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When Beyoncé and Jay-Z dropped the astonishing first video from their collaborative album Everything Is Love, fans were thrilled and amazed at the artistry of the piece filmed at the Louvre in Paris. When jewelry designer Valérie Messika saw it, she cried. Her spontaneous tears of joy stemmed from the fact that Beyoncé was wearing Messika's Persian Drops diamond necklace and earrings in the instantly iconic image when she is standing with Jay-Z in front of the Mona Lisa.
Everyone knows that a diamond is the ultimate way to mark an engagement—but there are actually specific reasons why this precious gemstone is the ideal symbol of love—of what is most precious and meaningful in our lives. In the midst of a very important wedding season, we spoke with fine jewelry expert Tanya Dukes about the key characteristics that explain why diamonds have been chosen to mark engagements since 1477 when Archduke Ferdinand proposed to Mary of Burgundy with the first recorded diamond engagement ring.
A diamond by definition is a mineral created by nature; a “diamond” always means a natural diamond. As often happens with extraordinary objects, imitators abound and can lead to consumer confusion. A synthetic diamond, by definition, is an artificial product that has essentially the same physical characteristics as a diamond. They are sometimes marketed today as “laboratory-grown”, “cultured”, “created”, “cultivated”, “synthetic”, “simulated”, or “man-made”, but it's important to understand the difference between a diamond and these products because by definition, they are not diamonds.
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, departs the hospital with her son wearing diamond and pearl earrings from the Queen’s collection. Photo Samir Hussein/WireImage Let’s review the facts Like just about everyone else, I overlooked the fact that the pearl earrings Kate Middleton wore on Monday when she introduced Prince Louis Arthur Charles to the press were...
On May 19, Meghan Markle will appear at the St. George’s Chapel, on the Windsor Castle grounds, wearing a diamond tiara. “A crowd pleasing diamond tiara,” Stephen Webster, Chairman at Garrard—the British jeweler responsible for so many historic pieces worn at royal weddings—tells us.
Australian diamonds sparkle as the basis of new collections by six of the most acclaimed women jewelry designers in the world.
Meghan Markle’s Engagement Ring Has Inspired Any Number of Triple Stone Styles   When the engagement ring Prince Harry gave Meghan Markle was revealed to the public, it instantly put three-stone diamond styles at the top of many wish lists and at the forefront of bridal jewelry. More on that in a moment, first let’s...
The lab grown gems hitting the market give the question a sense of urgency.... What is a diamond? I have been giving the question a lot of thought lately with the abundance of lab grown diamonds hitting the market. A scientist will tell you a diamond is pure carbon. I believe it is much more.
In January 2018, nine leading international diamond and jewelry industry organizations agreed on a universally-accepted diamond definition. Their goal was to help consumers avoid confusion given the proliferation of marketing terms they encounter increasingly in the marketplace, such as “cultured”, “laboratory-grown”, “created”, “cultivated”, “synthetic”, “simulated”, or “man-made”. These products, by definition, are not diamonds.
“Great jewelry knows no gender. While people might be culturally predisposed to understand the power of jewelry on the female form, the right combination of gem and gentleman can be just as powerful. If a man is confident enough, or has positioned himself as boundary-pushing enough in his fashion sense, then wearing a diamond rivière over the...