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Engagement rings are not immune to trend shifts. For decades, engagement rings consisted of a solitaire diamond perched eloquently atop a delicate gold band. This simply yet stunning design has held its ground for so long it’s almost crazy to think there would be even the slightest deviation from that classis, time-honored look. Actually, this traditional idea has begun taking a back seat to the up-and-coming age of diamond engagement rings.
One of the most prominent changes effecting the traditional is the setting. That well-known single gold band is being replaced with creative and intricate bands and settings. One of the most popular trends in engagement ring settings has been the halo setting.
With just a hint of vintage, the halo setting, and double halo setting has begun to make more and more appearances around Hollywood; which may be partly behind its popularity. Some celebs are even sporting the halo setting with a stone other than the traditional diamond. The most recent and probably most popular halo engagement ring is surely Kate Middleton’s.
It’s actually a modified halo setting, and the big blue sapphire stone in the middle is so gorgeous you may not even see the setting, but when you can pry your eyes away from the center stone, you’ll see it’s unmistakably a variation of the trending halo setting. Colored stones are trending nowadays, too.
Colored diamonds of yellow, blue, and pink hues are more pricy, but that doesn’t seem to be a problem for consumers. Rubies, emeralds and sapphires are also becoming popular, and are a little more affordable to the average Joe on the street. Celebrity circles seem to be drawn to a variety of stone choices as well.
Shane Warner, the famous Australian international cricketer proposed to English actress and model, Elizabeth Hurly, with an absolutely gorgeous square-cut sapphire surrounded by two triangular brilliant cut white diamonds. Jessica Simpson was gifted with a brilliant 5-carat ruby surrounded on either side by two pear-cut diamonds that weighed in at a combined 5-carats, and even though it’s actually a wedding ring, it’s worth noting that Penelope Cruz is the proud owner of a remarkable oval sapphire ring any girl would give her right arm to have.
As far as engagement ring setting trends go, two tone engagement ring settings like white and yellow gold are more popular than ever. Another type of engagement ring band that is on the rise is twisted bands with intricate settings.
Of course the setting would have to be intricate in order to accommodate the uncommon twists and turns of the bands. The most popular unique engagement ring would have to be the one designed by Brad Pitt for Jennifer Aniston.
Pitt collaborated with renowned jewelry designer, Silvia Damiani and created a stunning and unique multi-level engagement ring with a spiral design of diamonds that represented the eternity he intended to spend with her.
Well, turns out the union didn’t stand the test of time, but the ring will live on forever in infamy.
People often wonder why celebrities love diamonds. The only way to find out is to ask them however, it’s most likely a safe guess to assume the reason celebrities like diamonds is the
same reason any person likes diamonds. People like diamonds because they’re shiny. They sparkle. Diamonds are often viewed as a status symbol as well as a symbol of financial wealth. The larger the diamond, the more money you are supposed to have.
It’s only natural for people to take notice the moment a celebrity becomes engaged. Many curious fans want to see the ring before they even ask who the lucky couple is. When large name celebrities such as the Duchess of Cambridge, Kiera Knightely or Beyonce, with her whopping 18-carat diamond engagement ring, become engaged everyone wants to see the diamond.
The left hand often becomes the focus of attention and speculation, which leaves us wondering yet again, why people love diamonds so much. Some people feel that the sparkle of a diamond is a symbol of life the way darkness is often a symbol of death.
Diamonds are also regarded as high value, high priority, items that at one time, were reserved only for the truly wealthy. Diamonds were also used to adorn the very famous such as Kings and Queens of ancient times. Although this has changed in that most people wear diamonds today, the concept of high society or high placement has not.
Diamonds are also adored for their symbol of eternal love. They are long lasting and durable, a much better gift of affection than other stones, and diamonds also come in a large variety of shapes, colours and sizes, making them easily personable. They are virtually indestructible and have often be linked to symbolize many things about life.
Most of all, celebrities most likely love diamonds because diamonds are, have always been and most likely will always be associated with glamour, fame and wealth. There is hardly a better feeling than to have people wanting to see your diamond engagement ring or to have a photograph taken as you wear one of the most beautiful diamonds in the world that is worth millions of dollars.
This is true of a recently engaged Jennifer Aniston who’s beau presented her with a beautiful 8-carat diamond engagement ring. According to Life and Style Magazine, “It’s a huge emerald-cut diamond. It’s a rectangle with tapered diamond baguettes on the sides.”
