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Pink Diamond Guide – Celebrity Jewelry Trend 2012

April 11, 2012

Given that we’re now in the heart of the spring season, Diamond & Estate Trust is devoting this week to this season’s most colorful, lively luxury jewelry trend: colored diamonds . Up today is the pink diamond , perhaps the most popular colored diamond of the last few years. From its striking Red Carpet presence (did you see Penelope Ann Miller ’s 3 carat pink diamond ring at the 2012 Oscars?) to its massive price tag at Christie’s and Sotheby’s auctions (one fetched more than $600,000 just last month), it’s no surprise that the pink diamond is one of the most coveted gems of 2012. How rare are pink diamonds? Just how rare is the pink diamond? If you’ve been reading our posts this week, you already know that 1 in every 10,000 diamonds mined is a color other than white. Within the spectrum of colored diamonds , the pink diamond falls somewhere in the middle: It’s not as rare as the red, purple, blue or green diamond, but it is far less common than brown, black, yellow and grey diamonds. The number of pink diamonds in the world is so few that most people will never see one of these gorgeous gems outside of a museum or auction (which may explain the world’s excitement over the recent pink diamond discovery at Australia’s famed Argyle Mine!) How do pink diamonds get their color? Whereas nitrogen gives yellow diamonds their hue, and boron causes a diamond to turn blue, scientists are still not sure what causes diamonds to take on a gorgeous, rosy hue. Still, most agree that the romantic pink color is the result of a rare atomic structure present while a diamond is forming. As with most colored diamonds, the richer and deeper the pink hue, the more valuable the gem. When it comes to pink diamonds, natural fancy deep and fancy intense hues are the ultimate sign of luxury. Capitalizing on the world’s love affair with pink diamonds, many jewelers use techniques like irradiation and heat to turn white diamonds to that desirable rosy pink hue. Just remember that natural colored diamonds are much more valuable than artificially treated ones. Want to know for sure that a pink diamond has a natural color? Check its certification! What are some famous pink diamonds? The Conde Pink Diamond The largest known pink diamond in the world is the Darya-i-Nur or Sea of Light diamond. At 175 carats, this flawless, rosy pink diamond is found in the crown jewels of Iran. Another notable pink diamond is The Grand Conde, also known as The Conde Pink, The Conde Diamond, or Le Grande Conde. At 9.01 carats, this light pink pear-shaped diamond has as much beauty as it does history. The story goes that King Louis XIII presented this stunning diamond to Louis de Bourbon, the commander of the French Army during the Thirty Years’ War. And numerous pink diamonds have gained worldwide fame at recent luxury jewelry auctions . A fancy vivid pink 5 carat diamond in a chic cushion cut fetched $11.8 million at a Christie’s Hong Kong sale in 2009. Another pink diamond from Christie’s, a 14.23 carat rectangular cut fancy intense pink diamond, fetched $23.2 million at a 2010 sale in Hong Kong. And a 6.01 carat fancy vivid blue and pink diamond ring set a world record for price-per-carat when it fetched a cool $10.1 million in an October 2012 auction. What’s the next major pink diamond to go up on the auction block? An exquisite 9 carat cushion cut pink diamond ring that copper heiress Huguette Clark inherited from her mother. Christie’s expects this gorgeously cut, perfect condition pink diamond from 1910 to go for $10 million to $15 million when it’s sold later this month. What cut is best for pink diamonds? Pink diamonds are often seen paired with white diamonds , a popular design aesthetic that amplifies the beauty of a pink diamond’s color. Radiant, princess and brilliant cuts are preferred for pink diamonds, as these cuts feature strong facets that bring out the depth and color of a pink diamond. But because a pink diamond is so romantic, many jewelers choose antique cuts not commonly seen in colored diamonds. The cushion cut, for instance, is a soft, lustrous diamond cut that matches the romance of a soft pink diamond. Which celebrities wear pink diamonds? Penelope Ann Miller stole the spotlight at the 84th Annual Academy Awards when she wore a stunning 3 carat pink diamond ring that matched the powdery pink color of her vintage gown. Jennifer Lopez was one of the first celebrities spotted wearing a pink diamond, a magnificent 6 carat pink diamond engagement ring given to her by then-fiancée Ben Affleck. Mariah Carey, Nicole Kidman, and Salma Hayek have been spotted recently wearing pink diamonds. (We can’t think of anyone who’s worn a pink diamond better than Nicole Kidman did. Did you love her Red Carpet pink diamond Bulgari necklace as much as we did?) Pink diamonds and Diamond & Estate Trust For the ultimate symbol of luxury and romance, there’s nothing more exquisite than a rare, breathtaking pink diamond. This 6.8 carat fancy intense pink radiant cut diamond in our collection has a gorgeous natural hue and a quality cut that brings this pink diamond to life. It would be perfect in a classic ring setting or as a custom piece designed just for you by our experts.

