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Diamond Education – Carat Weight Chart

What is a diamond carat and how can you choose the perfect diamond size for you? Jewelry.com’s guide to understand the 4Cs will help you buy the perfect piece of diamond jewelry at the perfect price. The term “Carat” refers to the weight of a diamond. This measurement is one of The Four “C”s used to determine diamond quality. It is derived from the carob seeds that were used to balance scales in ancient times because of their uniformity of weight and shape.

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Carats are also the measure of weight for most gems, with one Carat equaling approximately 200 milligrams (0.2 grams). There are 142 carats to an ounce. Carats are further divided into points, with one Carat equaling 100 “points.”

Some common Carat weights, and their corresponding “points” include:

One Carat = 100 points
Three-quarters Carat (3/4 Carat, 0.75 Carat) = 75 points
Half-Carat (1/2 Carat, 0.50 Carat) = 50 points
Quarter Carat (1/4 Carat, 0.25 Carat) = 25 points
Melee – Tiny stones used in pave or channel settings. Usually weigh 0.15 carats (15 points) or less, and are either grouped together or used to augment a larger stone.

Carat weight, combined with girdle diameter (the girdle is the outermost edge of a cut diamond), expresses the exact size of a diamond. Here are some notable Carat weights and the corresponding girdle diameters for round, ideally proportioned, brilliant cut diamonds:

10 carats = 14 millimeters
5 carats = 11.1 millimeters
2.5 carats = 8.8 millimeters
1 Carat = 6.5 millimeters
0.75 Carat (3/4 Carat) = 5.9 millimeters
0.50 Carat (1/2 Carat) = 5.15 millimeters
0.375 Carat (3/8 Carat) = 4.68 millimeters
0.25 Carat (1/4 Carat) = 4.1 millimeters
0.125 Carat (1/8 Carat) = 3.25 millimeters
0.0625 Carat (1/16 Carat) = 2.58 millimeters

All properties being equal, larger diamonds are rarer than smaller ones and are more expensive. For instance, a one-Carat stone will generally cost much more than a 95 pointer.

Other factors such as cut, color and clarity also come into play when determining a stone’s value. It’s entirely possible for a smaller stone of exceptional cut, color, and clarity to be worth more than a larger stone of only average quality in these other areas.

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It is this balance of preserving the greatest possible weight from the original rough diamond vs. producing a stone with the best possible quality in terms of cut, color, and clarity, that presents the most difficult challenge to the diamond cutter. It is the cutter’s experience and skill that is the determining factor in preserving the beauty of a diamond, while maintaining its size and value. It is also the cutter’s job to give you, the consumer, the finest quality stone, and largest Carat weight, for your money.

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Glossary of Jewelry Terms

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Everyone loves jewelry (especially women!) but jewelry terminology can sometimes sound like a foreign language altogether. Can you tell a baguette from a bezel? A cabochon from a crown? Following is a list of basic jewelry terms that will allow you to better understand the lingo that so many sales associates speak, and next time you’re at the store, you will sound like the expert.

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– Baguette setting — A rectangular-shaped stone with rows of step-like facets. If the baguette’s two long sides taper inward, it is called a Tapered baguette. Baguettes in long, thin cut rectangles are often used as enhancements to a lager center stone, or on a watch bezel.

– Bar setting — Similar to the channel setting, it is a circular band of diamonds or gemstones that holds each stone in by a long thin bar, shared between two stones.

– Barion cut — This has a traditional step-cut crown and a modified brilliant-cut pavilion. A square barion cut diamond has 61 facets, excluding the culet.

– Bearding or girdle fringes — The outermost portion of the stone, called the girdle, can develop small cracks that resemble whiskers during the polishing process. The bearding can sometimes be removed, if not too dramatic, with slight re-polishing, and if the weight allows.

– Bezel — With a bezel setting, a rim holds the stone and completely surrounds the gem. It is the upper portion above the girdle of a cut stone. Bezels can have straight edges, scalloped edges, or can be molded into any shape to accommodate the stone. A watch bezel is the upper part of the case surrounding the dial. They can be set with diamonds or other gemstones.

