow or gold. The fact that this stone occurs naturally in an entire kaleidoscope of colors is a well-kept secret. You can set your November birthstone ring with any color of topaz and still get it right — anything from white, pink, yellow, and orange to purple or blue. Topaz can be customized match any seasonal wardrobe offerings.
The lore surrounding topaz is just as rich. Once credited with any number of beneficial properties, people wore this stone to increase understanding and creativity and to help prevent colds and to regulate breathing. Powerful and influential people such as royalty were often presented with gifts of topaz in hopes it would help them to make wise decisions.
Today, topaz enjoys its biggest claim to fame as November’s official birthstone. Topaz is one of the more delicate gemstones on the market and is prone to cracking or breaking. It typically requires secure settings and special care to protect it. Dropping your topaz ring or earring can be disastrous, so take care not to wear them under trying conditions.
Topaz makes a lovely accent stone in a diamond engagement ring for those brides-to-be who cherish color. Though the most popular color of topaz used in jewelry is the blue variety, it’s possible to include any hue as the main or accent stone in your favorite pieces. If you’re thinking that the luminous sparkle of topaz might be just what your jewelry box is missing, visit our collection of colorful gemstone pieces to find the one that’s a perfect fit for you.
Your diamond’s cut is the most important factor when it comes to sparkle. Diamond cuts are measured on a scale that ranges from ideal to poor, and the higher yours falls on the map, the more magnificently it will reflect the light. Diamond cutting is a science that takes years to master; it’s the science of sparkle, and you should familiarize yourself with it before investing in that one most-important diamond engagement ring.
Ideal, Shallow, or Deep?
A diamond that has been cut too shallow allows reflected light to escape from the sides instead of out the top. Alternately, a too-deep cut allows the light to get lost inside the stone. Ideally, your diamond should be perfectly proportioned so that it not only reflects all the light that enters but that it sends it all back out in the right direction. Stones that feature an ideal cut are the ones that appear most luminous. Ideal-cut diamonds cost more as a result. But if sparkle factor matters to you, your diamond’s proportions are important.
Brightness, Fire, and Scintillation
These three terms work together to form what most people refer to as “sparkle” when it comes to diamonds:
- Brightness: The amount of white light reflected from the stone
- Fire: How well the white light scatters to form the colors of the rainbow
- Scintillation: The pattern of light to dark areas that occur in a diamond because of the way it manipulates light
These three factors are all determined by how ideally the diamond is cut. They’re based on the heights and angles of the different parts that make up the stone, such as the crown, the pavilion, and the table.
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Engagement rings in ancient Rome were serious business. Always placed on the fourth finger of the left hand, Romans believed the nerve running from this finger was a direct connection straight to the heart. Though it’s often the Romans who were credited with coining the term “vena amoris,” or “vein of love,” many historians now believe the phrase may have originated closer to the 1700s.
Still, the idea that a ring worn on the finger could create a physical love connection between a man and his intended is the stuff of which great romances are made. Rings during the time of the ancient Romans bore little resemblance to today’s exquisite designs that feature sparkling gems set in precious metals. If you were a groom-to-be in the time of the ancient Romans, you offered a simple band of iron. While other metals such as gold and silver were in circulation as rings, they were mostly worn by affluent families as symbols of wealth and social status.
Romans took marriage seriously too. A man could have only one wife … ever. Divorce wasn’t allowed, so couples had to be extremely choosy when deciding who they wanted to marry.
Sadly, the vein of love theory has since been disproved, as all fingers feature veins and all veins lead back to the heart. But it’s fun to sit and contemplate this old custom that linked lovers together forever through the wearing of a simple, iron ring.
When it’s time to choose the ring that will celebrate your impending nuptials, visit our comprehensive collection of engagement rings that are designed to please every personality. While you won’t find any cast in iron, you’ll find an abundance of designs that were crafted specifically to go straight to her heart.
Those celebrating October birthdays lay claim to the lush opal as a birthstone. The opal, with its distinctive play of color and soft opalesence has a long and distinguished history that includes Roman emperors and British queens. This elegant stone with its soft, luminous quality has been enchanting wearers for thousands of years, and today’s lovers of fine gems are far from immune to the generous rainbows of light that emanate from the best quality stones.
