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The Jewelry Insider

February 9, 2011

Sad news in Hollywood-land today. Ashlee Simpson-Wentz filed for divorce from her rocker hubby, Pete Wentz – a move that was expected according to USMagazine. Sigh.

While divorce involves many new life changes, the million-dollar question often is: What do women do with their wedding and engagement rings when the honeymoon is decidedly over?

While some like to wear their rocks well past their due date (Kate Gosselin, anyone?), I suggest replacing them with a diamond right hand ring you get for yourself!

Right hand rings have traditionally been a ‘self-gift’ or ‘woman-to-woman’ purchase that symbolizes freedom, independence and husband-free margarita-filled Friday nights!

Ashlee will certainly have room in the coffers for something with a lot of zeros, but for the mere mortal maven looking to raise their right hands – sample sale sensation, JewelClub, has a ton of options to choose from.

And if you’re looking to spread the love to someone whose heart needs a little mending this Valentine’s Day, check out their entire Valentine’s Day Sample Sale for a great selection of heart-warming styles.

Their Facebook Page says they are taking 75% off their entire Vday stash today AND they offer up this code for an extra 10% off at check out: VALENTINE2011

How do you mend a broken heart? 85% off is a start.

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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