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The Jewelry Insider

January 28, 2011

How do you save the planet and look good doing it? Look no further than fashion icon, Dame Vivienne Westwood, who’s channeling some of her “do-gooder” design energy to an often-overlooked jewelry category:

Palladium

Many of you may not be familiar with this light-weight white-colored precious metal, but you should be. Just as durable as white gold and platinum but much more affordable – palladium is often used in jewelry design to bring price points down to mere mortal levels.

In a move wiser than a Charlie Sheen rehab visit, Palladium Alliance International partnered with Westwood to create a line of palladium jewels to give their product some much-needed press while showcasing the designer’s love of all things earth-friendly.

The result is the acorn-laden Vivienne Westwood “Get A Life” Palladium Collection, which will debut during London Fashion Week in February and will be available exclusively in Vivienne Westwood boutiques in London and Los Angeles this spring.

“We wanted Dame Vivienne Westwood to showcase Palladium to the world because of her continued exploration and reinterpretation of history, combined with a tireless individualism which has cemented her reputation as the UK’s most culturally significant fashion designer. We believe this creativity and individuality make her the perfect fit for the brand and her designs will complement our metal,” said John Stark, chairman for the Palladium Alliance International in a release.
I know most of us won’t be near Ms. Westwood’s boutiques anytime soon, so I’ve picked out a few of my favorite palladium bridal styles for your drooling pleasure from sample sale site, JewelClub (click on the image for more info)
The prices are incredible, and the styling is just as classic and elegant as the more traditional platinum or white gold piece.
And it’s cool to be like Vivienne Westood. Thoughts?
 

Affordable Engagement Rings


Buying a diamond engagement ring can be the most important (and stressful) jewelry purchase you can make. While the standard protocol requires fellas to shell out two months’ salary, for many folks that’s about as realistic as finding true love on “The Bachelorette”.

So what do you do when you want to tie the knot without breaking the bank? Some thoughts:

1. Vintage Value

Diamond divas never utter the word ‘used’. It’s vintage, dahling – and there are many deals to be had in this diamond engagement ring category. Plus you can satisfy the ‘eco-friendly’ urge since you’re buying a rock that’s already in the coffers. But be careful to have it appraised before you pull the trigger.

2. Color Your World

This is my favorite emerging engagement ring trend – wearing a gemstone instead of a diamond. Prince Charles gave a stunning sapphire to Diana back in the day and now millions of women are wearing their favorite colored stone instead of the traditional white ice.

I found this stunning sapphire ring on sample sale site, JewelClub – originally $859 now (gulp) only $231.48 with their crazy discount (use the code: INSIDER to become a free ‘friends and family’ member).

3. Shop Clearance

With a little time and a creative eye, anyone can find a deal so great they’ll be telling that story to friends and fam instead of how Jimmy popped the question. While there are a host of credible outlets for discount diamonds, check out JewelClub first. This classic pear-shaped ring is $462.74 down from $2129. Yowza.

4. Palladium: “The Other White Metal”

No longer the forgotten step-child of the precious metal world, palladium is emerging from the shadows as a (MUCH) more affordable option than gold. It looks like platinum or white gold – but it costs much less per ounce. And it’s just as durable.

This 1/2carat palladium solitaire on JewelClub is only $572 down from $2649.

So what have we learned? Clearly some engagement rings traditions are meant to be broken – especially in this economy. You really can find a ring you love that doesn’t cost the equivalent of a small sedan.

Here’s to true love, diamond deals…and more room in the budget for an island honeymoon with fruity cocktails! Happy Friday the 13th, jewelry hounds!