Wedding bells are in the air – for three well-known celebrities in particular! Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte proposed to Playboy model Kayla Rae Reid with a gorgeous cushion-cut diamond ring. Samara Wiley from “Orange Is The New Black” (OITNB) is now engaged to her girlfriend Lauren Morelli, who is a writer on the show, and Laura Prepon, also from OITNB showcased her new bling from Ben Foster at The Girl on The Train premiere.
It’s wedding season! Planning a wedding (congrats!), and looking for something special to give your bridesmaids? Jewelry always makes the perfect gift. Here are five jewelry gifts for your wedding party.
Alternative Gemstones – Alternative gemstones are a great gift for your bridesmaids who prefer modern over classic styles. Shop our Cristina Sabatini and Sajen designer boutiques for alternative gemstone jewelry.
What type of jewelry will you give your bridesmaids?
It may be one sizzling summer jewelry hounds, but with all the ice we’ve been spotting at some major celebrity summer weddings, it feels like one blingy winter breeze. Nicky Hilton, Billy Joel AND Mila Kunis all tied the knot with some noteworthy rings. Missed the wedding?! Keep calm and click on to check out our top celebrity jewelry engagement/wedding photos…
While the jewelry hound pack knows I love myself a diamond, I’ve always been a fan of the non-traditional engagement ring. Ever since Princess Diana got that stunning sapphire for her ill-fated union waaaaay back in 1981, I’ve been fascinated by brides who opt out of the diamond for their ring finger bling.
American Idol runner-up, Crystal Bowersox, isn’t the first person you’d think of to keep Diana’s company, but People reports her diamond-free engagement ring was all the rage at her surprise wedding to fellow folkie and longtime friend, Brian Walker last weekend.
The bride wore an organic, hemp and cotton wedding gown from Vermont designer Tara Lynn, according to People and sealed the deal with a 1.1-carat princess-cut ruby ring designed by Walker and crafted by Chicago’s Traci Coughlin and Steve Quick Jewelers.
“There are no diamonds to be found as we don’t believe in the violence and injustice that occurs within the diamond trade industry,” Bowersox explained. “Both rings feature the masonry symbol, an infinity 8, and the Sanskrit symbol for the sound ‘om’ and a personal design that for us represents three: Brian, Crystal, and Tony.”
I won’t judge her ‘diamond-free’ political statement , but I do love her ruby replacement. And for brides and grooms on a bauble budget, rubies and other gemstone styles are often a more affordable option than the traditional diamond.
I’m afraid I can’t find a picture of Crystal’s ring (yet!), but I found this ruby wedding band option on Jewelry.com if you want to go the Bowersox route for your big day. Or for any day, by golly.
What do my fellow jewelry hounds think of the non-traditional engagement ring trend? Anyone out there have one? Weigh in!
Her wedding ring was spotted by the paps today as she flitted about town running errands with her mom. The vintage style was custom-made by jeweler Cathy Waterman, who also designed Moyer’s simple wedding band (spotted here while he was skateboarding in LA).
Vintage diamond engagement rings must be popular with the blood-thirsty set. This vintage style was designed by Twilight author, Stephanie Meyer, as a replica of the ring Edward gives to Bella in the series.
To get a live glimpse of Anna’s rocks, the happy couple will be presenting at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Sunday with True Blood costar Alexander Skarsgard. (Come tweet with me and a bunch of other fab jewelry bloggers during the red carpet shenanigans – using #emmyjewelry hashtag)
Here’s hoping they all come out like this!
Find out why pearls -from strands and pendants to necklaces and earrings – are perfect for anybride.
Pearls are, quite simply, the perfect accessory to any wedding outfit. Whether the bride wore black, white or red. Whether it was a traditional, cutting-edge, non-demononational, Vegas-style or religious ceremony. Whether it’s the bride, matron of honor, bridesmaid, flower girl or mother of the groom. There’s one jewel that’s suitable for all… Pearls.
One of the beauty of pearls is that they come in almost every price category. From single digits – bought with the pocket money, to bank-breaking, breathtaking strands – there’s the perfect style at the perfect price for everyone.. Freshwater pearls are much more affordable than their saltwater akoya counterparts — and they can be found in most mall jewelry chains and department stores.
For the bride, a traditional pearl choker or multi-strand collar is an elegant, classic choice that she can wear long after her wedding day. She can also opt for something a bit more modern, such as sweeping shoulder-length earrings or a pearl lariat. Here are some other popular looks for the bride and her bridal party according to several major pearl jewelry manufacturers.
Basic pearl necklace strands of standard sizes (5.5 mm to 6 mm) and lengths (18 in. to 21 in.) are traditional favorites. However, some brides are opting for slightly larger sizes (8 mm to 8.5 mm) as well. In bridal jewelry, white pearls will always reign. But some brides prefer rose-colored pearls as well.
Freshwater pearl trio sets that include a “starter” necklace (with only one or a few pearls on a strand that can be added to on future occasions) along with a matching pearl bracelet and earrings are a big trend right now — both for the bride and as a gift for her attendants.
Basic pearl stud earrings are a popular choice for brides and their bridesmaids, because of their simple elegance and versatility. Other styles, including pearl hoops, dangles and leverbacks (all alone or with diamond accents) are gaining popularity as well.
Pearl bracelets are another strong category. Either single- or multi-strand, a bride can’t go wrong with this style as an accessory for her or her attendants.
