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For the second year in a row, Hearts on Fire has sponsored ELLE Magazine’s Women in Television celebratory dinner. Hosted by Editor-in-chief Robbie Myers, the star-studded event welcomed more than a hundred of the industry’s top talent and executives in an intimate setting, perfect for showcasing the brand’s sparkling diamonds.
The brand is no stranger to Hollywood. Many showstopping Hearts on Fire pieces have been spotted on the red carpet by actresses from several hit shows including Malin Ackerman (Trophy Wife), Emma Roberts (American Horror Story), Maria Menounos (Extra), and Sarah Rafferty (Suits). The most notable actress in attendance was perhaps Morena Baccarin, star of the Emmy award-winning Homeland. She is also the face of the newest Hearts on Fire campaign, the first ever celebrity collaboration. Of the brand she says, “I had the opportunity to wear Hearts On Fire jewelry on the red carpet and just loved the way their diamonds made me look and feel. The quality and sparkle of Hearts On Fire diamonds is truly unmatched, and I am really excited to represent the brand.”
The highlight of the event was over $15 million worth of Hearts on Fire perfectly cut diamonds spread out on the dinner tables, where more stars were able to try on and touch the jewelry pieces.
Hearts on Fire is The World’s Most Perfectly Cut Diamond™. Founded in 1996, the brand was built around one simple idea: to create the most beautiful diamonds ever seen. From start to finish, they have always focused on striving for perfection – from the selection of rough, to proprietary cutting and polishing processes. They have since become the fastest-growing diamond brand in the world, and have established a new industry standard for diamond cutting. Visit their website http://www.heartsonfire.com/ to get a peek into what they do and for a list of authorized retailers near you.
Tags: 4 C's, american gem society, diamond jewelry, diamonds, ELLE magazine, engagement rings, hearts on fire, Morena Baccarin, Women in Television
We’ve seen many seemingly ordinary items bedazzled into creations of jewelry art: diamond studded shoes by Stuart Weitzman, Victoria’s Secret Fantasy Bras, and even Lady Gaga’s golden wheelchair chariot… but this is the first time expensive jewels are combined with Finnish flora to create a Christmas wreath.
Created by floral designer Pasi Jokinen-Carter, it takes the place as the most expensive wreath ever designed. With 32 diamonds and 16 rubies totalling 138 carats, the creation is priced at $4.6 million. Resting among the elaborate and rare greenery that includes Helleborus flower buds, hand-curled eucalyptus leaves, and blue Hedera berries, the gems add an unmistakable luxurious touch without overwhelming – they create a nice visual contrast with a little pop of color. Twenty-two loose round brilliant diamonds are nestled in the petals of one of the Helleborus flowers, and another cradles a 3.03 carat fancy yellow diamond. The largest gem in the wreath is a 17.49 carat ruby.
“I am passionate about my craft and this recent invitation to create an exclusive wreath, using natural materials and diamonds, has been an exciting and exceptional project,” says Jokinen-Carter. The wreath takes about a week to create, with most of the greenery and flowers sourced from his own backyard. All of the gems can be easily dismantled after the holidays, where they may find new (more permanent!) homes in jewelry pieces.
Tags: Burma, carat, custom jewelry, diamonds, eucalyptus, fancy yellow diamond, flower buds, Hedera, Helleborus, holiday decorations, loose diamonds, most expensive, natural, round brilliant, ruby
Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis may be glad to hear that those cumbersome bandage-like splints can be a thing of the past! There is now a very fashionable alternative, precious metal finger splints made from silver or gold. These offer support while blending in with your outfits as a chic, everyday “accessory”.
More than just a pleasing visual appearance, they also have other advantages over their bandage counterparts. For one, they are much more streamlined and compact, allowing ease of hand function in day-to-day activities. For example, the user can wear gloves over them while doing housework or when out in the cold, and are able to slide into sleeved shirts without difficulty. Because there is an efficient use of space, they are also more comfortable to wear.
Being made of metal instead of cloth and rubber means that there is less maintenance for the splint, the traditional ones need to be wiped down and hand-washed often. Hygienic maintenance for metal splints is not necessary, but like any piece of jewelry, you may want to give it a polish every now and then to keep it looking its best. You can also get them wet without any worries! No need to take them off every time you wash your hands. The rigidness ensures it will keep your wrist and hand movements in the way it is intended.
As an added bonus, similar types of extended finger rings are already a very popular fashion accessory for people without arthritis! This “rock-chic” look has been seen on many celebrities and models.
You can choose to customize them to your personal tastes as well, changing up the finish of the metal, adding different designs, embed with gemstones or diamonds.. The possibilities are endless!
Tags: arthritis, Berbere, cast, custom rings, customized jewelry, diamonds, fashion accessory, gemstones, gold, hand, Heidi Klum, Kristen Stewart, RA, Repossi, rheumatoid, silver, splints, wrist
As part of the royal tradition, Kate Middleton is rumored to receive a new mommy gift (or “push present”) for the birth of her first child, Prince George Alexander Louis. It can’t be easy to figure out what to give the mother of the future King of England, but Prince William seems like he has it all figured out.
