I will be your witness

Barkev’s Solitaire Engagement Rings

“We need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet… I mean, what does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things… all of it, all of the time, every day. You’re saying ‘Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go un-witnessed because I will be your witness’.”

–Shall We Dance

Marriage is a commitment to be a witness to your lover‘s life. This promise is lifelong and must be valued above all other vows. When you say “I do”, you are dedicating yourself to their happiness and well being. As you consider taking these steps, it’s important to be aware of the magnitude of the union you are joining. You are responsible to another human being. You have made a commitment to cherish and love them, respect and support them.

With great work comes great reward. Although you must become selfless in the serving of your spouse, the satisfaction of loving another is so great that it supersedes all challenges. Having a companion that cares about every aspect of your life and invests in your dreams gives you the necessary stability to try new things and live fully. Love gives your life a great meaning and importance. You are now living for something bigger than yourself, giving you a great, indescribable joy.

A symbol of this promise should properly reflect it’s importance and beauty. The wedding ring is a tangible image of the one of a kind love two people share. When people see your left hand, they know you belong to another. The wedding ring tells a story, giving the world a glimpse of the bond between you and your spouse.

Each couple is unique and has different attributes that should be highlighted. Wedding rings tell a lot about personal style and attitudes towards love and marriage.

For the traditional woman: A solitary diamond engagement ring will perfectly display simplistic and classic attitudes about love. Pick a traditionally cut stone, such as a circle diamond. For added glamour, pick a style with a diamond encrusted band.

For the modern bride: A high profile, colored diamond is the perfect match, showcasing a playful and fancy style. Yellow and pink diamonds are becoming exceedingly popular. Choose a white gold band to really play up the brilliant hue.

For the sentimental heart: Choose a three stone ring to represent the past, present and future of your relationship. This style is for the couple who has been through everything together, and treasures the consistency of their loved one.

For the hopeless romantic: Vintage style rings are the perfect way to say “I do”. This timeless piece is ideal for lasting love. The old world charm captivates the romantic heart and tells the world your love is one for the storybooks.

Choosing a piece that tells your story gives your ring meaning and value. Marriage is a brilliant promise that deserves to be represented in an equally shining style. Show your love you know her heart with a personally selected diamond wedding ring.

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.

 

Kate Winslet Weds in Secret Ceremony

Hollywood has long been known as a trendsetter when it comes to how to throw the perfect wedding. As of late though it seems like there is a new more secretive trend emerging. More and more celebrities are tying the knot in secret ceremonies in an effort to preserve the intimacy of the moment for their friends and family. The newest member of the Secret Wedding Society is none other than the Titanic sensation herself, Kate Winslet.

Kate Winslet must have been extra nice this year. She received a visit from St. Nick a little earlier than expected when she wed her boyfriend Ned RocknRoll. The nephew of Sir Richard Branson and the Titanic star made it official in a private ceremony earlier in December at a barn in New York State. The ceremony was an intimate affair that was not even revealed to the parents until after the fact. Kate was escorted down the aisle by Titanic costar Leonardo DiCaprio. Kate and Ned were very successful in keeping their planned nuptials a secret. They had been engaged since the summer and the news was never leaked to the public. The only kink in their secret plans was when speculations did arise when Ned was spotted leaving a London jewelry store, but the result of that trip was a vintage love locket that he later gave Winslet as a gift. The private ceremony was attended by a few close family and friends as well as Winslet’s two children from previous marriages. It is rumored that the two exchanged matching $250,000 wedding bands, but as of yet neither one of them has been seen sporting their respective bands.

Now that the secret is out, the couple can begin to relax and start enjoying wedded bliss. Friends and family alike are beginning to help the couple celebrate their wedded bliss with an outpouring of gifts for the couple. That bliss also includes one of the most unique wedding gifts in history. As a celebration of their union, Richard Branson gave Kate a ticket for a trip into outer space.

Types of Antique Engagement Rings

Art Deco Engagement Ring

Antique engagement rings offer one-of-a-kind designs from bygone eras and come in a wide range of styles. Celebs including Milla Jovovich, Natalie Portman and Emily Blunt have donned antique engagement rings.

Engagement rings are classified as antique if they are at least 50 years old. If you’re searching for an antique engagement ring, it helps to know your choices. There are a variety of rings to choose from, with different styles from different eras. Here is a basic breakdown of antique ring types:

Victorian Antique Rings

Victorian engagement rings date back to the years between 1835 and 1900. Victorian rings feature elegant designs, some of them very intricate. The diamond rings from this era often included pearls, which were popular at the time.

