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 people.com:

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
20 September

The Emmy for Best Jewelry

Modern Family’s sweep at the 2011 Emmy Awards extended to the red carpet too. Winner of the night’s best jewelry look? Sofia Vergara, by a landslide. She set off her bright coral gown with jaw-dropping emerald earrings by Lorraine Schwartz.

Unlike Angelina Jolie’s memorable emerald earrings from the Oscars a few years ago (also by Lorraine), Sofia’s had a lacy peacock feather motif that made them as artful as they were vibrant.

I didn’t even realize until later that she was also wearing a Lorraine Schwartz pinky ring with a dangling emerald charm and a textured gold Ofira cuff: pieces that would have certainly attracted notice from jewelry trend spotters if the earrings weren’t so mesmerizing!

The runners up for the best jewelry award: Heidi Klum and Padma Lakshmi. Heidi brightened her gray dress with enormous flower earrings and ring ablaze with fire opals, also by Lorraine Schwartz. Padma Lakshmi looked stunning in elegant drop earrings from her own jewelry collection.

Is it a coincidence that, among their other talents, both Heidi and Padma are jewelry designers? I’m sure they give more thought to how jewelry makes an outfit. Design your own jewelry and you may take your jewelry style up a level too.

Photo Credit: Sofia Vergara by Frazer Harrison / GettyImages, emerald ring by Sofia Vergara, Heidi Klum by Andrew Evans / PR Photos, Padma Lakshmi by Danny Moloshok / Reuters.

18 July

Angelina's Engagement Ring?

It’s official! Brangelina is finally tying the knot! After six long years of PDA-packed romance, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are set to exchange vows within the next few months. According to an article from Us Weekly, the ceremony will be “intimate and informal.” The couple, who we sometimes forget is not married, previously preached that they would not partake in a traditional marriage until it was legal for everyone (gay or straight), but have since changed their story thanks to pressure from their kids.

Way to go tots! Now the fun starts. With no engagement ring reported, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to design some jewels we think Angie might like. Since her style is exotic we chose two rings that match her mysterious personality: The Pave Lotus Ring and the Apex Ring.

The Pave Lotus Ring was our first pick. Symbolizing elegance and perfection, this three dimensional ring was designed by Jeet Palavwala to be an absolute showstopper. With pave all around the band and an inky, black diamond center, we feel this portrays the all the sultry, yet stunning qualities of Angelina.

Anything but ordinary or traditional, we also felt that Angelina wouldn’t settle for just any ring. Our second pick is the Apex Ring, an emerald-cut emerald platinum ring with diamonds. Although it is rare to wear an emerald as an engagement gem, Angelina has made her affection for emeralds quite clear (she has worn them to almost every red carpet event), so why not? Plus, green is definitely her color!

What do you think? Should Angelina go a more traditional route with a colorless diamond, or do you like our contemporary engagement ring picks?

1 July

Pearls: Organic Perfection

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According to ancient Chinese legend, pearls are made of moonlight, which lends them a celestial glow.

Today, pearls are made for the spotlight, adding luster to most of the world’s most powerful women. To name just a few, Nancy Pelosi, Oprah Winfrey, Hilary Clinton, and Angelina Jolie are known for wearing pearls. June’s birthstone, pearls are the organic gem, created when a mollusk like an oyster covers a foreign object with beautiful layers of nacre, the “mother of pearl.” Pearl farms promote biodiversity, by creating a clean, sustainable marine industry that shelters other sea creatures too.

Some pearls form naturally in oysters. These natural pearls are very rare and valuable. In 1917, Cartier purchased its Fifth Avenue building in New York with a natural pearl necklace.

Most pearls today are cultured by man. A shell bead or mantle tissue is placed inside an oyster and the oyster is returned to the water for at least a year, sometimes longer. The mollusk covers the implanted shell or with layer after layer of luster creating a cultured pearl.

Although the culturing of pearls began in Japan with the saltwater white Akoya pearl, today the majority of the cultured pearls on the market, even traditional-looking white strands, are freshwater pearls cultured in the lakes of China. China has added beautiful natural pastel shades to the pearl palette: lovely warm pinks, oranges, and purples.

In the warmer waters of the South Pacific, bigger mollusks produce South Sea cultured pearls and black Tahitian cultured pearls, which come in larger sizes. South Sea golden cultured pearls are the world’s most valued pearls for their buttery color and natural satiny luster.

