We all know the Hollywood divorce rate is high, but the latest celebrity divorces have us pretty shocked! Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, Gavin Rossdale and Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert, and Kermit the Frog and Piggy (devastated by this one!), just to name a few.
There was even some speculation that Olivier Martinez (from Unfaithful with Diane Lane) and Halle Berry were getting a divorce after she was photographed without her engagement ring and some fashion jewelry in its place (luckily she just lost her ring!). Divorce or no divorce Halle Berry has got the right idea – why not gift yourself with a new divorce ring. Check out the different types of divorce ring options below.
Kermit, eat your heart out. Britain’s Daily Mirror reports that Kate Middleton and Prince William are going to be GIVEN the world’s most expensive diamond stash, The Rainbow Collection, by some uber rich Saudis who want to buy the $120 million treasure chest from gem collector, Eddy Elzas.
It’s good to be the king (in waiting).
These special ‘crown jewels’ are made up of 301 of the world’s largest and finest fancy colored diamonds. Few have seen the fabled collection (which is why I’m having a hard time tracking down pictures), and a member of the Saudi Arabian royal family even tried to buy them as a wedding gift for Prince Charles and Princess Diana in 1981, but the offer was turned down by Mr Elzas.
“Lots of Middle Eastern investors are keen to buy the collection and give them to William and Kate because it would be a huge badge of honor,” a source said.
“A deal is now very close to being done and an announcement is set to be made soon. Mr Elzas is due to retire soon so is looking to sell. But he will only sell if they go to William and Kate. He thinks it would be a fitting gift for the couple.”
What will the tony twosome do with the donated loot? Hard to tell – but I would give my pinky finger to see a new rainbow crown or tiara designed in Kate’s honor. Can you imagine?
Colored diamonds are some of the most coveted creatures on this lovely planet earth, so when a jewelry hound gets a chance to gawk at a gaggle of them all in one place? Well, it’s a very special day in blingville.
The museum announced that a stunning collection of 25 diamonds is now on display in the Morgan Memorial Hall of Gems through January. The dazzling diamond exhibit includes the famous five colored diamonds from the Olympia Diamond Collection, on loan from Scarselli Diamonds Inc.
We’re talking a 1.01-carat vivid orange-yellow diamond, a 1.02-carat vivid blue-green diamond, a 2.17-carat vivid purplish-pink diamond, a 2.13-carat vivid blue diamond and a 2.34-carat vivid orange diamond in case you were wondering.
Breathe, diamond divas. Breathe.
Other dazzlers in the exhibit include a brilliant-cut intense-pink diamond set in gold with smaller pink diamonds, designed by Carvin French with diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Mine in Australia, and a 5.4-carat round-brilliant-cut diamond pendant surrounded by 20 sapphires and set in white gold, designed in California in 1960.
George Harlow, curator of the museum’s Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, curated the diamond case. Bless him. Viewing the diamonds is free with admission to the museum, which is located at Central Park West and 79th Street in Manhattan.
If you’re in New York, it’s a must see. Just bring oxygen and designated driver. Things might get ugly.
Pink diamonds have been lighting up celebrity betrothals for years now – from J-Lo’s famous rock back in the Ben days to Portia deRossi’s pink diamond ring bling. But pink ice isn’t just for ring fingers.
The Apple iphone 3GS just got a pink diamond makeover from UK-based Stuart Hughes.
Paris Hilton? Are you listening?
The pink beauty is made from 18 ct rose gold and is decorated with 53 pink diamond gems set in the Apple logo to add a little sparkle.
And the cost to add this ‘essential’ accessory to your warchest? Only about $35,575, all told.
Colored diamonds are coveted by jewelry lovers everywhere, and despite the economic woe affecting the luxury industry, sales for big, rare stones are still going strong.
While nothing can compare to the world’s most expensive blue diamond, The Wittelsbach, which sold to diamond dealer, Laurence Graff, last year for $24.3 million, Sotheby’s just unloaded another blue bauble for a stunning $9.4 million.
“The price achieved is a world record by value per carat. This will certainly increase consumers’ confidence in buying sparkling stones,” said KK Sharma, executive director, Indian Diamond Institute (ID
African miner, Petra Diamonds, unearthed the gem from the Cullinan mine in South Africa, famous for yielding most of the world’s best blue diamonds. The fancy vivid blue gem weighs 7.03 carats and is rated internally flawless by the G.I.A. – high praise for a natural stone.
According to the Natural Colored Diamond Association, only one diamond in 10,000 possesses a natural color so strong that it can be classified as fancy color diamond, with reds and blues being the most rare.
Colored diamond fans who don’t have millions lying around to snatch a natural stone for their own jewelry box, can find more affordable treated diamonds in every color of the rainbow.
Treated colored diamonds are actually natural white diamonds that are subjected to intense heat to give the stones a range of different hues – from black and pink to yellow and blue. And you don’t have to have an auction paddle to snatch one of your very own.
Fancy colored diamonds have taken the jewelry world by storm in the last decade, and the demand for these rare beauties doesn’t seem to be waning anytime soon. Sotheby’s highly anticipated Magnificent Jewels Auction featured a flawless fancy vivid yellow diamond ring on their program cover, and the lot fetched the highest bid of the night.
The ring featured a 36.99-carat, oval, yellow diamond flanked by two shield-shaped gems weighing over 3 carats a piece. According to the accompanying GIA report, the center stone is internally flawless – two words you just don’t hear to describe much these days.
The lot was expected to rake in between $2 and $3 million, and the final bid fell within that range at $2,658,500. While some of the top items did not sell, Sotheby’s was happy to bring in over $20 million when all was said and done.
Natural colored diamonds are extremely rare – with yellow being one of the most sought after hues in the jewelry rainbow. Tom Cruise gave Katie a 5-carat yellow diamond engagement ring on that fateful Paris night, and Heidi Klum has a 10-carat cushion cut yellow stone rumored to have put Seal back about $150,000.
If you don’t have the budget for a natural yellow stone (and not many of us do these days), treated colored diamonds are a more affordable alternative. In fact, most colored diamonds on the market today are actually white diamonds that have been treated with intense heat to generate colors ranging from black, brown, pink, green, blue, to – of course – yellow.
So whether you’re a high rolling couture hound with a penchant for pink or a sensible susan who yearns for yellow – you don’t have to go to an auction to find colored diamonds to suit your particular ‘fancy’.
Take around 90% of the entire jewelry industry – stick them in Las Vegas for five days. Show more jewelry than even Joan Rivers could imagine and see what happens. Well, that’s exactly what’s going on at the moment. Every year, jewelers, jewelry designers, manufacturers et al head en masse to the bright lights of Sin City for a five day jewel fest.
Today is day three of this blinging bonanza and depending on where you’re sitting, what you’re making and who you’re selling to, the trends that are going to be hitting the stores in the coming months come down to one thing – give it some color.
Colored Diamonds (natural and treated) are some of the most popular items in this mega jewelry show. Me personally, the mix of pinks, blacks, and chocolates are quite simply, good enough to eat.
According to the Natural Colored Diamond Association, natural colored diamonds are the kind of “uber-premium” product that appeals to affluent consumers. Well, they also appeal to the not-so affluent consumer, hence treated colored diamonds staking their claim. And so they should.