Keith Urban Proposed to Nicole Kidman with an Antique-Like Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Nicole Kidman's Engagement Ring with this 1930s Antique Three-Stone Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Nicole Kidman’s Engagement Ring with this 1930s Antique Three-Stone Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

In November 2005, the gossip mill went wild with rumors of an engagement between ethereal beauty Nicole Kidman and country music artist Keith Urban. She was caught on camera wearing a diamond ring on that finger, though mum remained the word for another six months. Their reps confirmed nothing, and everyone was left to wonder until Nicole settled the matter with People the following, when she corrected their use of the word boyfriend.

“…he’s actually my fiance,” she said, adding, “He’s very good to me” {cited}.

After keeping everyone in suspense for half a year, the actress finally dazzled her paparazzi with excellent shots of the ring. Of the many photos now available on the web, we feel this one captures the ring best. The platinum or white gold band almost appears lost behind the dazzling sparkle of the three diamonds set antique-style side by side.

Rumors abound that the ring was purchased from Cartier, a reasonable assumption based on the actress’s keen affection for the legendary diamantaires. However, these remain unsubstantiated to date.

Many also report that the ring is an antique. It is most definitely vintage in appearance, though its actual origins are not easily confirmed. Therefore, this tidbit remains hearsay.

Nicole wears most wears the engagement ring with a beautiful diamond-studded wedding band.

Michael Douglas Proposed to Catherine Zeta-Jones with a 10-carat Fred Leighton Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Catherine Zeta-Jones' Marquise Diamond with this Vintage Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Marquise Diamond with this Vintage Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

After spending Christmas with her family in Wales, Catherine Zeta-Jones flew home to Aspen with her beau Michael Douglas. Their holiday celebrations continued with a lively New Year’s Eve party with friends. Cutting out early, the two went home to spend the first hours of the millennium alone together.

According to Marc Eliot, who released a biography on Michael Douglas in 2012, the actor had been sitting on the gorgeous antique diamond ring “for some time,” and decided at the last minute to surprise her with it that night. The star reportedly told a friend that he had spent the evening comparing Catherine with the rest of the folks at the party, “and no one else compared. Then I thought about how wonderful she is. I decided at the last minute to propose that night.” {1}

Michael Douglas purchased the diamond in New York from renowned designer and collector Fred Leighton. It is reported to be an antique, though this has not been confirmed by a reputable source. What has been confirmed is that the diamond is a 10-carat marquise-cut, prong-set natural white diamond mounted horizontally on a platinum band. Surrounding the diamond is a recessed halo of micro diamonds which rests atop a thin platinum band which is also paved in micro diamonds. The actress wears her engagement ring with several thin diamond-paved bands that match.

According to Mr. Eliot, the distinguished actor paid $250,000 for the ring; however, most news reports estimate the cost and/or value of the ring between $1 and $2 million. This is a huge discrepancy which warrants further investigation. Of note, Celebrity Bride Guide reported that on her wedding day, Catherine Zeta-Jones also wore a diamond tiara borrowed from Fred Leighton’s collection for the occasion.

Notes

  1. Eliot, Marc. Michael Douglas: A Biography. New York: Crown Archetype, 2012, p. 237.

John Krasinski Proposed to Emily Blunt with an Edwardian-Inspired Neil Lane Engagement Ring

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

In 2009, John Krasinski, most famous for his role in The Office, got down on one knee and proposed to Emily Blunt. Encouraged by her heartfelt ‘Yes’, the actor slipped a gorgeous Edwardian-inspired designer engagement ring on her finger.

Custom designed by Neil Lane, one of America’s premier jewelry designers, the platinum ring is exquisite in design and form. Centered atop a double circlet of small round brilliant diamonds rests a 3-carat antique-cut diamond mounted in Neil Lane’s signature four-prong setting. The shoulders of the band are hand engraved on the sides and tops, and the delicate, thin band fits demurely beside Emily’s diamond-paved platinum wedding band.

Neil Lane has long been inspired by the historic jewels of the world. He has traveled extensively and began collecting vintage jewels soon after graduating from college. His passion for diamonds and vintage jewelry has inspired him to create contemporary collections which combine the romance of days gone by with the exquisite elegance of modern design.

Neil Lane has distinguished himself as one of Hollywood’s chosen few in the realm of jewelry design, creating jewelry for a wide range of stars, including Elizabeth Taylor, Charlize Theron, and Angelina Jolie.

Fergie Wears a Stunning Custom H. Stern Designer Engagement Ring from Hubby Josh Duhamel

Fergie Performing in 2009, the same year she married Josh Duhamel.

Fergie Performing in 2009, the same year she married Josh Duhamel.

