No Longer an Apprentice: Luisa Zissman Sports Dazzling 8-Carat Diamond

Luisa Zissman Sports Dazzling 8-Carat Diamond Former Apprentice and Celebrity Big Brother 2013 star Luisa Zissman, 27, dazzled on the red carpet at the Paul Raymond Adult Industry Awards in London in a clingy black dress and an incredible diamond engagement ring given to her by her fiancé, media-shy Irish millionaire Andrew Collins, 44.

Fine diamond jewelry expert Lewis Malka told the MailOnline Zissman’s ring might be worth as much as £1.5 million. “The Ashoka cut is synonymous with Boodles and a very rare cut indeed,” he said. “In reality, it’s a modified emerald cut diamond with facets designed by Boodles themselves. Weighing in at a hefty eight carats, and at a very high-spec colour and clarity, I would estimate this stunning ring to be worth £1.5million. A beautiful piece of jewelry.”

Zissman, who recently divorced entrepreneur Oliver Zissman, has been seeing Collins since last October. The tycoon whisked his beloved off to Paris in October for a romantic dinner with a view of the Eiffel Tower…and the ring, of course. After accepting the proposal, Zissman tweeted her 533,000 followers, “Feeling like the luckiest girl in the world.” Zissman and her ex-husband are parents to a daughter, Dixie.

It doesn’t matter how many carats you’re looking for or how much you want to spend, at Barkev’s we’ll roll out the red carpet for you. We’ve got an incredible selection of stunning rings, all handcrafted in Southern California, and our staff will be delighted to sit down with you and help you find the ring that will have your future wife “feeling like the luckiest girl in the world.”

Rapper Bow Wow and Model Erica Mena Are Engaged!

Bow Wow Engagement RingAmerican rapper, actor and television host Bow Wow, 27, is set to add ‘husband’ to his list of roles after proposing to his girlfriend Erica Mena, 26. According to E! News, on Saturday’s BET Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta, reporter Jack Thriller asked Mena if Bow Wow was her boyfriend, to which the model and “Love & Hip Hop New York” star replied, “Uh… he’s actually my fiancé.”

Mena kick-started her modeling career by winning MTV’s Jennifer Lopez lookalike competition, and has since starred in a number of music videos, as well as appearing on VH1′s reality TV show “Love & Hip-Hop”. She most recently dated fellow show participant Cyn Santana, but she has hinted their relationship may have all been for the cameras.

Mena and Bow Wow, whose real name is Shad Moss, first met when Mena appeared on 106 & Park, where Bow Wow serves as a host. The two shared a kiss on the couch, which was the beginning of their relationship. Six months later, Mena is showcasing a huge diamond encrusted engagement band!

Love waits for no man. Whether you’ve been dating for six months or six years, when the time is right to marry that special someone, you’ll be looking for the perfect engagement band – and Barkev’s is the best place to find it. Come see us, and we’ll make sure you find a ring that wows your partner the day you propose and keeps her singing about it forever.

Crazy Stupid Love! Cheryl Cole Sneaks Off to Mustique and Marries Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini

Cheryl Cole Sneaks Off to Mustique and Marries Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini Cheryl Cole set Instagram ablaze this Bastille Day Weekend with an announcement of her secret surfside marriage to Frenchman Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini on the glamorous island of Mustique and a photo of her white-hot engagement ring and wedding band, reportedly worth £300,000! “Chezza’s” emerald cut diamond engagement ring is crafted from platinum, set in a wide band, mounted with two side stones and complemented perfectly by her simple channel set diamond wedding band.

The X Factor judge and former Girls Aloud singer posted the announcement and a photo of the rings a week after the couple’s posh Caribbean nuptials: “I usually do not discuss my personal life but to stop the speculation I want to share my happy news…Jean-Bernard and I married on 7/7/14. We are very happy and excited to move forward with our lives together.”

The couple, who met a few years ago but didn’t start dating until earlier this year, moved in together prior to the wedding. They have recently been spotted at glamorous international events, including the Cannes Film Festival. Restaurateur Fernandez-Versini, a former playboy who spent his 20s in New York, where he attended university, has been all smiles since marrying one of Britain’s hottest bachelorettes.

Whether you’re going to sneak off in secret to a Caribbean island or you’ll simply pop the question over a romantic dinner, Barkev’s has the perfect engagement and wedding rings, all of them handcrafted in California. Stop by and let us help you find the best way to get started with a lifetime of “crazy, stupid love.”

