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The USA women’s gymnastics team won the gold yesterday at the Rio Olympics, and they looked good doing it – wearing almost 5,000 Swarovski crystals each (bling, bling)! Designed by Under Armour, each gymnast’s 2016 leotard is patriotically designed in red, white, and blue, and embellished with shimmering Swarovski crystals. The estimated in-store retail price would cost around $1,200 per leotard!

Celebrate the talented athletes win with your very own red, white, and blue Swarovski crystal jewelry from Jewelry.com!

The Jewelry Insider

August 22, 2008

The golden glow of the Olympic flame is slowly fading, the sharp pangs of Phelps withdrawal have turned into a dull ache, and the looming presence of the dreaded closing ceremonies lingers like the Beijing smog. How can we capture the Olympic spirit forever when all we have to look forward to now is…(heavy sigh)…football season? Luxury designer Roberto Coin thankfully comes to the rescue.

Coin created several Olympic-inspired luxury creations that will lighten the mood – and, alas, your wallet. First up is the Golden Sneaker. Made of high-tech 24-karat gold and finished with Coin’s signature ruby, the shoe is priced at a mere $31,000. A small price to pay for Olympic glory.

A more reasonable offering is the boxing glove pendant. Made of 18-karat white gold with diamond accents, the piece weighs in at $620.

Our favorite is the snuggly panda pendant, created to symbolize the Chinese culture. Retailing at $1,580, the good luck charm is made with diamonds and black sapphires in an 18-karat gold setting.

But perhaps the best cure-all for our Olympic hangover is the peace sign pendant. This gorgeous diamond pave piece is available in 18-karat white gold with a retail price of $520.

So don’t fret sportsfans. We may not have late night volleyball thrillers and swimmers in speedos anymore. But we’ll always have diamonds.

The Jewelry Insider

August 17, 2008

Eight gold medals. It doesn’t get any better than that. For the millions of Americans who stayed up well past our bedtimes to watch Michael Phelps make history, last night’s 4 x 100 relay made it all worth it. And while the miracle of the Olympic experience may be priceless to Michael and his teammates, I was left wondering: What are eight gold medals really worth?

NBC News reports that gold medals are made primarily out of silver. Huh? “According to the Olympic Charter, the gold and silver medals must each be made of at least 92.5 percent pure silver, and the gold medal must be gilded with at least six grams of 24 carat gold.” Six grams of gold at today’s prices is approximately $160. Add that on to the silver, which is only worth about $60 per medal, and you’re talking a $220 take home value at the end of the day.

Ok. That’s a little disappointing. But let’s face it. The true value of a gold medal has to figure in its rarity and – for athletes like Michael Phelps – the moment in history it represents. In other words, he’d get a lot more than $220 on eBay. Congratulations to Michael and the entire Olympic swim team for giving us an amazing nine-day ride. Now we can get some sleep.

The Jewelry Insider

August 12, 2008

We’ve all had moments of panic when we realize we’ve lost our wallet or washed our diamond ring down the drain. We all don’t, however, have to play an Olympic beach volleyball match in front of an audience of millions once the dread sets in. Kerri Walsh, the lanky half of beach volleyball’s hottest duo, blocked a spike at the net on Sunday, when her coveted wedding band flew off her finger into the sand.

Luckily a staff of 20 volunteers was at the ready to help her look for it. Perhaps not so lucky was the fact that they had to comb through 17,000 tons of sand and wait nearly six hours so the day’s matches could finish. Needle meet haystack.

With help from metal detectors and video footage, volunteer Song Zhendongdug found the gold band under the net after about 20 minutes. A thankful Walsh met the volunteer personally on Monday to retrieve it and gave him some souvenir pins and signed memorabilia for his trouble. What? No cash?

This will most likely not be the last gold item handed over to Walsh in Beijing. She and partner, Misty May-Treanor, won the gold in Athens and are expected to make a repeat performance this time around. Just put some tape on your bling, Kerri. Ok?

The Jewelry Insider

August 12, 2008

We’ve all had moments of panic when we realize we’ve lost our wallet or washed our diamond ring down the drain. We all don’t, however, have to play an Olympic beach volleyball match in front of an audience of millions once the dread sets in. Kerri Walsh, the lanky half of beach volleyball’s hottest duo, blocked a spike at the net on Sunday, when her coveted wedding band flew off her finger into the sand.

Luckily a staff of 20 volunteers was at the ready to help her look for it. Perhaps not so lucky was the fact that they had to comb through 17,000 tons of sand and wait nearly six hours so the day’s matches could finish. Needle meet haystack.

With help from metal detectors and video footage, volunteer Song Zhendongdug found the gold band under the net after about 20 minutes. A thankful Walsh met the volunteer personally on Monday to retrieve it and gave him some souvenir pins and signed memorabilia for his trouble. What? No cash?

This will most likely not be the last gold item handed over to Walsh in Beijing. She and partner, Misty May-Treanor, won the gold in Athens and are expected to make a repeat performance this time around. Just put some tape on your bling, Kerri. Ok?