Celebrity Wedding Bands

Royal Wedding Jewelry: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Congratulations to the newly wed Royal Couple! The Royal Wedding ceremony was held 6 a.m. EST this morning at Westminister Abbey where Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows after nearly a decade of courtship. With all the anticipation over her nuptial attire, the now ennobled Duchess of Cambridge looked dazzling by all accounts. Kate managed to harmoniously balance royal tradition with her own sense of modern style. Here’s an overview of her elegant ensemble including something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue:

Something Old – Kate’s spectacular ivory white Alexander McQueen gown was designed by creative director Sarah Burton. Middleton worked closely with Burton in formulating the design of her dress which combines traditional fabrics and lacework with modern structure into the artistic vision that characterizes Alexander McQueen’s work. The Carrickmacross needlework in the beautiful lace sleeves and accents is a technique that dates back to the 1800s.

Something New – The royal bride’s custom made diamond earrings were a personal gift to her from her parents for her wedding day. The platinum earrings feature a pear-shaped diamond set drop oak leaf design and pave set acorn motif suspended in the center inspired by the new Middleton family coat of arms. The earrings were beautifully set off by her hair; a natural “demi-chignon” styled by James Pryce from Kate’s favorite salon, Richard Ward of Chelsea, London.

Something Borrowed – Loaned to Middleton by Queen Elizabeth, Kate’s delicate diamond halo tiara held together her veil and perfectly topped off her gown. The tiara was crafted in 1936 and purchased by the Duke of York for his wife(Elizabeth’s mother). Then Princess Elizabeth received the gift for her 18th birthday.

Something Blue – Perhaps the most famous piece bridal jewelry of all is Middleton’s diamond and blue sapphire engagement ring. Honoring his late mother Princess Diana, Prince William gave the exquisite ring to Middleton when he proposed in November 2010. The 18 carat ring features an oval shaped blue sapphire center worth approximately $300,000. Sapphires are actually rarer than diamonds, but less expensive because the demand is lower.

Something Old


Brad Pitt Flashes Wedding Band?

New photos have surfaced of Brad Pitt wearing what seems to be a classic style wedding band. Cameras caught a glimpse of the sparkler on two recent occasions. The first was over the weekend when the A-list actor was out shopping with daughter Zahara for her birthday at The Grove in Hollywood, California. He was smiling and seemed to be in high spirits.  The second was yesterday on the set of his new film Moneyball.

Not too long ago, Brangelina gave actress Mindy Cohn, the godmother of two of their children, a huge 4-5 carat solitaire diamond ring as a thank you gift.  In an October 2006 interview with Esquire Magazine, Pitt said that he and Jolie would marry when everyone in America is legally able to marry (voicing their support for gay marriage).  So what are your thoughts on the ring?  Did they secretly tie the knot?  Is it merely symbolic?  Or simply just decorative?