Katy Perry and Russell Brand aren’t what you would call a conventional couple. So it’s not surprising that the singer and comedian didn’t pick a conventional engagement ring when they got engaged on New Year’s Eve. OK, we’re not entering Carmen Electra black diamond territory here: the ring features a traditional three-carat round diamond the Diamond Information Center estimates cost $120,000.
But Katy’s new engagement ring is not the white gold pave encrusted style that is most in vogue in Hollywood today, it’s a wide yellow gold band with some side detailing. And Scarlett Johansson’s engagement ring is yellow gold too: are yellow gold engagement rings ready for a comeback?
Pale, elegant aquamarine captures the beauty of the sea: its pastel blue tinged with a hint of green. The icy color is as fresh with earth tones as with other pastel shades and the perfect accompaniment to grey and navy.
Legends say that aquamarine is the treasure of mermaids, with the power to keep sailors safe at sea. In addition to calming the waves, aquamarine is also said to have a soothing influence on relationships, making it a good anniversary gift. A dream of aquamarine means that you will meet new friends.
This sophisticated gem is the birthstone for March and the gem for the 19th anniversary. But, hey, if you’ve already made it to your 19th anniversary you may not need it!
I love hearing and telling stories about jewelry. But I’ve noticed that when a man compliments my jewelry, I will give him a pleasant “thank you” and may add something like “I got it for my 10th anniversary.” No more. He can barely listen to that before changing the subject.
When a woman compliments a piece of jewelry, I am inclined to tell the entire story of the piece. I’ll say, “I got it in St Croix at this adorable little shop called Sonya’s. It’s the Cruzan hook and if you’re “taken” you wear the hook toward your heart and if you’re available, you wear it facing out. We were there on vacation with my college roommate, etc, etc” It will be the ice breaker to an entire conversation as she tells me about her jewelry, or her vacation, or her college roommate.
Part of my vision for Gemvara is that people will share stories about their jewelry. Being part of the creation process is the start of a great story. I want people (men and women) to share the story of why they created the piece the way they did. And I will share my stories too: I am a jewelry lover and I especially love the pieces that are a part of my story. As Gemvara grows, I look forward to adding more chapters.
Have you been sighing over Carrie Underwood’s spectacular new engagement ring from her hockey star fiancé Mike Fisher? It’s pretty hard to miss! The Diamond Information Center estimates that this beautiful bauble is set with a five-plus carat flawless fancy yellow diamond.
If you love this look, how can you reproduce it for less than the $150,000 that the Diamond Information Center estimates is the price tag on Carrie’s ring?
From the angle in photos, it’s hard to say whether the diamond in Carrie’s ring is round or oval. The Diamond Information Center says round but to me it looks oval (and fancy-colored diamonds are much more likely to be an oval, since the round brilliant cut tends to lighten color.)
Whether round or oval, it’s clear that the center diamond of her ring is surrounded by a diamond pave halo that makes it look even more dramatic. This is worth considering even if your diamond will be slightly smaller than five carats.
An oval or round diamond of a more modest size will definitely look much larger with diamonds around it. These styles are called “halo” designs. If you are restyling a family diamond or planning to choose a traditional one-carat round diamond, this setting style will give you a modern look that’s still classic.
If you can’t live without a large lemony gem for your ring, consider yellow sapphire which is a great choice for an engagement gem: precious and durable. It will have the color you crave at a fraction of the price of a similar shade of diamond. You might even be able to up your carat count!
Have you ever visited a friend’s house and had to restrain yourself from telling her that the sofa would look much better by the window? When reviewing new jewelry collections, I’ve often thought a designer piece would look much better in yellow gold or with tourmaline instead of sapphire. Thanks to Gemvara, I can have everything exactly the way I want it. And you can too! To get you started, I’ve picked ten fun, elegant, and distinctive designer styles from our new collections. Think I’ve overlooked the fact that diamonds look better in rose gold? Inexplicably omitted your fabulous find? Drop me a line at Cheryl@Gemvara.com with suggestions for next month’s favorites.
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I love classic stud earrings but they don’t exactly make a fashion statement. C’mon, live a little! In contrast, these stud earrings by designer Ji Hwang, our featured designer this month, are so intricate, like little sculptures, that I can’t imagine ever being bored by them, even with just a white t-shirt and jeans.
Organically inspired designs are in, true. But even if they weren’t, how could anyone resist these delicate hoops by Ji Hwang? Hoops are such a versatile earring silhouette and these are really different. I especially love them in yellow gold and peridot. And sterling and rhodolite. Maybe two pairs are required?
These earrings from Studio 228 would be just the thing to wear to the Oscars. Or the grocery store. The red carpet at the Grammy Awards was full of gorgeous diamond drops like these. Diamonds are definitely an investment in this size but I think the earrings look even better in blue topaz and diamond and you won’t have to check your credit line.
This ring designed by Randy Dixon is really modern but not at all heavy. I love the way the gems interrupt each arc, like musical notes on a staff. Because of the bold composition, I think graphic color is the way to go. I picked red garnet in sterling silver but I also love the black and white diamond versions.
The sleek lines of this ring designed by Tony Rodrigues remind me of the Chinese proverb “women hold up half the sky,” so I chose a sunny citrine center. The design also has the feeling of an enfolding embrace. You could also set this style with birthstones to create a very stylish mother-child ring.
To really appreciate this set of two rings by Ji Hwang, you have to try them on: they dip in back to fit your finger so comfortably they feel part of you immediately. In one metal, the set looks like an interlocking snake. In sterling with blue topaz and diamond, the set is just $202, so I plan to get a second single ring in a second color!