– Blemishes — The term blemish is used when the diamond has scratches or marks on the external area of the stone.

– Brilliance — Liveliness or sparkle in a stone when light is reflected from the surface and from the total internal reflection of light.

– Brilliant-cut — Brilliant cuts are scientifically found to reflect the most light from within the stone, and often are considered to have the most brilliance of all cuts. A round brilliant-cut diamond has 58 facets. Other brilliant cuts include the heart, oval, marquise and pear shaped.

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– Cabochon — A facet-less style of cutting that produces a smooth surface. They can be in many shapes, including round with high domes to squares.

– Carat — Unit of measure of weight of diamonds and gemstones. One carat is equivalent to 200 milligrams. One carat can also be divided into 100 “points.” A .75-carat stone is the same as a 75-point or 3/4-carat stone.

– Certification (or Diamond Grading Reports) — There are many recognized gemological laboratories that can grade your stones for a fee. The most well known is the GIA, Gemological Institute of America.

– Channel setting — Used most frequently for wedding and anniversary bands, a channel setting will set the stones right next to each other with no metal separating them.

– Clarity — A diamond often has natural imperfections, commonly referred to as inclusions, which contribute to its identifying characteristics. Inclusions are found within the diamond, and can be white, black, colorless, or even red or green. Most are undetectable by the human eye, and can only be seen with 10X magnification. Inclusions are ranked on a scale of perfection called clarity.

– Cleavage — A natural area of the diamond where a weak bond holds the atoms together. The gem will be split along these planes by the cutter.

– Cluster setting — This setting surrounds a larger center stone with several smaller stones. It is designed to create a beautiful larger ring from many smaller stones.

– Color — Diamonds are graded on a color scale established by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). Fancy colors refer to diamonds with hues like pink, blue, green, yellow, and very rarely red. Fancy colors are not included in this color scale and are considered extremely rare.

– Crown — This is the upper portion or the top of a diamond.

– Culet — The bottom point of the diamond. It may be polished in some stones. Sometimes, a cutter may choose to make the culet a surface instead of a point.

– Cushion cut — A mixed-cut diamond shaped like a square pillow.

– Cut — Cut refers to the angles and proportions a skilled craftsman creates in transforming a rough diamond into a polished diamond. Based on scientific formulas, a well-cut diamond will internally reflect light from one mirror-like facet to another and disperse and reflect it through the top of the stone. This results in a display of brilliance and fire. Diamonds that are cut too deep or too shallow lose or leak light through the side or bottom, resulting in less brilliance, and ultimately value.

– Cutting style — Cutting styles are different than diamond shapes. The simplest and most common way to explain cutting style is to categorize it into the following three basic types: Step-cut, Brilliant-cut, and Mixed-cut.

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– Deep cut — When a diamond is cut too deep, it will lose or leak light through the side or bottom. This results in less brilliance and value.

– Diamond — A diamond is the hardest known natural substance. It is crystallized carbon. Diamonds are mined in their rough form and then cut and polished to reveal their brilliance.

– Diamond Grading Reports — There are many recognized gemological laboratories that can grade your diamond for a fee. The most well known is the GIA, Gemological Institute of America.

– Dispersion — When light enters a diamond it reflects off the facets and the angles cut into the stone. This distribution of light is known as dispersion, or the display of the spectral colors.

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– Emerald shape — A rectangular or square-shaped cut-cornered diamond. A form of step cutting, this cut is favored for diamonds and emeralds, as well as many other stones, when the principle purpose is to enhance color rather than brilliancy. It is also sometimes used to emphasize the absence of color in diamonds.

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– Facet — Any flat polished surface of a diamond or gemstone. This style of cutting gives the stone many small faces at varying angles to one another. The placement, angle and shape of each facet are carefully planned and executed to show the stone’s inherent beauty, fire, color, and brilliance to the fullest advantage.

– Fancy Cut — A diamond cut other than round — such as baguette, emerald, pear, marquise, square, oval, heart, etc.

– Fracture Filling — A process that injects a substance into a diamond to hide inclusions. 

– Feather — A type of inclusion or flaw within a diamond. It is described often as a small crack or fissure.

