The traditional engagement ring stones are sapphires, rubies and emeralds with diamonds. But beware, emeralds can break so not ideal for everyday wear. And I should know, as that is exactly what happened to the first stones in my engagement ring.
They have since been replaced with harder-wearing pretty pink sapphires. Beyond the trio of the classic colored engagement ring gems, there is a whole range of unusual options.
From rubellite, a type of red to pink tourmaline to electric blue Paraiba tourmalines from Brazil (as in the Chopard ring above) the choice is dazzling.
Or really think out of the box and go for zesty green tsavorites, a type of garnet from Kenya’s Tsavo National Park or the lilac hued Tanzanite from, yes, you guessed it, Tanzania.
Colored diamonds are of course another option and yellow and pink are the most coveted. Colored diamonds are more rare than whites which is why they are the choice of those who can afford them and many a celebrity. Harry Winston’s drop dead gorgeous pink diamond ring will the job very nicely but be prepared to forfeit the mortgage. Harry Fane’s Obsidian Gallery, by appointment only, offers a range of gems bursting with subcontinental colors from the Gem Palace of Jaipur as well as glamorous Verdura creations that evoke American chic a la ‘Mad Men.’
Tiffany & Co’s yellow diamonds from Australia are as bright as a sunny morning. They also have the advantage of coming from a single mine and therefore their origin is traceable.
Boodles is a long-standing favorite for engagement rings and with a new boutique at the Savoy Hotel on the Strand in London can make shopping for an engagement ring a deluxe experience. Imagine calling up room service for another bottle of champagne as you peruse your diamond ring options.
Drop into Van Cleef & Arpels for the most romantic rings and Louis Vuitton’s collection of fine jewelry is growing with Lorenz Baumer’s original designs.
For a wide range of styles and colors, visit Astley Clarke, the on line jewelry boutique where browsing through styles and almost as important, prices, is just a click away.
Wright & Teague offer the bright zesty hues of peridot, emerald and tsavorite. Just one thought to bear in mind when choosing a colored stone: you are going to live with this ring for a long time, so make sure you chose a color you can live with.
An oval cut genuine Ruby weighing approximately 1.05 carats surrounded by sparkling round and baguette cut Diamonds in an exclusive 14 karat white gold AMORO setting. This gorgeous and intricately designed Amoro Ruby and Diamond ring in 14kt white gold can be purchased at this link.
An oval cut genuine Ruby weighing approximately 1.05 carats flanked by sparkling round cut Diamonds in an exclusive 14 karat yellow gold Amoro heart prong setting.
Oval cut genuine Rubies weighing approximately 2.76 carats accompanied by sparkling round cut Diamonds in an exclusive 14 karat white gold Amoro setting.
Oval cut genuine Rubies weighing approximately 2.05 carats accompanied by sparkling round cut Diamonds in an exclusive 14 karat white gold AMORO setting.
Amoro was established in 1996 by Stephen Crane, founder of renowned luxury retailer Colombian Emeralds International. Drawing on a 40-year relationship with the world’s premier gemstone suppliers and a deep understanding of jewelry’s central role in celebrating life’s milestones, a new classic collection was born. Over the years, we’ve become a trusted source for creations of outstanding beauty and value, prized by customers the world over.
An emerald cut genuine Colombian Emerald weighing approximately 5.13 carats, surrounded by one hundred and thirty two round brilliant cut genuine Diamonds weighing approximately 2.84 carats, VS2-SI1 clarity, and G-H in color set in an 18kt white gold AMORO heart prong setting. Engraved with AMORO and accented with a Diamond starburst.
Vintage solid 18k White gold Gorgeous huge and heavy Band/ring, Pave hand set VS clarity Full round/brilliant cut Diamonds all as well as on the sides of the ring. Exquisite Quality perfectly crafted by Zolotas Desinger, Perfect Pink Kunzite, Diamonds and wooden style goldsmith with split shanks. We have included close up pictures to show what you would see under a loupe. The ring is in it’s original condition, nothing is missing and it’s just been professionally washed. The pictures were taken under florescent light as well. The ring is size 7, and won’t be able to size the ring, due to it’s original design. It’s pre owned.. Wide, Heavy Gorgeous Breathtaking Ring! one of a kind, and it’s custom designed. B.E.U.A.T.Y.
