11 July

Earrings Make a Statement at Royal Gala

Although we’ve definitely made our fascination with Kate Middleton’s diamond droplet earrings apparent (see: here and here) it seems like it’s not just us “commoners” who are obsessing with the trend. During this month’s BAFTA Brits To Watch Gala held at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles, almost all celebrity women in attendance adorned some sort of fabulous statement earrings— to flatter the Duchess, of course!

Blake Lively arrived looking sun kissed in a flowing Marchesa gown from the Spring 2011 collection and showed off her diamond, flower earrings designed by Lorraine Schwartz. Floral has been a huge trend this summer. Check out our version of the floral studs.

Nicole Kidman, who stunned in an icy blue Elie Saab Haute Couture embellished gown, accented her dress with emerald and diamond droplet earrings by Cathy Waterman. See a similar style here.

Elizabeth Banks showed up in Neil Lane gold earrings, a cuff and cocktail ring. The mod jewelry complimented her simple white dress and gave off a very 70’s style vibe.

Elisabeth Moss wore a light pink gown that matched the sheer pink gems in her Vhernier drop earrings. To find a smaller version of these earrings see here.

Lastly, Jennifer Garner was seen in 18 karat, yellow-gold hoop earrings by David Webb that popped against her navy blue dress.

From studs to droplet earrings and even oversized hoops, it seems Kate’s statement earrings have resonated with all!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images, Valerie Macon-AFP / GettyImages

29 April

Get the Look: Kate Middleton's Earrings

The dress was divine.  The pageantry unforgettable.  The tiara dazzling.  But the one brilliant detail of Kate Middleton’s day that we all can add to our own lives, married to a prince or not, are her dazzling diamond droplet earrings.  Sparkling even through her veil, dancing and catching the light, her earrings were effortlessly elegant. Although they looked great with a tiara, it doesn’t take much imagination to see them looking just as stunning with a little back dress or even a crisp white shirt.

Kate’s earrings were created by designer Robinson Pelham and feature the oakleaf and acorn motif of Kate’s new family crest. They were a gift from Duchess Catherine’s parents, Carol and Michael Middleton.

If you’ve been coveting Kate’s wedding earrings but don’t have a family crest, this fabulous Gemvara style that dances and catches the light in the same way is just the ticket.  They are dazzling in diamond and platinum. But because it’s Gemvara, you can also customize them in a range of other gemstones and precious metals so that they won’t require a crown-jewels size budget.

24 January

Top Celebrity Engagement Rings

Jaw-droppingly large, undeniably brilliant, and surprisingly colorful, it’s been a great year for celebrity engagement rings.  Here we count down the best of the best of the year’s celebrity engagement rings. (and show you how to get the look for less.)

1. Kate Middleton’s Royal Sapphire Engagement Ring

If only all hand-me-downs were this stunning!  Kate Middleton’s 18-carat sapphire surrounded by diamonds is, of course, Princess Diana’s engagement ring. Enormously influential then, this ring is sure to once again make sapphire a popular choice for engagement rings again.  The ring itself looks as beautiful today as it was when Diana received it: a bewitching argument for choosing a classic style and beautiful gem that holds its appeal for generations.  Originally valued at $40,000 to $60,000 in 1981, it is now valued at about $500,000. If that’s a bit out of your price range, you’ll be happy to know that beautiful sapphire engagement rings are available for much less. Gemvara has a 2.45 carat Diana sapphire engagement ring is $6,700 in platinum.

2. Carrie Bradshaw’s Black Diamond Engagement Ring

Carrie Bradshaw may be only a fictional celebrity but when Big gave her that stunning five-carat black diamond ring in 2010′s Sex & the City 2, real brides around the world said yes to a black diamond ring. Sales of black diamonds have surged ever since. At Gemvara, since our customers are generally looking for something unique, we now sell more black diamond engagement rings than white diamond engagement rings! And a five-carat stunner that’s just like Carrie’s engagement ring is just $6,000.

3. Natalie Portman’s Brilliant Halo Engagement Ring

Delicate but bold, Natalie Portman’s engagement ring perfectly suits her. A four-carat round brilliant diamond with a delicate double halo around it on a pave band, the ring is classic but also of the moment. Halo engagement rings are very fashionable right now. It’s bound to get a lot of attention during the award season, with Portman winning acclaim for her performance in Black Swan.  This ring will look good with an Oscar, don’t you think?

4. LeAnn Rimes: Rose Gold Oval Engagement Ring

LeeAnn Rimes engagement ring is noteworthy for two reasons: first it’s set with a five-carat oval diamond, a classic but unusual choice. Second the band has rose gold fleur-de-lis accents. We love rose gold engagement rings, they are so romantic! And that oval gem makes her fingers look long and lovely.  The ring is valued at $85,000.

5. Katy Perry’s Yellow Gold Engagement Ring

KatyPerryEngagementRingKaty 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: Katy’s three-carat round diamond is set in an unusual wide yellow gold band with some side detailing. It’s feminine without being lacy or delicate. The Diamond Information Center estimates the ring is worth $120,000. To get the look for less, set the stone of your choice in an interesting yellow gold setting rather than the white-on-white look that is most common today. The Alhambra ring or the Ribbon Lace Ring from Gemvara would be just the right combination of bold but feminine and both are less than $5,000.

