Your Guide on How to Select Eye Catching Earrings

Every woman wants to have that one moment where she enters the room and all conversations stop. They are looking for that moment when all eyes are on them and they know it.

Pink earrings

Barkev’s pink tourmaline earrings

One surefire way to turn that dream into a reality is to choose the perfect eye catching earring. Think along the lines of Hillary Scott at the 2012 Grammy’s. Her earrings were made up of 26 carats of pink quartz slices. The pink quartz was set in diamonds and pink sapphires in blackened 18 carat gold. So, the question becomes how do you go about selecting a piece like that which will stop the crowd in its tracks? First, look for a piece that has a great proportion. You need a piece that is balanced overall and that is also balanced with the hairstyle and ensemble that you are choosing to wear it with.  Pieces that capture attention are larger, longer statement pieces. Consider a chandelier style or a tear drop style to achieve the greatest impact. Next, look for a piece that has a standout color.  A great color will automatically draw attention. For Hillary Scott, the pink quartz truly made the piece a showstopper.

Ruby earrings

Barkev’s white gold diamond & rubellite earrings.

Rubies, emeralds, or sapphires are always a great choice for the stone in your statement piece. They are rich in color and pair well with multiple colors and styles in fashion. Then, find a piece that has a memorable accent. Look for pieces where your stone of choice is surrounded by diamonds or crystals for added impact. The glitter and glitz from the surrounding stones will work well in order to draw your eyes automatically to the jewels.

Finally, if you really want all eyes on you make the right hairstyle selection to show off your jewel of choice. Go for a high dramatic updo that will naturally draw attention to your earrings. Every woman deserves that moment where she feels like Cinderella. To get that once in a lifetime feeling, you must select the perfect statement piece and then rock it with confidence.

Make a Bold Statement with a Black Diamond Engagement Ring

Black Diamond Engagement Ring

Barkev’s black diamond engagement ring

Color is back and yes, this even includes black. While colorless diamonds will forever be in style, women and men are expanding their jewelry collections to include black—the hottest new color in engagement rings.

Women are now more desirous of looking different—not wanting to conform to the norm. One way to do this is to step away from the traditional engagement ring of a centered, prong set colorless diamond. To do something more unconventional and make a bold statement, they are opting for black diamond engagement rings. They offer brilliance and something very unique with almost a vintage feel to them. It’s also popular to have a ring with smaller cut stones with more of a pave look than a centered stone. It’s original and will certainly make people remember the ring.

Men are also going the untraditional route and purchasing engagement rings with diamonds instead of simple bands. One trendy choice is to use black diamonds instead, which can look very masculine. They are very popular set against white gold or platinum. Because of the darker color, they contrast nicely with a lighter metal.

Black diamond engagement rings are also very dramatic; they offer a shine and brilliance unavailable in other colored stones. They also come in deep hues, which adds a new level of sophistication to a ring.

Black diamonds are very rare, however, and with increasing popularity, they also can be harder to find. If you are picky about cut and size, you’ll need to do your homework when looking for the right black diamond ring. But because of their rarity, you can be assured that black diamonds will hold their value for a long time and will be a priceless heirloom to be passed down to the next generation.

Most Expensive Pieces Worn to Golden Globes

We all watch the red carpet and drool over the exquisite pieces that most of us will never have the opportunity to wear. It is fun however to watch, wish and dream. So, sit back and drift off into dreamland as we countdown some of the most expensive pieces that have ever graced a red carpet.

1) Kelly Osbourne : this year the earrings that she wore were valued at $3 million (the price did not include the optional body guards that they came with)

Kelly Osbourne at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards

2) Amy Adams: her diamond earrings and diamond bracelets are valued at $425,000 and if you choose to you can actually purchase those earrings.

3) Jackie Weaver: donned $3 million worth of diamonds for the occasion
4) Stacy Kiebler’s : rings and bracelets were valued at $600,000
5) Hayden Panettiere: her five piece set was valued at $500,000
6) Jessica Alba: her necklace was valued at $5.8 million

Jessica Alba and her 5.8 million dollar necklace.

7) Sophia Vergara: her 100 carats of diamonds were valued at $8 million.