– Finish — Describes the exterior of the diamond. If a diamond is well polished, it has a very good finish.

– Fire — Often a term used instead of “dispersion,” it is the variety and intensity of rainbow colors seen when light is reflected from a diamond.

– Flat-top setting — Like the Gypsy setting, this setting has a band that is one continuous piece that gets thicker at the top. A flat-top setting grows broader at the top so that a faceted stone can be inserted into the ring at the broadest part. The stone is held in place by metal chips attached at the stone’s girdle.

– Fluorescence — When exposed to ultraviolet light, a diamond may exhibit a more whitish, yellowish or bluish tint, which may imply that the diamond has a property called fluorescence. The untrained eye can rarely see the effects of fluorescence. Diamond grading reports often state whether a diamond has fluorescent properties. Fluorescence is not considered a grading factor, only a characteristic of that particular diamond.

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– Gemological Institute of America (GIA) — A nonprofit teaching institute considered the standard-bearer in the grading of diamonds and colored gemstones. 

– Girdle — The outer edge of a cut stone, the dividing line between the crown and the pavilion. Sometimes the girdle is polished and sometimes it is unpolished. Ideally the width of the girdle should be even and proportional to the cut of the stone.

– Growth or grain lines — These can be considered internal flaws, and can often be seen only by rotating the diamond very slowly. They can appear and disappear almost instantaneously. They appear as small lines or planes within the diamond.

– Gypsy setting — The Gypsy setting is predominantly used for men’s jewelry. The band is one continuous piece that gets thicker at the top. The top is dome shaped and the stone is inserted in the middle.

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– Hardness — Resistance a material offers to scratching or abrasion. Generally measured using the MOHS scale. 

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– Inclusion — “Internal characteristics” apparent to a trained or professional eye at 10x magnification. Inclusions can be bubbles, crystals, carbon spots, feathers, clouds, pinpoints, or other impurities, or even cracks and abrasions. They are what make a diamond so unique, as a fingerprint does for a person.

– Illusion setting — This setting is more intricate than others in that it surrounds the stone to make it appear larger.

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– Loupe — Any small magnifying glass mounted for hand use, to hold up to the eye socket or attach to a pair of glasses.

– Luster — The hue and depth of reflection from pearls, opal or other opaque stones.

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– Marquise shape — A double-pointed, boat-shaped stone that is long and thin with gently curved sides coming to a point on either end. Marquise is part of the brilliant-cut family; ideally cut it has 58 facets.

– Mixed-cut — This cut has both step-cut and brilliant-cut facets. Mixed cuts combine the beauty of the emerald cut with the sparkle of the brilliant cut.

– MOHS Scale — A scale of hardness with numbers from one to ten assigned to ten minerals of increasing hardness from talc to diamonds.

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– Mele — Small, usually round diamonds less than .10 carats in size.

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– Natural — A diamond characteristic that is part of the surface of a polished diamond that was not cut or polished during the cutting process.

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– Oiling — This technique is commonly used on emeralds. The purpose of this technique is for the oil to fill the fine cracks that weaken the green color. The oil fills the cracks making them “disappear” and thereby improving the color.

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– Pave — A type of setting where a number of small stones are set together. It literally means paved with diamonds.

– Pavilion — Bottom portion of the stone, under the girdle, measuring to the culet. It is the area below the girdle consisting of 23 facets in the round-brilliant-cut diamond.

– Pear shape — Term used to describe any diamond whose girdle outline resembles a pear shape. Ideally cut pear shapes have 58 facets.

– Pinpoint — An inclusion within a diamond. A gathering of pinpoints is called a “cluster” or “cloud.” A cloud or cluster can appear as a hazy area in the diamond, a pinpoint appears as a dot.

– Point — Term meaning one-hundredth of a carat — approximately the size of one-half a grain of sand.

– Polish — Indicates the care taken by the cutter in shaping and faceting the rough stone into a finished and polished diamond.

– Poor cut — A poorly cut diamond can be either cut too deep or too shallow. A deep or shallow cut diamond will lose or leak light through the side or bottom. This results in less brilliance and value.

