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Mesmerizing Love: Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon

Kyra Sedgwickby Angela Magnotti Andrews

After nearly 26 years of marriage, this beautiful woman, actress Kyra Sedgwick, is still the apple of her husband’s eye. Kevin Bacon first met his wife on the set of Lemon Sky. Kevin starred in the lead, and on their first meeting, Kyra told CNN’s Piers Morgan that he came off as cocky and cool. He was stepping on a bus with his dog, wearing a Hudson Bay wool coat, and the actress did not consider him an option for her.

Though Kevin describes her as aloof, he did not let that stop him from pursuing her. After countless attempts to coax her out to dinner with the cast and crew, he finally talked her into making an appointment with a massage therapist who practiced in the spa at his hotel. She was surprised to find him stepping off the Stairmaster just as she was walking out from her appointment.

Apparently, the relaxing effect of the massage lowered her defenses. She said yes to dinner, only to find out far later that the whole thing was staged after Kevin called the indiscreet massage office to find out when she’d be done with her appointment. Despite the creep factor, Kevin Bacon scored big time on that bold move.

“We are kind of meant to be together,” Kevin told Larry King.

“We’re lucky,” Kyra told Mr. Morgan, “and we have the same priorities.”

Perhaps I’m lucky, too, because I stumbled upon WhoSay.com today, and I sat mesmerized by image after image of a real-life super husband. Kevin Bacon clearly adores his wife. Not only is that evident in every glamour photo of their red carpet appearances, but his love oozes off the pages of his WhoSay account. Photo after photo of Kyra hiking, Kyra snuggling a baby, Kyra sitting on a bench, Kyra playing a ukulele. If it wasn’t so authentic, it would be nauseating. Instead, it’s just mesmerizing.

It’s a good thing she adores him right back. Rumor has it that he’s not that great when it comes to buying jewelry. He proposed by hiding an engagement ring in the toe of her stocking {5}, but three months later, sources claim, he woke up in the middle of the night to find her crying hysterically. She confessed that she didn’t like the ring. They went together to choose its replacement.

Apparently, the same thing happened when he purchased her a diamond-studded anniversary gift last year in commemoration of their 25th year of marriage. He wisely kept the receipt, and Kyra returned that gift along with another one, bringing home one mega-jewel {6}. Obviously his mishaps at the jewelry store are not a make-it-or-break it issue for the charismatic actress.

What’s his secret?

“[He] always makes me feel like I’m the most beautiful woman in the room–the only girl in the room,” the star says {2}.

Notes

  1. CNN Video. “Kyra Sedgwick gets emotional over TV clip of Kevin Bacon,” YouTube, July 6, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2n4sGPqU9M8.
  2. Coughlan, Maggie. “Kyra Sedgwick: Kevin Bacon Makes Me Feel Like I’m the ‘Only Girl in the Room’.” People.com, December 10, 2012.
  3. Larry King Video. “Kevin Bacon On How He Makes His Marriage Work/Larry King Now/Ora TV,” YouTube, March 25, 2013. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AXCt1Fd4dq0.
  4. TeamCoco Video. “Kyra Sedgwick Reveals How Kevin Bacon Asked Her Out–CONAN on TBS,” YouTube, August 31, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiKRg19-MkU.
  5. Tucker, Ian. ”The Fabulous Bacon Boy,” The Observer, October 18, 2003.
  6. Unnamed Writer. “Kevin Bacon Admits Jewelry Gifts Are His Nightmare,” CelebrityDirt.com, February 19, 2014.

Anne Hathaway’s Custom-Designed Engagement Ring

Anne Hathaway poses at the Golden Globes, wearing her favorite Kwiat jewels including diamond cluster earrings, bracelets, and of course her beautiful engagement ring. Photo taken by Jenn Deering Davis, licensed under Creative Commons.

Anne Hathaway poses at the Golden Globes, She wears her favorite Kwiat jewels, including her beautiful custom-designed engagement ring. Photo taken by Jenn Deering Davis, licensed under Creative Commons.