Sofia Vergara at the Golden Globes 2013

You may be wondering what goes into selecting who wears what pieces and how they are transported to and from an event. The answer is fairly simple. Jewelry designers work in much the same way that a fashion designer works. The designer simply wants to hear their name on the red carpet. In order to achieve that goal, a designer must get their piece into the hands of an actor or actress that is either a nominee or a presenter. Those people will be the most sought after actors and actresses of the evening and will get the most television time. The next part of the evening is about the logistics of transporting the piece from one place to another. Depending on the value of the piece, some designers will require a paid escort the entire time that the nominee or presenter is wearing their piece.

For most of us we only wish and dream about a night like the Globes, but even if we never get our own personal red carpet we can still watch and dream along with the rest of the world. And that means the countdown to the Grammy’s is in full swing…

Kate Hudson’s Style

As the daughter of famous actress Goldie Hawn, it’s no surprise Kate Hudson is old Hollywood glam at its best. She epitomizes the beautiful style of the olden days when Hollywood was arguably at its most sophisticated. To copy her style, here are a few ways to do it:

Always wear a smile. When out and about town, Kate Hudson always has a smile on her face. The only exception is when she is acting, and even then, she seems to radiate with love and this rare sunshine. Try smiling more often and your face will radiate and glow.

Wear light jewelry. Because Kate is a blonde and has a natural golden tan, her jewelry follows suit. She typically wears more nude, white and yellows in her jewelry choices. She also favors big rings. You’ll find her fingers almost always have a fat ring. She leaves her neck fairly bare and focuses more on her fingers instead.

Add sunny locks. While Kate is probably a natural blonde, she adds in various highlights to add an extra glow to her mane. It brightens up her face and makes that smile stand out even more. Even if you aren’t a natural tow head, it’s possible to brighten up your look like Kate’s by just adding in a few highlights.

Match your clothes to your jewelry. Kate seems to favor more monochromatic looks by pairing jewelry to the exact same color as her dress. If she’s wearing yellow, she wears gold or canary diamonds. For white dresses, you’ll find her in white rings and white earrings or colorless diamonds. She doesn’t go overboard in her looks.

Play up your eyes. Kate has those small, beady eyes that she plays up and enhances with various eyeshadows. She isn’t afraid to try something new. Whether she uses purple eye shadow, silver or blue, she does it subtle enough that it’s not too dramatic or odd looking.

Kate is a rarity in Hollywood—she exudes happiness in a place where loneliness and narcissism roam.

Jewelry of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’s Lisa Vanderpump

Never to be outdone, reality television starlet Lisa Vanderpump gives us oodles of jewels each week on Bravo’s popular hit The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. With her British accent, tight and stylish dresses, and perfectly coifed hair, she looks like she takes hours of prepping each morning. But it’s really her jewelry collection that has everyone jealous. To mirror Vanderpump’s jewelry style, here are a few ways to look more Beverly Hills chic, darling:

Diamonds—As each cast member holds a (fake) diamond in the opener of each episode, these expensive stones represent the upper crest. To truly feel as though you’re part of the Beverly Hills’s upper echelon, you must own loads of diamonds. From thick diamond earrings to long diamond strands, you must be dripping with jewels at any occasion, even if it’s just a child’s birthday party.

Thick necklaces—You’ll notice Vanderpump draws attention to her neckline with big, thick necklaces—the more weight, the better. She always drowns her neckline in diamonds, gold and also varied colored stones. To Vanderpump, accessorizing is even more important than the actual clothes.

Big, dangling earrings—Not only does Vanderpump wear big, clunky necklaces, she almost always pairs them with earrings to match—and not just small earrings, very large ones that command attention. Look for powerful colors, whimsical designs,  and bright stones or diamonds in your earrings to match her bold style.

Cuffs—When you dress up wearing evening attire, Vanderpump sports diamond cuff bracelets. Usually three inches wide or longer, her wrists are never bare when she’s in fancier attire. Look for diamonds on the bracelet or even pearl strands to pair with that little black dress.

Watch—One often neglected part of any woman’s jewelry collection is the watch. Vanderpump will sport watch bands dripping in jewels as well. You can match the bands to your jewelry and make you look very rich, even if you’re not. It’s a quick way to add an element of sophistication to your look.

While we don’t all write a Beverly Hills’s zip code on our addresses, we can sure look like we belong in one of America’s richest cities by adding just a few items to our jewelry collection.

