Celebrity Diamonds

March 21, 2013 by  
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Why so much bling in celebrity diamond engagement rings? That would be like asking why there is so much blue in the sky or green in the grass. Bling and celebrities go hand and hand. From the posh cars they drive, the eloquent gowns they wear, the luxurious homes they own, and the diamond jewelry they gift to each other; where you find one you will most certainly find the other.

Diamonds have been a trademark of Hollywood since the early days, but the diamond bling craze didn’t truly take hold until the famous Taylor-Burton duo hit the red carpet. The diamonds Richard Burton toted on the famous actress, Elizabeth Taylor, were, and remain, some of the most memorable diamonds to ever walk along the red carpet of Hollywood. It all started with the Krupp Diamond.

The Krupp Diamond is a magnificent 33.19-carat Asscher-cut diamond. Burton, a famous actor himself, had the diamond mounted to a band and gifted it to Taylor in 1968. That, however, was only the beginning of the long list of diamonds Burton would eventually gift to Taylor.

In 1972 Burton gave her a heart-shaped diamond fondly nicknamed, “Taj-Mahal”. Worn with rubies and diamonds, this large, flat diamond was mounted in a yellow-gold rope necklace that graced Taylor’s neck where ever she went. Still, the most well-known diamond Burton ever gave Taylor was dubbed “The Taylor-Burton” diamond.

The Taylor-Burton diamond was crafted from a rough stone that originally weighed 240.80-carats! The stone was found in the Premier Mine, in South Africa in 1966 by Harry Winston, the famed jeweler who donated the most well-known diamond, “The Hope Diamond” to the Smithsonian institute in 1958.

The Taylor- Burton diamond is a 69.42-carat, pear-shaped diamond rated a rare D-color Flawless Stone; remarkable by any standards. The story of how Burton eventually acquired the diamond is long, and has many twists and turns, but in the end, Burton ultimately bought the diamond, and gave it to Taylor.

Taylor’s diamonds were the beginning of the diamond craze in Hollywood. Today, more celebrities than ever before choose diamond engagement rings and diamond jewelry over other types of precious stones.

Some of the most well-known, recent Hollywood diamond engagement rings include the 4.5 carat cushion-cut diamond ring valued at $500,000 dollars that Ben Affleck gave the beautiful Jennifer Garner, Khloe Kardashian’s 12.5-carat, radiant-cut diamond ring valued at $850,000 dollars, and Catherine Zeta-Jones’s 10-carat marquise-cut diamond engagement ring valued at $2 million dollars.

The diamond ring that currently takes the cake in today’s world of celebrities would have to be the one found on music artist, Beyonce’s, finger. This 18-carat, emerald-cut, flawless Lorraine Schwartz diamond is set in platinum, and is valued at a remarkable $5 million dollars. Sure it’s a wedding ring, but when you have a diamond of that stature, on the hand of someone as beautiful, and talented as Beyonce, it should make any list of celebrity diamonds.

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The Top 5 Celebrity Diamond Lovers And Their Favourite Pieces

July 17, 2012 by  
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Jennifer Lopez: The famous singer and actress popularly known as J Lo knows how to live it up with the precious stones. From the 6 carat pink diamond engagement ring given to her by her former beau, Ben Affleck, to the diamond bracelet she wore for her film premier and diamond necklaces worn on the American Idol show, Jennifer Lopez has shown the world that she loves diamonds.


Beyonce Knowles: One celebrity who definitely knows how to wow her audience with her performance and her dazzling diamonds. She received a diamond engagement ring that cost $5 million from her husband. Beyonce loves diamonds, especially the ones from Lorraine Schwartz’s collection and she is usually seen wearing Schwartz’s pieces at Oscars and celebrity events. She was seen wearing a 15 carat diamond stud earrings and a 32 carat diamond ring at the MTV Music Awards. No doubt, her 18 carat diamond wedding ring is her favourite and it’s always worn on her finger everywhere she goes.


Elizabeth Taylor: This beautiful and famous actress loved diamonds so much that she even had a perfume line called White Diamonds and also wrote a book about her love for diamonds. Her former husband, Richard Burton presented her with a 33 carat Krupp diamond ring that became one of her favourites. She was seen many times at premier events wearing it, and she even wore the ring to an interview with CNN’s Larry King. She was an avid collector of diamond jewellery and some of her priceless pieces included a diamond mask and an antique diamond tiara that sold for more than 4.2 million dollars after her death.
Pricilla Presley: Once married to the famous legendary Elvis Presley who showered her with the precious stones, including the 3.5 carat diamond ring surrounded by 21 stones for their engagement. Pricilla Presley has continued with the passion for diamond jewellery that has even inspired her to design her own pieces for sale. For a fundraising event at Graceland, she wore dangling teardrop and Gothic cross designed diamond earrings.

Paris Hilton: This rich Hilton heiress and actress has been known to wear diamonds worth in excess of 3 million dollars when she walked down the catwalk for a modelling job. Paris Hilton was also given a 24 carat diamond engagement ring from billionaire boyfriend. She has a collection of every jewellery imaginable made of diamonds, and loves to wear them in earrings and necklaces. She even sends tweets on her diamond collections.

Rebecca is writing for Samara James jeweller dealing with everything that sparkles for the big day in terms of jewellery and engagement rings. Rebecca can also be on hand to help people make those all important decisions when selecting a truly special piece of jewellery especially when it is for someone else. To visit Samara James, just click.

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