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Top 5 Wedding and Engagement Ring Trends for 2015

2015 Wedding and Engagement Rings

 

With wedding season in full swing, new bridal jewelry trends have emerged shaping purchasing decisions. Based off customer feedback and inquiries we’ve put together a list of five top trends for wedding and engagement rings in 2015:

FANCY SHAPED DIAMONDS
Fancy shaped center diamonds such as cushion and asscher have taken the limelight. Many subsequent bridal jewelry trends for 2015 revolve around these new favorites.

CLASSIC ENGAGEMENT RING SETTINGS
Fancy cut centers are often being paired with classic style settings featuring modern clean lines. The halo setting continues to be a top engagement ring style, particularly among budget-conscious couples looking to maximize a diamond’s brilliance.

ETERNITY WEDDING RINGS
Fancy shapes have made their way into wedding rings as well. Eternity rings remain a top style with fancy shaped diamonds going all the way around matching or complimenting their engagement ring’s center stone. The growing stackable ring trend has also influenced wedding ring selections as couples consider how a wedding band fits with an existing piece.

VINTAGE GLAMOUR
Antique style rings continue to be favorite choice. There is still a great appreciation for pieces featuring elaborate milgrain detailing. Intricate etching and designs have also extended into men’s wedding bands as well.

WHITE AND ROSE
Platinum and white gold remain the top metals of choice, but combining white metal with a hint of rose gold has also been a growing trend this year.

Lastly, here are a few tips for creating the perfect bridal ring set: For a seamless feel, we recommend looking for a wedding band with similar contours as the engagement ring. Also be sure to choose the same metal type. It’s ok to get creative, but just note that a wedding band typically should not overpower an engagement ring.

Which is your favorite bridal jewelry trend for 2015?

Oscars 2014 Jewelry Winners

Statement earrings and necklaces showcasing large white diamonds paired against metallic and muted hues were a clear winner at the 86th Academy Awards. View our recap on fashion’s biggest night of the year and vote your favorite jewelry moments below:

Angelina Jolie glistened in a sheer metallic Ellie Saab couture gown with intricate beadwork. The actress accessorized with a pair of diamond dangle earrings weighing over 42 carats. Working with a private jeweler, the earrings are rumored to be the largest, perfectly cut flawless round diamonds Hollywood’s power couple were able to find. Brad Pitt accepted Best Picture Oscar for 12 Years a Slave.

Charlize Theron stunned in a black Christian Dior couture dress wearing the necklace of the evening. The $15 million piece showcased a flawless 31 carat square emerald cut diamond surrounded by a cluster of diamonds.

Best actress in a Leading Role Oscar winner Cate Blanchett accessorized a nude crystal embellished Armani Privé gown with a bold pair of earrings featuring 62 opal stones surrounded by diamond pavé and set in white gold.

American Hustle star Jennifer Lawrence radiated in a strapless fire orange Christian Dior dress. Making a similar jewelry statement to last year’s ceremony, the actress wore a $2 million 100 carat antique style diamond necklace draped down her back.

Oscar Performer Idina Menzel paired a deep green Vera Wang gown with a 77.12 carat diamond collar, a 34.6 carat diamond bracelet, antique style diamond earrings and a diamond ring. During her performance of the Oscar Winning song ‘Let it Go’, the songstress wore a Natalie K diamond bracelet and diamond chandelier earrings.

Best supporting actress Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o evoked Cinderella with a powder blue Prada gown and numerous intriguing jewelry pieces including a diamond frog ring, a diamond serpent bracelet, rose cut diamond cluster earrings in a foliate motif and a diamond encrusted headband.

Oscar nominee Sandra Bullock wore a midnight blue Alexander McQueen gown with a set of diamond cluster earrings in a foliate motif and a diamond cuff bracelet set in platinum.

Naomi Watts was a vision in white. The actress who plays Princess Di in the movie Diana accessorized an embroidered Calvin Klein dress with a web-like diamond necklace and diamond serpent bracelet.

Jessica Biel shimmered in a nude metallic Chanel couture gown paired with a marquise cut diamond necklace and diamond and aquamarine dangle earrings.

Julia Roberts donned a lacy black Givenchy couture dress accented with a bold pair of antique style diamond earrings and stacked diamond bracelets.