Black opal is, by far, the most valuable form of this gem that’s created by the mineral silica. Found mainly in Lightening Ridge, Australia, black opal is opal that has a dark background as opposed to a light one. Black opal refracts light in glorious ways, making it a beautiful addition to any collection.
White or light opal is the type of opal that most people picture when someone mentions this attractive stone. Colors in the white opal are refracted back from a base that ranges from colorless to medium gray. When positioned correctly, a rainbow of glorious colors can often be observed. This type of opal is also found in Australia. In fact, Australia is the world’s biggest supplier of opal — it’s national gemstone.
Fire, Boulder, and Jelly Opal
While black and white are the two most recognized colors for opal, this stone actually occurs in a range of colors from blues and purples to golds and oranges. These are called everything from fire opals to boulder opals to jelly opals. If you’re drawn to this stunning form of naturally occurring silica, the color selection is nearly endless.
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Dancer, singer, actress Julianne Hough has packed a lot of living into her brief 27 years, including her recent engagement to Washington Caps player Brooks Laich. Hough officially announced her engagement in late August, via her website: JulianneHough.com.
According to Hough, the ring was custom ordered by her fiance in collaboration with jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz. It features a massive prong-set oval diamond nestled solitaire-style on a petite band. Though Laich apparently proposed earlier in the month, Hough kept photos of the ring to herself until the dramatic reveal on August 27th.
But this power couple isn’t breaking any rules of fashion by opting to go bold with their choice of engagement ring. The diamond solitaire has been a staple of the wedding industry since the late 1800s when Tiffany first invented the six-prong setting to contain it. The trend of late has simply been to go bolder and bigger, adding pave diamonds to the band and mixing up the diamond cuts. This design that once featured petite stones nestled on dainty shanks is now capable of showcasing massive stones of heavy carat weights.
If you’re considering investing in a timeless solitaire diamond engagement ring, you’ll be pleased at the stunning options available. A solitaire diamond is simply one that stands alone. It can be any cut, any carat weight, any color. It can be enclosed in a exquisite halo of smaller gems or showcased by a vintage-inspired split shank. It can weigh as little as a fraction of a carat, or — as in the case of the Hough-Laich union — be a six-carat stunner.
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As Rachel Green, Jennifer Aniston portrayed everyone’s favorite friend for ten years, as we watched her tumultuous social life behind the scenes both soar and plummet. But finally, fans of this cheeky girl-next-door can celebrate in a big way. After a three-year engagement, Aniston finally tied the knot on August 5th, 2015 with long-time love, Justin Theroux.
Theroux, star of the HBO series, “The Leftovers,” has seen big screen success as well in such movies as “Zoolander” and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” But you may know him better as a screenwriter. Theroux helped pen “Iron Man 2” and “Rock of Ages.” He and Aniston reportedly met years ago through mutual friend, Ben Stiller, and they’ve been “Friends” ever since.
According to CNN, the couple married quietly in the seclusion of their home in Bel Air amid 70 guests who included “Friends” alum, Lisa Kudrow. Aniston’s ring was designed by close friend and jewelry designer, Jennifer Meyer, who opted for a simple channel of small diamonds surrounded on both sides by a plain gold band. The ring is classically gorgeous — like Aniston herself — with just enough bling to make us all envious.
When asked to describe the latest love-of-her-life in an interview with “Good Morning, America,” Aniston jokingly referred to Theroux as …”the most cold, icy, fishy kind of guy.” and then went on to state that she was working on warming him up.
But judging by the chemistry that the two mega-stars have together, things have already heated up in the Theroux-Aniston camp, and fans of the previously unlucky-in-love Rachel Green couldn’t be happier.
Wondering which engagement ring looks are trending among your favorite celebrities these days? The good news is — anything goes. Unlike previous eras that chose a specific look and wrung it until it was dry, modern celebrities are embracing all combinations of setting, stone, and shank.