The private symbolism that surely graces Anne Hathaway’s custom-designed engagement ring remains an intimate secret between husband and wife. Thankfully, there is still plenty to talk about in the public arena.

First, we know the diamonds in Ms. Hathaway’s ring were ethically sourced by the prestigious company, Kwiat. In business since 1907, Kwiat has distinguished itself as one of New York’s finest diamond suppliers. Kwiat has mastered the art of cutting diamonds and strives to make a perfect match between diamond and setting.

In Ms. Hathaway’s case, the perfect match setting was designed by her perfect match, actor/jewelry designer Adam Shulman. Having met his business partner, goldsmith Heidi Nahser Fink, on the set of Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland, Mr. Shulman stepped through the magical rabbit hole of jewelry design in 2011, when he Ms. Nahser Fink established James Banks Designs. The company is named after his grandfather, who designed romantic jewels for his wife long ago.

In keeping with their company’s namesake, Mr. Shulman and Ms. Nahser Fink collaborate to make handcrafted jewelry which alludes to bygone eras. Their antiques-inspired jewels are exactly what you’d expect to find in a Steampunk grandmother’s jewelry box. Lightbulb-shaped pendants filled with minuscule black diamonds and a ruby, anatomically correct butterfly pendants offered in various stages of development, and a most elegant jeweled key charm which profits their favored charity, World of Children.

With his keen eye for design, Mr. Shulman fashioned for his bride-to-be an exquisitely delicate platinum band paved in diamonds on which a gorgeous emerald-cut diamond rests majestically. People boasts the most detailed glimpse of Mr. Shulman’s brilliant creation. Their capture illuminates the fantasy-inspired lines of the band as it rises to meet its showstopping diamond.

Immerse Yourself in Hollywood Glamour at the MFA in Boston

Multi-use Necklace of Actress June Knight, late 1930s. Neil Lane Collection. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Multi-use Necklace of Actress June Knight, late 1930s. Neil Lane Collection. Courtesy, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

by Angela Magnotti Andrews

Opening at the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston (MFA) September 9, 2014, Hollywood Glamour: Fashion and Jewelry from the Silver Screen promises to dazzle with exquisite gowns and jewels worn by some of Hollywood’s most prominent Golden Age actresses.

The iconic retro styles of Mae West, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, and Marlene Dietrich continue to influence fashion today. The MFA aims, with this exhibition, to demonstrate the uniquely American take on style which was, as co-curator Michelle Finamore states,  ”an ideal expression of Hollywood’s distinctive brand of escapist fantasy.”

When you walk through the gallery doors, you’ll be taking a step back in time. You will see sumptuous gowns made of metallic lamé  woven with real gold and silver, silk satin, and chiffon, made by leading designers Travis Banton, Gilbert Adrian, and Edith Head. You’ll see a beautiful pair of silver leather platform shoes worn by Mae West, and several stunning photos of the stars taken by Edward Steichen.

And where would The Golden Age of Hollywood be without the stunning retro jewelry designs of Paul Flato, Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin, and Suzanne Belperron? Hollywood Glamour features several works by these and other top designers of that era.

The necklace featured here is a gorgeous platinum, engraved sapphire, and diamond multi-use necklaced designed by Trabert & Hoeffer, Inc.-Mauboussin in the late 1930s. This style of necklace was extremely popular onscreen in the 1930s and 1940s, particularly because of its versatility. In its full form, it was worn as a necklace as seen here, but it could also be separated to form a suite of bracelets, brooches, dress clips, and rings.

This particular necklace, on loan from Neil Lane’s collection, was worn by actress June Knight, who worked in film between 1930-1940. According to IMDB, though her roles in film were underwhelming, her presence on Broadway kept her front and center throughout the 1940s.

Viewers will also see up close an astonishing suite of jewels worn by Joan Crawford. With its highly polished yellow gold flourishes, aquamarine links, and diamond accents, this gorgeous piece was crafted by Verger Freres in around 1935. The necklace, brooch, and bracelet represent the moderne look with their repeating shapes and mechanical appearance.