Black Diamonds and Pink Sapphires! Top Trends for Designer Engagement Rings This Spring

Making the decision was easy, and you’re ready to pop the question. For many men, after a house and a car, an engagement ring will be the biggest purchase of their lives. Picking out the right ring, however, can be a tricky and stressful task. With so many rings on offer, it’s like picking out the right grain of sand on a golden beach. How big should it be? Is it fashionable? Will she like it? Fret not – Barkevs will guide you through the process and explain the latest trends to you.

“Black Diamond” is a common name given to a stone called carbonado. Don’t let the word “black” put you off. Black diamonds are very popular, especially in celebrity circles, and it’s easy to see why – they’re mysterious and alluring! There are a number of reasons black diamonds might be the way to go. Generally cheaper than white diamonds, they’re just as beautiful and shiny and, combined with white diamonds, they stand out from other rings. Your fiancée will love how these unique stones stand out when she shows off her ring to her friends.

When most people hear “sapphire” they immediately think of blue – they don’t realize this stone is available in stunning pink! This most feminine of precious gems can be found in a variety of shades, from pastel to bright bubble-gum! Their brilliant tint is even more romantic when you consider sapphire’s symbolism: the sapphire is the gem of truth. It symbolizes fidelity of the soul.


Black diamonds, pink sapphires…whatever stone you choose, we’ll make it less stressful for you. Our expertise and our knowledge of the latest designer ring trends means we can help you find the perfect ring, one that’ll make it impossible for her to say anything but “yes!”

Orlando Magic Mascot Stuff the Magic Dragon Surprises Model Kate Upton with a Big Ring

Stuff the Magic Dragon Proposes to Kate Upton_February2014Last Friday, February 7th
wasn’t her boyfriend, Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander! During a recent game between the Orlando Magic and the Oklahoma City Thunder, while Verlander stepped away from the couple’s seats, Orlando Magic Mascot Stuff the Magic Dragon approached a seated Upton, broke out a giant ring and popped the question! Upton, 21, and Verlander, 30, have been on- and-off since 2012, and some are hoping Stuff’s courtside proposal might inspire Verlander to make a similar “inside move,” ring and all

Following the game, both Upton and Verlander tweeted their followers. Upton showed off her new, giant mock-bauble, while Verlander jokingly complained that he’d only left Upton’s side for five seconds! Stuff warned Verlander that there’s a new mascot in Upton’s life, one who’s plush and willing.

Stuff might not have won the girls of his dreams away from Verlander, but his night wasn’t all heartbreak, as the Magic’s Tobias Harris nailed a slam dunk at the final buzzer to defeat the Thunder 103-102.

Winter is a great time to propose, whether you do it courtside at an NBA game or at  homebeside a roaring fire. Barkevs has the perfect ring, however you decide to do it. Even if you dress up as a giant plush dragon!, a very special suitor made a proposal to model Kate Upton, but it

Jamie Chung’s Huge Engagement Ring


jamie-chung-engagement-ring-bryan-greenberg-engagement-ring-pictures-celebrity-weddings-0190-w724First spotted together at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Annual Festival in Indio, California, back in 2012, January, Jamie Chung and Bryan Greenberg announced their engagement last month after nearly two years of dating. Greenberg proposed to Jamie in her home city of San Francisco over the holidays, though they’ve been tight lipped about the romantic details.

The 30 year-old Chung, of ‘Real World’ and ‘Once Upon a Time’ fame, and ‘One Tree Hill’ star Greenberg, who is 36, spent the New Year holiday on vacation in Turks and Caicos celebrating their engagement and are now back at work, together, on the set of ‘A Year and Change’. Set for release in 2015, the film is about a man, Owen, who decides to make major changes in his life after he falls from a roof during a New Year’s Eve party. It must make planning the wedding a lot easier when you work together!

Jamie was spotted in Los Angeles showing off her new huge diamond ring, estimated by some to be between four and five carats. It’s a stunner, a stylish double band featuring a large diamond lovingly surrounded by smaller diamonds.

Barkevs wishes Jamie and Bryan all the best. We can’t wait to see the wedding rings!

What do you think? Do you like Jamie’s engagement ring?

Top 25 Celebrity Engagement Rings

Top 25 Celebrity Engagement Rings
Browsing through Elle Magazine’s Top 25 engagement rings, we couldn’t help but notice how popular the emerald cut rings are. The most recent couple to tie the knot in the rankings are Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux, who only got engaged last August. Unsurprisingly it was an Emerald Cut massive rock that pushed the couple into the top 25.

