If you were born in July, you should know by now that your gemstone is the gorgeous red ruby. The stone is one of the most highly-prized gems in the world – even the ancient Hindus knew of its value, calling it "Rajnapura" or King of Gems, according to About Birthstones.
With its rich deep color, the ruby represents fire and power – if you're a passionate individual, this gem might just be the perfect addition to your jewelry collection. The stone also embodies everlasting love, which is why it's the perfect gift for a sweetheart to show how much you care.
Rubies are found in every form of vintage jewelry so you'll be sure to find a bauble that you'll enjoy. For a pop of red on your ensemble, a vintage pendant that showcases the stone will undoubtedly have heads turning. Rubies are even becoming popular alternatives to diamond engagement rings, so if your girlfriend enjoys the stone, you might want to get one instead to present to her when you pop that important question.
Losing an expensive piece of jewelry, especially a bauble with great sentimental value – like your diamond engagement ring! – can be a heartbreaking and traumatic experience. This recently happened to supermodel Kate Moss right after she cheered on fiancé Jamie Hince of The Kills while he played at the Glastonbury Festival.
"Everyone was looking for the ring, with Kate practically hyperventilating at the side of the stage," a source told the Mirror. Moss and her friends were apparently trawling through the mud looking for the sparkler, but to no avail.
"Two hours later, and still crying, she went to the loo only to root through her bag for a tissue and magically find the ring," says the source
Wooh! Crisis averted! We're glad that Moss found her $22,500 diamond engagement ring.
If you're afraid that you might lose your highly-prized diamond engagement ring, make sure that you get it insured. You can get a rider or an extension on your homeowner's policy – just make sure you ask the right questions on the types of coverage you can get.
The secret is finally out of the bag for Meghan Linsey and Joshua Scott Jones of the country duo Steel Magnolia. According to Nashville.com, Jones actually proposed with his great-grandmother's antique engagement ring in 2009 but it wasn't until recently that they confessed to their engagement.
It was probably because Linsey wears the antique engagement ring on her left middle finger (the bauble is too big for her ring finger) that no one ever wondered if they were engaged or not. But the two seem to be itching to finally get married after being engaged for more than two years.
"I'd like to do it next year on my birthday, July 10," Jones said in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel. Linsey, however, doesn't necessarily agree: "See, he just thinks July 10 because of his birthday and I’m going, ‘Well, do you know if it’s a Saturday? Is it a Tuesday?’ He doesn’t think about those things," she jokingly told the news outlet.
It never hurts to look good wherever you may be, but if you're going to a special occasion – say a black-tie ball or a red carpet event – it's better to be overdressed than under. Besides choosing the perfect gown, having the right accessories is crucial to creating a look that's put-together and picture-ready.
For an elegant night where a tuxedo and a floor-length gown are required, beautiful vintage jewelry pieces are the perfect addition to create a glamorous ensemble. A sleeveless frock is a great canvas for beautiful vintage bracelets that you can stack to create a layered look.
If you're feeling a little bit daring, you can opt for a sophisticated gown with a plunging neckline. To pull off this look, a sparkling vintage necklace can be added to create added visual appeal. Opt for a long strand of pearls or a shorter chain with a beautiful vintage pendant for a showstopping statement piece that's sure to turn heads wherever you may go.
The celebrity engagement train is not slowing down as another actress recently put on a diamond engagement ring. Dexter star Julie Benz reportedly said "yes" to her now fiancé, marketing executive Rich Orosco after four years of dating.
"Thank you for all your well-wishes. This is a very exciting time for us!" Benz tweeted.
According to People, 38-year-old Orosco surprised 39-year-old Benz with a Kwiat cushion-cut platinum and diamond engagement ring with a milgrain edge band. The proposal happened in the backyard of their home in Los Angeles in front of nearly 60 of their friends and family.
"The proposal was simple and beautiful – and then I was shocked by the pop-up surprise Mexican fiesta engagement party," she told the news outlet. The celebration came complete with a Mariachi band that serenaded the actress after accepting her boyfriend's proposal.