This beautiful exhibition is on view at the MFA from September 9, 2014 until March 8, 2015, in the Loring Gallery. The exhibition is sponsored by generous donation from Neil Lane Jewelry, with additional support from the David and Roberta Logie Fund for Textile and Fashion Arts and the Loring Textile Gallery Exhibition Fund.

To learn more, we invite you to visit the MFA’s website.

June Carter Cash Willing to Die for a Diamond Earring

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There is not much in the way of information about June Carter Cash’s engagement or wedding rings, though Johnny Cash’s famous onstage proposal is worth discussing for a moment. They were performing on stage at the London Ice House in London, Ontario, Canada. The story goes that they were singing a duet, “Jackson,” and mid-lyric (“We got married in a fever…”), Johnny abruptly stopped singing.

Planting his eyes on June, while all other eyes rested upon him, he asked June to marry him. According to her own report, June was scared speechless. She says she just shook her head, not knowing how to respond. He grinned at her until she found her words. Her first words were, “Shut up,” and one can only guess this was a response to her family and backup singers who were laughing at her on and off stage.

Since Johnny refused to sing again until she responded, she finally said, “Yes.”

They were married just a few weeks later, probably too swiftly for a true engagement ring. I’m sure wedding rings were exchanged, but I have yet to find a source with such details. However, given the importance of one diamond earring which June wore nearly everywhere, she likely wore it on that day.

It is her son, John Carter Cash, who tells the story of this earring in his book Anchored In Love. On a night when their lives hung in the balance, June Carter Cash made a bold move to hide her diamond ring behind the leg of a piece of furniture in their Jamaica home, Cinnamon Hill. Three hoodlums descended upon their evening festivities, holding them at knife- and gunpoint, demanding jewelry and cash to the tune of $3 million.

These hoodlums walked away with $5,000 in cash and “all the jewelry, including some exceedingly valuable watches, rings, and gold necklaces” {p. 83}. Taking care to protect their identities and cut the phone lines, the thieves decided to spare the lives of those present and took off in the family’s English Rover.

Though the burglars were caught, only a small number of the jewels were recovered. One piece that did not need recovery, however, was the diamond earring, which John noticed the next day on his mother’s ear where it always lived. In response to her son’s inquiry, June responded, “I gave them quite a bit of my jewelry, son, but not this one” {p. 85}.

Of course, her son freaked out, chiding her for what he felt was a foolish act on her part. “Some things are worth my life, I guess,” she told him {p. 85}.

You might suspect that this diamond earring represented a special token of affection from her crooning husband, but that is not the case. Indeed, it was a parting gift from her mother, known colloquially as Mother Maybelle, who left the diamond to June in her will. June had the diamond made into a single earring, which she wore on stage and nearly everywhere else.

I can only imagine how much that piece of jewelry, worn so close to her ear, must have in some way represented more than her mother’s love. It must have been in some way talismanic, otherwise I don’t believe she would have risked her life for it.

Ahhh! The power of jewelry!

Desi Arnaz Proposed to Lucille Ball with a 40-Carat Aquamarine

Capture the Essence! of Lucille Ball with this 27-carat aquamarine ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Lucille Ball with this 27-carat aquamarine ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

by Angela Magnotti Andrews

Imagine the luxury of wearing such a large and beautiful stone on that finger every day. This beautiful 27-carat aquamarine rests beautifully in a modern four-prong ring fashioned from 14k yellow gold. A total of 12 round brilliant diamonds flank the stone, six on either side, giving an architectural dazzle to the whole of the ring.

Can you feel the weight of it? Now, imagine that the aquamarine was another 25% larger.

This was the scrumptious luxury afforded the late Lucille Ball, to wear such a knock-out ring on a daily basis.

In 1947, a journalist wrote of a collection of jewelry which Lucille Ball carried with her when traveling {4}. According to reports from that time, these jewels were among her favorites, gifts from her husband Desi Arnaz. According to an AP news report from 1950, her gorgeous aquamarine ring was actually her engagement ring {5}.

