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Sunday, June 26, 2005

      Money can buy Love and Diamonds

It is not lately that the world is engagement ring crazy. The first known celebrity diamond engagement ring was in 1477 Medieval Europe uniting the houses of Hapsburg and Burgundy. Maximilian I of Austria commissioned a diamond ring for his bride Mary of Burgundy. But when it comes to engagement rings, the celebrity world has slightly different rules. Big is beautiful - and often very expensive. Celebrity engagement rings set a standard for luxury and people often look up to them for ideas and to bask in their glory.

Nothing holds as much intrigue as the huge engagement rings that brides of Hollywood flash around tinsletown. By now, most of the world knows about J. Lo.'s 6-carat pink diamond from Harry Winston. But other ladies have equally enviable rocks.

For Brad Pitt, buying a ready-made diamond for Jennifer Aniston wouldn't do. He had one made to his instructions. (He also designed their wedding bands.) The Aside band in white gold with .18 carats of diamonds was the result. Of course, this isn't the first ring that Pitt has designed.

Director Guy Ritchie put some personal thought into the Edwardian Ring he gave Madonna; the platinum Neil Lane ring had a decorative band and three large stores to symbolize their family.

All of Hollywood was buzzing when Catherine Zeta-Jones sported her 10-carat antique diamond engagement ring from Michael Douglas, reminding us of the days when Liz Taylor stunned the world with the Taylor-Burton diamond. Douglas and Zeta-Jones prove once again that in Hollywood, size definitely matters.

Young Jessica Simpson's engagement ring from Nick Lachey contains a four-carat pear shaped diamond flanked with two more stones, set in platinum.

Amethyst Engagement RingNot everyone goes the traditional route. Colored gemstones are a stunning departure from tradition and often catch the eye more than plain diamonds. American Beauty star Mena Suvari chose to use her birthstones -- amethysts and citrines -- when she married her husband, cinematographer Robert Brinkmann. The stones are set in an asymmetrical design around a gold band. I particularly like this Amethyst ring from MontRED. They carry some pretty nice colored gemstone rings.

Having taken a gander at some of the recent rings blinding everyone on the red carpet, could it be more about getting a piece of jewellery worth a small Caribbean island on your hand than marrying the man of your dreams?

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Monday, June 20, 2005

      Bling, Tennis and Wimbledon

You need only be a realist to recognize news about tennis over the next two weeks won't necessarily be dominated by tennis. There'll be a blitz of British tradition and eccentricity, the bling associated with celebrity, some superstar sex appeal, or petulance, and then there'll be the winners and losers.

Diamond Tennis Bracelet

Talking about the bling.. The year was 1987 and Chris Evert, the former World No. 1 woman tennis player and the winner of 18 Grand Slam singles titles, was playing in the U.S. Open. She was wearing an elegant, light in-line diamond bracelet, which accidentally broke. And the match was interrupted to allow Chris to recover her precious daimonds. From that moment, the discreet and radiant stream of light became the “tennis bracelet” and sparked a huge jewelry trend.

During the nineties, tennis bracelet was worn by a new star in the tennis firmament, the Brazilian Gabriela Sabatini. And in 2002, Serena Williams wore a $29,000 custom-design Harry Winston's Twelve to Twilight diamond tennis bracelet at the U.S. Open. But this time there was an extra secure safety clasp to the bracelet to make sure the flexible and fluid piece will stay securely on Williams' 7 and one-half inch wrist.

Serena Williams 12 carats diamond tennis bracelet

Williams' bracelet contains 242 colorless diamonds and totals 12 carats set in platinum.

Serena Williams Puma catsuit

And remember the second-skin Puma catsuit Serena wore at the 2002 U.S. Open that set tongues wagging? This week at Wimbledon, reigning ladies' champ, Russia's sexy Maria Sharapova made her Tuesday tournament debut in a pair of Nike sneakers adorned with 24-carat gold.

Maria Sharapova in golden Nike sneakersMaria Sharapova's golden sneakers

"It's something totally different and shines unbelievably. Hopefully it will distract my opponents a little bit," Sharapova giggled. Well, don't know about her opponents, but men definitely are getting distracted a whole lot.

Maria Sharapova funny picture

Maria is now readying to launch her own limited edition of diamond watches.

The bling also took centre stage early today as Alexis Barbara, 19, a model and fiancee of Mark Philippoussis chose brief, lacy shorts, bedazzled wedge shoes, an enormous gold cross and an impressive diamond ring on her left hand.

Bec Cartwright, fiancee of tennis star Lleyton HewittBec Cartwright -fiancee of tennis star- daimond engagement ring

Bec Cartwright, fiancee of rival Lleyton Hewitt wasn't to be left behind. She has been sporting her flashy diamond engagement ring - estimated at $200,000 — around the grounds.