Aniston’s love life is quite closely followed after the dramas of the Brangelina. Her fans share her excitement at every new potential, and disappointments when they turn out to be not all that. There is no doubt about it, when news about the sparkle which ignited on the set while shooting Wanderlust between the former Friend’s star and the Park’s and Recreation lawyer, everyone was buzzing.

The Autumn leaves in Hollywood must be an idyllic scene which attracts the romantics, as last month witnessed a few engagements that have had people talking. The first of the autumn being Hayden Panettiere and long term boyfriend Wladimir Klitschko after a summer full of speculation. They went through a rocky time, breaking up in 2011 for a year because of the long distance. They reunite at the beginning of the year, stronger than ever to announce their engagement at the beginning of October.

Former Hill’s star and beau, Lauren Conrad and William Tell, announced their own marriage intentions only last week. The instagram photo Lauren posted to tell the world showed an elegant round diamond engagement ring and a ring shaped as the word “love” on her middle finger. The love shaped ring is such a delicate touch to the photo which truly moves us softies here at Barkev’s. Will it be a trendsetter? Well the world does need more love in it.

Starnish Collection from Barkev

With the slogan “Crafted to Perfection,” Barkev’s Starnish Collection certainly lives up to the mission of this jeweler. With timeless, whimsical pieces using an array of twisted metal unseen on the market, this collection is perfect for the woman who adores artsy pieces and doesn’t conform to tradition. The pieces below are just a small representation of how truly unique this collection is compared to anything in the jewelry industry.

With elements of nature, such as starbursts, twisting metal and rounded prongs, the Starnish Collection from Barkevs offers pieces very inimitable and distinctive. They are perfect for the woman who loves the unusual—artistic, creative woman who love to sport a piece that has everyone asking, “Where did you get that?” Below are just a few of the popular pieces from the Starnish Collection:


The Starnish Halo Engagement Set, style # 7818SW holds a center-cut stone appearing as a star. It really brightens the look of the center stone, drawing attention to it in a very peculiar manner. Featuring prong setting, the engagement ring sports a round diamond encircled in a starburst shape with a prong set diamond cascading down the shoulders. It’s almost like a sunshine on the finger.


The Starnish Engagement Ring in style # 7821LW sports a split shank with a prong set round diamond center bridging the center. The unusually shaped metal also sports a starburst shape with a small stone in the center of the star.


Also from the Starnish Collection, # 7796LW is available in yellow gold, 18K and platinum. This ring has a twisting by pass shank with a prong set round center diamond. But the most exclusive element to the ring is the starburst set diamonds.

Black Diamonds: The Mystery Solved

Barkev’s Black Diamond Halo Engagement Ring

Black diamonds are another popular fancy diamond in addition to the latest in popular colored diamonds like pink and canary diamonds.  However, the word black almost seems to negate the fact that it can be a diamond at all.  After all, if clarity of a stone is taken into account when rating a white diamond, how on earth is clarity considered when rating a black diamond?

Other Name and Location

The name black diamond is actually a more common name given to a stone called carbonado.  Carbonado is chiefly mined in areas of Africa and Brazil.

The Origin of the Stone

The origin of carbonado is largely debated still today.  Some theories do exist, however, in helping geologists learn more about the gem’s origin.  One theory is that carbonado results from the direct version of organic carbon under high-pressure conditions in the earth’s interior.  Another theory postulates that the black diamond was formed essentially inside an earlier generation star in our universe.  Whether scientists believe that this gem is a natural and local creation within the Earth’s surface or it was something that happened within our galaxy before it fell to earth millions of years ago, the mythology behind its origin is certain to create some mystery and intrigue behind the stone.

What Does the Stone Look Like?

As with many rare gems mined from the earth’s surface, the color of the stone can vary from gray to black and it is the most porous of all the diamonds.  It typically is mined no larger than pea shape in size.

Where Can I Purchase a Black Diamond?

Certainly, many people will be intrigued by the diamond’s origin, may think the diamond as being rare because it is only found in central Africa and Brazil, and want to have the chance to own one of these stones.  The good news is Barkev’s carries variety of choice when it comes to black diamond engagement rings.

Alexis Bledel Finally Reveals Engagement Ring From Vincent Kartheiser


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.