Cocktails and jewelry – what a winning combination. As I was recently pondering what jewelry to break out for my favorite champagne-drenched holiday this Friday (wait for the Carrie Bradshaw moment…), I couldn’t help but wonder (there it is…): Why is it that jewelry and luxury libations have such a glittering partnership?
First, there’s the cocktail ring. The jewelry category emerged in the roaring 20s during Prohibition at illegal, booze-filled ‘cocktail’ parties. Women went big with fashion statements at these underground soirees, flashing their oversized, colorful baubles along with their newly exposed knee caps.
Cocktail rings generally have an oversized center stone of 3 carats or more and are typically worn on the right hand (any finger will do). But as we jewelry hounds know, there are plenty of costume options out there that won’t break the bank.
But there’s another drinkable jewelry look emerging from the shadows lately – champagne diamonds. From light champagnes, to burnished browns and rich cognacs, these natural diamonds offer a selection of tones and hues to compliment every style, taste and tolerance level.
An informative piece in the New York Times reports that the stone made its debut in the late 1990s when it was discovered in Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine in Australia, but is only now gaining a strong following – including from yours truly and a bevy of Hollywood’s leading ladies.
If you really want to tie one on, how about a double shot with a champagne diamond cocktail ring like this one for almost $400 off retail? ‘Tis the season!
And be sure to check out the champagne diamond treasure chest on Jewelry.com for more bubbly bling – it’s jewelry that’s perfect for teetotalers and the tipsy alike!
As promised, jewelry hounds, I am continuing coverage of my new favorite gemstone – champagne diamonds – a positively glittering new jewelry trend that’s sure to have staying power well into the bubbly New Year and beyond!
Tired of the same old same old? Champagne diamonds not only offer up the glam, they give you something different from the natural diamond color wheel when accessorizing for the season. Red carpets and runways have already taken to the sparkling stone, and Jewelry.com just curated a cool collection of the cognac-colored gems just ripe for the picking.
Most of the world’s supply of champagne diamonds comes from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine in the rugged and beautiful East Kimberley region of Western Australia.
The Australian Aborigines who are traditional owners of the land in the East Kimberley believe that the diamonds were formed when a barramundi fish escaped through a spinifex net. According to that myth, the colors of the diamonds mined from the red earth of the region come from different parts of the barramundi.
Fish or no fish, these diamond beauties have really captured me. I’m putting this champagne diamond right hand ring from Reed’s on my holiday wish list (a girl can dream, right?). Which champagne styles do you want under the tree this year?
Jewelry hounds, I’ve got a new favorite stone to crow about. It combines two of my favorite past-times: the bubbly and the bling. We’re talking champagne diamonds, people, and the holiday season is crying out for them to go with your little black party dress.
Champagne diamonds come in a variety of shades ranging from light champagne to deep cognac, and Rio Tinto Diamonds – the leading supplier of the trend-setting stones – is on the cutting edge (pun intended) of bringing these little beauties to a store near you.
They recently held a champagne diamond design competition – with the winning creations (pictured here) taking a tour around the country. Click here to see if they’ll make it to your neck of the woods.
In the meantime, be on the lookout for champagne diamonds to light up a jewelry store near you. I plan on tracking some of the great deals to be found as the weeks progress, so stay tuned!
Diamond divas and jewelry hounds? It’s that time of year again. Victoria’s Secret has announced that model Marisa Miller will be the lucky angel to adorn their latest bling-filled B cup (ok, C cup), and the diamond details are as stunning as the pricetag.
We’re talking $3 mil, folks. That’s a lot of lingerie.
Designed by luxe jewelry house, Damiani, the bra features 2,355 white and cognac diamonds – each one set by hand in a feather outline, one at a time for a total of 150 carats. The centerpiece is a 16-carat heart-shaped champagne diamond (a big diamond color trend for the holiday season – stay tuned).
The detail is admittedly exquisite – with each feather mounted and sewn by hand (if lined up they would cover a distance of 3 feet) using a team of 15 artisans who worked over 800 hours in Damiani’s workshop in Valenza, where the company was founded in 1924.
The bra will be featured in the Victoria’s Secret Christmas Dreams & Fantasies Catalog in mailboxes starting this weekend. And for all you guys out there this one’s for you:
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show airs Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 10 p.m. EST. on CBS. Set your DVRs, fellas.
(Who am I kidding? This entire post is for you)