8 November

Get The Look: Kate Bosworth

This past Saturday Michael Govan, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art director, gave L.A. a taste of NYC’s glory as the LACMA hosted its first Art + Film gala.

The black-tie fundraiser, which Govan hopes will one day rival the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institue ball in New York City, raised $3 million and honored actor Clint Eastwood and artist John Baldessari. The event was present by Gucci and co-hosted by Leonardo DiCaprio and Eva Chow. It brought a healthy mix of stars from film, fashion, and art including John Hamm, Rachel Zoe, John Krasinski, Zoe Saldana and Kate Bosworth.

Most of the celebs in attendance chose to wear Gucci, after the sponsor. All dresses were striking and most sparkled with sequins, fringe, and metallic detailing. Many women kept their jewelry minimal in order to not overpower the gowns.

Kate Bosworth, however, opted to wear a charming, lace Erdem frock in lieu of Gucci. While other celebrities looked very modern, Kate evoked a “Kate Middleton-esque” presence. Whether it was her demure poise or the fact that her earrings resembled Gemvara’s Kate Earrings (named after the Duchess of Cambridge), Kate was a ray of sunshine. She accented her look with a Jonathan Kelsey clutch, Christian Louboutin heels, and a perfect bouffant. We can’t picture anything more lovely. To get Kate’s look for less, take a peek at Gemvara’s Kate Earrings in White Gold and White Sapphire.

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31 October

Who Wore It Best: Halloween Edition

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Here at Gemvara we’re a bit obsessed with weddings. So when the two biggest weddings of the year (dare we say decade) both happened this past summer, we had to have a little showdown. Now it’s Halloween and this morning’s Halloween TV specials seemed to be channeling some those same wedding vibes.

On NBC’s “Today Show” Halloween Special at Rockefeller Plaza, the crew staged their very own royal wedding, complete with Meredith Vieira, who made a surprise appearance as the Queen of England. Prince William was played by Matt Lauer and Ann Curry was Kate Middleton in the wildly successful spectacle. They were joined by Prince Harry (Al Roker), Pippa Middleton (Natalie Morales), Prince Charles (Savannah Guthrie) and Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie (Kathie Lee Grifford and Hoda Kotb).

On the other hand, Nick Lachey and Kelly Ripa dressed up as Kris Humphries and Kim Kardashian for “Live! with Regis and Kelly.” Lachey stepped in (on stilts) for an absent Regis and towered over dark-haired Ripa. Both were perfectly in character. Unfortunately, the actual Kardashian/Humphries couple filed for divorce this morning. Talk about some bad timing.

Which TV crew’s costume do you like best?

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21 October

The Friday Link List

A little guidance for the guys, major moments at Christie’s, and ways to wear gems on more than just your finger. This week around the web…

We’ve found another street style tumblr to obsess over. Currently adding The Girls of Lincoln Park to our growing list of favorites, including: The Glitter Guide, Face Hunter, and The Sartorialist.

This week we gave guys a few tips for picking out the perfect “first” gift and we also discovered ways to  finding his ideal wedding band. Speaking of men, we also really love Taylor’s thoughts on menswear from her blog, Shut Up, I Love That Shirt On You.

As if the fantasy bra wasn’t enough, they now have underwear?

Shenae Grimes jewel-encrusted Miu Miu heels on Refinery29 had us squealing. Create your own Miu Miu sparkle with HonestlyWTF’s gemmy sneakers.

Daily Candy gives cute adult Halloween party tips.

Christie’s is blowing us away this week. First a $6.5 million yellow diamond and then two “tomato sized diamonds!”

Pantone recently released their Fashion Color Report and we were pleasantly surprised to see that it includes amethyst, citrine, fire opal, and rose quartz!

The ultimate sapphire showdown has begun. Who’s ring do you like best? Kate or Liz?

Our big Naked Gems launch is almost here! Make sure to sign up to receive exclusive updates. You won’t want to miss out on this chance to bare it all.

Have a fun-filled weekend!

19 October

Sapphire Showdown

There’s another spectacular sapphire on British soil these days, and dare we say it may be the rock to rival royalty.

