You may know her as the actress who played the mentally unstable mistress of Vincent Kartheiser on several episodes of Mad Men, but from now on Alexis Bledel will be known simply as Mrs. Vincent Kartheiser.
Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser attended the Golden Globes together in January and officially made their debut as a couple last October and now reps have confirmed that the couple is officially engaged to be married.. According to friends, the couple couldn’t be happier. Vincent had even hinted that he was interested in marriage last October during the wedding of David Cross and Amber Tamblyn.
While Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser may have gotten engaged in March, it was not until the last several days that the Mad Men alum actually flashed her bling for the world to see. The vintage inspired engagement ring made its first appearance on the red carpet for the premiere of Remembering Sunday in Century, California on Wednesday. The dazzling octagonal shaped diamond appears to be platinum and was the talk of the red carpet on Wednesday. The huge rock sits on a simple band and was one that Kartheiser picked out on his own for his bride to be.
Vincent has taken his role of perspective husband duties seriously and is actively involved in the wedding planning process. Alexis gushed about how excited she was that he wants to be such a large part of the big day, but admits that they have not quite begun nailing down the details.
This will be the first marriage for both, but Kartheiser did admit that in his effort to create the perfect moment for Bledel he did practice his proposal on his two of his Mad Men costars Elizabeth Moss and Jessica Pare.
The Alexandrite is one of the options for a birthstone for those that were born in the month of June. This very rare gemstone is named after the Russian tsar Alexander II. The very first Alexandrite crystals were found in the emerald mines near the Tokovaya River in the Urals on the day that the young tsar came of age. The red and green colors of Alexandrite were the principal colors of old Imperial Russia and became the natural choice for the national stone of tsarist Russia. The rarity and cost of the gemstone make it a rare option for modern jewelry.
One of the most fascinating characteristics of the stone is its ability to change color. In the daylight, Alexandrite will have a bluish-green color, but when incandescent light is introduces, the stone will take on a red or purplish-red color. The stone contains iron and titanium but also chromium as a major source of impurity. Those elements are the source of the spectacular color changes.
The Alexandrite has a hardness level of 8.5 which makes it a very easy stone to wear. The value of the stone is determined by the level of color change within the stone, when it comes to Alexandrite the more vibrant the color change, the more valuable the stone. As you are examining the stone in an attempt to determine the value, look for traces of brown or grey. If those two colors are present under the light, it will bring down the value of the stone. If the stone is known without dispute to be from Russia, the stone is quite rare. In fact a one carat or larger Alexandrite are among the most expensive in the world and are even rarer than fine rubies, sapphires, or emeralds.
If you are a rocker who is a big fan of wrestling and has performed for the WWE you are presented with a unique opportunity when the time comes to pop the question, and tool guitarist Adam Jones took full advantage of the situation earlier this year when he proposed to his girlfriend Korin. The surprise proposal took place in front of surprised WWE fans as they awaited the start of the Royal Rumble Event at the end of January.
Though Adam’s musical interest began with a classical twist as he studied the violin, he quickly rejected the constraints of the classical world and gravitated to the world of guitar. Adam first moved to L.A. as part of a quest to hone his sketching and sculpting abilities. During the time he was also studying the art of makeup effects, he also decided to start a band to take up some of the rest of his free time. According to Jones the group never meant to become rock stars, they only wanted to perform music for the art of it. The rest is now music history. Along the way, Jones met his now girlfriend Korin which set the stage for an amazing proposal.
Right before the beginning of the Royal Rumble Jones arranged to have a personal message flash across the screen that read, “Korin, Adam Jones wants to ask you something…Will You Marry Me?” As the text flashed across the screen, Jones unveiled a ring as he awaited her response. The ring was a white gold slim band that featured a large solitaire stone that shined throughout the whole arena. The entire moment was captured by the cameras waiting to shoot the WWe event including her answer of “Yes”, and the excited crowd sharing her excitement and chanting right along with her.
With Father’s Day fast approaching, the time has come to begin examining how to select the perfect option for the man in your life. As you begin choosing the perfect gift for the man that has meant so much to you all through the years, there are a couple of options to consider. One of the most popular options this year is a simple gold chain. The gold chain is an option that can be worn with every look which means that Dad would be able to rock the look no matter what the occasion.
As you begin the hunt for the perfect necklace, there are several factors to consider. First, you must determine which metal is perfect for the man in your life. When you are choosing the perfect metal, take your cue from the watch that he normally wears. If you choose the metal that coordinates with the watch that he normally wears, then he will be able to wear the chain every day without the concern of clashing metals.