6. Carrie Underwood’s Fancy Yellow Engagement Ring

Carrie Underwood’s spectacular engagement ring from hockey star fiancé Mike Fisher is set with a five-plus carat flawless fancy yellow diamond.  The diamond is surrounded by a diamond pave halo that makes it even more dramatic. The Diamond Information Center estimates the ring is worth $150,000. To get the look for less, try a yellow sapphire engagement ring. The Raquel Ring from Gemvara is less than $3,000 set with yellow sapphire.  And the center stone of any engagement ring will be enhanced by a halo engagement ring setting like Carrie’s which surrounds the center gem with a circle of brilliance.

7. Jessica Simpson’s Romantic Ruby Engagement Ring

Jessica Simpson’s engagement ring stops traffic: the center of her ring is a spectacular ruby and diamond three-stone ring. The center gem is an oval-shaped five-carat ruby but the side stones are pretty significant too: two pear-cut diamonds that weigh in around five carats combined. The gems are set in yellow gold and the ring is reportedly worth $100,000. Not only is ruby a romantic choice for an engagement ring, Jessica was born in July so ruby is her birthstone too, making it a personal statement. While something that looks like Jessica Simpson’s engagement ring is more than $25,000, three stone ruby engagement rings start around $2,000.

8. Penelope Cruz’s Mysterious Sapphire Engagement Ring

Penelope Cruz hasn’t really talked about her recent marriage to Javier Bardem but she wears a stunning oval sapphire surrounded by diamonds on her ring finger that would make a very lovely engagement ring! The halo of diamonds around the center gem are surrounded by metal, giving the ring a lovely scalloped floral effect. With Kate’s ring also in the spotlight, blue sapphire engagement rings are having a major moment.

9. Chelsea Clinton’s Classic Engagement Ring

An American princess, Chelsea Clinton’s wedding was the event of the year.  Her ring is simple but sizable: a large Asscher-cut diamond with a plain platinum band. Never comfortable in the limelight, the bride has managed to avoid clear photos of the ring.  But it’s size and simplicity have enchanted brides looking for a timeless style that still catches the eye.

16 December

Engagement Rings Fit for a Queen

Whoever said engagement rings have to be diamonds has obviously never been a queen. Not only are colorful engagement rings unique and elegant, they also have adorned powerful potentates throughout royal history. Thanks to these women bulldozing jewelry boundaries, your options are limitless when choosing an engagement ring that packs a loving punch, in whichever color you please.

It all began with Queen Elizabeth, who was proposed to with a blue sapphire ring. This marked the birth of a tradition; Princess Anne and Princess Diana also received blue sapphire engagement rings. Princess Sarah Ferguson kept the colorful tradition alive, yet mixed things up with a ruby engagement ring.  It seems like Royal Rocks are just more colorful!

And now the latest royal, Kate Middleton, has captured the hearts of Prince William and the world, wearing Diana’s ring: a touching example of how style transcends time.  Dazzling in blue, Kate has taken the trend for colored gemstone engagements to a new generation.

These royal women opened the diamond door for engaged women across the globe. You are welcome, of course, to go the traditional diamond route if you so please, as many women still do. Other color and gemstone options include amethyst, emerald, aquamarine,  pink sapphire, black diamond, and yellow sapphire.

Go ahead and be creative and unique; explore all of the options that are right at your fingertips!

Actress, writer and improviser Brooke Lenzi is a performer on stage and screen in Los Angeles. She likes gifts that come in small packages.

19 November

Kate Middleton's Crown Jewel

Prince William and Kate Middleton finally announced their engagement this week, after eight years together. This was a great day for the British Royal Family, but there was one thing that outshone the interviews, the reporting, and even the announcement itself – the ring.

On Kate’s hand was Princess Diana’s sapphire and fourteen-diamond stunner, staring out across TV and the Internet, and initiating an enormous wave of demand for a similar ring. Even her gorgeous, matching blue Issa dress sold out in sheer minutes on the designer’s website.

The eighteen-carat oval sapphire is set in a ballerina-style mounting with diamonds encircling the cobalt-colored gem in white gold. Originally valued between $40,000 and $60,000 when it was purchased from jeweler Garrard in 1981, the present value of the ring is reportedly at about $500,000.

After Princess Diana’s death in 1997, it was Prince Harry who chose the ring to remember his beloved mother. Prince William chose her 18K yellow gold Cartier Tank Francaise watch, on which she used to teach him to tell time. However, Harry gave the ring to William to propose with, as he saw that it was the perfect way to officially welcome Kate into the Royal Family. (No word on if William has traded the watch to Harry in thanks.) The most celebrated wedding since Princess Di’s will likely take place next summer.

Blue sapphires have a history as rich and deep as their color. The term sapphire comes from the Latin word “saphirus” and the Greek word “sapheiros,” both of which mean “blue”. Kings across the globe wore sapphires, having believed that the gems kept them safe, promoted divine favor, and imparted wisdom. Sapphires were also thought to have protected against witchcraft and to keep thoughts pure. The deep hue of the blue sapphire is said to promote serenity, honesty, and to preserve innocence. In more modern times, sapphires have been connected to love, and represent fidelity, honesty, and devotion. When the lore of the deep-blue gem is taken into account, the properties of the sapphire are indeed very appropriate for an engagement ring.

What do you think of Kate’s ring? Would you go crazy for a Kate/Diana engagement ring of your own? The holidays are coming, and it’s a great time to drop some hints if you’re hoping for a truly spectacular gift this winter. Men, we want to know what you think! Would you consider proposing with a sapphire ring instead of a traditional white diamond?

Even if you don’t have a half-million dollar budget, a ring like Kate’s is within reach.  Gemvara has a lovely similar sapphire style with 14 diamonds in platinum that is less than the average ordinary diamond engagement ring.  Like Kate’s ring, it will definitely turn heads.