Diamonds are VS-1 Clarity E Color 2.00 carats total. Round/brilliant cut.
Natural Pink Kunzite, Emerald cut, 24.2 carat. 17.1mm X 14.5mm.
Solid 18k white gold, 33.2 grams! Stamped.
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This spectacular emerald cut diamond engagement ring is truly sensational. It all starts with the enchanting 3.74 ct emerald cut center diamond. It is GIA certified at F-VVS2. It is exceptionally white, practically flawless and cut to perfection. This diamond is really one in a million. It is accented perfectly by step cut trapezoids flanked on its sides in a bezel setting and follows by a special cut bullet shape diamond on each side as well. This platinum masterpiece is extraordinary from every angle. Sure to be cherished for generations to come. Available at Mark Broumand Jewelers
The essence of love is captured perfectly in this sapphire and diamond ring. What better way to express that love than with a heart shaped stone. This gorgeous ring contains a genuine heart shaped sapphire with a weight of 1.65 carats. This natural specimen is a superior quality stone that has a beautiful rich color with a clean clarity. Surrounding this extraordinary sapphire, are glittering baguette cut diamonds that have a total weight of 1.10 carats. These diamonds range in clarity from Vs2-Si1 with a color grade of H-I. The polished setting is made of 14K white gold with a total gold weight of 6.20 grams.
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Though the cultural impact of YouTube is hard to deny, navigating its plethora of niche celebrities can prove daunting. Since its inception, the site has helped launch the careers of best-selling authors, beauty gurus, and television personalities united by their willingness to share their personalities and personal lives with the Internet. One such star is lifestyle sensation Ingrid Nilsen, a diminutive beauty from Southern California who uses her popular vlog channel to talk food, fashion, decorating, and the miscellany of a life lived online. With 3.8 million viewers on YouTube following Nilsen’s every move, she ranks among the most popular on an increasingly influential platform. Fans tune in for everything from Nilsen’s spin on holiday hot chocolate recipes to her monthly updates on beauty essentials to her recent visit to the offices of Martha Stewart.
Part of what sets Nilsen apart from her online contemporaries is her personal style. A fan of casual chic pieces at accessible price points, Nilsen regularly schools viewers in what to wear and how to wear it, and rather than posturing as an expert, she focuses on her enthusiasm for fashion as a tool for expression. Watching her videos is akin to stepping into a dressing room with a peppy, accessory-obsessed friend. Mixing pieces from contemporary labels like Helmut Lang, Vince, and Carven with luxe accessories from Chanel, Proenza Schouler, and Chloé, Nilsen strikes the right balance between girl-next-door style and that of a budding mogul. Never one to take herself seriously, Nilsen serves up her style advice with humor, updating her account with videos where she displays her love for Chelsea boots and chunky knits by dancing across the screen.
When she isn’t focusing her attentions on clothing or culinary concerns, Nilsen offers a glimpse into her private life via heartfelt vlogs that center on relatable issues. Known for her candor, Nilsen has addressed everything from self-doubt to dealing with loss on her channel. When she took to the Web earlier this year to announce her coming-out in an emotional video, it garnered 13 million views and led to international headlines. Now dating fellow YouTuber Hannah Hart, Nilsen is one-half of a truly millennial power couple, but that hasn’t changed her online presence one bit. Still keeping her following up to date on the latest and greatest, Nilsen has caught the attention of brands, including beauty giant CoverGirl, which tapped her as its first online spokesperson. Whether or not Nilsen’s Web-celeb status will bring in similar deals with luxury fashion labels remains to be seen, but with millions watching her every move, it’s only a matter of time before fashion takes note.
