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Royal Wedding Fever: A Jewelry Cure

Jewelry hounds! The royal wedding countdown is reaching a fever pitch – with rumors swirling, photogs shoving and royal security teams working on overdrive – it will be a miracle if we all survive this phenomenon unscathed.

I am already trying to get a head start on my sleep so I can Live Tweet the proceedings from my spot on the royal sofa at 4AM PST on Friday morning the 29th. You should join me just to keep me from nodding off! Be sure to use #royaljewelry to join the morning mayhem.

But like the rest of the world, I’m just so darned excited for this shindig. With gas prices rising, wars escalating and Donald Trump’s hairpiece getting way too much air time – we really need this celebration of true love to lift our spirits, right?

So how do we stop our temperature from rising when new tidbits about Kate’s dress designer make the rounds (my money is still on Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton) or the bride herself is spotted buying eyeshadow on the streets of London or The Queen….raises a pinky finger in any direction?

Gawk at jewelry. And royal-inspired jewelry, no less.

Many jewelers have already capitalized on the Princess Diana/Kate Middleton engagement ring phenomenon – but one place, in particular, has already curated an entire assortment inspired by the sapphire stunner heard ’round the world.


Here are few of my favs but you can click here to see their entire stash. – many that look just like Kate’s rock.

And feel free to page through some of my previous royal posts featuring crown jewels from around the world. The Swedish Royal Wedding is one of my favs.

Ok then, jewelry hounds and royal watchers. Seven days and counting. Stay with me next week as I post all the jewelry and fashion-related royal wedding tidbits I can get my paws on. Because reality is underrated.

The Jewelry Insider

April 2, 2011

Jewelry hounds, just when we thought our Awards Show jewelry withdrawal was going to get the better of us, in walks April with a swagger and a promise:

Hold on to your “holy cow!” – It’s going to be one doozy of a diamond month!

Why? Well, let’s get the most obvious reason out of the way first.  For those of you living in a cave, the royal wedding is this month! Not only will we get to ooh and ahh at Kate Middleton’s wedding jewelry, we can gawk at all the other crown jewels and gems that are sure to make an apperance.

These ladies never met a tiara they didn’t like, Mary. For reals.

Stay tuned for all my jewelry-laden lead up to the big day on April 29th. And I’m of half a mind to Live Tweet the darn thing. Any takers for #royaljewelry?

OK. The next big reason to celebrate April? It’s this month’s birthstone. (Please excuse me while I seethe with envy at all you April babies). BUT even if you’re not born in April, many folks in bauble land are celebrating – including JewelClub with their April Is Diamond Month extravaganza.

Today, for example, I saw on their FaceBook Page that they are cutting the price of this 1/2 ct three-stone diamond anniversary ring by 83%. Not sure what they’re smoking over there, but as Meg Ryan famously said in When Harry Met Sally...

“I’ll have what they’re having…”

And they promise to slash the prices of lots of diamond classics all month – just check in on their Homepage and bring on the ice.

So we while we red carpet jewelry gawkerts have to wait until May 2nd to get a legitimate fix (The Met’s Costume Institute Gala is scheduled then – stay tuned), April is picking up the slack in a MAJOR way.

No foolin’!

The Jewelry Insider

November 17, 2010

Forgive me for my myopic view of the jewelry landscape this week, but I’ve got to share more information about the stunning royal sapphire engagment ring that’s creating more buzz than a chainsaw convention.

Some of you have expressed interest in learning more about the specs and the history behind the ring. Your wish is my command.

Since I was a wee lass when Princess Di first came on the scene – I had no idea that the sapphire ring now making headlines was once a controversial choice – perhaps the first sign of trouble to come for Buckingham Palace and its relationship with Diana.

So, as Fraulein Maria would say: “Let’s start at the very beginning.”

Prince Wet Blanket.. (um, I mean) Charles apparently proposed to Di after a formal dinner party. Without a ring. Bo-RING. BUT – she at least got to sit down with the royal jeweler, Garrods, to pick out a rock of her choosing – every girl’s dream, right?

But instead of selecting a custom-made diamond gem like ‘most’ girls of good breeding, Lady Diana acted like (gasp!) a commoner and decided on a catalog gemstone style instead. The horror! Despite the urgings from the palace, the bride’s wish overruled any royal rumblings – and the rest, as they say, is history.

You gotta love that story – she was the People’s Princess from day one. That said, the sapphire is HUGE and of top quality according to most jewelers. The 18-carat center stone is surrounded by 14 diamonds and cost around $60,000 back in 1981 but is worth over $500,000 these days. And at auction? The sky is the limit, really.

Sapphires for a Steal:

So, as promised, I’ve scrounged together a few more of my favorite sapphire rings for your browsing pleasure. Get those gift lists going, jewelry hounds. And let me know if you find/have other sapphire stunners you’d like to share!

What do you guys think of these selections? Did you know about the ‘commoner ring controversy’ back in the day?

Kate Middleton’s Engagement Ring: Royal Rock Alert!

Official news broke last night that Prince William and Kate Middleton are engaged! And while that means true love for those crazy kids – let’s get on to more important matters, shall we?  HER ENGAGEMENT RING!

From Vanessa Minnillo to Jessica Simpson to the gtranddady of them all – Kate Middelton!?. My friggin’ head is spinning this week.

OK. So as of two hours ago, the royal ring has not been revealed. But you can bet your arse I’ll be on the lookout. What we know so far is that – unlike his father who proposed before choosing a ring – William popped the question with a rock in hand (good boy).

How do we know? The all-important looky-loo and the like spotted her wearing the sparkler over the weekend, according to the British press.

Will she choose an unconventional gemstone ring like William’s mum Princess Diana, who selected the now famous 18-carat oval blue sapphire ring?

Will I need a cocktail before noon while I wait for those pesky royals to release the details?

Better yet? Let’s bum rush Buckingham!!!

Stay tuned!