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Gemvara Blog » Celebrity Sparkle
7 May

Get Angelina’s Engagement Ring — For Less Than $1,200!

As seen in Life and Style:

The engagement ringBrad Pitt bought for Angelina Jolie is certainly a stunner…and now you can own it!

Starting today, fans and shoppers alike can get a similar ring (above) designed by Gemvara. And just like Brad, shoppers can create their own by changing the metal and gemstones!

“I designed this ring inspired by romance and love,” Roy Albers, vice president of jewelry creation for Gemvara, tells Life & Style. “This waterfall of emerald-cut gemstones elegantly flows across the finger, and the brilliant flash captures the eye. I think it is the perfect ring to give to the one you love.”

The Rock Crystal and Sterling Silver ring, which retails for $1,195, is nothing short of elegant.

“Its distinctive emerald-cut center gem and sparkling emerald-cut side stones combine to create this beautiful statement piece,” a rep for the company tells Life & Style.

As Life & Style previously reported, Brad finally gave the token of his love to Angie on Christmas after seven years together. He worked for more than a year co-designing the ring with jeweler Robert Procop, whom Angie works close with on her line Style of Jolie.

3 May

Angelina Jolie: Get the Look

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, we think it’s safe to assume you’ve heard that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are engaged. Can we get a resounding, “Finally!”? Now let’s get right into the good stuff – the ring. While it’s not an emerald (May’s birthstone) or a black diamond like we had guessed, the ring is no doubt a showstopper.

Designed by Robert Procop in collaboration with Pitt himself, the ring is a dazzling tablet-shaped diamond ringing in at $500,000. However, if you don’t have that kind of cash lying around, Gemvara offers a similar style in the Evelyn Ring. Set in rock crystal Gemvara’s ring comes to $1,200.

How do you feel about wearing a celebrity-look-alike engagement ring? Would you wear this style? Or customize it to be your own?

19 April

Angelina Jolie’s Engagement Ring Spawns Lots of Lookalikes

As seen on

Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt Engagement Ring
Courtesy Jacob & Co.; Courtesy Gemvara

We can’t all have Brad Pitt— or a ring estimated at $1 million, either — but several jewelers already have Angelina Jolie-inspired sparklers ready to go.

Jacob & Co., the jeweler loved by stars like Jay-Z, Nick Cannon and Kevin Jonas, has its own version of Jolie’s ring (left), an 18-karat white gold creation with baguette-cut diamonds around the band retailing for a cool $338,000 — before the addition of an extra-large emerald-cut center stone.

A more affordable option comes by way of Gemvara, which just released a rock crystal and sterling silver version of the ring for $1,195. The bauble features an emerald-cut center gem and emerald-cut side stones.


Angelina Jolie Brad Pitt Engagement Ring
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art/PRNewsFoto

Jolie’s engagement ring — which could weigh up to 10 carats and cost as much as $1 million, according to an independent expert — was created by Pitt with jeweler Robert Procop, who also works on the actress’s “Style of Jolie” line.

“Brad had a specific vision for this ring, which he realized over a year-long collaboration with Robert,” a spokesperson for Procop said in a statement. “He wanted every aspect of it to be perfect, so Robert was able to locate a diamond of the finest quality and cut it to an exact custom size and shape to suit Angelina’s hand.” Tell us: Would you buy a replica of Jolie’s ring?

18 April
29 March

Vintage Revival

From left: Vintage ring by Suzanne Belperron that is expected to sell for $30,000-$40,000 at Sotheby’s Geneva sale of Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels, Three Finger Vine Ring by Gemvara

Vintage-inspired jewelry has risen in popularity over the years. This may be due in part to the fashion on television series like Mad Men and the recent resurgence of art nouveau styles in fashion and interior design. Celebrities like Taylor Swift have also been seen wearing vintage styles and Kate Moss has a vintage-inspired engagement ring.

Here are five elements that might inspire you to choose a vintage look:

1. Customization: Few have access to original pieces — and even then it’s hard to guarantee that an antique piece will be exactly what you want. New vintage-style jewelry comes in hundreds of styles. You can even design your own.

2. Classic Colors: Many vintage looks come in garnet, emerald and other vibrant gemstones in addition to diamonds. Gemstone jewelry stands out and makes a wonderful conversation piece.

3. Glittering Accents: Vintage-inspired jewelry often sparkles with tiny accent diamonds. These make the pieces shine, and frame the main gem beautifully.

4. Wearable Art: Because vintage designs have been inspired by decades-old fashions, these jewels remain classic and timeless. Investing in vintage-inspired jewelry is like investing in a piece of art. The fact that vintage is so popular also gives you an extra incentive to take care of the jewels you already own.

5. Romantic Nostalgia: There’s something inherently romantic about classic vintage styles. From the elegance of emerald-cut diamonds to the dainty architecture of filigree, these designs have a sentimental beauty.

How do you feel about the move toward vintage-inspired jewelry?

27 February

Oscars Favorite: Ellie Kemper

This post is part of a guest blogger series featuring Alana Brooks of The Good Girl Gone Blog.

You may know Ellie Kemper as the ditzy, sweet receptionist on The Office, but last night, she looked anything but demure. Wearing a stunning Armani Prive sequined gown (Fall 2010), she lit up the red carpet with her cheerful smile and copper colored ensemble.

