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Rachel Zoe Trades Diapers for Diamonds

Hard labor has its perks. New mom Rachel Zoe got one doozy of a ‘push present’ from hubby, Rodger Berman – a 10 carat cushion-cut right hand ring from celebrity designer, Neil Lane!

“Rodger wanted to surprise Rachel with something romantic — and huge,” Lane told People.com of the sparkler, which is surrounded by smaller diamonds in a platinum setting. “I knew she’s wanted a cushion cut forever. It was their first baby and she’s been working so hard that Rodger wanted to do something very special. Rachel was thrilled and hasn’t taken it off since!”

 

Cushion-cut stones have becomen the ‘must-have’ look among the celebrity set and bridal crowd the past few years.

“A lot of it has to do with Hollywood,” president of New York manufacturer J. Birnbach told National Jeweler. “Celebrities have been embracing the cushions and the Asschers for the last couple years.”

 

Famous brides like Ivanka Trump, Alyssa Milano and Anna Paquin each received cushion-cut engagement rings. And we’re seeing A-listers like Penelope Cruz wear cushion-cut jewels to big events like the Oscars.

And if it will ‘cushion’ the blow of the baby blues – I’m all for it.

Did any of you get a ‘push present’? Weigh in! And here’s a link to my previous post on other great jewelry gift ideas for new moms. Enjoy!

Cushion-Cut Craze Goes Courtside

Maria Sharapova’s diamond engagement ring photos are making the rounds this week, and it looks like we’ve got another cushion-cut cutie on our hands.

 

US Weekly reports the tennis phenom is wearing a 7 or 8-carat cushion-cut stone in a platinum setting with a price tag of approximately $250,000. Her Los Angeles Laker fiance, Sasha Vujacic popped the question in his Manhattan Beach home a while ago, but the ring is making its first appearance in shots like these taken during an afternoon stroll in Los Angeles last Sunday.

 

So why are celebs like Ivanka Trump, Anna Paquin, Alyssa Milano and Ashlee Simpson opting for the cushion-cut over, say, the more popular round-cut diamond engagement ring?

The cushion cut dates back to the 1800s and derived its shape from the fact that back then cutters were not capable of making a perfectly round stone, according to Jewelry.com. 

 

Today, the square shape is marked by a more affordable price point than the traditional and more frequently seen round stones – unless you’re going for a whopper like those seen on Hollywood ring fingers.  Once we’re in the 7-8-carat range, folks, saving money is clearly not on the agenda.

 

I think it’s because the cushion offers more of a vintage-y feel over the sleek lines of the traditional (read: boring) round stone?

Here are a few of my favorite cushion-cuts here for your browsing pleasure. The good news is: You don’t have to walk down the aisle to wear one – and they come in a variety of stone variations outside of the diamond category.

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The Jewelry Insider

August 18, 2009

Who’s the Boss? Alyssa Milano, clearly, who wore a designer Vera Wang gown and a huge custom-made diamond engagement ring for her weekend wedding.

Celebrity weddings are full of designer diamonds, but Charmed actress Milano, 36, got hitched in a unique diamond engagement ring created by her very own husband – with a little help.

Mr. Alyssa, Hollywood agent David Bugliari, designed the diamond ring with Jim Lavi at Daniel Jewelry in La Jolla, California. The huge cushion-cut diamond solitaire rests on an 18kt gold band, but the jeweler refused to reveal the carat weight to reporters stating only that, “It’s a big one.”

Indeed.

According to People, the bride wore a Vera Wang gown and walked down the aisle to John Lennon’s, “Imagine”. Wedding guests attended a rustic-style reception after the ceremony, which Milano, who is of Italian descent, said was meant to create the essence of her family’s Sunday dinners.

“We wanted a wedding that was reflective of who we are as a couple,” said Milano, who met her husband in 2006.

But Alyssa isn’t the only one with a cushion-cut diamond lighting up her ring finger. Cushion-cut diamonds are all the rage these days with Ivanka Trump, Anna Paquin and Mark Wahlberg’s wife, Rhea Durham, sporting the style, among others.

Check out the Jewelry.com bridal boutique for over 600 diamond engagement ring styles from all the retailers you trust, including some stunning cushion-cut sparklers that rival any celebrity bling.