– Princess cut — A square or sometimes rectangular-shaped modified brilliant-cut diamond.

– Prong or claw setting — The metal tip or bead that actually touches the stone and holds it into place. This setting usually consists of four or six claws that cradle the stone. Because this setting allows the maximum amount of light to enter a stone from all angles, it sometimes can make a diamond appear larger and more brilliant than its actual weight. This setting can also hold larger diamonds more securely.

– Proportion — Proportion is the relationship between the angles of the facets of the crown and pavilion. The proportions of a diamond are very important, so that the maximum amount of light be reflected off and out of a stone.

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– Radiant cut — A rectangular or square shaped diamond with step-cut and scissor-cut on the crown, and a brilliant-cut on the pavilion.

– Refraction — The bending of light rays as they pass through a diamond or gemstone.

– Rough — Uncut diamonds or gemstones.

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– Scintillation — When light reflects from a diamond, the sparkling flashes that come from the facets of the gem are known as scintillation.

– Shallow cut — When a diamond is cut too shallow, it will lose or leak light through the side or bottom. This results in less brilliance and value. 

– Shape — Form or appearance of a diamond; i.e.: whether the diamond is round, triangular, square, marquise, pear, oval or heart-shaped.

– Solitaire — A single diamond or stone set by itself in mounting.

– Step cut — With rows of facets that resemble the steps of a staircase. The emerald cut and the baguette are examples of the step cut.

– Symmetry — Symmetry is the arrangement of the facets and finished angles created by the diamond cutter. Excellent symmetry of a well-cut and well-proportioned diamond can have a great effect on the diamond’s brilliance and fire. Grading reports will often state the diamond’s symmetry in terms Excellent, Very good, Good, Fair, or Poor.

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– Table — The top surface of a cut diamond or gemstone.

– Table facet — This is the largest facet of a diamond. It is located on the top of the diamond. The table facet is sometimes referred to as the “face.”

– Table spread — Term used to describe the width of the table facet, often expressed as a percentage of the total width of the stone.

– Tension setting — A diamond is held in place by the pressure of the band’s metal, which is designed to “squeeze” the stone.

– Trillion shape — Is a triangular-shaped diamond with 50 facets. Trillions are commonly used as side-stones.

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– Well cut – Well-cut proportions ensure the maximum compromise between fire and brilliance. When light enters a properly cut diamond, it is reflected from facet to facet, and then back up through the top, exhibiting maximum brilliance, fire and sparkle.

 

 

An Ode to Oscar: Fashion Legend, Jewelry Connoisseur

“A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories” – Oscar de la Renta

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Monday evening the fashion legend and cultural icon Oscar de la Renta passed away at the age of 82 due to complications of cancer which he had been fighting for the past eight years. Resilient, innovative and unabashedly elegant, Mr. de la Renta helped reclaim and redefine the glamor and allure of American fashion. Revered as the man who dressed everyone from the “ladies who lunch” to political icons and celebrities like Nancy Reagan and most recently Amal Alamuddin, de la Renta had a zest for life and a penchant for people.

From his early beginnings working with the famed Cristobal Balenciaga to his last S/S 2015 show featuring his ravishingly regal gowns, Mr. de la Renta was one of the few designers who celebrated the splendor of jewelry – in almost all of his shows. In honor of Mr. de la Renta, below is a chronological style guide decoding some of the designer’s masterfully bejeweled creations throughout his career.

Beginning with his ladylike and cosmopolitan silhouettes for Elizabeth Arden in the early 1960s, the designer love styling his models with shimmering shoulder dusters and baubled brooches.

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Even when receiving the Coty Award in 1973, the Mr. de la Renta kept his clean-lined, Mod style playful with enameled bangles and half hoops curled under Russian-style fur hats.

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A true American designer, Mr. de la Renta also licensed his name out to Vogue patterns to spread the wealth and beauty of his designs. No look was complete however, without colorful set of drops or streams of pearls. OscarDeLaRenta_blog_20141021_h

From baubled drops to all-black bibs, jewelry played an essential part in professing new proportions to his silhouettes and defining an air of splendor and sophistication.

