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The Jewelry Insider

December 15, 2010

And YOU get a pink diamond! And YOU get a pink diamond! And YOU get a pink diamond!..

And I’m getting a headache from hearing about all the crazy schwag these ‘Oprah’s Ultimate Favorite Things’ audience members are making out with.

From a $2,500 Philip Stein watch, studded with 58 diamonds; $1,900, 1.17-carat Dana Rebecca earrings, featuring 100 diamonds; $525 Judith Ripka earrings made with canary crystal stones and white sapphire accents and…

A. TRIP. TO. AUSTRALIAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

…these folks are getting more free stuff than Debra Messing at a pre-Oscar gift bag party.

But this latest little freebie for 6,000 folks in Oprah’s Australian audience has me really drooling with envy: a necklace featuring a real pink diamond designed in the shape of an ‘O’ (of course).

It makes sense that Australia’s famous diamond exporter, Rio Tinto is in on the action – and because they are the largest supplier of pink diamonds, it makes even more sense that they’d create a style for the Divine Miss O with that coveted stone as the centerpiece.

The AP reports the one-off design uses “Australian colors” and features seven diamonds including a rare pink Argyle diamond mined from its operations in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

And now 6000(!) audience members are going away with one for friggin’ free.

What’s next? Free cars? Oh, right….

No pics have surfaced of the O-inspired style since the show won’t air until later this season, but I’m sure the piece will look something like this:

Or this:

Which reminds me. Circle pendants (a style that Oprah sent off into the jewelry stratosphere back in 2006) are a great, classic way to gift the women on your list this holiday – for romance, friendship, good parenting, rockin’ “round” the Christmas tree (sorry) – the look is universally wearable.

And affordable. Circle back to JewelClub for their stash of circle styles – many under $100 (like this one for just over $50!).

And Oprah? If you’re listening? I’ve been a very good girl this year….

The Jewelry Insider

December 7, 2009

As promised, jewelry hounds, I am continuing coverage of my new favorite gemstone – champagne diamonds – a positively glittering new jewelry trend that’s sure to have staying power well into the bubbly New Year and beyond!


Tired of the same old same old? Champagne diamonds not only offer up the glam, they give you something different from the natural diamond color wheel when accessorizing for the season. Red carpets and runways have already taken to the sparkling stone, and Jewelry.com just curated a cool collection of the cognac-colored gems just ripe for the picking.

Most of the world’s supply of champagne diamonds comes from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine in the rugged and beautiful East Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The Australian Aborigines who are traditional owners of the land in the East Kimberley believe that the diamonds were formed when a barramundi fish escaped through a spinifex net. According to that myth, the colors of the diamonds mined from the red earth of the region come from different parts of the barramundi.

Fish or no fish, these diamond beauties have really captured me. I’m putting this champagne diamond right hand ring from Reed’s on my holiday wish list (a girl can dream, right?). Which champagne styles do you want under the tree this year?

The Jewelry Insider

January 30, 2009

The Australian Open isn’t the only thing Aussie on my mind these days. “G’Day USA Australia Week”, a celebration honoring the best of Australian business and culture, took place in Manhattan last week, and the star of the show wasn’t my favorite Aussie export, Hugh Jackman. Even better (yes, it’s possible), the belles of the ball were rare, one-of-a-kind pink diamonds.

Diamond miner, Rio Tinto was a supporting sponsor of a glittering, black-tie gala that ended the week-long celebration, featuring millions of dollars of the little beauties on the red carpet.

Pink diamonds from Rio Tinto’s Argyle mine dripped from the likes of Australian supermodel Kristy Hinze, in L.J. West’s “Argyle Finest Pink Diamond Bracelet” with 204 marquise and radiant-cut Argyle pink diamonds, and Australian actress Ursula Yovich, who wore Calleija’s “Kimberly Rose” necklace, valued at around $1 million. Catherine Martin, costume designer and wife of famed director Baz Luhrmann, wore L.J. West’s “Pink and Green Ring” featuring a 3.42-carat, fancy-intense Argyle pink diamond.

“Argyle Pink Diamonds are both symbolic culturally and highly prized globally. We are delighted to be here to tell the remarkable story of the world’s rarest diamonds and to display these fine examples of truly master craftsmanship” noted Jean-Marc Lieberherr, General Manager of Rio Tinto’s Diamonds Sales and Marketing in a press release.

Pink diamonds have been found in very few mines around the world. Australia’s Argyle mine is the world’s only consistent producer of pink diamonds, supplying over 90% of the market with the pink princesses.

Celebs like Jennifer Lopez and Portia de Rossi were given rare pink diamond engagement rings by their significant others Ben Affleck and Ellen DeGeneres. J-Lo gave hers back when the Bennnifer chapter closed for good, but I’m sure Portia’s pink has more staying power.