If you’re shopping for an engagement ring, or if you expect to begin shopping in the near future, take a little inspiration from your favorite celebs who aren’t afraid to change things up to get the individualized look they love:
Alison Brie’s Rose Gold Sparkler
“Mad Men” alum, Alison Brie, recently announced her engagement to actor Dave Franco — brother of James Franco, with the debut of a rose-cut diamond ring complete with pave diamonds. The sizeable stone is nestled snuggled in a shank crafted of feminine rose-colored gold. Brie’s ring was designed by none other than famed California jewelry designer, Irene Neuwirth, and is big on sparkle factor and presence.
Storm Uechtritz’s Titanium Trinket
It’s not really a trinket. In fact, Storm Uechtritz’s engagement ring that was recently bestowed upon her by Irish Boyzone singer, Ronan Keating, is anything but petite. It features a huge oval diamond that’s made that much more dominant by the slim, diamond-encrusted titanium shank that supports it.
Uechtritz is an Australian television producer who has contributed to such popular shows as “The Voice,” and “X-Factor.” It was on the latter show that she met Keating, who was working on the show as a mentor.
FKA Twigs’ Bow-Shaped Beauty
Team Edward fans all over the world are sporting broken hearts with the recent announcement of Robert Pattinson’s engagement to singer FKA Twigs. The two reportedly sealed the deal back in the spring with a 4-carat, pear-shaped diamond that forms one-half of the glittering bow.
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ESPY Award winner and role model for transgender people everywhere, Caitlin Jenner continues to wow fans with her aristocratic fashion sense. Drawn to sleek gowns and form-fitting tops. Jenner appears as comfortable in a plunging neckline as she is in a more casual day-out-on-the-town ensemble. You could call her style understated, yet elegant, and it doesn’t begin and end with clothing. Caitlyn Jenner knows her bling as well.
At the ESPYs, Jenner was spotted wearing vintage emeralds on each ear, and in Vanity Fair’s iconic images taken by none other than Annie Leibovitz, Jenner donned earrings that featured a simple cushion-cut stone of rock crystal encased in a serviceable bezel setting — polished, not pretentious.
Given Jenner’s influence by the Kardashian clan, her simple, classic style — revealed first in Vanity Fair — surprised the world. Fans and critics alike expected more eyelashes, more lipliner, and more flamboyance. What they got instead was the classic elegance and understated beauty of a woman who is comfortable in her own skin.
Indeed, Jenner is not one to over-accessorize. A simple pair of earrings, an occasional small pendant that dangles from the end of a long chain — these are the trademark pieces worn by America’s newest sweetheart. It’s a clear choice of quality over quantity, and it’s expected to take the fashion world by storm.
We can’t stop looking at Caitlin Jenner — not because of her identity as transgender American — but because her look is compelling. Her style represents all that is refined and dignified with nary a trace of ostentatiousness. It was unexpected, and that’s what makes it so intriguing. We can’t wait to see what the future holds next for this pioneering fashionista.
If you’re lucky enough to be born in the changeling month of September, you’re familiar with the brilliant blue of the luxurious sapphire. What you may not know is that sapphire occurs naturally in many colors including pink, yellow, green, and purple. It also appears in nature as colorless — known as the white sapphire.
When you see a brilliant, dark-blue sapphire, you’re typically looking at a stone that’s been enhanced through a heat process to bring out the intensity of the hue. This stone is a form of the mineral corundum, which is an aluminum oxide. It’s the presence of the trace mineral titanium oxide that makes a sapphire blue. The color of the sapphire varies with the type of trace minerals that are present. If nature tosses in a pinch of chromium, for instance, a ruby will be produced instead of a blue sapphire.
Hence the enchanting, unpredictable appeal of this popular stone.
The blue sapphire is the official birthstone for those born in the month of September. It’s also a recommended gift for a 45th wedding anniversary. Some associate the blue sapphire with healing properties for mental illness. The brilliant blue is rumored to act as an antidepressant, and indeed, what woman could be sad when presented with a shimmering sapphire?
Blue sapphires are found all over the world, including in the United States and the Middle East. Some of the best and most-sought-after sapphires hail from mines in India and Burma because they already exhibit such intensity of color that heat treatment is not needed. Sapphires can also be cultivated in labs. These stones are synthetic and not as valuable as those mined from nature.
When it’s time to woo her with the magnificent blue sapphire, we have a generous collection from which to choose.