“Immaculate SHOWROOM Condition – UNHEATED & UNTREATED – Extremely Rare “VVS CLARITY” and VIVID “Pigeon Blood Red Color” GIA Certified 2.53 Carat Natural Ruby & Diamond PLATINUM Engagement Cocktail Ring. As noted in the GIA Certification, this world class ruby specimen is unheated with the coveted sought after Purplish Red color found only in the finest of genuine rubies. Unheated rubies are among the most prized rubies in the world. The one of a kind 2.03 carat genuine ruby is set with a generous .50 carats of extra fine quality near flawless VS1-VS2 clarity colorless & near colorless F-G round brilliant diamonds all set in a gorgeous solid PLATINUM custom made designer art deco setting. Superb quality and sublime elegance – collector’s grade GIA Certified unheated ruby ring. Don’t let this one get away!…SEE HD VIDEO AND MORE PHOTOS BELOW.”
This marvelous 18k white gold eternity wedding band ring, features 30 round brilliant cut white diamonds of F color, VS2 clarity and excellent cut and brilliance, weighing 5.89 carats total. Price: US $15,665.00
More Gorgeous Diamond Ring Designs available at Firenze Jewels. Jewelers since 1937 and located in the New York City Diamond District, Firenze Jewels offers hand crafted diamond engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, necklaces, pendants and rings from designers such as Simon G, Ritani, Natalie K, Charles Krypell, Christopher Designs, Le Vian and many others.
Victor Velyan jewelry: Best known for the unique patina of his jewels, Victor Velyan’s passion for rare colored gemstones and metallurgy has earned him a following of dedicated fans.
Victor Velyan’s jewelry is for women who aren’t afraid to make a statement. Take his jellyfish necklace, for example. The latest in a series of wild, often poisonous, animal jewels, this sea creature, with its iridescent central blue fire opal, moonstones and long diamond and sapphire tentacles, is big, bold and with mesmerizing beauty. Even the back is full of detail, with a transparent boulder opal that only the wearer knows is there.
Victor himself is a larger-than-life character. For a fine jeweler he took the unusual career path of starting out as an 80s heavy metal singer and then spending 12 years as an African safari guide – he still owns bush property in Zimbabwe – before finally settling down in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles’ jewelry district.
He completed an apprenticeship before launching his own successful workshop creating jewels for other designers. Feeling dissatisfied creatively, however, he took the risk eight years ago to launch his own signature line and hasn’t looked back since.
Victor now spends much of his time travelling the US – 210 days last year alone – to appear at trunk shows and meet with his dedicated fans. Everything is made by hand in his workshop – he calls technological developments in jewelry design the “dark side” – and he says he can’t actually make pieces fast enough for clients such as Neiman Marcus, the US department store chain.
He is perhaps best known for the unique patina of his jewels, created by painting silver or gold with his proprietary blend of acid and metals including copper, iron and zinc. “I’ve always been fascinated by metallurgy: why is silver the color it is, why is gold yellow, how does 25% silver make gold white gold?” he says.
He likens the patina process to wine making. “I let the metal sit in an acid bath for up to a year and then watch the patina come to life on the jewelry after a couple of weeks,” he adds, pointing to the rich color contrast of mandarin garnets against a matt copper-green patina and tiny gold flower details on a cuff. Other effects create a white, brown or even blue patina.
And while the outdoor life remains important to him, the Armenian-born designer says his greatest influences are old-world European art and architecture, perhaps explaining the intensely textured, antique look of his jewelry: “I love mother nature but I’m more inspired by other artists and by the possibility of a beautiful woman wearing my jewelry and showing it off,” he says.
His other passion is for rare colored gemstones. Favorites include fire opals, Paraiba tourmalines and the oldest mineral on earth, blue zircon. Never afraid to follow his passions, he picks stones and creates designs without a final price in mind, using 24 carat gold for its depth of color rather than its practicality. “I don’t design for what is going to sell. I design with the thought that someone is going to fall in love with it.” Fortunately for Victor, there are many out there who do.