To date, I have been unable to verify this claim with any primary sources. All secondary sources seem to trace back to this one AP article, which does not list its source for the information. There are some reasons to believe such a claim, one of them being that aquamarine was one of Lucy’s favorite colors.

Lucille Ball was clearly a woman of her own mind, not likely to hold to the traditions of men when making her choices. Several sources claim she actually chose the ring herself, and some facts surrounding her marriage to Desi Arnaz intimate that she may have actually purchased the ring for herself.

The authors of Planet Wedding describe a scene that begs the question of an engagement ring. In this account, Desi is said to have overheard Lucy giving an interview onset in 1940.  During this interview she proposed a list of all the reasons why she would never agree to marry Desi. In an outrage, Desi is said to have confronted Lucy with an announcement that not only would she marry him, but she would do so the next day.

Again, I have been unable to confirm this information with a primary source, but quotes from both Desi and Lucy intimate a shotgun style wedding on Saturday, November 30, 1940. So hasty were their plans that Desi forgot to purchase a wedding ring. He slipped a brass ring, purchased at a nearby department store, onto her finger as he made his vows against their “Christmas card” backdrop at the Byram River Beagle Club in Greenwich, Connecticut {1}. If the account in Planet Wedding is true, then it’s likely Lucille Ball did not actually receive a true engagement ring.

I have, to date, found no comment from Lucy on the aquamarine ring, though she does remark that her brass ring, though replaced by Desi with a platinum band, enjoyed a long life “among the diamonds and emeralds in my jewel case…” {2}.

Unfortunately, this beautiful aquamarine ring was among the $6000 worth of jewels stolen from the comedienne’s hotel room in Chicago in 1950. It is unclear whether her jewels were ever recovered.

Notes

  1. Arnaz, Desi. A Book. Cutchogue, NY: Buccaneer Books, Inc., 1994, p. 115.
  2. Ball, Lucille. Love, Lucy. NY: Berkley Books, 1997, p. 110.
  3. Choron, Sandra and Harry Choron. Planet Wedding: A Nuptial-pedia. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, 2010, p. 91.
  4. Karol, Michael. Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia, 4th Edition. Lincoln, NE: iUniverse Star, 2008, p. 231. 
  5. “Lucille Ball Robbed of $6000 in Jewelry,” Spokane Daily Chronicle, June 2, 1950, p. 9.

Grace Kelly’s ‘Sweet Diamond’ Engagement Ring

MGM Head Shot Prior to Her Wedding in 1956. Photo is in the Public Domain.

MGM Head Shot Prior to Her Wedding in 1956. Photo is in the Public Domain.

Rumors have circulated since 1956 about Grace Kelly’s engagement ring(s) from Prince Rainier III of Monaco. Some speak of her diamond and ruby eternity band, while others speak of what has been hailed the second most-famous engagement ring in history, a stunning 10.47-carat emerald-cut diamond ring with a baguette diamond set horizontally onto each of its platinum shoulders.

Most sources claim that the Prince initially proposed with the eternity ring, only to realize his error in American etiquette after visiting Hollywood for the first time. Others give the Prince a little more credit and claim he gave Ms. Kelly the eternity band as a ring of promise while the more elaborate diamond ring was fashioned in the workshops at Cartier.

As reported in Life Magazine on January 16, 1956, Ms. Kelly wore the diamond and ruby ring on her first visit home after her engagement. In that issue, a photograph shows Ms. Kelly seated next to Prince Rainier between her parents on their couch. She holds her left hand extended toward her mother. We cannot see the ring, but the caption reads, “In the Kellys’ living room Grace’s mother examines daughter’s diamond and ruby engagement ring as Prince and father Kelly proudly look on.”

When she returned to the set at MGM for filming of High Society, Ms. Kelly asked the director if she could wear her real engagement ring in lieu of costume jewelry for the appropriate scenes in the movie.

While Cartier on their website claim that on set Ms. Kelly wore the magnificent diamond and platinum engagement ring, James Spada, who wrote a biography on Grace Kelly called Grace: The Secret Lives of a Princess, claims that the ring she dazzled her coworkers with was “an enormous, spectacularly beautiful ring: intertwined diamonds and rubies (to represent Monaco’s official colors) set with Grimaldi family heirloom jewels” {p. 170-71}.