Elizabeth Hurley, 46, got engaged on September 31st to professional cricketer, Shane Warne, 42, with a 9-carat blue sapphire that is estimated at $100,000. We are swooning.

In a recent interview with UsMagazine.com, jewelry expert, Michael O’Connor chatted about the fabulous ring:

“[It's a] platinum setting with an approximate 9-carat center blue sapphire and a 2-carat Trillion cut diamond on each side,” O’Connor says. “Shane made the right choice by setting the sapphire in platinum, since platinum doesn’t change color or fade – so it symbolizes a relationship that will endure.”

“Shane Warne is clearly a romantic,” O’Connor adds. “Since not only is blue sapphire a favorite of British royalty, but it’s also his birthstone!”

Wish this ring could be on your finger? Lucky for you, Gemvara has a very similar style. Our Pinnacle Ring features an emerald-cut center stone, set in any gemstone and metal you fancy. Gemvara also makes a ring just like Kate’s — the other British bombshell to wear the “royal” blue.

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14 September

Wedding Wednesday: Gemstone Rings

While we will always love traditional diamonds (what girl doesn’t?), here at Gemvara we can’t resist the individuality and personality of colored gemstones. Each gem means something different and each ring tells its own story. We aren’t alone in our affections either. Here is a round-up of celebrities who celebrated their engagements a bit more colorfully.

The most well-known gemstone engagement ring, of course, is Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s 18-carat blue sapphire ring. Sapphires symbolize trust and loyalty, which make them especially meaningful. They are popular too: Penelope Cruz wears a romantic, three-carat sapphire engagement ring and Jenna Bush has an antique looking three-stone engagement ring with sapphires on the side. Another celebrity with a sapphire ring is Nicole Richie, but her ring is a unique pink sapphire.

Jackie Kennedy and the Duchess of Windsor are famous for their emerald engagement rings. Both rings were very modern at the time they were received and are a true statement to both women’s iconic style. Emeralds have long symbolized love and rebirth. They are known for their youthful beauty and are the perfect choice for the fashion-forward woman.

A ruby, as seen on Jessica Simpson, is not for the faint of heart. A ruby symbolizes courage and emotion. It holds a fiery passion and represents burning desire. A ruby is the perfect gem to symbolize a deeply passionate love. It’s also July-born Jessica’s birthstone.

Tara Reid was very recently spotted wearing a 12-carat bezel-set, citrine engagement ring. This is a gem you don’t see every day, but its meaning makes it a perfect engagement ring. Citrine symbolizes happiness, joy, and optimism.

Diamonds can be more colorful too. Carmen Electra and TV character Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City both have black diamond engagement rings- an edgy, mysterious gem for the ultimate showstopper. Carrie Underwood got engaged with a five-plus carat, fancy yellow diamond to suit her sweet personality. Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez both received pink diamonds upon their engagements. Mariah’s 17-carat ring has an emerald cut, pink diamond surrounded by 58 intense pink diamonds with two half-moon diamonds on each side. Jennifer Lopez, who has been married three times, got her six carat pink diamond was from Ben Affleck, and a 8.5 carat blue diamond from Marc Anthony. What color will her next diamond be?

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7 September

Wedding Wednesday: Lace Unveiled

You can win diamond earrings just like Kate's!

Old is new again in the world of bridal trends. Yes, we’re talking about your grandmother’s lace. Leave your doily-inspired doubts behind: vintage lace has never looked so fresh! In the whirlwind that was celebrity weddings this past spring and summer, lace was everywhere you looked.

Lace has always been a bridal tradition, yet its resurgence is largely due to the recent push toward vintage style clothing. Many designers and celebrities are looking to older eras, such as the 1920s, for inspiration and reimagining old fashion elements in new ways.

Kate Middleton was hard to miss wearing her lovely, long-sleeved, lace dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen at her wedding to Prince William in April. Kate Moss, fashion icon, also followed suit with a vintage style lace dress and veil designed by her lifelong friend, John Galliano. What makes these styles so modern? Clean, simple lines that instantly update the intricate detail of the lace. Lace adds a rich, even youthful, elegance to a simple silhouette.

