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Gemvara Blog » Celebrity Sparkle
21 February

Celebrity Style: Halo Engagement

A stunning engagement ring style, the halo is a remarkable setting characterized by a center stone encircled by smaller gemstones, which enhances and extends the look of the center stone.  Gemvara takes the style and maximizes its beauty by offering the ability to customize the center, halo and band accents in up to 29 gemstone selections along with your choice of precious metals. (Can someone say “dazzling”?).  With some incredible new arrivals expanding our handcrafted halo engagement ring selection, we were inspired by the ultimate in celebrity engagements for this alluring style.  So no matter your personality, be it subtly chic or larger than life, our halos offer an aesthetic for every type.











Demure yet Distinct – Natalie Portman

Portman’s halo engagement style reflects a romantic, “vintage” feel with a round cut stone and double halo styling. It inspired us to create the same sentiment in our new style, the Eloise Ring. Customizing with rose gold evokes a feeling of a bygone era.

Celebrity Engagement Rings


Pretty in Pink – Mariah Carey

There is no way anyone could miss Carey’s 15-plus carat stunner. An emerald cut in a light shade of pink perfectly reflects the diva’s over-the-top style and we had fun creating a similar look with our Olivia Ring in pink sapphire and pink tourmaline (and think Mariah would approve).

Celebrity Engagement Rings


Timeless Tradition – Kate Middleton

Royal Family heirloom? Check.  A serious sapphire? Check.  Timelessness and tradition at its finest? Always.  Kate Middleton’s halo engagement ring could arguably be the best celebrity engagement ring ever, and our Princess Kate Ring in blue sapphire, diamond and platinum brings a sigh every time we hit the “done customizing” button.

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7 November

Celebrity Engagement Rings – 2012!

This year many celebrities have found their one true love and have shown off their passion with beautiful, stunning engagement rings. Another year, another count down of the best of the best in this year’s celebrity engagement rings.

1. Blake Lively’s  oval 10 carat pink diamond:

Blake’s ring blows us away. It is rumored to have cost as much as 2 million dollars and was designed by Lorraine Schwartz alongside Ryan Reynolds, her beau. The center stone is a flawless, light pink oval diamond. It was set in rose gold and has pave diamonds on the band that are very art deco. The center stone is around 10 carets and the surrounding diamonds in the two bands brings it to around 11-12 carats.

2. Miley Cyrus’s yellow gold, cushion-cut diamond ring: 

Miley Cyrus’s engagement was also quite a surprise given Liam and her’s young age. The ring was designed by Neil Lane and it does not follow the typical engagement ring trend. Miley went for the unconventional yellow cold with a smaller diamond (only 3.5 carats). The “Art-Nouveau” band also has many smaller diamonds. Lane was quote saying that the yellow gold “gave meaning to what [Miley] was wearing, something different, something be proud of.”

3. Halle Berry’s green and gold ring: 

We love Halle Berry’s emerald and diamond ring com commissioned by her beau Olivier Martinez from Robert Mazlo. Although it still hasn’t been confirmed, the band is suspected to be white gold or platinum with the 4 carat emerald center stone set in 18k yellow gold. She has filigree a design element that makes the ring unique. It has a code that only the wearer can understand. This ring also has two diamonds in the gold setting.

4. Jennifer Anniston’s emerald-cut diamond ring: 

Everyone’s favorite friend, Jennifer Aniston is finally (happily) engaged! Her beau, Justin Theroux proposed on his birthday and received the best present of all, Jen’s hand in marriage. The engagement ring is an 8 carat diamond emerald-cut ring takes up half of her finger. It is rumored to have cost as much as $500,000.

5. Keira Knightley’s brilliant cut solitaire diamond ring: 

Keira Knightley’s ring is stunning but classic. She became engaged in May when her finance James Righton proposed. It is a solid platinum band with a brilliant cut solitaire diamond in approximately 2 carats. It is worth around $40,000. It  is timeless and simple, just like Knightley.

6. Evan Rachel Wood’s diamond solitaire ring: 

Early in 2012, Evan Rachel Wood flaunted an enormous engagement ring from Jamie Bell her boyfriend. Jamie and her have had an up and down relationship but they rekindle in the summer of 2011. It is a simple ring with a large diamond on a plain white gold band. They got married only five days ago!

7. Anne Hathaway’s 6 carat diamond ring: 

Anne Hathaway got engaged in late 2011 to Adam Shulman. The ring is a design collaboration between her fiance and Kwiat Heritage Jewels. This ring is worth an estimated $150,000. It is in a platinum setting and a beautiful shining diamond. They recently got married and Anne wore a beautiful pink wedding gown.