Ellie kept her makeup subtle, aside from a sultry smoky eye, which helped her accessories shine. I loved that she didn’t shy away from standout jewelry and chose to wear a pair of gorgeous Lorraine Schwartz earrings. I’m hoping that Ellie’s chosen palette will help bring coppery colored rose gold jewelry back into the spotlight. Hues like rose gold look amazing in the summer against bronzed skin, so it’s a no brainer. Ready to try the trend? Here are a few of my favorite options, all from Gemvara!

Find them here: 1,2,3,4.

So what do you think? Did you love Ellie Kemper’s look?
15 February

Customize Your Camila Style

Camila Alves’ ring has finally seen the light of day (at least for us plebeians) at NYC Fashion Week. The model-turned-handbag designer flashed the three-stone, rose-cut diamond ring at a show, telling Us Weekly “it feels so great”. Eternally shirtless movie star/bronzed god Matthew McConaughey proposed to his girlfriend on Christmas Day. What’s a rose cut? Think of a 3D, faceted dome, like a cut cabochon.

While Gemvara doesn’t currently offer rose-cut gems or diamonds (they’re not so easy to find), we do have four styles of lovely engagement rings very similar to Camila’s three-stone style. And because we’re all about customization, we’ve added some sparkly side gems. Which style is your favorite and how would you customize it? All diamonds? Center diamond with sapphires? Discuss!

10 February

Get The Look: Katherine Heigl

Whether she’s glamming it up at her latest movie premiere or rocking the red carpet in support of her musician hubby, lately Katherine Heigl has been sporting some serious bling. Not usually one to exude sexiness, or even revel in the spotlight, Katherine has been coming out of her shell lately with some killer looks.

At the premiere of her new movie One for the Money in Germany, Katherine dared to take a walk on the wild side with a zebra print dress and some stand-out earrings. Her gems reminded us of spring and we couldn’t help but associate them with our Hera Earrings. We love that they look like little leaves. They are gorgeous in yellow and orange gemstones, like citrine and fire opal (styled above), but would be just as gorgeous in green, purple, or blue.

You can customize the Hera Earrings however you’d like on Just get ready to attract some attention!

30 January

Best Jewels of the 2012 SAG Awards

You may have begun to feel that we sound like a broken record, but really, can you blame us? Sofia Vergara has done it again!

At this year’s Screen Actor’s Guild Awards Sofia arrived wearing a magenta Marchesa gown and Lorriane Schwartz jewels that looked good enough to eat. Her earrings and cuff were made of amethyst and were a beautiful compliment to her dress. However, Sofia won us over when she joked, “I never go to these events without bling, bling.” And at that, we threw our arms up with joy and declared Sofia as our favorite for jewelry of the night.

However, there were some fantastic runner’s up. Big earrings got the most attention, while bracelets like Lea Michele’s came in second. Necklaces were still scarce and sometimes difficult to pull off (in the case of Kristen Wigg’s choker). Nevertheless, we enjoyed the spectacle and look forward to the peak of celebrity glamour at the Oscars.

Which actress is your favorite? Share your picks in the comments below!

Octavia Spencer wearing unbelievable Irene Neuwirth chandeliers. Irene Neuwirth also designed Octavia’s earrings at the 2012 Golden Globes.

Emma Stone was radiant in Tiffany and Co jewelry including these Paloma Picasso earrings, as well as Jean Schlumberger rings.

Jessica Chastin’s Harry Winston sapphires are what dreams are made of… at least what Roy Alber’s dreams are made of.

Jayma Mays looks positively adorable in Neil Lane gemstone earrings.

Lea Michele’s fierce Lorraine Schwartz bangles are the perfect fit.

Angelina Jolie wears a bold vintage bracelet and earrings from House of Lavande and Platt Boutique rings.

We wish Stacey’s hair was pulled back just a little more so we could have starred at these spectular drop earrings from Palladium Jewelry by Jacob and Co.

Last, but not least, Natalie Portman dazzled in vintage Harry Winston diamond and ruby earrings.

Photo Credit: Getty Images, PR Photos

20 January

How To Choose Red-Carpet Jewels

Ever wonder how celebrities choose what jewelry to wear at red-carpet events?

Besides hiring a stylist, some stars get the privelege of attending Michael O’Connor’s exclusive and fabulous jewelry suites. It is here that jewelry and style expert, Michael, curates a collection of jewels from top designers and allows celebs to try on and choose their favorites. It’s a veritable fairy tale for any fashion-hound.

We are so honored that Michael chose our gems to be featured in his Golden Globes Suite this year. (Gemvara was also included in his 2011 Emmy Suite and our earrings were worn by actress Retta Sirleaf).

Here are some shots from Michael’s 2012 Golden Globes Suite, as well as a video highlighting the top jewelry styles of the season. Which piece is your favorite?

Julie Benz from Dexter models our Naked Cushion Triple Earrings in citrine and 14k yellow gold with diamond leverbacks.

Actress Kathleen Robertson (from Beverly Hills, 90210 and nominated series Boss) tries on our Naked Round Triple Earrings in lemon quartz and white gold.


Check out the first two minutes for a peek at the Gemvara jewels Michael chose!

Michael O’Connor shows off some Gemvara earrings.

Minnie Driver models our Naked Emerald Triple Ring in amethyst and peridot.

Photo Credit: Michael O’Connor

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