See the single ring here
This band by Ji Hwang reminds me of the structure of coral. It’s pleasingly regular and irregular at the same time. Like the natural world, it’s more interesting the more closely you look at it. I think I could look at this ring for a long time. I chose yellow gold and peridot to match Ji’s hoops but sterling with rhodolite would also be perfect.
This ring by Ji Hwang is dramatic and delicate at the same time. I love the way the flowers form a lacy trellis over the finger, keeping the design from looking heavy. I think this looks wonderful with diamond, emerald, and yellow gold flowers in a sterling silver ring but I recommend playing around with the gems and metals: so many great options for this style!
This ring by designer Jeet Palavwala, which won our international design competition, is simply spectacular. Inspired by the delicate hue of the lotus blossom, Jeet imagined this design with a pink sapphire but, really, you can’t go wrong. It would make a wonderfully romantic engagement ring, don’t you think?
A ring with one bold gem in a beautiful color is a wardrobe essential. This dramatic but simple ring by designer Stephanie Satow has a large marquise-cut gem and a twist to the band, which together magically make your fingers look long and slender. The perfect purple of the amethyst will go with almost everything you wear.
Not just February’s birthstone, amethyst today is an essential part of your jewelry wardrobe. That’s because this lovely purple quartz looks great with both warm and cool colors. You can set it in white, rose or yellow gold, sterling silver or any combination of those metals that you like to wear. And amethyst is available and pretty affordable in large sizes so it’s a good choice for a bold fashion ring.
Amethyst has a long been treasured for its regal purple color. Because of this gem’s peaceful aura, Tibetan Buddhists use amethyst rosaries to enhance the tranquility of meditation.
The name amethyst comes from the Greek “amethystos,” which means “not drunken.” People once believed that amethyst could keep you sober, even serving wine in amethyst goblets at banquets. (Maybe the purple tone of the glasses allowed them to water down the wine without being detected!) Even today, amethyst’s role as a symbol of sobriety makes this gem a perfect “one day at a time” reminder.
Today, most amethyst is mined in Brazil. When buying amethyst, look for a medium purple tone. Pale almost pink amethyst, sometimes called “Rose de France,” will be less expensive than stronger tones. Well-cut faceted amethyst should sparkle with brilliance evenly across the stone, with no washed out or dark areas that don’t change when you rock the stone back and forth.
Amethyst is durable and great for everyday wear. Clean with mild dish soap and use a toothbrush to scrub behind the stone where dust can collect. Avoid exposure to high heat, which may cause its purple color to fade.
Although every gem is as unique as a fingerprint, it’s the setting that truly makes your engagement ring your own. Couples today are more adventurous than ever before, customizing every detail of the ring to express the uniqueness of their bond. Here are the top five trends in engagement rings today.
To emphasize the center stone and make it look larger, many engagement ring designs today surround the center stone with a halo of small diamonds. It’s a great way to add sparkle to your ring while keeping the style simple.
Twists and turns give make these settings feminine but modern too. Some have a simple twist or braid in the shank, others a sweeping line that embraces the stone.
For Carrie Underwood, it was a fancy yellow diamond. Other brides flank a white diamond with colored gemstones. Carmen Electra even chose a black diamond center. A shot of color is the quickest way to express your individuality in your ring.
If one diamond is brilliant, three is even better! Many couples today are choosing a center diamond flanked by two more diamonds. They love the “past, present, future” symbolism and also the extra dazzle. If you are looking to upgrade your ring for your fifth or tenth anniversary, this style lets you continue to wear your original stone as one of a pair of sidestones flanking a new larger center.
The sleekest new styles use negative space to keep styles streamlined but delicate too. The ring splits into two before embracing the center stone, leaving space between the two halves. These styles are very light and comfortable to wear, even if the center stone is large.
Grammy red carpet style is usually a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and a big helping of hip-hop. Someone will be wearing studded leather, someone will have on over-the-top sequins, and bangle-sized hoops trump tasteful diamond studs. But last night’s Grammy Awards were a welcome exception: the red carpet was actually pretty glamorous. The Oscars, but with shorter skirts (and Lady Gaga as Bjork.)
With all that elegance, it’s not surprising this year’s top Grammy jewelry trend is diamond drop earrings: less flashy than chandeliers but much more luxurious than simple studs.
Taylor Swift wore stunning 12-carat pair of dangling cognac diamond earrings. Pink, decked out in $2.5 million in diamonds, had 30-carat diamond drops. Beyonce, Heidi Klum, and Mary J. Blige also chose diamond dangles. Many styles had the pear shaped silhouette that also dominated the SAG Awards. It looks like the diamond drop earring has replaced the chandelier as a celebrity favorite.
Not everyone did the drop. Nicole Kidman and Rihanna chose diamond clusters on the ear for a more restrained elegance. And tasteful studs were the choice of Jennifer Hudson, Ciara, Kathy Griffin, and LL Cool J.
One other top Grammy trend might have been inspired by the Song of the Year: Beyonce’s Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It.) Both Katy Perry and Kristen Bell wore brand new diamond pave engagement rings on the red carpet.
Welcome to the brand-spanking new Gemvara blog. Because Gemvara empowers you to design your own fine jewelry, we’ll dedicate this blog to inspiring you with all the latest jewelry trends, styles of the stars, designer profiles, gemstone buying advice, and our own jewelry stories. As you might expect from a design-your-own site, we also hope you’ll share your feedback, suggestions, questions, and jewelry stories too. We’ll also showcase the most inspiring designs that our customers have created each week, so if you create something really fabulous on Gemvara, expect to hear from us!
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As you already guessed, we’re adding bracelets to the Gemvara collection of fine jewelry and the naming of this tennis bracelet is in your hands!
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