 

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The Premier Blue Diamond to Fetch $19M at Auction

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in Asia, Sotheby’s will be auctioning the largest round fancy vivid blue diamond ever to be graded by the Gemological Institute of America. The diamond will be the star at the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite Autumn Sale in Hong Kong on Oct 7.

The Premier Blue, a 7.59 carat round brilliant internally flawless marvel is expected to fetch an estimated $19 million. If the stone reaches this amount it will shatter the world record for a blue diamond at auction and per-carat price for any diamond. The 24.78 carat Graff Pink diamond however, would still hold the world record for any diamond sold at auction.

Excavated from the Premier Mine, (formerly known as Cullinan), its natural vivid blue hue and round cut are what make The Premier Blue so exceptional. Colored stones make up about 0.01% of all mined diamonds. Due to the high volume of waste of diamond rough when creating round brilliant cuts, they are rarely used in fancy color diamonds.

Other top lots include:

8.03 carat cushion shaped natural Pigeon’s Blood Burmese ruby set into a diamond ring setting specially designed for the upcoming Sotheby’s auction. Excavated from the Mogok Valley in Burma, the stone is free from inclusions to the naked eye. (EST. $3.5 – $4.2 million)

Set of two jadeite bead necklaces, circa Republican Period featuring 254 jadeite beads of matching color, translucency and texture. (EST. $2.8 – 3.8 million).

Jadeite Cabochon and Diamond Necklace (EST. $2.3 million – $3 million)

10.94 carat pear shaped fancy light pink diamond mounted into a diamond ring (EST. $1.9 million – $2.3 million)

Lavender jadeite bangle (EST. $850,000 – $1 million).

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Fall 2013 Color Forecast

With the summer days winding down, we’re looking forward to upcoming fashion and color trends and how they interplay with jewelry design in the new season. Earlier this year, global color authority Pantone identified 10 prominent hues for Fall 2013. The organization gathers insight by surveying designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to preview the season’s upcoming color trends.

“Just as the leaves change in autumn, the consumer will enjoy the ability to change their ‘look’ and try a new approach to their wardrobe for brisk days ahead,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute Executive Director. “The fall 2013 palette allows for that versatility and experimentation” she added.

The top 10 color trend predictions released in the PANTONE® Fashion Color Report Fall 2013 include Emerald(also ‘Color of the Year’), Mykonos Blue, Linden Green, Acai, Samba, Koi, Deep Lichen Green, Vivacious, Turbulence and Carafe. With our eye for on-trend jewelry designs, we’ve curated a collection of gemstone jewels reflecting their findings:

 

Emerald – the Pantone 2013 Color of the Year continues to sparkle into autumn.Pantone Emerald 17-5641 Color of the Year

Mykonos Blue – the tanzanite gemstone best represents this bold and classic blue. This hue pairs well with Emerald or Linden Green.Pantone Mykonos Blue 18-4434
Linden Green – accessorizing with this yellow-toned hue will brighten any of fall’s deeper shades. Evoke this color with green amethyst paired against yellow gold.Pantone Linden Green 15-0533
Acai – a deep purple amethyst gemstone best reflects this rich and exotic plum hue. Works best with Emerald or Samba but versatile enough to be accessorized with any color to create a powerful fall fashion statement. Pantone Acai 19-3628
Samba – for an expressive and dramatic jewelry accessory, turn to spirited gemstones such as red agate.Pantone Samba 19-1662
Koi – dazzling and shimmering best describe this orange hue. Use citrine gemstones to invigorate your fall wardrobe.
Pantone Koi 17-1452
Deep Lichen Green – capture both ends of the seasonal spectrum with tahitian black peacock green pearls.Pantone Deep Lichen Green 18-0312
Vivacious – an unruly and wildly deep fuchsia hue. Add a touch of ebullient sensuality to your look with ruby gemstones.
Pantone Vivacious 19-2045
Turbulence – hematite gemstones beautifully capture this glamorous shade of grey.Pantone Turbulence 19-4215
Carafe – this rich, deep brown provides an interesting and sophisticated alternative to the staple black. Smokey topaz gemstone jewelry pairs well with some of the more expressive colors such as Samba, Koi and Vivacious.Pantone Carafe 19-1116

 

 

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Rare Blue Diamond Sets World Record

A fancy deep-blue diamond weighing 5.30 carats set a $1.8 million per carat world record at Bonhams Fine Jewelry sale in London last week. The selling price of approximately $7.3 million was more than five times its pre-sale estimate.