Although lace is gorgeous on a gown, we don’t think lace accents should only apply to the dress. An antique lace handkerchief is a lovely “something old” to carry down the aisle. Delicate lace gloves have also been making an appearance on modern day brides.

Lacy accents are especially welcome to add romance to your engagement ring. Gemvara’s Ribbon Lace Ring is a gorgeous vintage style ring with detailing that resembles intricate lace. This ring would make the perfect engagement ring for someone considering a romantic and timeless style.

There are also many other reasons to go vintage besides the look of the piece. Celebrities seem to be wearing vintage style engagement rings much more often too, for example Heather Locklear, Kate Moss and Nikki Reed all have vintage engagement rings.

What do you think of the bridal lace trend? Is it here to stay or should it remain in your grandma’s closet?

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30 August

A Royal Birthstone

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Legend has it that the world was once set upon an enormous sapphire, which painted the sky blue with its reflection. It was also once believed that the Ten Commandments were inscribed upon tablets made of sapphire. In addition, how could anyone forget the legendary 18-carat, sapphire engagement ring given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles? All these renowned qualities truly give sapphire a royal place among gemstones.

Sapphire, the birthstone for the month of September, has exploded with popularity during the last few decades. It started when Princess Diana flashed her sapphire engagement ring in 1981 and continues today as Kate Middleton shows off the same ring. Sapphires are experiencing a huge resurgence, but not without precedence.

One of the four precious gems (the other three being diamonds, emeralds and rubies) sapphires are second in hardness to diamonds, making them a practical choice for bridal jewelry sets. This also means that they are able to transcend the test of time — living up to their meaning associated with truth, sincerity, and constancy. Sapphires make a perfect engagement ring, but also a promise ring as they also symbolize faithfulness, wisdom, and purity.

Did you know that sapphires also come in other colors? Pink, yellow, and white sapphire jewelry is becoming more popular, but the striking deep blue variety continues to win both gem lovers and the September-born everywhere. Sapphires are the perfect gift for anyone with a September birthday and will be a memorable present to last a lifetime.

24 August

Wedding Wednesday Showdown: Kim vs. Kate

Kim Kardashian and her (now) husband, Kris Humphries, may not have royal privileges, but taking a look at their wedding this past Saturday it sure seems like they do. In a spectacle that has been said to rival the real royal wedding that took place back in April, there is no doubt that both couples went all out for their weddings, but who did it better? Take a look at our comparisons and vote for your favorite in the Kim vs. Kate wedding showdown.

The dress:

On Kate Middleton’s big day she donned a gown designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The white silk dress with detailed Chantilly lace sleeves was designed to emulate an opening flower and included a train almost nine feet long. For her reception Kate wore an ivory gown with a sweetheart neckline and embellished waistband, also by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.

Kim Kardashian wore not one, but three wedding dresses all custom-designed by Vera Wang. People Magazine reports that the first gown had a full tulle skirt, basque waist and hand-pieced Chantilly lace appliqué on the bodice and train. The second (apparently her favorite) was a Georgette mermaid dress with hand-pieced Chantilly lace on the bodice and a skirt of hand-cut organza petals and Chantilly lace motifs. The final gown was a bias-cut, crepe-back, satin gown with a circle skirt.

The jewels:

Kate wore Queen Elizabeth II’s jewels, including her dazzling drop earrings. She also borrowed a 1936 Cartier tiara from the monarch.

Kim wore $10 million of exclusive Lorriane Schwartz jewels, that included large drop earrings and a diamond encrusted necklace worn as a headpiece (could she have been channeling Kate?). Kim and Kris also exchanged Lorriane Schwartz wedding bands.

The coverage and the big bucks:

The royal wedding was broadcast worldwide on major television networks with many TV specials to follow. CBS also reported that the royal family spent an estimated $34 million on the wedding and that was after some budgeting (Charles and Diana’s wedding came to a whopping $110 million!).