Unfortunately, Mr. Spada fails to credit his source for that piece of information. I suppose it’s possible she wore both while she was off screen, but on screen she clearly wears only one ring, and it is definitely not an eternity band. The rest of the story he tells about that moment in history is so charming, one hopes the only detail he got wrong is the description of the ring.

He writes that after she asked, her director quipped that he must of course examine the ring in order to ensure “it was good enough” {p. 170}. She dutifully obliged him the next day, and as her co-workers gasped and gaped, she demurely responded, “It is sweet, isn’t it?” {p. 171}. This understated response, Mr. Spada relates, elicited no small amount of teasing from her awestruck co-workers.

Certainly, gorgeous diamonds are sweet and then some!

Hilton Heiress Nicky Hilton Sports a Large Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Nicky Hilton Glamour with this 2.77-Carat Old European Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Nicky Hilton Glamour with this 2.77-Carat Old European Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Nicky Hilton is keeping her dazzling diamond engagement ring under wraps. Paparazzi have managed to capture only three views of the ring so far. In one series of photos, Ms. Hilton wears the diamond nestled against her palm. E!Online has published a second close-up photo of Ms. Hilton on her cell phone, sporting what appears to be a cathedral-style, prong-set diamond solitaire on a platinum or yellow gold band. The ring is turned slightly inward toward her palm, so further details are impossible to discern.

In another of E!Online’s photos, we glimpse the only head-on view of her ring. Ms. Hilton stands on the banks of a river casting a fishing line in her beautiful designer clothes. On her left ring finger all we see is a flash of brilliant white light. The one thing we can surmise from this shot is that that diamond is a doozy.

Ms. Hilton received the ring from her long-term boyfriend, banking heir James Rothschild, on August 12. Rumor has it that shortly after surprising her parents with a visit to ask for her hand in marriage, the young heir took Ms. Hilton to Italy to celebrate their third anniversary together. According to online sources, Mr. Rothschild proposed on a boat ride in the middle of Lake Como.

Hollywood’s First Vamp, Theda Bara, Ties the Knot in Secret Ceremony on July 2, 1921

Theda Bara as Cleopatra in 1917. Photo in public domain.

Theda Bara as Cleopatra in 1917. Photo in public domain.

She took other people’s minds off their troubles… ~The New York Times, 1955

by Angela Magnotti Andrews

She was Theda Bara, Hollywood’s first femme fatale, Fox Studio’s top-billing silent screen star between 1914 and 1919, and one of America’s most beloved actors, “ranking behind only Charlie Chaplin and Mary Pickford” {8}.

Taking her cues from the alluring Mata Hari and Sarah Bernhardt, Ms. Bara brought America’s favorite bad girl to the big screen–”a sultry, exotic, erotic woman who went through the world leaving broken men in her wake {3}.

Audiences could not get enough of her. Even decades later, the New York Times reported, “On the silent screen she appealed to men’s most primitive instincts. On the screen she was, indeed, a bad girl, and this was her allure” {4}.

Her kohl-lined eyes simmered on screen and off, and her publicists made sure that even those who knew they were being conned believed she was a “deadly…crystal gazing seeress of profoundly occult powers, wicked as fresh red paint and poisonous as dried spiders” {7}.

According to Terry Ramsaye, the escalating rumors (all manufactured by Fox’s best publicists) of her nefarious background caused little girls to swallow “their gum with excitement,” while big movie men to balk at the thought of meeting her in private {7}.

There was one man, however, who seemed completely undaunted by the soul-sucking powers of Ms. Theda Bara. He was Charles Brabin, the British-born director, a self-made man who knew the business of acting and directing.

She met him on set, where he directed her in several versions of The Vamp on screen for Fox. By April 1921, reporters were jumping the gun, claiming that Theda Bara and Charles Brabin were soon to wed.