Edwardian Rings

Edwardian engagement rings hail from 1900 to 1920. Edwardian rings feature ornate designs and often had platinum settings. Rose-cut diamonds and sapphires were popular at the time and often paired together.

Art Deco Rings

Art deco rings hark back to the roaring ’20s, from 1920 to 1930. Rings from this era often include simple, geometric shapes and brilliant hues of gemstones. Emeralds, rubies and sapphires were especially popular in this period. Art deco rings were influenced by a mosaic of movements, including Cubism, King Tut and the Paris Exposition.

“The Bachelor,” “Bachelorette,” Contestants Showcase Dazzling Engagement Rings

The hit reality dating show “The Bachelor” has also spawned “The Bachelorette,” and both shows have fulfilled their purpose and led to engagements and marriages. Some of the show’s top players have donned unique stunning engagement rings, as well as beautiful wedding bands. Here is a look at some of the standouts:

  • "The Bachelorette" star Ali Fedotowsky's sparkler featured a dazzling 3-carat Asscher-cut diamond.“The Bachelorette” star Ali Fedotowski donned a 3-carat Asscher-cut diamond engagement ring after her beau Roberto Martinez proposed in the season finale of the show in 2010. Fedotowski’s ring featured 184 round brilliant-cut diamonds and was valued at about $50,000. Although the engagement did not last past 2011, Fedotowski’s stunning sparkler remains a highlight of the show’s history.
  • One of "The Bachelor" stars, Jake Pavelka, proposed to contestant Vienna Girardi with a stunning 3-carat princess-cut ring.Season 14 star of “The Bachelor” Jake Pavelka popped the question to Vienna Girardi , the season’s winner, with a 3-carat, sparkling princess-cut bauble. A total of 70 smaller diamonds adorn the ring, which is estimated to be worth $50,000. Although the couple split up in 2010, the ring lives on as a dazzling feature of the show’s 14th season.
  • "The Bachelorette" season 5 star Jillian Harris received a unique, pear-shaped diamond bauble from beau Ed Swiderski at the end of the season.“The Bachelorette” season 5 star Jillian Harris was wooed with a one-of-a-kind $60,000 pear-shaped diamond sparkler from the season’s winner Ed Swiderski. Although the engagement ended in 2010, the unique bauble stands out as one of the season highlights.

Budget-Friendly Engagement Rings

According to tradition, you should spend at least two months’ salary on a diamond engagement ring. Following tradition can be pricey. But if you shop smart, you will find a quality engagement ring that won’t break the bank.

Diamonds

Diamonds inflate the cost of an engagement ring. Colorless diamonds are rare and expensive. Consider purchasing a lower grade white diamond to save money. Colored diamonds are also an option since they are typically cheaper than white diamonds. A yellow, brown, black or pink diamond also offers unique style.

Smaller carat sizes are cheaper. Jewelers charge more for a 1.0-carat ring than a 0.9 -carat ring. So if you want to buy a 4.0-carat ring, for instance, purchase a 3.9-carat ring instead. You will save money, and the difference in size will probably go unnoticed.

Bands

Precious metal bands increase the cost of an engagement ring. Platinum bands are stunning, but come with a hefty price tag. If you want the platinum look for a cheaper price, purchase a 14K or 18K white gold ring instead.

Heirloom Rings

Antique and family heirloom rings are budget-friendly options. Since the rings have been passed down from several generations, they have storied histories and sentimental value. Have the ring inspected by a licensed jeweler to ensure that it is in good condition.

Drew Barrymore's sizable sparkler has an estimated value of $80,000

Celebs Get Engaged With Sparkling Gems this Holiday Season

Drew Barrymore flashed a 4-carat radiant cut engagement ring after art consultant Will Kopelman proposed to her this holiday season. Barrymore’s bauble features a center stone set in a diamond covered band valued at about $80,000. Barrymore will walk down the aisle for her third marriage, confidant that the third time really is a charm.

NBA star LeBron James popped the question to his high school sweetheart Savannah Brinson on New Year’s Eve. James pulled out all the stops for her engagement ring, a pear-shaped 4-5 carat sparkler. The dazzling piece’s pear-shaped centerpiece has two tapered baguettes on each side. The all-star stunner has an estimated value of between $250K and $300K.