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While his gowns could fill up gallery spaces, jewelry was often used to enhance color and graphic intrigue to his awe-inspiring designs.

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Eye Candy: Christie’s Brilliant Jewelry Auction

Auction season is full in swing which means one thing and one thing only for us jewelry mavens- Christie’s Brilliant Jewelry Auction. Boasting 350 jewels featuring an array of colored and colorless diamonds, rare gemstones and signed jewels, estimates range from $3,000 to $4 million. Get your checkbook out because bidding already started on October 14 and runs until October 28. Gawk and go wild with our top six that scream finger lickin’ luxury….

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Culture Club: Five Fantastic Jewelry Shows to See

Looking for a fun fall daycation? Museums are the way to go this season which seam to be bedecked with jewelry. Check out our list of some exquisitely curated jewelry shows to visit…

1. Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family, American Indian Museum of New York, NYC, NY

For an exclusive look at the opulent array of Navajo and Southwestern jewelry, check out some 300 examples of the Yazzie Family’s treasured collection. From stone- to bead work, Glittering World explores the fifty year history of one of the most revered jewelry making families known to date. November 13, 2014-January 10, 2016

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2. The Power of Style: Verdura at 75, gallery space next to flagship on 745 5th Avenue, NYC, NY 

The iconic American jewelry brand Verdura is marking its 75th year anniversary by exhibiting more than 100 pieces from jeweler Duke Fulco di Verdura. With its endless archival material including gouache jewelry designs, miniature paintings and objets d’art, The Power of Style: Verdura at 75 explores the design process and inspiration for one of America’s most famed jewelers. October 14, 2014-December 23, 2014

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3. Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO 

Save your appetite because the Denver Art Museum will be exhibiting more than 250 pieces of jewelry, watches and other noteworthy collectables at their Brilliant: Cartier in the 20th Century. Following the brand’s early beginnings in the mid 19th century to its rise to prominence. November 16, 2014-March 15, 2015

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4. Death Becomes Her: A Mourning Attire, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, NY 

Scheduled to open October 21 the Metropolitan Museum of Art will explore the cultish fascination of mourning attire, accessories and jewelry throughout history. The exhibit will span from the Neoclassical Era of 1815 ending to World War I in 1915. FUN FACT: Creating hair jewelry from the hair of recently deceased loved ones was and extremely popular innovation of the Victorian age. If you go to the exhibit, try finding some hair jewelry pieces. October 21, 2014-February 1, 2015

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5. Costumes of Downton Abbey, Winterhur Museum of Art, Wilmington, DE 

Any Downton Abbey enthusiasts? Well the Winterhur Museum of Art has just the show for you in their latest exhibit which runs until January 5th. From feather hair slides to a wave scroll tiara, this shows is a must for vintage jewelry divas and Downton Abbey fans alike. March 1, 2014-January 4, 2015

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Bling-worthy TV, Our Top Five Favorite Shows this Fall

FallTV_blog_20141016 From ABC’s TGIT to The Walking Dead season premiere recorded as having the highest ratings in TV show history, Fall TV has turned into a serious sport – and for us jewelry mavens its become an entire season of Red Carpet-worthy bling (without the sappy speeches). Still overwhelmed with the infinite TV-watching possibilities? Nestle up and check out our bling bonafide TV favorites for this fall.

1. Shahs of Sunset premiere TBD on Bravo TV

Brimming with caddy drama and Botox sculpted cast members, Shahs of Sunset is a definite watch if your looking for high powered screaming matches in lavish settings. The show follows the lives of six young, ambitious Persian Americans and their decadent dalliances in LA. Two of the most central characters of the show Golnesa “GG” Gharachedaghi aka Golnesa, and  Mercedes “MJ’ Javid bring drama, the hair and the diamonds. Even the scheduled premiere date caused some drama, as it was set to air October 13th but there had been a strike with the production crew.  

2. Euros of Hollywood premieres November 3, 2013, 10/9c on Bravo TV One of the Bravo channel’s newer reality docudramas, Euros of Hollywood follows the fabulous lives of six aspiring Europeans trying to ‘make it’ in America. Flashy, outspoken and entrepreneurial, this cast will definitely provide enough entertainment for roughly 40 minutes before your brain starts to fry. Watch out for Bleona the self proclaimed Madonna of Albania and her kaleidoscopic statement bibs and Jannik, the Danish born jewelry designer and face of the brand Nialaya.