Instead, she left for a European tour with her sister. The rumors began again when reporters caught the two kissing in New York upon her return. “Can’t a chap kiss a young lady when she returns from Europe [without being] married?” he asked the press {4}.

Love was in the air, though, and friendship swiftly turned into more. On July 2, 1921, a justice of the peace in Greenwich, Connecticut, united the two in marriage. Her love of film and stage receded not. Rather, it expanded to include this new facet–a man with “mental brilliance” {5} and a charisma that livened up the party wherever he went who offered her what would become the greatest role of her life.

When she wasn’t announcing her latest comeback, Theda Bara threw herself into the role of a 1920s Beverly Hills housewife. According to the Los Angeles Times, her home was tastefully furnished, though author Roberta Courtland describes it as “an old grandma house filled with antiques” {6}. Unfortunately, none of these reporters seemed the least bit interested in discussing her wedding jewelry.

To date, this writer has been unable to find any concrete information on Ms. Bara’s engagement or wedding rings. It’s possible, given the swiftness of their elopement, that there was no engagement ring. Rumor has it that Ms. Bara hated diamonds and wore only two jewels on her finger, an emerald ring reportedly given to her by a blind sheik and a turquoise ring that reportedly served talismanic purposes {1}.

Given the report that in 1957, Mr. Brabin sold at auction his wife’s collection of jewels, including “diamonds up to seven carats and delicately designed diamond, emerald, and platinum pieces” {4}, it stands to reason that these rumors emerged out of the heavy publicity surrounding her role as The Vamp.

In all likelihood, if she wore a wedding ring at all, it would have been a tasteful Art Deco piece which more closely complemented her efforts to “play the part of a sweet, essentially feminine woman” {6}. While she played this role happily at home, she continued staging a series of comebacks that would take her new part to the screen.

Rumors abound that her husband frowned upon her return to the screen. I doubt this is true, though they would offer a more pleasant answer to her failure to return to the screen than that she just couldn’t make it happen. To her credit, she would not allow that unfortunate truth diminish her happiness.

“[T]he wages of screen wickedness is domestic bliss,” she told a reporter in 1933 {4}. Nearly 20 years later, Hearst Hollywood columnist, Adela Rogers St. Johns, commented that the two were still happily married {4}. Theda Bara died in 1955, leaving the bulk of her estate to her sister, Charles needed none of her money.

Notes

  1. Bernstein, Matthew and Gaylyn Studlar. Visions of the East: Orientalism in Film. London: I. B. Tauris and Co. Ltd., 1997.
  2. Bonhams. “A Century of Movie Magic at Auction as curated by Turner Classic Movies.” November, 2013.
  3. DiGrazia, Christopher. “Theda Bara: An essay to accompany the Tambakos Silent Film Series: A Fool There Was (1915),” Kiss Me My Fool website, October 24, 2007.
  4. Genini, Ronald. Theda Bara: A Biography of the Silent Screen Vamp, with a Filmography. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1996.
  5. IMDb. “Theda Bara, Biography.” Accessed August 7, 2014. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000847/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm.
  6. Petersen, Anne Helen. “Scandals of Classic Hollywood: The Most Wicked Face of Theda Bara,” The Hairpin, January 8, 2013.
  7. Ramsaye, Terry. A Million and One Nights: A History of the Motion Picture. Abingdon, Oxon: Frank Cass & Co., Ltd., 2012.
  8. Silentmoviequeen. “Theda Bara Biography,” YouTube video, published July 11, 2012. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8ejQVRW0ts.

The Oval Cut Take the Fore in Engagement Ring Trends

Capture the Essence! of Celebrity Ovals with this Oval-Cut Blue Sapphire and Diamond Halo Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Celebrity Ovals with this Oval-Cut Blue Sapphire and Diamond Halo Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

According to Today Style, more and more women are opting for oval-cut diamonds and gemstones for their engagement rings, rather than the more traditional round brilliants. It seems that the oval lends a more contemporary feel, especially when mounted east-west, as opposed to the traditional north-south orientation typically associated with fancy-cut stones. There are many advantages to an oval-cut diamond or gemstone. Though aesthetics may play the larger part in this new trend, we believe there are a number of other compelling reasons to choose oval diamonds.

