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Royal Wedding Fever: A Jewelry Cure

Jewelry hounds! The royal wedding countdown is reaching a fever pitch – with rumors swirling, photogs shoving and royal security teams working on overdrive – it will be a miracle if we all survive this phenomenon unscathed.

I am already trying to get a head start on my sleep so I can Live Tweet the proceedings from my spot on the royal sofa at 4AM PST on Friday morning the 29th. You should join me just to keep me from nodding off! Be sure to use #royaljewelry to join the morning mayhem.

But like the rest of the world, I’m just so darned excited for this shindig. With gas prices rising, wars escalating and Donald Trump’s hairpiece getting way too much air time – we really need this celebration of true love to lift our spirits, right?

So how do we stop our temperature from rising when new tidbits about Kate’s dress designer make the rounds (my money is still on Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton) or the bride herself is spotted buying eyeshadow on the streets of London or The Queen….raises a pinky finger in any direction?

Gawk at jewelry. And royal-inspired jewelry, no less.

Many jewelers have already capitalized on the Princess Diana/Kate Middleton engagement ring phenomenon – but one place, in particular, has already curated an entire assortment inspired by the sapphire stunner heard ’round the world.

JewelClub!

Here are few of my favs but you can click here to see their entire stash. – many that look just like Kate’s rock.

And feel free to page through some of my previous royal posts featuring crown jewels from around the world. The Swedish Royal Wedding is one of my favs.

Ok then, jewelry hounds and royal watchers. Seven days and counting. Stay with me next week as I post all the jewelry and fashion-related royal wedding tidbits I can get my paws on. Because reality is underrated.

The Jewelry Insider

November 16, 2010

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.

No pressure.

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!

Color-Changing Sapphires, A Love Story

Sapphires aren’t just the blingy blue bauble often likened to the color of Elizabeth Taylor’s eyes – they’re crazy chameleons that wear a coat of many colors.

While deep blue is certainly what most of us think of when it comes September’s birthstone, the gem also comes in a rainbow of hues – from pink and green to yellow and red (also known as – a ruby!) Cool, right?

But sapphires have a special shade that I recently discovered, and it’s downright drool-worthy: the color-changing sapphire.

Not quite purple, not quite red, not quite blue – the ever-elusive color changer is a slippery little devil that injects some much needed intrigue into the gemstone world. I admittedly just came across the ‘c-c sapph’, when writing about the gorgeous ‘Royal Butterfly’ brooch a few days ago – and decided to do some digging to find out more.

Here’s the skinny:

While many sapphires may exhibit faint color changes upon exposure to incandescent or fluorescent lights, the ‘c-c sapph’ is a dramatic diva, bless her heart. Most color change sapphires belong to one of two groups depending on their color change: the green to red (alexandrite), and the blue to purple kind.

Most alex type color change sapphires are from Songea, Tanzania while the blue-purples occur in Madagascar, Sri Lanka, Burma, and other parts of East Africa and Tanzania.  In all color change stones, the strength of the change is probabably the most important factor affecting their value – but the blue to purple variety tend to be the more pricey option.

Do any of you designers out there have a color-changer in your coffers you’d like to share? Make a comment here or send me a Twitpic with a link to an image/description, and I’ll post it here.

In the meantime, here’s a one-of-a-kind engagement ring featuring a color changer from The Jewelry Experts to whet your whistle.