Rock star Steven Tyler presented his longtime girlfriend Erin Brady with an eye-catching  5-carat sparkler set in a platinum band. The big bauble features a brilliant-cut center stone.

Some stars are keeping their engagement rings under wraps for the moment, but stay tuned for more ring news on the following couples’ happy holiday engagements:

  • Country star Wynonna Judd and her musician boyfriend Cactus Moser got engaged on Christmas Eve. Judd has always had her own unique style, so her ring promises to be one of a kind.
  • Hollywood heartthrob Mathew McConaughey proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Brazilian model Camila Alves, on Christmas day. The ring is sure to be as beautiful as this attractive couple.

The Allure of Black Diamonds

For someone who loves diamonds but wants to stand out in a crowd, black diamonds are a great choice. Not only are they do they create an exciting sultry look, they are rare and elegant. Black diamonds are a great choice for all types of jewelry for both men and women alike.

There is no doubt that the black diamond has some mystery and allure to it, making it even more desirable in jewelry

The black diamond is also known as “Carbonado,” and it has a polycrystalline structure that causes it to sparkle. It is primarily found in Brazil and Central Africa. Black diamonds have traces of nitrogen and carbon in their structure, probing some people to question their origin. There is no doubt that the black diamond has some mystery and allure to it, making it even more desirable in jewelry. Its colors range from dark gray to deep black.

Black diamond jewelry is extremely versatile because it can be part of a casual outfit as well as a dressy ensemble. Black diamonds look great with a cocktail dress, business suit, or even jeans and a sweater. Because they have slightly less sparkle than a while diamond, black diamonds are perfect for men’s jewelry. In fact, many men have them as part of their wedding band designs. Black diamonds can create a masculine look that is incomparable to white diamonds.

Virtually any type of jewelry pieces become sensational with the addition of black diamonds. Perhaps one of the most interesting and gorgeous ideas is the black diamond engagement ring. Why go for a traditional white diamond like everyone else? A woman will surely stand and get noticed when she has a gorgeous black diamond solitaire ring on her left hand. A man and a woman can get matching black diamond wedding rings for a timeless and creative look.

Black diamonds look absolutely stunning when they are paired with other colored diamonds and gems in jewelry. The possibilities are rather endless when it comes to all of the combinations. Imagine a white gold ring with a black diamond round solitaire hugged by white diamonds, rubies, or sapphires. Or picture a platinum pendant with black diamonds and canary yellow diamonds. Stunning pieces of jewelry can be created with the addition of luscious black diamonds.

Top Three Most Expensive Engagement Rings

One of the most important events in your life is getting engaged and the first thing you may think about is the diamond engagement ring. Proposing to your loved one may be the most exciting (and possibly nerve-racking) moment of your life, and the diamond engagement ring will make the moment even more special. This is why it should always be of the highest quality diamond and made with precious stones, like the diamond, and metals, for example, gold and silver. Listed below are three of the priciest diamond engagement rings worldwide.

#3 – House of Taylor’s Oval Diamond Engagement Ring

$1.3 million

House of Taylor’s oval-shaped diamond engagement ring falls in as the third most expensive diamond engagement ring worldwide. This diamond engagement elegant ring features an oval white diamond, shaped like a flower that is 5.98 carats, also the white diamonds around it measure in at 3.96 carats, which gives the appearance of a flower made out of diamonds. Its elegance also means a very hefty price tag, costing over a million dollars.

#2 – Tiffany Oval Diamond Engagement Rings

$1.465 million

The runner-up for the world’s priciest engagement ring is made by Tiffany. It is the oval diamond engagement ring, which has a wallet-busting price tag of nearly 1.5 million dollars. Price aside, this diamond engagement ring scream elegance and attractiveness and come in two shapes, oval and square pillow shape. Both are set in platinum.

The piece is available for $1.465 million, featuring an oval diamond set in platinum. The diamond is 14.79 carats. There is a less expensive version of the ring that sell for under a million dollars ($800,000), which features a square cushion diamond engagement ring set in platinum at 12.03 carats.

The most expensive diamond engagement ring in the world.

#1 – De Beers Round Brilliant Platinum

$1.83 million

At last we’ve reached the most expensive engagement ring in the world, which is the round brilliant platinum by De Beers. This diamond engagement ring has the most desired grade on the diamond color scale, D-grade. It has an elegant appearance and is very beautiful, featuring a 9 carat round diamond set in platinum.