Sapphires are sexy! Don’t believe us? Style icons such as Princess Diana, Duchess Kate, Liz Taylor, and Jessica Chastain have all accessorized with September’s glamorous, royal blue birthstone. To learn more about the history and meaning of the sapphire, check out our blog post “Gemstone Education: The Jewel of the Sky.” Shop for your own sapphire jewelry at Jewelry.com!
It’s been a year full of surprises my fellow jewelry hounds. From diamond dentures and bug jewelry to gold parties and Gaga, the “Year of the Tiger” was nothing if not ‘unusual’. So as the last days of 2010 take their final bow, it’s time to do what we media folks love to do best: Look back. And make lists. Here is a smattering of some of my favorite jewelry moments combined with some of yours – because without you guys, I’m just all alone in the universe writing about Lindsay Lohan’s jail jewelry and diamond dog collars as if it actually MEANS something. So my heartfelt thanks to you all for joining this shiny place of jewel-filled sarcasm, schadenfreude and joy for yet another year. Here’s to more days of diamond diversions! 10. The ‘Ears’ Have It
If 2009 was the year of the statement necklace, 2010 brought the sentiment to the ears. The trend started with the smashing success of Courteney Cox’s Golden Globe teardrop triumph and continued throughout awards season. Look for swinging chandelier shapes and shoulder dusters to continue to shine well into 2011. 9. Baseball Bling
In the year’s 4th most popular post, I got to the bottom of those weird rope necklaces all the baseball players were wearing last season. I was surprised as anyone to know that jocks not only get emotional about jewelry – they believe it has super powers. And I thought I had issues… 8. Pink Diamond Shatters Price Record
So. There’s this dude, Laurence Graff. And he has piles of money. What does he do with it? He gobbles up the world’s most valuable diamonds like pints of Chunky Monkey. His latest acquisition was a 24.78-carat piece of pink perfection that sold for a record-breaking $46.16 million. And now back to our regularly scheduled budget deficit…. 7. Neil Lane – Jeweler of the Year
My jeweler of the year award has to go to Neil Lane. He’s always been a red carpet staple but his monopoly on celebrity weddings in 2010 was staggering. He designed Anna Paquin’s bridal jewels, Nicole Richie’s wedding band, Jessica Simpson’s newsworthy ruby rock – along with the bling for the entire Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise. AND he launched a bridal line with Kay Jewelers to reach the mere mortal market. Just call him the Kim Kardashian of the jewelry world: He somehow seems to be everywhere. And he’s taking it straight to the bank. 6. Black Diamond Blitz
When Howard Stern awarded his ‘Tiger Woods Miss Mistress’ winner a black diamond ring for her trouble back in March, I feared one of my favorite stones would be forever branded the ‘other women’. But Sex And The City II (despite being one of my biggest disappointments this year – see #5 for more) gave black diamonds a glittering close up – and the stone is now a must-have for red carpet divas and regular folks alike. I’m giving it my ‘most likely to succeed’ award. Stay tuned. 5. Diamond Disappointments
Not to be all Debbie Downer and all…but there were some MAJOR jewelry/fashion bummers this year. Exhibit A: The Oscars
My favorite New York women finally jumped the shark. Aiden? In Abu Dhabi? “I Am Woman” karaoke? C’mon! Exhibit D: Angelina Jolie.
The world’s most stunning actress (a la Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn) can’t seem to wear anything but black and diamond studs on the red carpet. And Jennifer Aniston and Julia Roberts are stuck in the muck with her. Help me, Housewives of Beverly Hills. You’re my only hope. 4. Where’s The Beef?
More people read my post on Chelsea’s engagement ring than any other entry in the history of the blog. Despite the fact that I (and all of my other fellow jewelry hounds) STILL haven’t found a decent picture of the thing. Hat’s off to you, Chels, for keeping us all well out of your business. And for making my Alexa rating skyrocket. 1. The Sapphire Heard ‘Round the World.
Hey. Did you hear? Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton. Shocker! Seriously, though, you’re going to have to endure many a royal wedding post in 2011 – cuz there’s gonna be major crown jewels on display. I’m already hyperventilating.
But perhaps the most important repercussion from all this nonsense, is the resurgence of the Lady Di ring silhouette and sapphires as a popular stone for engagement rings. I hope the trend continues, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in 2010 – you don’t have to break the bank to get a great piece of jewelry these days (JewelClub, anyone?). And that includes engagement rings.
OK. I think I hear the champagne calling my name. (It happens.) I hope you all have a safe and shining New Year. In the meantime, weigh in with your favorite jewelry moments from 2010! As always, I love to hear from you. (Janet – that means you!) See you on the flip side!
I have to admit – much like those wily obituary writers who have their Keith Richards piece done WAY in advance – I’ve been waiting for the Prince William proposal to rock the celebrity jewelry world for quite some time now.