They said ‘I do’ with matching H. Stern rings engraved inside with personalized messages. His wide band is fashioned of 18k white gold with a brush finish. Its lines are organic and asymmetrical, and it looks so handsome on his finger. Hers is a narrow 18k Noble Gold band studded with colored diamonds, designed to match her extravagant custom designer engagement ring.

Josh Duhamel commissioned the Brazilian company, H. Stern, to create Fergie’s diamond engagement ring. The delectable jewel features a wide band made from 18k Noble Gold, a unique blend of metals patented by H. Stern and chosen to reflect the heat of yellow gold and the cool refinement of white gold.

Etched into the center of the band is a beautiful star reminiscent of the Victorian tiara that inspired H. Stern’s Star Collection. Piercing the center of the star is a dazzling 4-carat brilliant-cut diamond. Seated within the star’s radiating starburst pattern are a number of tiny colored diamonds ranging from white to cognac.

Together these beautiful rings typify the singular taste of two singular celebrities.

This Antique 5-Carat Diamond Engagement Ring is Celebrity-Worthy

Capture the Essence! of a Celebrity-Worthy Diamond with this Antique 5-Carat Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of a Celebrity-Worthy Diamond with this Antique 5-Carat Old European Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

This gorgeous 5.54-carat Old European cut diamond rests gently in an elegant 6-prong crown basket head atop a hand-etched platinum band. The massive diamond exudes a lovely warmth and emits the large broad flashes of light characteristic of these older diamond cuts.

Crafted in the 1930s, this stunning ring is most definitely celebrity-worthy. With this 5.5-carat stone, your sweetheart will hold her head high in the company of such noteworthy women as Salma Hayek, Carrie Underwood, and Brooklyn Decker.

Salma Hayek wears a gorgeous 5-carat oval cut diamond set in platinum and accented with trillions. Carrie Underwood wears a 5-carat flawless fancy yellow diamond surrounded by a halo of white diamonds, and supermodel Brooklyn Decker wears a 5-carat Asscher cut solitaire diamond set in platinum.

If you’re in search of a celebrity-worthy diamond for your special lady, then look no further. If you’d like to make an appointment, we’d be thrilled to show you this magnificent diamond engagement ring in person.

Choose Sensational Diamonds For Your Sweetheart

Capture the Essence! of Sensational Diamonds with this 7-Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Sensational Diamonds with this 7-Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Periodically, we come by a stunning diamond over 3 carats. Right now, we happen to have two of these sensational diamonds mounted in exquisite diamond engagement rings. Both of them are magnificent and must be seen in person to appreciate their full effect. There is no better time to make an appointment to come and view these beauties with your own eyes. Purchasing an estate ring from a reputed dealer is the perfect way to rock your girls world without spending a celebrity fortune to do it.

This dazzling beauty features a breathtaking Asscher cut diamond weighing in at 7.66 carats. This GIA-certified diamond grades G/SI1 and features very good cut, very good polish, good symmetry, and no florescence. This stunner is held in place by four platinum prongs atop a cathedral crown lined in diamonds. There is no end to the brilliance of this ring, as channel-set baguette diamonds line the band, while 150 round brilliant diamonds fill every nook and cranny on this ring’s surface.

Is your sweetheart in love with you AND diamonds?

If so, then look no further. We’re certain you’ve found her ring!

Tiffany Promises a Starry Surprise with Etoile

Capture the Essence! of the Stars with this Tiffany & Co. Etoile Engagement Ring in Platinum and Diamond. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of the Stars with this Tiffany & Co. Etoile Engagement Ring in Platinum and Diamond. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Picture yourself beneath the starry September skies, kneeling on the soft ground. In your hand you hold a dark blue box of promise. The words Tiffany & Co. line the inside of the box in silver. You know the minute she sees the brilliant diamond winking at her from inside that box, her breath will catch, and her next word will be, “Yes.”

Few other names can give you the confidence you’re certain to need on this day of great import. Tiffany & Co. ensures brilliant diamonds, stunning designs, and the history of a company forged in the faery air of the Art Nouveau period. True to its origins, the world renowned design company continues to fashion superior jewels laced with history, yet designed with today’s contemporary beauty in mind.

In particular, their exquisite Etoile line boasts perfect timelessness in a modern streamlined design. French in name, Etoile (which means ‘star’) evokes celestial brilliance and promises effortless elegance. This stunning authentic Tiffany & Co. Etoile engagement ring is centered with a 0.30 carat, semi-bezel set, round brilliant cut diamond grading H/VS2. With excellent cut, symmetry, and polish grades, this diamond is sure to dazzle the eye.

The solid platinum band is 4mm in width and features a comfort fit design. The diamond is certified with paperwork from Tiffany & Co., and the ring comes with its original box and papers.

How confident do you want to be when you pop your question?