3. Nashville Wednesday, September 24, 2014 10/9c on ABC

A fave among us country music queens, starring Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere, Nashville is well into its third season. This fall, acclaimed country singer Rayna James still struggles to keep afloat the fiesty and competitive music industry. From the lacy crystal applique trimmed ankle scrapers to decadent drops, this show is all about Southern glam – but not so much the charm.

4. House of DVF premieres November 2nd 10/9c on E! Wrap dress queen and American fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg can also add reality TV onto her resume with her new show House of DVF. Documenting the fast paced and high stress work life of the DVF crew, this show is going to be a definite fashionista favorite. Get ready for arm parties amped up with gold chain links and perfectly manicured nails only to be matched by statement cocktail sparklers – in this girl power must watch.

5. How To Get Away with Murder premieres November 2, 10/9c on ABC

Shonda Rhimes’ new series How To Get Away With Murder stars Viola Davis playing the role of Annalise Keating, a professor who gets entangled with the lives of her students. This suspense-driven legal thriller is packed with more drama than all reality series reunions ever combined. But if the gaudy glam of reality TV isn’t your cup of tea, this show may be right up your alley.  Davis’ character Keating has a penchant for pairing feminine tailored separates with bold colored statement necklaces for fashion match made in heaven.

Monday Muses: Real Housewives of New Jersey

With temper tantrums as big as their baubles and oversized chandeliers engulfing their necklines, RHONJ definitely makes this week’s Monday Jewelry Muse.

In spite of the massive shade party being thrown at Teresa & Joe Giudices’ sentencing, its the jewels that tell all, and this season they got bigger as with the ratings. Like a good cocktail recipe, lets break down bling on each of the ‘wives.   HouseWives_blog_20141010_b (1) Teresa… (Not to be confused with Theresa Giudice) Teresa Aprea, the perky yet petty, happily married wife of restaurant owner Reno (one of the newer house husbands on the block that looks like a fun sized version of Mr. Clean) is mostly known her statement earrings where the drop just doesn’t stop. One of her noteworthy wardrobe moments was her Valentines day attire where she literally painted the town red in her poppy tube dress paired with piercingly ice white drop earrings. Her voice may be high pitched but her jewelry styling is perfectly proportioned- while she flaunts generously-sized chandeliers twinkling underneath her pin straight mane, Teresa usually accents her look with a colossal cocktail ring and a bare neckline.   HouseWives_blog_20141010_a Nicole… Oh gawd. The jewelry puns don’t stop at Nicole, who puts the garish in glam and the tacky in attitude matched by her statement collars, which are their own season finale and reunion in one. I knew she’d be a hit with her first confessional where she wore a necklace fully loaded in pearly pastel flowers to match her ruffled off-the shoulder blouse. Another notable look was a gold-toned chain link necklace which she wore on a trip to the Florida everglades.   HouseWives_blog_20141010_e Amber… Unabashedly blunt and overly empathetic Amber matches everything down to the molecule. From her teary-eyed confessionals wearing matching red drops, pendants and lipstick to her glam evening get-ups, doubling up on diamonds on both her neck and her dress, Amber gives Heidi Kluma run for her money. HouseWives_blog_20141010_d Dina… Dina’s back (thank god) and so are her shamballa necklaces and Project Ladybug bling. Ms. Manzo’s jewelry can be broken down into two categories, there’s daytime Dina, where she basks in Tibetan beads and Bvlgari leather wristbands and Couture Confessional Dina, where she amps  up the Jersey bling with her mega collars and chin-scraping chandelier earrings in her interviews.   HouseWives_blog_20141010_c Melissa… Oh Mel, you put the posh in passive aggressive and have single handedly redefined the duckface. Melissa Gorga’s jewelry style is quite pared down compared to the rest of her caddy compatriots. Simple diamond drops, and an occasional bib necklace or pendant, finish off her bodycon ensembles. Needless to say, Melissa’s jewel box basics are the least dramatic topic on the entire show.

