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Celebrities ‘Ring’ In the New Year

From Reese Witherspoon to Vivica Fox – celebs were the lucky recipients of some rockin’ rings this holiday season. Here is a run down of some of the best and brightest celebrity rings making news this week – each representing emerging trends in the ring category for 2011.

1. Legally Blonde Gets Luxury Bling

Reese Witherspoon is getting a second chance at love – and a news-worthy diamond engagement ring to seal the deal. Reese’s rock is special not so much for the size (4-carats isn’t HUGE by Hollywood’s standards) but for the quality and cut of the stone.

Fiance and Hollywood Agent, Jim Toth, designed the ring using an Ashoka-cut center stone – a special 62-facet cut that only 10% of rough diamonds mined can support. Cushions and Ascchers ‘made the cut’ most often in 2010, so look for this special shape to surge in the months to come. (Jewelry.com has more on the Ashoka cut here).

2. LeeAnn Rimes Gets Personal

LeeAnn Rimes’s engagement to Eddie Cibrian is no longer notable for the scandalous way these two found love – but for the stunning 5-carat custom-made engagement ring that now makes them legit. The ring also features single cut pave diamonds and tiny rose cut diamonds set in rose gold fleur-de-lis that are connected to the band.

Jeweler Brent Polacheck, who crafted the ring for his childhood friend Cibrian, tells PEOPLE:

“Le[Ann]‘s participation in the design was solely regarding the Fleur de Lis. She had her heart set on having that incorporated in the ring. Other than that, Eddie and I sat down multiple times and worked on the rest of the details.”

The New York Times reported this ‘personalization’ trend is going to continue to surge when it comes to ring finger bling design. I love it.

3. Vivica Fox’s Cougar Catch

News just broke that 46-year-old Vivica Fox got engaged to 27-year-old club promoter, Omar ‘Slim’ White over the holidays with a whopping 8-carat diamond rock worth an estimated $150,000.

A source told People that Fox, 46, “is over the moon – so excited, so in love” with White, who wants to have children.

Fox was so excited that she Tweeted a video of her sparkler for all the fans – a great way for all of us to share our good fortune, right? Diamonds (and social media) are a girl’s best friend for 2011.

3. Christina Aguilera’s Boyfriend Bling

Not everyone brought home rings that mean ‘we’re in it for the long haul’ this holiday. Recently divorced Christina Aguilera reportedly got a ring from her new boyfriend, Matt Rutler, to simply celebrate her 30th birthday (December 18th).

I haven’t been able to find any more details about the design, but this does get me thinking: Is the ‘boyfriend ring’ or ‘birthday ring’ a possible new trend?

Usually rings given from boyfriends to girlfriends bring with them an expectation of commitment. But I wonder if it could also just mean ‘Here’s a ring. It looks cool. No expectations.”?



The Jewelry Insider

December 24, 2010


Since it’s Christmas Eve, I thought I’d take a moment to send out one more subtle ‘hint’ to Santa, since I’ve been nothing but nice this year.


See? Coal is cool this year, Mr. Kringle.

Merchandisers and marketers used to have to work hard to make black diamond jewelry appealing to folks outside of tattoo parlors and vampire support groups. But this year? The stone finally crossed over, and it’s never going back.

Celebrity designer, Stephen Webster, now litters his lines with the look. It was the best part of Sex And The City II. And many celebs – from Katy Perry to Christina Aguilera – are sporting them on the red carpet.

And the best part? Black diamonds are surprisingly affordable compared to white ice.

Here are a few of my favorite black diamond looks right now – all of them ready for their Christmas close up. Or how about a great New Year’s surprise?

So here’s hoping we all find big things in little boxes under the tree this year. And fellas? The New York Times reports that jewelry is the ‘go to’ purchase for all you last-minute shopper types (aka: all men).


Merry Christmas, Jewelry Hounds!

Celebrity Black Diamond Blitz

Black diamond jewelry has always been a sexy statement, but it hasn’t been in the spotlight much until Sex And The City 2.

While I won’t give away the plot for those of you who are waiting cringe your way through it in the safety of your own home – I’ll just say that one character receives a five carat, 18k black diamond ring designed by Itay Malkin worth $10,000 (pictured above). And now black diamond engagement ring sales are going through the roof, according to Gemvara’s Cheryl Kremkow.

But there have been other celebrity black diamond sightings this summer:

Christina Aguilera is always in black and white diamond ice from her jewelry guru, Stephen Webster, and wore a pair of black diamond drop earrings to the MTV Movie Awards.

Kim Kardashian’s former love, Reggie Bush, showed up the 2010 ESPY Awards in black diamond stud earrings – a supercool statement to celebrate his Superbowl win with the New Orleans Saints.

And Lauren Conrad lit up her Mandalay mini at The Hills finale afterparty with a black diamond ring by Cheryl Lynn Greenspoon, according to Luxist.

So what is a black diamond?

Most black diamonds are actually white or colorless diamonds that become black after exposure to a widely used and extremely safe radiation treatment. The dark color fully penetrates the stone and will not fade over time. This process not only results in a black diamond but is also used to create every color of the diamond rainbow – from red to green, purple to even brown. Natural black diamonds are extremely rare and are not often seen in the jewelry world.

Here are a few of my favorite black diamond gems from Jewelry.com:

Or click here to shop their entire stash of affordable black diamond dazzlers.

The Jewelry Insider

February 6, 2009

Celebrity jeweler, Stephen Webster, debuted his new line of jewels yesterday in Beverly Hills, and Christina Aguilera decided there ‘ain’t no other man’ she’d rather peddle for.

“Stephen’s designs are little art sculptures, a perfect blend of traditional elegance and modern sexiness,” says Webster’s ice queen, Aguilera.

His pieces have attracted a blue-chip portfolio of other celebs like Cameron Diaz, Johnny Depp, Sir Elton John, Jay Z, Ozzy Osbourne, Nicholas Cage, Michael Stipe, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Pink and the doyenne of diamond divas, Elizabeth Taylor.

“My clients like to wear things that provoke questions,” says the British-born Webster. “They aren’t wallflowers, they’re entertainers – they want to make a statement.”

With talons, daggers, bullets and thorn motifs, Webster’s jewelry has a rebellious yet refined attitude – and as the new Creative Director for London’s crown jeweler, Garrard, his rock and roll sensibilities are the perfect way to bring a modern touch to an otherwise stuffy brand.

It’s time The Queen got a chunky goth cross to add to her modest collection, no?

Webster’s new Garrard lines include: a new women’s collection in a fiery combination of red, black, and white gemstones; a bold men’s range, inspired by the British sportsman, in a mix of black, green, brown and gold; and the recently announced Georgina Chapman for Garrard collection, due to be launched next autumn.

In the meantime, look out for a glittering Garrard ad campaign starring our favorite Genie in a Bottle in the April editions of your favorite fashion mags.