On the other hand, Kim and Kris kept all details of their wedding top-secret… in order to make money. It is reported that the couple made (not spent!) $17.9 million on their wedding. Along with all the freebies the couple received (venue, wedding rings, champagne, and the dresses) the couple also sold their wedding footage to E! for $15 million for a two-part, four-hour special to air in October. Their wedding photos were sold to People for $2.5 million, the engagement announcements to People were $300,000, sale of bridal-shower photos to OK! came to $100,000 and they were paid to have the bachelorette party at Tao Las Vegas for $50,000.

The guest list:

The royal wedding brought Europe’s elite and many celebrities such as David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John. The Independent reports 1,900 guests were in attendance.

Eva Longoria, Carmelo Anthony, Venus and Serena Williams, and Lindsay Lohan were among the 440 guests who attended the Kardashian-Humphries wedding.

So, who did it best in the two biggest weddings of the year? Cast your vote below.

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19 August

The Friday Link List

A few fashion landmarks, milestone for Madge, wedding superlatives (plus a big one to come) and some fine jewelry blogging. Take a peek at this week around the web…

Thanks to Alexander McQueen and Kate Middleton, London becomes the capital of more than just England.

Men’s rings with a twist.

The anticipated FNO lineup revealed.

This summer’s most memorable celebrity wedding moments…

… But they’re not over yet– Kim Kardashian is set to marry Kris Humphries tomorrow, August 20th, in a celebration to rival royalty (aka Will and Kate)! And then, they will do it all over again.

Lulu Frost gets a bold look for JCrew.

Gemvara emerald rings featured in Cape Cod Bride and BRIDES.

Don’t forget about the “Just Becausers,” they may be more important than you think.

Vera Wang’s jewelry line, take 2!

Two lost engagement rings and a surprise wedding.

Gold sets a new record, but diamond prices fall.

Madonna turned 53 on Tuesday, August 16th. Happy Birthday, Madge– originator of the layered bracelet look.

Have a happy weekend!

21 July

Six Ways to Get Kate's Style

It’s safe to say that America is thoroughly smitten with Kate Middleton. Ever since her engagement to Prince William back in November 2010 people all around the globe have been coveting her elegant style. From her luscious locks and a smile that could brighten anyone’s day, there is nothing not to like about this easy-going beauty. Here are six ways to emulate Kate’s look– all available at Gemvara!

Princess Kate Ring
Frankly, Kate’s ring has become a cultural phenomenon. The 18-carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds was originally the engagement ring of Princess Diana, but something tells us that she would not be upset to have Kate wearing it today. Gemvara’s version of Kate’s ring is 2.45 carats and available in platinum or white gold.

Kate Earrings
If you haven’t already caught on to our obsession with Kate’s diamond drop earrings then you are in for a treat. These dazzling jewels are to-die-for (or at least good enough to compete for). Featuring the motif of her new family crest, the earrings were a gift to Kate from her parents. For those of us without a family crest, try Gemvara’s version.

Halo Pendant
Although not all of us may look like Kate in a bikini, it’s easy to copy her light and shimmery jewelry. Kate was spotted back in March wearing a circular diamond necklace while vacationing on a yacht in Ibiza. Gemvara’s Halo Pendant is comparable to her piece and simple enough to wear every day.

Gem Drop Earrings
Duchess Catherine must have an affinity for sapphires because, along with her ring, she has also been seen wearing sapphire earrings. Surrounded by diamonds, these circular drop earrings complement her ring perfectly. If you love sapphires just as much as Kate, take a peek at Gemvara’s Gem Drop Earrings.

Small Brillant Cross
A more recent addition to Kate’s wardrobe is her diamond cross. A popular piece in a classic design, this item can easily become one of your most versatile jewels. Kate wears hers with fancy dresses and hats, but we feel this essential can be paired down with jeans just as nicely.

Pear Citrine Earrings
Taking a step away from sapphires, Kate has also been seen wearing citrine droplet earrings. Paired with navy dresses or a neutral shift, these earrings add a pop of color to all your basics. Plus, doesn’t this sunny yellow just make everyone want to smile like Kate?

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