Kim Kardashian Jewelry Looks

The ubiquitous Kim Kardashian certainly is known for her style. With long, shiny locks, trendy and tight outfits, and fashion-forward jewelry, Kim is edgy and stylish all at the same time. While rarely going for classic looks, Kim stays on the threshold of fashion—which also goes the same for the jewelry she sports. If you’d like to copy her looks, here are a few tips:

Match your necklace to your earrings. Kim follows the current trend of thick, chunky necklaces that match the old Egyptian style of jewelry. She also pairs it with dangling earrings. You can copy this look by finding similar necklaces or pairing many together. You can match loads of gold and diamond necklaces at once to mirror this style. Then find matching earrings that are also thick and long. It’s a lot of jewelry to wear at once, but it’s very popular at the moment.

Wear lots of hoop earrings. Hoop earrings pair well with hair pulled back into a chic pony tail or bun. This works well for both casual and more formal occasions. It also matches well with turtlenecks and strapless dresses and gowns. They draw attention to your face, so just like Kim always does, make sure your cosmetics are flawless. Hoop earrings do wonders to keep a guy’s attention.

Wear lots of bracelets. This works well for more formal occasions. Kim follows the current trend of wearing several mis-matched bracelets at once. Look for ones with a lot of sparkle—this makes you look like you’re a woman of sophistication. Pair bracelets of various sizes, but keep them in the same color palette. This is good for bracelets with diamonds, just a small amount of color (black and white work best), and neutral tones.

Kim usually goes over the top with her jewelry choices, but that keeps the paparazzi flashing their bulbs in her direction. So if you want the same type of attention, just follow the tips above and you’ll have others salivate over your style.

Miley Cyrus Engagement Details

Miley Cirus Engagement Ring

We watched her grow from a child star on the Disney channel into a full fledged pop sensation.  Now we are going to follow Miley Cyrus on another life changing journey the journey into forever with her husband to be Liam Hemsworth.

The Ring Details

Cyrus has never been one to go with the flow and conform to the expected and her engagement ring to Liam Hensworth was no different. Miley’s ring is made of yellow gold which has not exactly been the metal of choice for most brides in the last several years. The trend is on the rise in Europe but has not yet made it to the States. The ring is 3.5 carats and features an antique diamond which dates back to the 19th century.  The yellow gold band is also decorated with filigree engravings. Cyrus who typically wears rose gold was happy with the surprise ring which was based on a ring that the couple saw online. She likes the fact that it is different and has an interesting story attached.

The Proposal Details

Liam surprised Cyrus after one of her online performances where she posts a series of backyard jam sessions for her fans. After Miley ended her show with one of his favorite songs, Liam surprised Miley with the ring and the proposal. After 3 years of dating, the couple is anxiously awaiting their big day and was excited to share the new with their family and friends. The engagement itself was a surprise to Cyrus and her parents both. She knew that they were in love, but was completely taken aback at the timing of the proposal.

The two are reported to be making it official in June of 2013 in Palm Springs. Miley is so excited about her upcoming nuptials that she even tweeted about the fact that she can not stop staring at the sparkle on her finger. For now, Miley and the world will just have to wait and see what Hemsworth has in store to accompany the amazing rock he chose for his future bride.

Angelina versus Jennifer: Whose Man did it best?

A year that saw multiple whirlwind romances also gave rise to one of the biggest wedding showdowns in recent memory. We are talking about the dueling weddings and dueling rings of Jennifer Anniston and Angelina Jolie. Ever since Anniston and Pitt split in 2005 and details emerged that there were questions about the timing of the first Jolie/Pitt hook up, the three have been forever linked and their weddings will be no different.

The Rings

Naturally as soon as Anniston’s rep confirmed the engagement rumors the comparisons began.  Anniston’s ring is estimated to be between 8 or 9 carats while Jolie’s ring is said to be 16 carats. Both rings have an estimated value of $500,000. Can you say coincidence? Jennifer’s ring is an oval shape while Jolie’s ring is more of an oblong shape similar a square cut emerald. Just like their own fashion style, the rings could not be more different from one another.