Natural cultured pearl colors are much more valuable than dyed pearl colors, which often look too vivid or harsh to come from nature. In addition to color, the quality of a cultured pearl is judged by its luster, the reflectivity and shine of the surface, and orient, which is the soft

iridescence caused by the refraction of light by the layers of nacre. Also look for any flaws or spots in the nacre: the best pearls have an even smooth texture. Other factors that affect value are the regularity of the shape, size, and color.

Pearls today are one of the best values in fine jewelry. With freshwater cultured pearls today priced considerably less than a mansion on Fifth Avenue, it doesn’t make sense to settle for imitations. Cultured pearls can be distinguished from imitation pearls by a very simple test. Take a pearl and rub it gently against the edge of a tooth. Cultured (and natural pearls) will feel slightly rough, like fine sandpaper, because of the texture of natural nacre. Imitations will feel as smooth as glass because the surface is molded or painted on a smooth bead.

10 May

Emerald: Go Green

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Emerald is the gem of goddesses. In ancient Rome, it was dedicated to Venus, the goddess of love.  The Incas had an emerald goddess the size of an ostrich egg. Smaller gems were smashed in sacrifice to her.

In ancient Egypt, mummies were buried with an emerald on their necks to symbolize rebirth. Cleopatra’s emeralds were the talk of the ancient world.

Both Jacqueline Kennedy and Duchess of Windsor Wallis Simpson, the woman King Edward gave up his throne to marry, had emerald engagement rings.

Emeralds also adorn the goddesses of the screen, from Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich to Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore.

Because the rich green color of emerald is the color of spring, it has long symbolized love and rebirth. As the gem of Venus, it was also considered an aid to fertility.

In addition to reigning as the birthstone for May, emerald is also the gem of the 20th and 35th anniversary, a suitable tribute to life-long love.

But no one who loves emerald should have to wait that long! Since this green gem symbolizes new beginnings, it’s the perfect symbol to celebrate a fresh start at a new job, a new house, or a recommitment ceremony.

Contemplating a new workout regime, a new blog, a vow to hold your temper? Surely any promise to turn over a new leaf will be much easier to keep while wearing emerald! So indulge your inner goddess and give it a try.

Angelina Jolie Wears Emeralds

6 March

Oscar Jewelry Predictions

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Hollywood’s big night is coming up on Sunday and it’s not just about movies: it’s the superbowl of jewelry. What beautiful jewels can we expect to see on the red carpet? Here’s my predictions, based on the jewelry at the Emmys, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Sag Awards.

1) Bold Gem Drops
This was the knock out look at last year’s Academy Awards. Angelina Jolie wore dramatic pear-shaped emerald earrings.Gemvara Ruby Earrings The trend continued at the Golden Globes, with Julianne Moore wearing similarly enormous emeralds.  This month’s fashion magazines feature a spectacular Bulgari jewelry ad with Moore wearing the same emerald earrings (and not much else.) Emerald has been done to perfection so no one else is likely to try that green gem again but this look has legs. Expect a new twist with another gem color.
Prediction: Bold gem drops that aren’t emerald.

2) Statement Necklace
This is the Oscars, people!  It’s time to take it up a notch. After many seasons of long earrings and a stack of bracelets, it’s time for the dramatic necklace. With the strapless styles we’re expecting, someone will break out a big necklace. To keep the overall effect young and sexy, not dowager, expect the necklace to be colorful or textured, not traditional.
Prediction: One statement & strapless combo.

3) Lorraine Reigns
Expect several of the actresses on the red carpet to be wearing Lorraine Schwartz, the hottest jewelry designer.  She loves blackened metal and draped sihouettes so even her bold styles are sexy and wearable.  Fancy diamonds are likely in unusual shades like gray and brown. At this point an awards show without a stunning piece by Schwartz is unthinkable.
Prediction: The best jewel of the night will be by Lorraine Schwartz.

4) Coco’s Rules
The age of bling and excess is over: the rule now for the red carpet is to follow Coco Chanel’s famous advice: get completely dressed and then take one thing off.  Expect stars to be accessorized with one standout piece, either jewel or dress, with everything else dialed back to a supporting role.  Think Angelina last year: bold emeralds with a subdued black dress.
Prediction: Stylish looks with a singular focus


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