It is believed that William has commissioned one of the royal jewelers to find a pink diamond that will become the centerpiece of a custom brooch for Kate. He is very involved in the design process, adding sentimental touches to make it that much more special. Due to the scarcity of colored diamonds, in particular high quality ones of a larger size, it may be a while before we see the completed piece. Originally he was contemplating giving her one of his late mother the Princess Diana’s jewels, but decided that he wanted something made just for her. Prince Charles had also presented the late Princess Diana with a gift when William was born – a necklace of diamonds and pearls with a heart-shaped center, and a gold ‘W’ charm for her bracelet.
Fancy colored diamonds have a tradition for the English royal family, especially pink diamonds. Queen Elizabeth II owns one of the most famous pink diamonds in the world: the Williamson Pink, a flawless diamond of over 54 carats rough given to her as a wedding gift in 1947 by Canadian geologist John Williamson. The rough diamond was cut into a 23.6 round brilliant, which the Queen then had set into a diamond flower brooch.
Tags: british royals, brooch, Canadian gemologist, charm bracelet, Duchess, Duke, fancy pink diamonds, gold jewelry, kate middleton, King of England, natural colored diamonds, prince william, princess diana, Queen Elizabeth II, royal family, royal jewels, Williamson Pink
Small necklaces, earrings and bracelets have been appearing more in the jewelry market today. They are great small pieces for gifts and self-purchase, a great entry piece for fine jewellery. Many jewelry brand names have developed a line of tiny pendants, for instance, diamond brand hearts on fire have a collection of small diamond necklaces.
Hearts on fire my 1xt “x” pendant. These small pieces great for layering, a trend that’s very popuar with necklaces, rings and bracelets. The right necklace is an essential for putting the final touch on your outfit, with a small diamond necklace, you can totally overdo it with earrings, bracelets or rings.
Tags: bracelets, brand names, diamond brand, diamond necklace, diamond necklaces, earrings, hearts on fire, jewelry market, pendants, self purchase, small pieces
The world has set a new record never before has a ring being entirely made of a single diamond. How did they do it? Who had this crazy idea? How many carats is it and the big question is how much does it cost and who will buy it? They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend; well this one ought to provide a lifelong companionship.
The 150 carat all diamond ring was made with laser technology. Multiple tests were done to get the precision of the circle right. Special laser equipment was bought to cut the diamond directly and not alter the colour of it. It was made by a labor of love and took a couple years in the process for making it. Mohamed Shawesh, president and CEO of Geneva-based Shawish Jewelry was the genius and passion behind this stunning piece. “A ring made entirely of a faceted diamond has always seemed like a fantasy, It seemed impossible, so we decided to embark on the adventure of creating it. To create the perfect diamond ring is the epitome of art.” Says Mohamed Shawesh. It had been a dream of his from way back. In 2009 he sought to get the copyright to design the ring and in 2010 it was finalized but it still had a lot more time to go.
They had to go through a lengthy process of designs to get the ring to its perfect precision. Shawish speaks of this, “We had to do multiple tests with the design, to get the precision of the circle right. Diamonds are made of carbon and molecules that can change, even the colour can be altered when attempting to cut it. We had to buy special laser equipment, to cut directly into the diamond. The most important aspect is preserving the integrity of the diamond and of course the most difficult phase is precision cutting an entire stone into a ring.”
A couple years later in 2012 all the dreaming, fantasizing, and hard work has paid off. The 150 carat ring now goes for about $70 million.
Tags: carat ring, cut, diamond ring, diamonds, faceted diamond, fantasizing, genius, jewel, jewely, labor of love, laser equipment, laser technology, perfect, size, stone, stunning piece
It’s an exciting time for auction houses as many rare stones have been sold in recent months including a 9 carat purple pink diamond and a 3.21 carat blue diamond. These diamonds are just a sample of some of the beautiful gems which have been sold in the past few years. We will recount some of our favourites!
The historic Beau Sancy, one of the world’s most famous diamonds, is 35 carats and internally flawless. This double rose-cut stone was literally owned by kings and pawned by queens. For generations royal families traded the stone back and forth like a valuable baseball card. Sotheby’s auctioned the diamond in May and it was sold for 5 million pounds.
The 33 carat flawless gem formerly known as the Krupp was one of the hottest pieces to sell at Christie’s this past year. The diamond, which sold for over $8.8 million dollars was a featured item from Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry collection sold in December. Christie’s VP described the piece as “one of the most beautiful gems I have ever seen.”
Last but not least on our list is the Wittlesbach, a legendary 35 carat blue diamond which was bought by Laurence Graff for a record $24.3 million in December 2008. The purchase became very controversial however when the London collected recut the stone soon after acquiring it, losing approximately four carats. The Financial Times wrote a story on the transformation and asked the question “Is this gem vandalism?” Graff remained unfazed from the criticism, boasting that he had improved the stone’s color and clarity. The diamond, now called the Wittelsbach-Graff was exhibited in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in 2010 and has continued to dazzle gem aficionados.
Tags: auction houses, baseball card, blue diamond, carat, carats, christie, elizabeth taylor, famous diamonds, financial times, jewelry collection, krupp, laurence graff, national museum of natural history, pink diamond, rare stones, royal families, sotheby s, wittelsbach