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2012 ACM Awards – Jewelry on Display

April 3, 2012
2012 ACM Awards –  Jewelry on Display

On Sunday night, country music’s brightest stars gathered in Las Vegas for the country music equivalent to the Grammys : the 47 th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. And when it comes to jewelry and fashion, three of country music’s heavy hitters stole the Red Carpet. Blonde bombshells Taylor Swift, Miranda Lambert, and Carrie Underwood chose warm neutral tones and gorgeous diamond jewelry for their ACM Awards Red Carpet looks . This 5.69 carat radiant cut diamond would be the perfect complement to Taylor Swift's white dress at the ACM Awards. Taylor Swift, who won the ACM award for Entertainer of the Year, wore a stunning, white J Mendel gown with subtle metallic piping and daring side cutouts when she hit the ACM Red Carpet . And her jewelry mimicked the gold flashes in her gown perfectly: The singer’s Lorraine Schwartz diamond drop earrings added just the right amount of shine, and her chunky gold and diamond bracelets softened the tone of her sophisticated look. Carrie Underwood always looks feminine and sophisticated on the Red Carpet, and this year’s ACM Awards was no exception. The two-award nominated singer wore a custom strapless Abed Mahfouz gown with chic beaded embellishments and sheer detailing. To complement the buttery yellow hue of her couture gown, Carrie chose classic Jonathan Arndt jewelry. Her diamond and platinum cluster earrings were subtle against her gown’s heavy beading, and her oversized platinum flower ring was a funky statement piece fitting for the Red Carpet. This cushion cut diamond with a striking blue fluorescence is similar to the diamonds in Carrie Underwood's 2012 ACM Awards Red Carpet earrings. Miranda Lambert left the 47 th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards with the award for best female vocalist and mixed reviews for her gold glam Randi Rahm gown. The floor-length heavily embellished dress had enough shine to fill the entire Red Carpet, so the singer made the right choice by wearing soft gold and diamond chandelier earrings that didn’t compete with her dress’ megawatt shine. To complete her Fred Leighton jewelry look, the singer (and wife of Blake Shelton, the night’s Best Male Vocalist winner) chose a striking gold and diamond bracelet featuring two gold bands and a diamond-studded bird motif. A classic, pear shaped diamond from the Diamond & Estate Trust collection. White and gold were by far the most popular shades of the evening at the 2012 ACM Awards, and nothing accents these soft colors like brilliant diamonds . Diamond & Estate Trust’s collection includes exquisite loose diamonds in a variety of cuts and carats; once you select the perfect diamond to suit your style, our experts will create you a custom piece as striking as the statement jewelry on the 2012 ACM Red Carpet. Need help picking the perfect diamond ? Why not take a look at these three recent additions to our collection : a classic 6.25 carat pear shaped diamond that would make a romantic ring; a 4.01 carat cushion cut diamond with a striking blue fluorescence; or a 5.69 carat radiant cut diamond that would amplify any simple setting. Diamond & Estate Trust is Southern California’s premier buyer and seller of loose gems , vintage jewelry and signed designer pieces. Have a piece of jewelry worthy of the Red Carpet? Let our experts give you a fair appraisal on your vintage and luxury jewelry. More: 2012 ACM Awards – Jewelry on Display

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Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle on Lamar Odom, Lakers

January 17, 2012
Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle on Lamar Odom, Lakers

http://www.youtube.com/v/9_frnD-m3xs?version=3&f=user_uploads&app=youtube_gdata Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle on Lamar Odom, Lakers See the original post here: Mavericks Coach Rick Carlisle on Lamar Odom, Lakers

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The Votes Are In: Platinum and Diamonds Win Big at 69th Annual Golden Globes