I mean, c’mon, lad! Eight years is enough!
So. I had all my ducks in a row when the stars aligned last week and apparently – so did sample sale site sensation, JewelClub.
While jewelry manufacturers are scrambling to get their Lady Di merchandise in stores for the holiday shopping season, JewelClubers already have a collection curated, priced and ready to go – today.
Of course I pored over their Lady Di Sample Sale stash that went live at midnight – and they have the Kate ring up the wazoo for folks who want a replica. But they go one better by including royalty-inspired sapphire styles that allow women to put their own personal stamp on the trend. Cool.
Not only that – but they’ve thrown in a nod to the other royals who’ve walked down the aisle in emeralds, rubies and other gems to boot. (Did you know Fergie wore a ruby engagement ring? I guess her poor decision-making skills started after the divorce.)
We’ve got until the clock strikes twelve on Wednesday to take advantage of their generous pricing (up to 80% off retail) before our princess fantasies turn into proverbial pumpkins. So get on it jewelry hounds and gift givers! It doesn’t get much bigger than this in terms of trend meeting taste.
Even Keith Richards would be impressed. Alive. And impressed.
Jewelry hounds? Prince William gave Kate Middleton Princess Diana’s stunning sapphire and diamond engagement ring – and here are the pictures to prove it. It’s just the perfect sentiment. I think I’m getting misty-eyed.
Not only is Princess Diana’s rock the Holy Grail of engagement ring history – it’s actually on trend, if you can believe it. Diamonds are taking a back seat these days to gemstone alternatives. And, well, Kate has one whopper of an 18-carat sapphire gemstone on her hands. Literally.
Wasn’t it just a few years’ back the first baby pictures of the world’s new little Prince William hit People Mag (because that’s the only place you could find them back then!) Now look at him. Must be a bittersweet time without his mother here to share in his happiness.
In their first appearance earlier today since announcing their engagement, Kate was asked about the legacy of Princess Diana, and she expressed her sadness at never having had the chance to meet her. Now? Kate’s got probably the most famous ring in the world on her finger as a reminder. And the entire free world watching her every move.
Of course I wouldn’t be me without trying to find affordable alternatives for my fellow royal ring watchers. How about this one for starters….
Cheerio! And congrats to the happy couple!
While the jewelry hound pack knows I love myself a diamond, I’ve always been a fan of the non-traditional engagement ring. Ever since Princess Diana got that stunning sapphire for her ill-fated union waaaaay back in 1981, I’ve been fascinated by brides who opt out of the diamond for their ring finger bling.
American Idol runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, isn’t the first person you’d think of to keep Diana’s company, but People reports her diamond-free engagement ring was all the rage at her surprise wedding to fellow folkie and longtime friend, Brian Walker last weekend.
The bride wore an organic, hemp and cotton wedding gown from Vermont designer Tara Lynn, according to People and sealed the deal with a 1.1-carat princess-cut ruby ring designed by Walker and crafted by Chicago’s Traci Coughlin and Steve Quick Jewelers.
“There are no diamonds to be found as we don’t believe in the violence and injustice that occurs within the diamond trade industry,” Bowersox explained. “Both rings feature the masonry symbol, an infinity 8, and the Sanskrit symbol for the sound ‘om’ and a personal design that for us represents three: Brian, Crystal, and Tony.”
I won’t judge her ‘diamond-free’ political statement , but I do love her ruby replacement. And for brides and grooms on a bauble budget, rubies and other gemstone styles are often a more affordable option than the traditional diamond.
I’m afraid I can’t find a picture of Crystal’s ring (yet!), but I found this ruby wedding band option on Jewelry.com if you want to go the Bowersox route for your big day. Or for any day, by golly.
What do my fellow jewelry hounds think of the non-traditional engagement ring trend? Anyone out there have one? Weigh in!
A kuckle-sized sapphire and diamond ring was spotted on Penelope Cruz’s ring finger at the New York Film Festival this weekend, but the actress refused to confirm the significance of the stunner, according to People Magazine.
As if impeccable genes, an uber-successful career and and Oscar weren’t enough, Cruz has the audacity to get super sexy, Javier Bardem, as her longtime love and possible husband. It’s a cruel, cruel world, jewelry hounds.
Despite my unattractive feelings of jealousy, I am loving the idea of the non-traditional engagement ring making another star appearance (Princess Diana made the sapphire engagement ring famous back in the day and the trend continues to this day).
Many couples are opting for colored gemstones instead of the traditional diamond these days. They not only make a unique statement, they’re often less pricey than their diamond counterparts – especially if you opt for a treated gemstone. Good news for us all, right?
For more info on non-traditional engagement rings, check out the Jewelry.com education section. They break it all down – and then some.