8.  Jessica Biel’s vintage engagement ring: 

Justin Timberlake really out did himself with this stunning ring. With approximately six carats, the band and the center stone are rumored to have cost has much as $130,000. There are scrolling rope-sides with blackened platinum. It goes without saying, Jessica Biel has a stunning original ring. Recently married, Jessica also wore a pink gown.

9. JWoww’s cushion cut pink and white diamond ring: 
JWoww’s ring is a gorgeous ring and very unique. It is 7.5 carats and is rumored to have cost around $100,000. The center stone is around 5 carats surrounded by pink and white diamonds in a white gold setting. Her fiance Roger Mathews was heavily involved in the process including picking the diamonds and designing the ring. The process took several months. Fun fact? He asked her to marry him while skydiving!

 10. Avril Lavigne’s platinum-set pear shaped diamonds with half moons: 

Nothing surprised us more than Avril Lavigne’s engagement to Nickleback frontman Chad Kroeger. After dating for six months, Kroeger proposed with this gigantic ring. The center diamond is approximately 10 carats with rare half-moon diamonds each 4 carats on the side. The pear shape diamond with the classic platinum has vintage glamour and individuality. It is valued at $350,000.

24 September

Emmy Awards 2012 Colors and Gems!

Last night’s 64th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards brought us a plethora of fall colors and gorgeous drop earrings to match. We loved the overarching theme of simple accessories that added just the right touch of glitz to every outfit in all sorts of brilliant fall hues.

Here are our favorite red carpet looks by Fall shade:


We just loved the shades of yellow that the celebs were wearing last night. Claire Danes accessorized beautifully with monochromatic stacked bracelets – this look could be accomplished by pairing our Sirus Bracelet, Jocelyn Star Bracelet and Star Trails Bracelet in all Citrine. Julianne Moore is as always classy and classic. Our Naked Cushion Triple Earrings in London blue topaz would be a gorgeous contrast to her fire-red hair. Julie Bowen wore very little accessories with her bright yellow gown, but was sporting a HUGE rock of an engagement ring!

Julianne Moore
Julie Bowen



Tina Fey looked gorgeous in her Oxblood colored dress with lovely drop earrings – this look could be achieved with our Stiletto Earrings in white sapphire and 14k yellow gold. We absolutely love the cocktail ring that Julia Louis-Dreyfus wore in contrast to her red gown!Add a pop of color like Julia with our naked cushion ring! And Cat Deely compliment her red gown with elegant gold drop earrings – like our Triple Drops!

Tina Fey
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Cat Deely



Ginnifer Goodwin was as stunning as ever in this year’s color – tangerine tango – and with the number one jewelry trend of the night: statement earrings!We think our Belle Earrings in fire opal and gold would have matched her dress beautifully. What do you think? Leslie Mann’s turquoise accent pieces add a pop of color to her dress. You too can add a touch of color with the dangly blue topaz Monsoon Earrings to accent your favorite fall looks! Padma Lakshmi found her own color indeed. She looked amazing in her tangerine orange gown and we love the simple diamond earrings she wore with it.

Ginnifer Goodwin
Leslie Mann
Padma Lakshmi


Find your red carpet look on!


18 September

Celebrity Engagement Rings!

Celebrity Engagement Rings

There has been a plethora of celebrity engagements & marriages this month. Not only has the elusive single lady since Ben Pitt, Jennifer Anniston gotten engaged and so has Avril Lavigne and Blake Lively.

Everyone’s favorite ‘Friend’ Jennifer Aniston is finally (happily) engaged! The ring is a huge emerald cut diamonds with tapered diamond baguettes on the side.

Her beau, Justin Theroux proposed on his birthday and received the best present of all,  Jen’s hand in marriage. The Blaze Ring customized with rock crystal is an inexpensive option! See more emerald cut engagement rings here!

Avril Lavigne got engaged to lead singer of Nickleback, Chad Kroeger. A  blinding 14 carats, this pear shaped engagement ring is the ultimate sparkle.

The Paige Ring is our favorite pear shaped engagement ring. It has the unusual combination of a center pear and two side ovals. With an almost 10 carat center diamond and two side ovals in white sapphire, you’ll be sure to shine. See more pear shaped center stone engagement rings here!

Blake Lively is one lucky lady. She recently got married in a secret wedding to the one and only stud, Ryan Reynolds. Her ring is a large oval stone with two diamond encrusted bands.

The Colette Ring with a diamond center stone, diamonds on half the band and in platinum is very similar to this ring! See more oval center stone engagement rings here!

Blake Lively's Engagement Ring

What shape center stone do you prefer?

7 June

Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are Engaged!


If you haven’t heard yet, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are tying the knot after dating on and off for three years.  Girls everywhere, including here at Gemvara, are distraught at the news of Hemsworth becoming officially off the market, despite our adoration of Cyrus.  But the juiciest details of this love story is, of course, the ring.  Hemsworth and jeweler Neil Lane worked together to create the antique 3.5 carat cushion cut diamond set in 18 carat yellow gold.  The ring also has intricate detailing with carved diamond floral motifs in an art nouveau pattern.