Three-stone pearl styles — which represent past, present and future — are another important current category. Although this style originated with diamond jewelry, the romance and enduring love and commitment suggested by the look makes it a perfect fit for pearl bridal jewelry as well. The three-stone pearl look is also available in matching sets of necklaces, bracelets and earrings at many mall jewelry counters.
Meanwhile, pearl solitaires — on a traditional strand or a thin, clear nylon “invisible” strand, which produces a “floating” look — are another affordable choice.
Diamond rings have been given by way of champagne flute, dessert dish and just plain old bended knee, but recently one New Yorker used a jewelry store window to do the deed – and do it well.
The New York Daily News reports that one creative Manhattanite used an Upper East Side jeweler’s display window to stage a fancy wedding proposal for the love of his life – and she said “yes.”
DeBourcy popped the question during a stroll past Jeri Cohen Fine Jewelry on Third Avenue, where he had arranged for flowers and a “Will you marry me Alexandra?” sign to be displayed.
The love birds attended the same high school near Chicago but didn’t meet until he looked her up on (wait for it…) Facebook!
“I asked who the hell he was, and two and a half years later …,” she said.
And while the bride-to-be gave her sig. other props for the creative proposal, she was perhaps more excited to discover the jewelry store he used is the same one New York Housewife Jill Zarin frequents.
“I always walk by and say to my mom, ‘This is the place where Jill Zarin goes!'”
Gotta love a woman with priorities.
Do you have a fun proposal story to share? Weigh in!
Nicole Richie is a jewelry maven, with her House of Harlow 1960 jewelry line hitting the big time and her signature boho chic style influencing fashionistas from coast to coast. But the former reality star is making news for jewelry of a different sort this week.
Richie has been spotted by X17 wearing what appears to be a gold wedding band on, well, the finger that tells the world that you’re hitched. Despite denials from hubby, Joel Madden, to the contrary, Nicole seems to enjoy flaunting the ring finger bling and keeping us all guessing in the meantime.
What do you guys think? Did she and Joel run off shotgun style before their latest addition (a son named Sparrow) arrived? Or is she just having fun with the paps on this one?
Wedding jewelry for most of us consists of a diamond ring and matching band and perhaps some pearls here and there. But if you’re a celeb, the high-end jewelers come out in droves to make sure you’re dripping in their diamonds – and American Idol judge, Kara DioGuardi is no exception.
The superstar songwriter and Bikini Girl wanna-be walked down the aisle on July 5th in Prospect, Maine wearing a Vera Wang gown and almost 100 carats of diamonds from jeweler to the stars, Neil Lane.
“She wanted something glamorous,” jeweler Neil Lane told People about DioGuardi’s wedding bling.
I guess 250 large qualifies.
Kara got engaged to Mike McCuddy, a general contractor, on December 8th after a year and a half of dating. The engagement took place while they were on vacation in Mexico and the alternative engagement ring was another Neil Lane creation featuring a smokey topaz center stone instead of the more traditional diamond fare.
In fact, many women today are going for colored stones instead of diamonds for their bridal bling – including the Today Show bride, who is sporting an emerald solitaire on her ring finger for her big day.
What do you guys think? Would you wear a colored stone engagement ring or are you afraid to buck with diamond tradition? Weigh in! And in the meantime, take a gander at Jewelry.com’s education section about the many ways to skin the engagement ring cat.
Ok. Bad metaphor. But you get the idea…
While traditional gold bands will never go out of style, modern brides and grooms are opting for more unique options in the wedding band department these days. Here are a few tips to keep in mind and important links to Jewelry.com’s treasure chest full of affordable and fashionable options.
Although gold is still the metal of choice for wedding rings, platinum has become extremely popular as a bridal metal. The allure of platinum is its unparalleled strength, durability and purity. Many wedding rings also combine the warmth of yellow gold with the cool white of platinum, providing a contemporary twist to a traditional classic.
For those who like the look of platinum but can’t afford it, there is always white gold. White gold, which is pure gold that has been mixed with nickel, zinc, silver or other white metals, costs considerably less than platinum, but is also less durable.
Not only can today’s brides and grooms choose from a dizzying array of fashionable solid metal bands, but they can also opt for wedding rings with diamonds or colored stones. Channel set bands – rings with a line of small diamonds set in a groove, or channel, along the band – are particularly popular.
An increasing number of men are choosing wedding rings with diamonds, as well. One word of caution, however: when buying either a men’s or women’s diamond wedding band, make sure the stones are small enough so they don’t overpower the engagement ring.
Other considerations for buying a wedding ring include:
Consider your lifestyle. If you or your spouse are athletic, outdoor types or work with your hands, pure gold (24 karat) probably isn’t the choice for you because it’s scratches and shows wear easily due to its softness.
Consider your existing jewelry. Look at the kind of jewelry and watches you already wear, and consider how your wedding band will look next to them. A bride-to-be also needs to consider whether she’ll wear her wedding band and engagement ring on the same finger, or whether she will move her engagement ring to her right hand and just wear the band on her left. If she plans to wear them together, she’ll need to choose a wedding band that matches the engagement ring and sits comfortably against it.
Establish a budget. Plain gold bands can be bought for less than $150, but fashion comes with a price. High-fashion bands with diamonds or other gemstones can cost hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on the size and quality of the stones and the workmanship of the piece. Also keep in mind that a men’s band tends to be more expensive than a woman’s, because it tends to be larger, wider and denser.