For some, the occasion is a private affair between the couple, but it seems so much more fun to have your closest friends and family at an event that marks a new chapter in your life. Congratulations are in order for the lovely couple!
If you're on the market for a beautiful piece of jewelry, you might want to look out your window first before deciding on which to purchase. Contemporary accessories are beautiful, but nothing can compare to Art Nouveau antique jewelry that imitates the wonders of nature.
Art Nouveau is a style of decorative art popular during the end of the 19th century, characterized by whiplash motifs, flowing lines and nature as a major source of inspiration. Antique jewelry from the era was composed of distinct enameling details that emulated flora and fauna.
For a gorgeous pop of color on your ensemble, why not get an antique pendant with floral details to complement your neckline? For a bolder statement, you can opt for an antique brooch in a butterfly design composed of multicolored gemstones and filigree details. Whichever you decide on, having a piece of jewelry inspired by nature is a great way to showcase your love for not only jewelry but also the living things around you.
Your old friends have been calling you for days – they miss you and they want you to come out with them for a night out on the town. This, of course, is a great excuse to dress up! Instead of picking up a dress to wear and planning the accessories around the frock, why not go the other way around and pull a look together based on colorful pieces of vintage jewelry?
Got a gorgeous vintage pendant with multicolored gemstones? Turn it into a statement piece with a simple little black dress with a v-neckline. The frock will act as a canvas for the beautiful bauble. You can then choose other accessories with colors that will complement the pendant.
Remember that colorful vintage jewelry can complement and blend in with an outfit or contrast and stand out. Vintage earrings composed of clusters of different colored gems can easily harmonize with a cute dress that picks up on the hues of your accessories.
It's time – after months (or years) of dating, you're fairly certain that she's The One, and you're ready to pop the question. But finding the perfect diamond engagement ring isn't as easy as it sounds, especially if your future bride has a unique sense of style.
If your sweetheart has a contemporary aesthetic evident of how she styles herself and the home, a beautiful tension-set diamond engagement ring might be the perfect option for her. Instead of a prong setting that holds the gem, this type of bauble has the band hold the stone in place with the science of pressure. Most rings with this design are very streamlined and will fit a bride with a contemporary or modern style.
For the ladies who prefer some whimsy in their lives, an Art Deco-inspired or Victorian vintage engagement ring could be the right piece for her. Take notice of her current jewelry collection – if she prefers to wear baubles with outrageous designs – filigree detailing, gorgeous enameling are examples – then a vintage jewelry will definitely suit her best.
It's almost time to walk down the aisle and say "I do" to your sweetheart. Surely you've nitpicked every detail of the occasion just like any bride would, but if you're still having troubles with the right type of accessories to wear for the special day, read on.
If you can't decide on those pairs of vintage earrings or between that gorgeous pearl necklace and that vintage pendant studded with gems, you might want to look at your diamond engagement ring as inspiration. You can use your bauble as a starting point – an indicator that you can match your other accessories with. If your future hubby gifted you with an antique engagement ring, you might want to stick with the theme and complement the piece with other pieces of vintage jewelry.
Of course, your dress should also have a say on which pieces you should choose. A lariat necklace will go perfectly with an elegant V-neck gown and simple diamond stud earrings can accentuate a laced number.
Did you go above and beyond your goal at work this month? Or perhaps you did something that gained widespread recognition. If you have extra cash to spare, why not treat yourself to a gorgeous estate jewelry piece that you can proudly showcase to represent your recent achievements?
When we were kids, doing something good meant getting an extra scoop of ice cream or a pick at the toy store. These days, it's up to us to reward ourselves when we do something great! An estate cocktail ring is a great choice to remind you that you are a strong independent individual capable of anything. You can also opt for an estate bracelet with sparkly gems or a versatile pair of estate earrings that can accentuate anything in your wardrobe.
The great thing about getting your own estate jewelry is that you get to choose the style and look that you prefer. At the same time, purchasing a special present for yourself is gratifying when you use resources that you know you've earned.