This is a guest post by Danielle Manias & Lia Wilson of Little Bird, San Francisco based engagement ring experts and consultants. They help you find the perfect engagement ring at your perfect price (and initial consultations are free!). Today they share their tips on getting that celebrity engagement ring look without paying the celebrity price tag.
What girl doesn’t want to feel like a movie star? Yes, celebrities get to engagement ring shop with a very different budget then the rest of us, but don’t despair. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you get as much red carpet bling as possible – both out of your diamond and your ring, inspired by some of our favorite Hollywood rings.
Lively’s ring is lovely, and it should be because it has been estimated to be worth somewhere near the $2 million mark. It is a pale pink oval diamond weighing in at around 12 carats. If you have fallen in love with the style and you don’t have an extra $2 million lying around, consider these options: Morganite is a great alternative to pink diamond. It has fantastic sparkle and is surprisingly durable. We recommend that you get your Morganite in a setting with a little halo of diamonds to protect the edges from chipping. If Morganite isn’t available or isn’t your style, try peach or pink sapphire.
Jessica Biel is now sporting a stunning six carat diamond on her perfect celebrity hand. It’s a princess cut diamond with two tiny aquamarines on either side (her birthstone). Six carats is hard to compete with, so if you want to make your diamond appear larger, put a halo on it. It is the most elegant way to increase the visual size of your gem for a much smaller price increase than if you bought a larger stone.
Why? Because Carats apply to the weight of the stone, not its diameter. A tiny half of a millimeter difference in size translates into a huge jump in carat weight. See the example below built on Adiamor of the same center stone in two different settings. The price difference between the two settings is $1460, but if you tried to get the same look buying a larger center stone, you would be paying upwards of $5000.
Emily Blunt wears a gorgeous 3 carat diamond in an Edwardian inspired setting, estimated to cost approximately $100,000. The majority of that cost is the diamond itself – and the bonus of having it custom designed by a celebrity jeweler. You can achieve a very similar look by purchasing an actual antique ring.
The web has dozens of wonderful options and Brilliant Earth’s “Edwardian Antiques” and Erstwhile Jewelers’ selection are both great places to browse rings like Emily’s. Many companies will be open to sending additional photos and answering any questions about a ring that you find appealing. Do also pay a visit to your local jewelry stores. They often have a variety of antique rings that are not available online that come with beautiful craftsmanship, gorgeous diamonds and a shockingly reasonable price tag. Many retailers also offer empty settings so that you can choose your own center stone.
When Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton he presented her with the Ceylon sapphire and diamond engagement ring that his mother Diana Princess of Wales had worn. It originally cost £28,500, but was later valued at more than £250,000 (because of its connection to Diana). Today, the ring is a part of family history, and the value is priceless. If you like the look of an enormous sapphire surrounded by diamonds, we have a treat for you. Our intrepid field reporter spotted this enormous smooth sapphire surrounded by diamonds at M.Lowe & Company in Berkeley and she snapped a picture. It’s not available online, but it is under $8000 and was still available at the time of this post.
If a trip out to California is out of the question, consider these lovely alternatives like this earthy halo sapphire ring from the very cool store The Clay Pot or this stunning purple sapphire from The Natural Sapphire Company.