The antique cut cushion shaped blue beauty is mounted in a Trombino ring surrounded by pavé-set round brilliant cut and baguette cut white diamonds approximately 2.00 carats total. The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has graded the diamond as fancy deep blue, natural colour and VS2 clarity.

“Blue diamonds, especially those over 5 carats, are extremely rare to see on the market and continue to be highly sought after,” said Jean Ghika, director of Bonhams jewelry department for Europe.

The term ‘fancy’ describes the Type IIb diamond’s unique shade of blue which stems from traces of Boron elements. Other historic blue diamonds which exhibit similar characteristics include the Hope diamond, the Wittelsbach-Graff diamond and the Tereschenko diamond. All are believed to have originated from the Golconda mines which have produced white diamonds and fancy color diamonds with the highest degree of brilliance.

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28 Carat Flawless Diamond Sets New World Record at Auction

On April 8th, a 28.68 carat D color internally flawless round brilliant cut diamond of excellent cut, polish and symmetry set a new price per carat record at Sotheby’s Hong Kong sale of Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite. The stone sold to a private buyer for $6.9 million ($239,352 per carat), surpassing pre-sale estimates by nearly $1 million. Specifically, the diamond set a new record price for a D color flawless diamond sold at auction.

Other highlights included a pair of diamond pendant earrings weighing 8 carats which sold for $2.7 million, a 21.54 carat diamond mounted in an 18k white gold setting which sold for $2.7 million and a 19.54 carat cushion shaped Colombian emerald and diamond ring which sold for $1.9 million. While most of the highly anticipated lots were diamond pieces, jadeite, emerald, pearl and sapphire jewels also had a strong showing.

In total, the Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite sale garnered $61.4 million. The top prices paid indicate a continually rising demand for the highest quality diamonds and gemstones.

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The Princie Diamond to Auction

On April 16th, the largest fancy intense pink Golconda diamond ever offered at auction will be highlighted at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York.

The Princie Diamond, a 34.65 carat cushion cut gem has origins dating back to the royal family of Hyderabad, rulers of one of the most affluent provinces of the Mughal Empire. Its unique name was initially bestowed in Paris where it was christened as “Princie” honoring the young Prince of Baroda.

“One of the largest and finest pink diamonds in the world, The Princie Diamond carries a fabulous provenance, which brings together the legendary names of Golconda, Nizam of Hyderabad, and the Maharani Sita Devi of Baroda.“, said François Curiel, Chairman of Christie’s Jewelry Department. “This rich history, combined with its rare pink hue, conveys a special charm, which will speak to all collectors in the world seeking the best of the best in gemstones.”, he added.

The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has graded the stone as fancy intense pink, natural color, VS2 clarity and is said to be a type IIA diamond.  This marks the second time in 50 years the remarkable stone has appeared at auction, and estimates expect it to fetch $30 to $40 million. The Princie Diamond is among numerous renowned diamonds excavated from the Golconda mines that have broken world records at auction in recent years. Others include the Archduke Joeseph Diamond, the Wittelsbach Diamond and the Beau Sancy Diamond.

 

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101 Carat Flawless Diamond Goes to Auction

 

The world’s largest D color flawless diamond ever offered at auction is scheduled to go under the hammer at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva on May 15th.  The 101.73 carat pear shaped marvel, being offered for the first time, has pre-sale estimates in the $20 million range.

“A perfect diamond is the result of the skill and vision of a master cutter who is able to uncover beauty from a rough gem.” said Rahul Kadakia, head of jewelry for Christie’s Switzerland and Americas. “This diamond is in its scale, quality and rarity one of the most beautiful white diamonds Christie’s has ever had the honor of offering for sale,” he added.

Discovered at the Jwaneng Mine in Botswana, the diamond was carved from a 236 carat rough and took nearly 2 years to polish. The Gemological Institute of America has given the stone the highest grades in both color and clarity and according to Chrisitie’s it has been “sculpted like a work of art”. The chemically pure type IIA gem radiates a rare inner brilliance unique to fewer than 2 percent of the world’s diamonds.

The stone is set to join the ranks of some of the world’s most famous diamonds and the buyer will have the privilege of initiating its legacy with a name.

Over the past few years fine gemstones have risen in demand at auction. In November 2012, the internally flawless and colorless 76 carat Archduke Joseph Diamond sold for a world breaking record of $21.5 million.

 

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