The Proposal

For Jolie and Pitt, the family that proposes together stays together. Pitt proposed to Jolie on an April afternoon. Once the ring that Pitt personally designed was ready for viewing, he gathered all 6 children together and told Jolie that he had a little present for her. As she unwrapped the gift and realized what it was, the tears began to flow. After the ring was placed on her finger, she took time to show each child the ring individually. It was a joyous occasion for the entire family. Justin however kept things low key when he proposed to Jennifer Anniston on a Friday evening in New York. He presented her with her ring while the couple was celebrating his birthday dinner. After tearing up, the two quietly shared the news with their families. They released a simple statement that was in line with their low key attitude to life.

Whether you are Team Anniston or Team Jolie, one thing is for sure all eyes will be on the dueling brides to see who wore it best. The next face off will be the official rings and the dress and we can not wait.

Kelly Clarkson Engaged

The American Idol family has a little bit more to smile about this holiday season. One of their own is now spoken for. Former American Idol Kelly Clarkson is now engaged to her boyfriend Brandon Blackstock. However, she may have a surprising person to thank for the proposal. Blackstock manages country superstar Blake Shelton, and Black admits that he really gave Brandon a hard time about having not proposed to Kelly who according to Blake is,  “the best thing that ever happened to him.” That one line may have just earned Shelton a front row seat at the wedding of country royalty.

The couple may have been dating for only nine months, but Kelly has been very vocal about the fact that she intended to marry Blackstock. Blackstock is the stepson of country superstar Reba McEntire and Reba has said publicly that she could not be happier for the pair. However, she also tells fans to not be surprised if the public wedding that they are waiting for does not materialize. Kelly has also talked about the fact that she is more interested in the title of Mrs. Blackstock than of a large wedding. The two have even joked about eloping.

Blackstock worked tirelessly to create a stone that Kelly would instantly fall in love with. He focused on working with the jewel to create a ring that would showcase her love of the yellow diamond. Blackstock designed a 6 carat radiant cut canary diamond that is surrounded on all sides with a smaller row of diamonds. The canary yellow diamond sits on a band of white diamonds. Kelly has gone on record as having said that she was overwhelmed with emotion and actually cried at the proposal.

Kelly who had once thought that she may remain single forever now has a 6 carat reason to be thankful this New Year. As she and Blackstock begin to plan their life together and their wedding together, all we can do is wait and see what the matching piece to this canary yellow treasure will be.


Celebrity Engagements

2013 is shaping up to be the year of the celebrity wedding. The A-list stars that are set to say “I do” just keeps getting longer.

Kate Hudson Engaged

Even though there are wedding bells abounding, not all of the celebrity couples that were engaged this year are rushing to the alter to make it official. Kate Hudson has made it crystal clear that when it comes to marrying rocker Matthew Bellamy she will determine when the time is right. There are in no rush. At this time the two are enjoying time with their fourteen month old baby and settling in to parenthood. However, that doesn’t stop her from flaunting that platinum engagement ring with the emerald cut center stone with tapered baguettes on each side. The estimated price tag is $200,000.

Singer Brandy Engaged

Brandy joins the ranks of those who have a little something extra to be joyous about this season. This season she announced her engagement to music exec Ryan Press. The two made their relationship public around New Year’s last year and have spent the majority of this year getting to know one another and working on their relationship. This will be the first marriage for the singer whose full name is actually Brandy Norwood

Janet Jackson Engaged

A member of music royalty will take that all important walk down the aisle in 2013. Music legend Janet Jackson announced her recent engagement toDohabillionaire Wissam Al Mana. The singer is reportedly so nervous about losing the 15 carat diamond ring that she keeps it locked up for safe keeping. The couple plans to marry in the spring and give each of their 500 guests a $10,000 Rolex watch as a thank you for attending.

Kat Von D Engaged

Twitter has been a hot bed of information lately as more and more people are gravitating to the social media outlet as a means for wedding announcements. In December we found out from a tweet that Hugh Hefner who has been on again, off again is back on again. Now, Kat Von D and DJ Deadmau5 have made their own engagement announcement via twitter.

Deadmau5 whose real name is Joel Zimmerman worked feverously with the jewel to held design the hand crafted ring that he wanted to present to Von D. The result was a one of a kind, stunning black diamond engagement ring.

This is the third engagement for Von D who has twice previously been engaged to Sandra Bullocks ex Jesse James.