Once you have chosen the metal for the necklace that you will be purchasing, you are ready to select the length of the necklace. The size of the necklace that you choose for your man will depend entirely on the size of his neck and exactly where he would like the necklace to hit on his body. If he has a smaller neck, then the best option to choose is an 18 inch necklace which will hit around the base of the neck. The preferred length for those with an average neck is a 20 inch necklace which will land at the base of the collarbone. For larger necks, choose a 22 or 24 inch chain which will land between the collar bone and the sternum.
If you are unable to decide between one necklace or another, you can also always choose to purchase both. The layered look in men’s jewelry is in right now, so there is no need to choose between the two. This Father’s Day, help your man get his style on by choosing the perfect necklace for every occasion.
If you are celebrating your birthday in June then you are among the lucky ones that can actually choose their birthstone in a sense. June has three recognized birthstones to choose from. Those three birthstones are pearl, moonstone, and alexandrite.
Pearls are a gemstone with an organic origin. Pearls are created inside the shells of certain oysters and clams. There are also pearls that are found within mollusks that live in the sea or in freshwater settings such as rivers. In recent times, there has been such a high demand for pearls that there are now pearls that are raised in pearl oyster farms. The color of the pearl will depend on the species that produces the pearl as well as the environment that it lived in.
The next recognized birthstone for the month of June is the moonstone. Moonstones are gemstones that are believed to be named for the bluish-white spots that are contained within them. When the stone is held up to the light, the bluish-white spots then project a silvery splay of color that resembles that of a moonbeam. If the stone is moved back and forth during that process, it appears as if the beam is dancing on the water. In ancient times moonstones were believed to bring victory, health, and wisdom to those who wore it.
The third birthstone of June is the Alexandrite. The Alexandrite is one of those rare stones that seems to have an almost chameleon like quality. In the daylight it appears to be having either a bluish or a brownish tint. However, if the stone is placed under artificial light, the stone appears to turn red or red-violet. The stone is quite uncommon which makes it very expensive.
This June surprise that special someone with the perfect choice and select the June birthstone that most closely resembles their personality as a way to show them how much you care.
As you begin to craft your style persona and create the perfect jewelry collection to compliment your wardrobe, the first step is to identify the options that will best fit with your skin tone. Not every piece of jewelry was meant to be worn with every outfit and not every metal was meant to be worn by every person. The first step in identifying whether or not a piece of jewelry is for you is to start by identifying your skin tone.
Warm vs Cool Skin Tones
Two toned diamond engagement ring by Barkevs
Skin tones typically fall into two categories: warm and cool. The first step in determining which pieces will look best is to identify whether you are a warm or cool skin tone. Start by looking in the mirror and looking for certain characteristics in your skin tone. People with a warm skin tone often have a gold undertone whenever they look in the mirror. More often than not if you have a warm skin tone then you tan easily and have a higher resistance to sunburns. People with a warm skin tone have eyes that are typically brown or hazel and your natural hair color will have a hint or red or strawberry blonde in it. If you have a cool skin tone, you will have a rosy appearance in the mirror and will be extremely susceptible to sunburns. Your hair color is usually blonde, black or brown and your eye color is either a brilliant blue or grey.
Choosing the Option That is Right For You
Barkev’s Amethyst Halo Ring
Step one was identifying your skin tone, once you have determined that you are ready to begin building your collection. It’s time to start jewelry shopping. If you have a warm skin tone your best metal options are yellow gold or copper. Those metals will appear more vibrant against the yellow undertone of your skin. As far as gemstones are concerned, if you have a warm skin tone then opt for earth tones like green or shades of turquoise. If on the other you have a cool skin tone your best metal options are silver and platinum. The gemstones that look the best on people with cool skin tones are soft colors such as pink and purple. Amethyst stones are a beautiful choice for those with a cool skin tone.
Fashion and style is about making the choice that will look best on your skin tone and your figure. Once you have identified your particular skin tone type you are ready to build a collection that is built especially for you. The final step is shop to your heart’s content.
Gretchen Rossi engaged to Slate
If you have been a fan of the Real Housewives of Orange County for any length of time, then you are familiar with honorary housewife Slade Smiley who has been linked to no less than three members of the cast. This time though, he seems to have found the housewife for him and she finally put a ring on it. You read right she proposed to him. During a romantic proposal she presented her man with a black and gold diamond ring to seal the deal.
Over their four year relationship, we have watched the couple struggle with finding their way in the world. They have dealt with everything from his financial woes and rumors that he was an unfit parent due to his inability to make timely child support payments. Many of their Orange County cast mates had plenty not only about Slade’s financial troubles, but also about his tendency to limit his dating pool to those you are affiliated with the show. This season though, things have been on an uphill run for the couple. Slade has a successful career as a radio DJ and Gretchen’s beauty line is thriving. The storyline has now turned to whether or not the time has come for the couple to make their four year relationship official.