January 17, 2012
The Votes Are In: Platinum and Diamonds Win Big at 69th Annual Golden Globes

George Clooney, Michelle Williams and Jean Dujardin walked away from the 69 th Annual Golden Globes as the night’s big winners. But there was an unspoken winner at the annual star-studded Hollywood event: Platinum and diamond jewelry. Silver screen stars from Natalie Portman to Reese Witherspoon donned the eye-catching combo to take their designer looks — and diamonds — to a new level of luxury. Natalie Portman shines in Harry Winston signature pieces. New mom Natalie Portman looked polished from head to toe in a set of platinum and diamond pieces from designer Harry Winston. The Black Swan star’s graceful diamond drop earrings, sleek diamond bracelets and artful diamond ring accented a hot-pink strapless dress that could have come straight from Marilyn Monroe’s closet. Angelina Jolie, left, and Kate Beckinsale paired Lorraine Schwartz diamonds with white gowns. Across the Red Carpet, actresses chose signature pieces from designer Lorraine Schwartz to amplify white gowns. Angelina Jolie paired oversized, 25 carat platinum and round diamond earrings by Lorraine Schwartz with her sleek white and red Atelier Versace dress to garner “Best Dressed” buzz. And Kate Beckinsale was studded with a magnificent 300 carats of diamonds, divided between her platinum and diamond mesh bowtie earrings and platinum and diamond braided cuffs. Bulgari designs also made a strong showing at the 69 th Annual Golden Globes: Stars from Jodie Foster to Clare Danes lent their star power to platinum and diamond earrings from this timeless jewelry designer. Reese Witherspoon, left, and Zooey Deschanel took platinum and diamonds to the next level with timeless vintage pieces. Reese Witherspoon and Zooey Deschanel won fashion accolades for their vintage diamond and platinum looks. Reese chose a red Zac Posen gown and wind-blown hairstyle that let her Fred Leighton estate accessories shine. Decorated with 9 carat platinum and diamond drop earrings featuring an exquisite European cut, 1900s platinum and diamond bracelets, and a stunning 1920s diamond ring, there’s no denying Reese’s vintage look awed the Red Carpet crowd. But the biggest jewelry surprise of the evening came from New Girl star Zooey Deschanel.  Her 1970s nature-inspired Van Cleef and Arpels ring featured a prominent pearl surrounded by intricate diamond petals that embody 1970s vogue. Paired with a green and black silk Prada gown, her platinum, pearl and diamond Van Cleef and Arpels estate ring was a bold step back in time.  If you love the look of vintage Van Cleef and Arpels pearls, this pair of vintage Diamond and South Sea Pearl Earrings is a must-have for your collection. Whether you need a powerful Red Carpet look or a classic pair of studs, we love how a platinum setting enhances the beauty of diamonds. There’s a reason why stars from Natalie Portman to Reese Witherspoon chose this brilliant look at the 69 th Annual Golden Globes. Diamond & Estate Trust is Southern California’s premier diamond and vintage jewelry buyer. Our collection is filled with loose diamonds, rubies and sapphires, signature pieces and estate jewelry that will add Red Carpet sophistication to your day and night looks. Link: The Votes Are In: Platinum and Diamonds Win Big at 69th Annual Golden Globes

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Bold and Beautiful: Vintage Yellow Gold and Diamond Heart Necklace

December 22, 2011
Bold and Beautiful: Vintage Yellow Gold and Diamond Heart Necklace

Yellow Gold Necklace With 4 Carat Diamond Heart and 60 Carats of Diamonds Awaken your inner gladiator with this dynamic yellow gold and diamond heart necklace with vintage flair. The heart-shaped 4 carat diamond alone is enough to awe any Coliseum crowd, but with 60 carats of diamonds along the necklace’s chain, each geometric link packs its own powerful punch. Striking a perfect balance between romance and strength, this gold and diamond vintage necklace will make a statement at casual lunch dates and formal parties alike. And when you slip it on, we guarantee the necklace won’t be the only thing radiating. Let Diamond and Estate Trust help you find a last-minute Hanukkah or Christmas gift that shines just as much as that special person on your list. And if you’re planning on post-holiday shopping, be sure to check our ever-evolving collection . You never know when your dream piece will turn up! Continue reading here: Bold and Beautiful: Vintage Yellow Gold and Diamond Heart Necklace

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