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Friday, June 17, 2005

      Its Paris, you know...

Tom Cruise popped the question to Katie Holmes at the Eiffel Tower early Friday and then announced the news to the world -- they're getting married.

     Tom Cruise engaged to Katie Holmes

Cruise turned to Holmes: "What did you say, darling? She said, `Yes.' ... I've never actually been to the Eiffel Tower and I just, it's Paris, you know. It's beautiful, a beautiful city. It's very romantic. I'm excited to be here."

Katie Holmes Engagement Ring

Holmes was sporting what appeared to be a large solitaire diamond ring on her engagement finger.

When asked about the date of the wedding, Cruise said he was taking it "one step at a time but we'll decide it soon".

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Thursday, June 16, 2005

      J.Lo’s $6 Million Milestone

What did Jennifer Lopez get from hubby Marc Anthony the night before their first year anniversary? A blue 14.5-carat, brilliant-cut diamond ring on a platinum band valued at more than $5 million. I guess Anthony must have been so relieved—and maybe amazed-—that his marriage to twice-divorced megadiva lasted a whole year.

Jennifer Lopez $1 million diamond ring

And hey, thats not enough. The next day, Anthony gave his bride an 8.5 carat engagement ring estimated to cost about $1 million as an anniversary present. Engagement ring one year after the wedding? Yes! "It sounds a little odd, but Marc and Jennifer were never really engaged -- they just got married. So, to mark their first anniversary, Marc officially proposed, this time presenting Jennifer with an engagement ring", reports azcentral. It adds, "(the diamond) is huge, and it sparkles beyond belief."

Jennifer Lopez's diamond engagement ring from Chris Judd

I think this one from her ex-husband, Chris Judd (her backup dancer), was just as huge and 'sparkled beyond belief'. Oh well, J.Lo is lucky with diamonds.

Jennifer Lopez in Pirelli Calendar

J.Lo was also in the headlines just a few days back when she made her debut in next year's Pirelli calendar, along with supermodels Gisele Bundchen and Kate Moss. The 2006 issue of the legendary calendar was shot on location in the rocky Riviera coastline in south of France.

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

      203 carat diamond.....phew !!!it is huge!!!!

The priceless 203.04 carat De Beers Millennium Star diamond will go on display at the National History Museum. Tight security will be in force for the world's biggest ever diamond exhibition, being held at the London museum from July 8 to February 26.

millennium diamond

Dr Michael Dixon, the Museum's Director said: ‘We feel privileged to be able to include this incredibly rare and iconic stone in our exhibition. Visitors will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of the world’s most beautiful and rare diamonds and the De Beers Millennium Star is a true highlight.’

The star diamond was first displayed at London’s Millennium Dome in October 1999 as the centerpiece of the De Beers Millennium diamond collection. There was an attempt of robbery on November 7, 2000. It has not been on public display in the UK since.

The De Beers Millennium Star is at 203.04-carat and weighs 40.608 g, it is the world’s largest top colour D, internally and externally flawless, pear-shaped diamond. The diamond was discovered in the Mbuji-Mayi district of Zaire in 1990 and later purchased by De Beers.

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Sunday, June 05, 2005

      Sunday Humor - Part 4

"Your poster claims that ear-piercing is completely painless, is that true?"
"Certainly, madam, I've done thousands of piercings, and I've never felt a thing!"

"Goodness, what a beautiful diamond ring you're wearing Miss West!"
"Goodness had nothing to do with it!" replied Mae.

Customer asks her jeweller what a G colour, SI clarity daimond looks like.
"Buying or selling, madam"!
Have a good weekend! :)

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Sunday Humor - Part 1

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Saturday, June 04, 2005

      Magnificient jewels on auction

The magnificient jewels of Margaret Adderley Kelly are going on auction at the Christie's at the Rockefeller Plaza, New York on June 7th. Margaret is the wife of William R. Kelly who ran Kelly Services, Inc.

Blue Diamond Ring
One such jewel is a ring ($400,000 - $600,000) set with a marquise-cut fancy rare blue diamond, weighing approximately 6.21 carats, within a calibré-cut diamond surround, to the pear-shaped purplish-pink diamond accents and baguette-cut daimond shoulders, mounted in platinum and rose gold.

Diamond necklace with pear-shaped diamond pendant
Another is a magnificient diamond cluster necklace ($800,000 - $1,000,000) suspending a pear-shaped diamond pendant, weighing approximately 11.50 carats.

Diamond Ear Clips
And then there is a pair of elegant ear clips ($250,000 - $300,000) each set with a pear-shaped diamond, weighing approximately 13.34 and 13.47 carats.

And these are just a few of over hundred jewels that are on auction. The viewing has already started. Only if someone would buy me a ticket to New York!

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