This proposal and reversal of roles probably does not come as a surprise to fans of the show since Gretchen has hinted on more than one occasion that she would not mind reversing the traditional roles when it comes to the proposal itself. Even tough she was the one doing the asking, she did not get the short end of the stick when it came to the bling department. Several days after her proposal, she received her own token of affection in the form of a 4 carat fancy yellow diamond.
The proposal itself will air on a future episode of Real Housewives of Orange County.
Rider Strong Engaged to Alexandra Barreto,
Even though “Pepper Dennis” did not make actor Rider Strong a household name, he did get something out of the deal. The actor met his future bride on the set. The “Boy Meets World” star is now engaged to his co-star from the series Alexandra Barreto using a ring that he designed himself. Strong spent weeks working with what he described as an old-school jeweler that worked out of his basement. Strong then set up a work space in a downtown loft where he often went with his brother to write together. He carved the ring out of wax and then cast it in white gold. Once the ring was complete, he then commissioned his dad to make a wooden ring box for him to present the ring in. This act of love was not a family first since Rider’s dad had actually made his mom’s ring as well. The result of his handy work was a ring made out of white gold and has three individual diamonds encased in the band.
Even though the day of his proposal was overcast and cloudy he did not let that deter him from his mission. He had his family around for a visit and decided it would be the perfect time to take the next step. The couple took a walk around the property where he grew up in Northern California and right there on the property he asked the question that would change both of their lives.
As he moves forward into the next chapter of his life so does the series that made him famous. Disney has created a spinoff of the wildly popular Boy Meets World entitled Girl Meets World. The series will chronicle the lives of Cory and Topanga, their daughter and an entirely new set of characters. It will be the next generation of the story.
One of the most important choices a couple will make as they begin the steps that are required to take their relationship to the next level and begin their road to marriage is the choice of the ring that will seal the deal. For most people budget is a major factor that influences the decision behind what ring will be the best choice for their bride to be, but if you are a celebrity where money is no object the ring choice reaches an entirely new level of extravagance. The following is a rundown of some of the most expensive celebrity engagement rings of all times.
Beyonce and Jay-Z
If you are Hollywood royalty and are merging two power brands then the pressure is on to secure the bling for your bride to be. The union of Jay-Z and Beyonce was a much talked about proposal and all eyes were on her ring finger when the announcement was made that the two were ready to take the plunge. Jay-Z did not disappoint when it came to delivering the goods. Beyonce received a 20 carat ring. The diamond itself was 18 carats and worth a cool 5 million dollars.
Paris and Paris
Paris Hilton turned her socialite status into a blossoming brand that impressed even the tried and true of Hollywood. Along the way, her many off screen antics sometimes overshadowed her own screen performances, but no one could deny that when she became engaged to fiancée Paris Latsis she hit the jackpot. Latsis rewarded his bride to be with a 24 carat rock that was encrusted entirely with diamonds. The ring was so large that in time Paris had a scaled down version made that she was able to wear with comfort on a daily basis.
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss
If you are the Donald and you are proposing to your significant other there is an added level of pressure as the world watches to see the choice that you will make for her. When Donald Trump proposed to Melania he gifted her with what is known as the Graff Diamond. The price tag on the ring was a cool 2 million dollars and was made from several handpicked diamonds.
The captain is ready to complete his next mission. Patrick Stewart from Star Trek the Next Generation and X-Men fame is now ready to take the marital plunge for the third time. Stewart’s first marriage to Shelia Falconer lasted 24 years and ended in divorce in 1990. In 1997, Stewart married Wendy Neuss who was a producer on Star Trek The Next Generation. That marriage ended in divorce 3 years later in 2000. His fans are hoping that the third time will be a charm as Stewart gets ready to walk down the aisle again.
Stewart has been romantically linked to Ozell since 2007 shortly after Stewart split from British actress Lisa Dillon. The jazz singer and the science fiction legend had their first date with her coming to watch him in his performance of Macbeth where she then contemplated whether to meet him backstage or head for the hills. Having seen every episode of Star Trek is what lured her backstage knowing that beneath that performance lay a great man. For some time after the two maintained a long distance relationship as both pursued their own careers.
Ozell show off her oversized white gold diamond ring on twitter and the world was abuzz with the size of the stone. The solitaire was one that no one could take their eyes off of. Well done sir. However, the highlight of the ceremony for science fiction fans is the fact that the ceremony will be officiated by Stewart’s lifelong friend Sir Ian McKellen. It is rumored that the idea for McKellen to officiate the ceremony was Ozell’s. The pair has been friends for a lifetime and the couple could not imagine having anyone else standing with them on that special day. This will not be the first time that McKellen has officiated a ceremony. In a previous ceremony he joined a couple in a civil ceremony and wore a white gown that he bought in India stating that, you must not upstage the bride.”