 

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Teresa… Last but certainly not least, throughout all six seasons Teresa’s look has gone from decadent to (by RHONJ standards) demure. Giudice is rarely seen ravishing in jewels, trading in bejeweled bibs for quiet cross pendants. Appearance is everything and it’s Teresa’s subdued jewels that say the most about her state of affairs. Stay tuned tonight for the Andy Cohen Watch What Happens Live Bravo Interview special with Teresa & Joe Giudice.

From Jean Paul Gaultier presenting his final RTW show ever to Lanvin’s 125 year anniversary, Paris fashion week is abuzz with some noteworthy fashion news. As the curtains draw to a close this Tuesday, September 30th we’re here to bring you a chic lil’ slideshow of the latest and greatest jaw-dropping jewels from fashion’s most viral event. Check out their breathtaking bib necks, their new take on pearls and more. Weigh in with your faves!

A Diamond in the Rough-122.52 ct Blue Diamond up for Auction

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Counted as one of the most significant gem finds in years, a 122.52 ct blue diamond rough found in June has been sold for a whopping $27.6 million which prices out to $225,269 a carat. Originally found in South Africa in the Cullinan Mine owned by Petra Diamonds, this generously-sized gem is estimated to sell close to $40 million which would be a record breaker for any rough diamond ever sold.  Petra has announced interests in partnership opportunities as well as accepting straight-up bid offers (start hoping for a big holiday bonus). This certainly isn’t the first time Petra has opted for partnerships teaming up with Sotheby’s in the past to cut and polish a 26 ct blue diamond which was auctioned off as a 7 ct Star of Josephine for $9.5 million. In love with its icy-blue hue? So are we, and according to Thomas Gelb, education director for the Natural Color Diamond Association this is likely to go down in history as one big blue:  

“Type IIb diamonds are generally less likely to cleave or fracture during cutting and very frequently have few internal inclusions. So this may well result in a very large and important natural color blue diamond.”

Talk about a statement piece. Looking for something a little bit more wearable and (and affordable)? Click here and check out curated bouquet of blue diamond dazzlers.

Monday Jewelry Muses-The Women of Dynasty

Coated in crystalline jewels,  over-the-top ensembles and polished off with those unforgettable power shoulder pads, the women of the ’80s TV show Dynasty were the ultimate fashion and jewelry spectacle – and one sassy answer to banishing away your Monday Blues in this week’s Monday Muses post.

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From Sammy Jo Carrington (Heather Locklear) the conniving and ever controlling wife of Steve Carrington to the glam grand madame Alexis Morrell Carrington (Joan Collins), this show was packed with more drama, diamonds and opulence than all seasons of Bravo TV’s Shahs of Sunset AND The Real Housewives of New Jersey combined. The overwhelming success of Dynasty even spawned a popular fashion and fragrance line.

Sadly so, those statement sparklers iconic to Dynasty were left behind in the merchandising mix. With a weekly costume budget of $35,000 per episode, it’s no wonder why all the women were bedecked in diamonds and generously sized gems. Still today, the show is revered as a jewelry inspiration with designers like Alexis Bittar who released a Dynasty-inspired collection with Joan Collins as the model for one of his costume jewelry collections in 2010. Let’s take a look at some of the fabulous women who put the couture into chaos…..

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Socialite turned brash business woman Alexis Colby (Linda Collins) was known for her tempestuous marriages. Sassy red nails and statement silhouettes, Colby was the Samantha Jones of the Dynasty bunch.

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Dutiful wife known for her feathery platinum hair, Krystle Carrington (Linda Evans)  was the au natural known for her moral stature and altruistic attitude.  With minimal make-up and a sophisticated pared-down elegance Krystal was the absolute opposite of the provocative Mrs. Colby.

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Sammy Jo Carrington (Heather Locklear) was renown as the selfish, scheming and unrestrained femme fatale. Carrington appeared in the later seasons of Dynasty and will always be remembered for her playfully posh sensibilities and scene-stealing chandeliers that are as long as her legs. Who is your favorite Dynasty diva?