Luckily for those of us who don’t have a high profile celebrity jeweler on speed dial (or the Hemsworth brothers for that matter), Gemvara has several options that resemble Cyrus’ dazzling ring.



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31 May

Famous Jewels and the Celebrities Who Wore Them

When I think of famous jewelry collectors, Elizabeth Taylor automatically comes to mind. But before Elizabeth could even begin her jewelry addiction, Queen Elizabeth II had amassed a fortune in gems.

The queen has so much jewelry that she had a special room the size of an ice rink built 40 ft. below Buckingham Palace to house her precious gems. And we thought our tiered jewelry boxes were pretty special.

Her collection is valued at $57 million dollars and includes the Timur Ruby – a magnificent spinel weighing 352.50 carats. Inscribed on it are the names of all the former owners, all of whom were Mughal emperors.

The Queen also owns the diamonds Cullinan I, II, III and IV, all of which are were cut from the rough Cullinan diamond and are considered Crown Jewels.

If you could any gemstone you’d like (wouldn’t that be nice!), which one would you add to your jewelry collection?

23 May

The Great Gatsby Evokes Great Jewelry

The Great Gatsby is arguably the best “Great American Novel” dripping with love, deceit, and all things materialistic.  The novel is a staple in practically every high school English class, and now being transformed (for the second time) into the next Christmas Blockbuster.  Baz Luhrmann’s, soon to be hi,t is starring Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire and music from this century rather than the last.  The part Gemvara is looking forward to the most is the sheer abundance of extravagant gems.  In a time of flamboyant excess and no rules, everything sparkled and glimmered and this movie will be no exception.  Check out the trailer below and get ready for some major jewelry lust.

22 May

Ruby Tuesday: Zuckerberg’s Secret Ruby Wedding

Mark Zuckerberg Wedding

While most of us thought that last Friday would be the highlight of Mark Zuckerberg’s week, Saturday proved to trump Friday’s festivities as he married his long time girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in an intimate ceremony in his back yard. Our favorite part: he strayed from the traditional diamond and put a Ruby ring on her finger.

Ruby’s have long been second in the running for engagement ring fashion (remember Princess Fergie’s Ruby engagement ring?), and due to Saturday’s nuptials we are hoping to see a resurgence in the trend. Due to their rich red hue, they symbolize passion, romance, and happiness – making them a perfect engagement ring stone.

Here at Gemvara, we love to see some color in a sea of diamond engagement rings and so are dedicating this rainy Tuesday to the Ruby!

Alyssa Ring Gemvara

Find your perfect Ruby Engagement ring on Gemvara!

16 May

Cannes Film Festival Marilyn Monroe Chopard Set

The Cannes Film Festival 2012 kicked off yesterday with the Opening Ceremony red carpet including walking up the hallowed steps of the Grand Palais in Cannes, France.  This annual film festival is celebrating its 65th year with a tribute to Marilyn Monroe 50 years after her death. The festival’s sponsor, Chopard, will launch an exhibition of 25 unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe taken by photographer Milton Greene during the festival, which will tour worldwide afterwards.

Monroe famously sung about diamonds as a girl’s best friend, and keeping suit, Chopard designed a set with her in mind for an identity-concealed star to reveal at the Opening Ceremony.  Last night, supermodel Eva Herzigova sported the stunning pieces accompanied by a pale pink Dolce & Gabbana gown.  The necklace featured cascading heart-shaped diamonds, briolettes, and beads worked into an intricate lace set in 18K white gold, in total there were over 200 carats in diamonds.  Of course no necklace is complete without matching earrings.  The set was completed after 980 hours of work and designed by Chopard’s Co-President, Caroline Scheufele.  Before the big unveiling, the only detail Scheufele divulged was that the set would be worn by “a glamorous woman as she glides up the famous red-carpeted staircase.”

9 May

Get The Look From Revenge: Infinity Pendant

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Everyone’s favorite show Revenge is coming to an end for the season on Wednesday, May 23rd, but you can still get the look of heroine Emily Thorne. Online jeweler created a necklace of Emily’s signature “infinity loop” tattoo. The Infinity Pendant is available in a variety of metals and prices range from $187- $500.

Gemvara is the only online retailer of fine jewelry that offers a virtually unlimited selection of designs through its unique made-to-order technology platform. Offering the largest fine jewelry selection in the world, shoppers have access to over 1.5 million unique design possibilities with more than 1,500 original designs that can be customized using 26 gemstone and 8 precious metal options. Everything is handcrafted in the US using just-in-time manufacturing to produce unique, one-of-a-kind designs. Your own personal jeweler is now just a click away.

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