Weddings styles and traditions are constantly being redefined by new trends. I can never get enough celebrity news. They are always a good window into the latest trends. With wedding season winding down I thought it’d be prefect to do a little celebrity engagement ring wrap-up and highlight four big trends in celebrity rings.
What a Rock!
Among a lot of celebrities it seems that bigger really is better. Recently married Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring totaled 20.5 carats and $2 million. It has a 16.5 carat emerald cut center stone bordered by twin trapezoids. At least Kim has Khloe around to help lift her hand if she needs.
Jay-Z made jaws drop when he presented fiancé Beyoncé with a whopping $5 million Lorraine Schwartz emerald-cut solitaire. The ring features an 18-carat flawless diamond set in platinum; you can almost see where the Titanic hit it! The ring is quite a lump, but will be playing 2nd fiddle as Beyonce’s baby bump grows.
Most of us can’t shell out the money for such a big gem. Pairing your stone with much smaller accent stones or a thinner band can make it appear bigger. Additionally, some peoples’ hands are too small for a larger stone–or they just don’t want one. Remember this is something you have to wear every day and the quality of a ring does not reflect the quality of the marriage.
Clothes aren’t the only things that come back in style, but you might want to keep out of the thrift store for engagement ring shopping.
Natalie Portman’s $35,000 vintage-style round diamond ring is eco-friendly and left her feeling like a swan when fiancé Benjamin Millepied proposed.
Reese Witherspoon’s engagement ring features a 4-carat Ashoka diamond on a pave diamond-and-platinum band. Witherspoon said, “It’s an elegant cut and it has an old feel to it.” It’s a perfect pairing to her country-style elegance.
Vintage rings often have more intricate bands. Filigree, braiding and floral details are all very popular. With more baroque accessories coming into fashion, it’s a great time to invest in a little fussier ring. More intricate detail can be put into higher quality metals, but even a less precious band can yield a high amount of embellishment.
Pop of Color
All-white weddings are a thing of the past. Colorful themes are now at even the most formal weddings–-some of which find even the wedding party devoid of white. It makes sense that a lot of modern engagement rings are using color to make their statement.
Carrie Underwood is sporting a $150,000 flawless canary diamond after saying “yes” to her fiancé Mike Fisher. It’s enough to make anyone sing.
The late Princess Diana is responsible for causing fashion waves even after her passing. Her exquisite 18-carat, diamond-encrusted blue sapphire ring is now on Kate Middleton’s finger and proving that a beautiful engagement ring doesn’t have to be white. It doesn’t even have to be a diamond.
Set in platinum or white gold, a colored gem can really sparkle. Many couples are building stunning, fine and unique rings by adding colored diamonds or other gems. Working your wedding colors into the ring can make your special day even more memorable.
Ben Affleck proposed to Jennifer Garner on her 33rd birthday with a 4.5-carat, cushion-cut Harry Winston ring. The ring is valued at a smooth $500,000. Not so smooth, however, is that he used the same jeweler for ex J-Lo’s ring.
Tom Cruise bought Katie Holmes a 5-carat oval-shaped ring set in platinum and rose gold was slipped after their first date. I’m sure it was with much relief when he finally slipped it on her finger at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Taking things a little fast are we?
Playing with cut is the easiest way to get a lot out of your diamond. Some cuts waste more diamond and some use less. Either way, stepping out of the square cut box is the fastest way to make your ring memorable.
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