Another recent beaming bride to be is Avril Lavigne who recently said yes when presented with a large 14-carat engagement ring. Chad Kroeger, Nickelback’s frontman, apparently spent $350,000 on the lavish pear shaped ring. According to US Weekly, “The half-moon diamonds are also rare since they would have to be specially cut to fit on either side of the center diamond. The center diamond is approximately 10 carats, with and additional 4 carats of total side diamonds.”
It can be a daunting task for a man but choosing the perfect diamond engagement ring is important. Actually, whether you’re looking to buy engagement rings, diamond earrings or diamond pendants, the end choice is always an important one. The piece you choose should match the person for whom it is intended.
If your loved one is reserved they may appreciate a smaller diamond, perhaps sparkling stud earrings instead of heavy flowing pieces that dangle. If the person receiving the diamonds is a modern women, then she may love the choice of colored diamonds.
Choosing the right diamond for the occasion is not as difficult at one may think. Give a little thought into the type of person you are buying for. You can decide from there if the engagement ring should be large enough to be mistaken for a nighttime lighthouse, or if a more conservative engagement ring is better suited.
It is not out of the ordinary for modern couples to shop for round engagement rings together. As a matter of fact, it can take a load of worry off the man and ensure the women gets a ring she likes. By purchasing your rings together, you can also choose rings that will eventually match when you are both wearing your wedding bands.
Tips to choosing
Cost: It has often been said that a man should spend one or two month’s salary on an engagement ring. This conventional wisdom, although still a guideline for many, is not a rule that is set in stone. It is however, still used as a guideline.
Setting: It is a good idea to select a setting before heading out the door. To do this you can go on the Internet and get a feel for what choices will lay ahead of you at a jewellery store. Common choices include pave setting, classic solitaire, tension setting, settings with sidestones and even three-stone settings. You will also quickly learn that most shops also offer their own take on settings. Truth be told, your choices are only limited by your budget.
The four Cs: You will need to learn, even if only a little, about the all-important four Cs of diamond shopping. This includes cut, carat, clarity and color. If buying a diamond will be a one-time event, you can learn about these things on the Internet or in person at a reputable jewellery shop. Most shops will have charts that are very helpful with the four Cs. You will be able to see the difference in a diamond’s attributes by its shape. Oval, pear, heart shaped, marquise or round diamond engagement rings will each reflect differently due to their shape.
Metal: Having an idea of the type of metal she will like is also helpful and will tone down the choices once you start shopping. Diamond engagement rings are normally made of white gold, yellow gold or platinum, the latter being the most expensive. Platinum has tarnishing resistant abilities, a great quality, but it is also the most expensive for repairs.
No matter what your future wife loves, you can always surprise her with an outstanding Diamond engagement ring that she will absolutely love!
It could have been the fact that it was freezing outside or maybe jus
t a case of the jitters. Regardless of the reason, Travis Pittman, a producer for KING 5 News station, popped the question to his girlfriend during a trip to the Washington Pier close to the Des Moines Marina last Saturday evening.
The setting was beautiful and everything was going well until he, on accident, lost the ring by dropping it into the Puget Sound.
The classic diamond ring was a half-carat on a white gold band with small diamonds inlaid into the band. At first, he tried to tell his bride to be, Kim Hopper, that he wanted to get married but did not have enough money to buy her the perfect diamond ring. He then proposed and presented her with the beautiful diamond ring. It did not take her long to say yes to his proposal. As he was slipping the ring onto her finger it came off and fell into the water.
Pittman is hoping that the ring is found safely and returned to him.
The Clinton family is often regarded to American royalty, and so it is only appropriate that Princess Chelsea would show off an emerald cut diamond engagement ring, other
wise known as a princess-cut diamond. Chelsea Clinton and husband Marc Mezvinsky finally tied the knot what is now regarded to as the “Cinderella wedding” at the Astor Courts Estate in Rhinebeck, New York. Chelsea's wedding Jewelry also included a lavish floral diamond http://creditnoproblems.com/post/consumer-credit-assistance-c8.html
nis_bracelets/diamond_tennis_bracelets.asp” target=”_blank”> tennis bracelet, as well as dazzling diamond earrings that repeated the floral motif of the diamond bracelet the with a dual stack of clustered flower diamond drop set.
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