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.

PINK SAPPHIRE ENGAGEMENT RING - PC-7930LPSW

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:

STARNISH HALO ENGAGEMENT SET – 7818SW

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.

STARNISH ENGAGEMENT RING – 7821LW

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.

STARNISH ENGAGEMENT RING – 7796LW

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.

 

Christina Applegate Weds in Private Ceremony

Christina Applegate Martyn Lenoble engagement ring

We all fell in love with her as Kelly Bundy on the hit sitcom Married With Children. The blonde bombshell is now all grown up and has just celebrated her private marriage to longtime partner Martyn LeNoble.

While all of the who’s who in Hollywood was focused on the Oscars, the two took that as an opportunity to celebrate their love in a private ceremony. The wedding took place at the couple’s home in Los Angeles where they were surrounded by family and friends. In all, there were only eight guests at the wedding. The couple has been together for nearly four years and first became engaged on Valentine’s Day of 2010. A year later the couple celebrated the birth of their daughter Sadie Grace LeNoble.

Her new ring was created to be anything but a typical wedding ring. The idea was that the wedding band would fit perfectly with her engagement ring so the wedding ring was made just like a sleeve that would accompany the original ring. It is platinum and diamond inset with tiny little diamonds everywhere.

The two have been dating for over five years and Applegate credits her beau with saving her life after her double mastectomy. She has been quoted as saying that she had a small but mighty support system and that he was an incredible part of her life and that support system. At a time when there was a tremendous amount of loss in her life, he was an incredible help in her process. This will be the second marriage for both performers. Applegate divorced That Thing You Do’s Jonathon Schaech in 2007 after six years of marriage.

Doug Reinhardt is engaged to former Hills costar Allie Lutz

Allie Lutz and Doug Reinhart engaged

Doug Reinhardt is finally ready to take the plunge. After all this time, he is settling down with a familiar face. Doug has been previously linked romantically to hotel heiress Paris Hilton, teen star Amanda Bynes, Hills costar Lauren Conrad and former Miss USA Rima Fakih. However, despite the fact that the list of his exes reads like a list of who’s who in Hollywood, Reinhardt is settling down with his “high school sweetheart.”  The couple announced their engagement earlier this year via Instagram with the caption “Cat’s Out of the Bag”.

Allie Lutz and Doug Reinhart have dated one another off and on and she even made her own appearance on The Hills. She was introduced to the show during season six of the show when her friend McKaela Line who began dating Brody Jenner. During the season her storyline exploded due to several disagreements with her costar Kristen Cavaleri. The pair knew each other from their days in Laguana and apparently did not get along. The trouble even escalated into accusations that Lutz had broken into Jenner’s apartment at one point.

Despite all the drama, however she finds herself back in the headlines for a very different reason this time.  Reinhart, a former Angels and Orioles baseball player, proposed to Lutz on a yacht that her chartered for New Year’s. Reinhart planned an elaborate proposal that included proposing on the yacht at St. Barts and then arranged a lavish celebration as they continued to cruise around St. Barts and Anguilla. Her ring is a large solitaire that appears to be white gold and sets on a simple band. The size of the bling was conspicuously glaring in the picture on instagram. Is anyone else thinking Lauren Conrad eat your heart out?

The Royal Couple

Kate Middleton Engagement Ring

On Friday, April 29, 2011 the world watched eagerly as the beloved royal couple was married. Kate was Will’s longtime girlfriend, and the public anxiously anticipated a proposal. Will proposed to Katie with an 18-carat sapphire ring that was worn by Princess Diana. The beautiful stone is surrounded by white diamonds, creating a brilliant contrast in color. This iconic ring was passed down as a family heirloom, carrying great sentimental value with it.

When Princess Diana first selected the ring, she was scoffed at for choosing a piece that could be obtained by any commoner. But Princess Diana always had an eye for classic elegance, and this engagement ring quickly became one of the world’s most iconic pieces of jewelry. Will chose to present this ring to Kate, and it quickly became a popular style that was coveted by brides everywhere.

The vintage style perfectly suits Kate’s attire, complimenting her timeless looks. Wherever Kate goes, she is sure to be dressed like royalty. Looking perfectly put together and poised has made her a fashion icon, and she has begun to inspire women’s clothing choices everywhere.

The royal couple is now expecting a baby. Kate is beginning to show, making it necessary to adjust her wardrobe. She understands the importance of embracing her shape, but has made the necessary changes from her normal wardrobe in order to maintain her sophisticated style. She has traded figure hugging silhouettes for empire waistlines, and slim shirts for flowing tops. Even with the baby bump, she looks trim and proper,  like a perfect princess.

Being pregnant can place limits on a woman’s wardrobe, making accessories key to creating a great outfit. Kate understands the importance of balancing simple clothing pieces with interesting accessories to add drama and a unique twist to her look. She is often spotted sporting a great hat, or glamorous, fine jewelry.

Jewelry is a wonderful way to add an interesting element to a drab outfit, because it provides a pop of color that adds intrigue. Kate is often seen sporting fine gemstones and diamonds that complete her elegant outfits. Dramatic earrings are a favorite of this lovely lady, and she is often seen wearing a pair of drop diamond earrings.

Understanding the importance of understated elegance is one of the qualities that makes Kate’s style absolutely timeless. Even in her pregnancy, she is the perfect representation of class and charm. Knowing how to pair accessories with more basic outfits has allowed her style to remain topnotch in every area of her life, making her a true style icon.