History + Characteristics of Rose Cut Diamonds

Capture the Essence! of Antique Rose Cut Diamonds with this Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring with Rose Cut Diamond Accents in 18k White Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Antique Rose Cut Diamonds with this Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring with Rose Cut Diamond Accents in 18k White Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

A magnificent 1.89-carat, oval-cut blue sapphire is set in an elaborate diamond-studded halo-type three-stone setting. Crafted in solid 18k white gold with milgrain detail, this ring is further decorated with two beautiful rose cut diamonds flanking either side of the sapphire. The overall effect is antique royal elegance.

The rose cut is traditionally an antique cut dating as far back as the 16th century. This cut produces a flat-bottomed diamond with a varying number of triangular facets meeting together at a tipped crown. The earliest rose cuts were produced in Brabant and Antwerp, though a number of them were cut in Charleroi, as well.

Beginning with three or six facets in a single row around the stone, the number soon increased to 12 with two rows of facets. Though the extra facets increased the brilliance of the diamond, the light remained lost in the depths of the stone. Eighteen-facet rose cuts became popular during the 1800s, and with their increased popularity these cuts were soon chosen for larger stones. This allowed for the development of the full rose cut with 24 facets.

The most distinguishing features of a rose-cut diamond are their flat bottoms and their dome-shaped crowns with facets which meet at a central peak in the center. On close inspection, they almost appear to be set upside down. A variation on the cut, called the Double Dutch Rose, features 48 facets and forms two back-to-back hemispheres.

These rose cut diamonds offer a touch of something beautifully old nestled right alongside something exquisitely blue.

If your sweetheart savors tradition and history, this beautiful engagement ring will surely touch her heart.

Three Old European Diamonds Rest in a Setting Fit for Royalty

Capture the Essence! of Antique Hand Engraving with this Antique Victorian Three-Stone Diamond Ring in Yellow Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Antique Hand Engraving with this Antique Victorian Three-Stone Diamond Ring in Yellow Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Three carats in exquisite white diamonds grace this magnificent turn-of-the-century three-stone ring. The central diamond is an Old European, 1.52-carat diamond with an H/VS2 grade. Accenting this central beauty on either side are two Old Euro diamonds totaling an additional 1.58 carats. Made in the early 1900s, this ring is crafted of solid 18k yellow gold which has worn well for its years.

This dazzling beauty rests in a setting fit for royalty. Three elaborate prong settings, featuring no less than 9 prongs per stone, rise to the occasion of supporting the diamonds, while the shoulders boast a beautiful design fashioned by lines of white enamel painted upon the deep grooves cut by a hand engraving tool.

Under the skilled hand of a turn-of-the-century goldsmith, a graver was held at a shallow angle. As the steady hand pressed the tool forward, its sharp point sliced out a minuscule channel of gold. Stroke by stroke, the channel was deepened with tender precision. Slow and steady, the hand of the master goldsmith rushed not.

Stroke by stroke, line by line, the design took shape beneath his hand. He smiled, satisfied with his work which would one day hold those beautiful diamonds. Did he know that his work would endure beyond his lifetime?

When he finished his part, he passed the band along to the skilled hands of the enameler. The trained painter in the art of fusing glass and silver, picked up his tools and applied layer after layer of white vitreous glass. The piece was then fired to fuse the enamel to the gold, and voila we have the ring you see here.

Would You Propose With This Magnificent Edwardian Diamond Engagement Ring?

Capture the Essence! of the Delicacy of the Edwardian Period with this Edwardian Engagement Ring in Platinum and Diamonds. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of the Delicacy of the Edwardian Period with this Edwardian Engagement Ring in Platinum and Diamonds. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

The Edwardian period of jewelry design spans the years 1901-1920. The Edwardian period bridges a gap between English and French royalty, and also between the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods of design. Because the style belonged primarily to royalty, Edwardian lines are ornate with great flourish. Edwardian rings are typically exquisite in their delicacy, featuring extensive etching reminiscent of those most extraordinary carved German candles.

Pictured here is a stunning Edwardian engagement ring in platinum and diamonds. Crafted in the 1910s, this ring boasts an exquisite 1.1-carat Old European diamond with a J/VS1 grade. Four platinum prongs hold the central diamond in place atop an elaborate scroll motif set with 8 single-cut diamonds.

The crowning diamond is set so that it appears as a diamond-shaped stone with milgrain edging surrounding it. The four remaining single-cut diamonds are prong-set directly into both shoulders of the ring, and the remainder of the band is hand engraved with an intricate criss-cross pattern. The intricacy of this ring cannot be overstated. It is absolutely stunning in its design and effect.

If you’re planning a romantic proposal with grand flourishes, may we suggest that you consider ending with a presentation of this most magnificent Edwardian engagement ring?