  1. Optimizes Carat Weight. Their ovoid shape typically makes oval diamonds and gemstones appear larger to the naked eye than a round brilliant of the same carat weight.
  2. Slenderizing. Whether worn horizontally or vertically, an oval-cut stone slenderizes the fingers of the hand on which it’s worn.
  3. Price Point. Carat for carat, oval-cut stones typically cost less than round brilliants, all other aspects being equal.
  4. Diamond Sparkle. Though no cut can contend with the sparkle of a round brilliant, since oval diamonds are cut with many of the same proportions they come in at a close second in brilliance and fire.
  5. Celebrity Choice. The oval cut has been the choice in engagement rings for such well-known celebrities as Katie Holmes (diamond), Kate Middleton (sapphire in a halo of diamonds), Blake Lively (pink diamond), and Katharine McPhee (yellow diamond).

If you’re considering an oval diamond ,we recommend that you view them in person before purchasing. Ovals must be cut with expert precision, and only with your own eye in the presence of a knowledgeable jeweler can you be sure that your stone will have the dazzle your sweetheart deserves.

Charlize Theron Treats Herself to Delectable Designer 18k Gold and Pave Diamonds

Capture the Essence! of Cool Feminine Luxury with this Effy Rose Cut Diamond and Gold Designer Cocktail Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Cool Feminine Luxury with this Effy Rose Cut Diamond and Gold Designer Cocktail Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

There’s a bit of buzz out there today about Charlize Theron’s choice to wear her newest Anita Ko jewel on her left ring finger. It’s a beautiful and very feminine 18k gold ring featuring a pair of twin leaves paved in diamonds. The leaves arc together, nearly kissing. The ring retails in rose gold, through Net-A-Porter, London Jewelers, and Broken English, for $4,700, so you know if she’s chosen the yellow gold it will have cost at least a bit more.

Her choice to wear the ring on that finger has led to rumors that she and Sean Penn are about to tie the knot. However, this ring is not an engagement ring from her boyfriend. Though the couple appears to have discussed the possibility of marriage and adopting a sibling for Ms. Theron’s son, Jackson, their time has not yet come.

In fact, Ms. Theron reportedly purchased the ring for herself, adding it to her growing collection of Anita Ko designs. For the past several years we’ve seen Ms. Theron wear her favorite KoKo earrings, the pyramid studs in 18k gold, to both gala and casual events. She has also been seen wearing the designer’s fan-style diamond and gold earrings, with a diamond stud resting in the center of her ear lobe while an arc of diamonds rests just below the rim of her ear.

It’s no surprise that Ms. Theron adores her Anita Ko pieces, since the LA-based designer prides herself on offering fine jewelry designed with today’s woman in mind. Ms. Ko brings an edginess to feminine chic, and her aim to make pieces that are “cool and luxurious” {cited} has caught the attention, not only of Charlize Theron, but of several other cutting-edge celebrities, including Demi Moore, Kate Hudson, and Victoria Beckham.

Ms. Ko does not feel she has to compete with the big names in jewelry, rather she feels she must distinguish herself from them and the traditions surrounding them. “The established houses created in a time when many pieces were worn on special occasions and purchased by men. This is the opposite of how I design. I want women to connect to their luxurious side and treat themselves with a beautiful piece that makes them feel special,” Ms. Ko told Divia Harilela of Post Magazine.

That is precisely what Ms. Theron has done–she has treated herself to an artfully designed, luxuriously feminine designer ring, and she has chosen to wear it boldly on the finger of her choice, despite the obvious clamor it would cause in the press.

We’re glad she’s done it, for it reminds us again of the sheer pleasure of wearing beautiful jewelry and the fact that today a woman is allowed to treat herself.

If you’re looking for a way to treat yourself to cool luxury, we have a number of beautiful designer rings in stock today.

We invite you to call and make an appointment. We’d love to see you walk out of our showroom ready to start some rumors of your own!