03/25/2013

Napoleon’s Engagement Ring to Josephine

In 1796, Napoleon Bonaparte gave his future wife, Josephine, this stunning gold engagement ring with two pear shaped stones, one diamond, one blue sapphire, each weighing approximately 1 carat. It sold for almost $950,000 at a recent auction celebrating Josephine’s 250th birthday, when it was expected to fetch approxmiately $20,000.

Napoleon Bonaparte Engagement Ring

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05/06/2011

Celebrity Engagement Ring: Camilla Parker Bowles

This royal’s engagement ring is an heirloom and timeless.

Ring Details: Eight carat heirloom ring. Classic traditional emerald cut with three stair-stepped/bar set tapered baguettes on each side

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05/02/2011

The Engagement Rings of Elizabeth Taylor

“My mother says I didn’t open my eyes for eight days after I was born,” Elizabeth Taylor once said. “But when I did, the first thing I saw was an engagement ring. I was hooked.”

 

Liz showing off her Krupp diamond given to her by 5th husband Richard Burton


With a jewelry collection valued at approximately $150 million, Elizabeth Taylor was truly a lover of the bling, and the men in her life knew it too.  She says “I mean, how many young women get a set of rubies just for doing something wholesome like swimming laps? Or win a diamond ring at Ping-Pong with their husband…?”

 

Harry Winston 33.19-carat asscher-cut diamond, considered one of the world’s most flawless diamonds.


Throughout her life and her eight marriages to seven men, she became known for her outlandish jewels.  ”I’m fortunate to have some very important pieces of jewelry. I don’t believe I own any of the pieces.  I believe that I am their custodian, here to enjoy them, to give them the best treatment in the world, to watch after their safety, and to love them.”

 

And love them she did.

 

But aside from the famous Taylor-Burton Diamond, the Krupp diamond, and La Pelegrina Pearl, RingSpotters wanted to know more about the engagement rings and other jewels that she received from her seven beaus.

 

1. Conrad Hilton Jr., May 1950. Liz received a 4 carat diamond platinum ring worth $10,000.  She was 18.

 

 

2. Michael Wilding, February 1952.  For her second engagement ring, she sported a cabochon sapphire.  Some sources say that Michael bought it for her, while others say she bought it on her own.  And the sapphire engagement trend began…

3. Mike Todd, February 1957:  Her third engagement ring was seven times bigger than her first. Todd gave her a 29.4 carat emerald cut stunner, said to have been one of the more regal pieces she received from her lovers.   (He also gave her the famous Cartier tiara before he passed away.)

4. Eddie Fisher, May 1959: Fourth Husband Eddie Fisher once said that “a $50,000 diamond could keep Taylor happy for approximately four days”.  Nevertheless, he presented her with a bracelet of 50 diamonds as an engagement present.  (In fact, when Taylor overdosed, he gave her a 10 carat yellow diamond ring for her 30th birthday and a mirror set with emeralds).

5. Richard Burton, March 1964. As an engagement present, Richard Burton forewent the ring and gave her a platinum-set Bulgari pendant featuring a 18.61 carat emerald surrounded by diamonds, designed so it could be detached and worn as a brooch.  (She received her most famous jewels from Burton including the Krupp, Taylor Burton Diamond, and La Pelegrina).

6. Richard Burton, October 1975: They divorced and re-married again in 1975, celebrating their wedding in Botswana, Africa.  Richard Burton purchased the Grand Duchess of Russia’s emeralds which Taylor unveiled at her second wedding to Burton. Set by Bvlgari, the suite includes earrings, a necklace, and a bracelet.

7. Senator John Warner, December 1976: Warner was said to have been very controlling, telling Taylor “that Hollywood stuff and jewels will have to go”. But like the others before him, he caved.  Sources say that he proposed with a diamond ring, while others say that he proposed with a dazzling ring made of rubies, diamonds and emeralds. After all, what do you give Elizabeth Taylor on her 7th engagement?

 

8. Larry Fortensky, October 1991: Construction worker Larry Fortensky met Taylor, then 21 years his senior at the Betty Ford center and apparently didn’t know who she was. She is said to have proposed to him and, unfortunately we didn’t find any details on her ring aside from the fact that she wore a pave wedding band.  Their famously “wacky” $2 million wedding took place at Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch where he walked a Valentino clad Liz down the aisle.

 

 

Sources:

My Love Affair with Jewelry by Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, A Passion for Life: The Wit and Wisdom of a Legend by Joseph Papa, My Love Affair with Jewelry by Elizabeth Taylor, Elizabeth by J. Randy Tarraborelli

Recordsitereviews.com, WeddingTipsBlogspot.com, Thenaturalsapphirecompany.com, Huliq.com, Liveabsolute.me, FashionJewelryBrands.com, 1791Diamonds.com, Weddingroundups.com, People.com, dailymailUK.com, Access Hollywood.com, imdb.com, Vianvi Jewelry, lusterofsatin.tumbler.com

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04/05/2011

Celebrity Engagement Ring: Grace Kelly

Grace Kelly’s 1956 wedding to Prince Ranier of Monaco was the event of the year, watched by more than 30 million people worldwide. He presented her with this stunning 10.47 carat emerald cut engagement ring from Cartier, which she wore in her last film appearance, 1956′s High Society.

 

Ring Details: 10.47 Carat Emerald Cut diamond flanked by two baguettes, Cartier

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03/17/2010

Celebrity Engagement Ring: Jackie Kennedy

Keeping in the spirit with St. Patty’s Day festivities, today we feature a famous emerald and diamond ring – the ring of the memorable Jackie Kennedy. The world first caught a glimpse of this ring on June 4, 1953 when JFK proposed…and from the moment she slipped it on, emeralds became the most popular choice of engagement rings in mid 1950′s. At the time, the design of the ring was considered very modern, but like everything she did, she did with a flawless sense of style.

Cut: Square cut diamond (princess, emerald, or radiant) and emerald cut emerald

Carat: one 2.88 carat diamond next to a 2.84 carat cut emerald with tapered baguettes.

Jeweler: Van Cleef & Arpels

About this ring: JFK’s father, Joe Kennedy Sr., picked this ring out for Jackie. In 1962, the ring was reset to include 0.66 total carat weight of round diamonds and 1.46 total carat weight of marquise diamonds.

Stay tuned…we have lots of green goodies for St. Patrick’s Day!

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03/02/2010

Celebrity Engagement Ring: Princess Diana

Sapphires are one of the most popular jewelry stones that actually come in a variety of colors except for red, in which case would be a ruby. Sapphires, the September birthstone, weigh more than diamonds, so a sapphire and a diamond of the same carat size will visually look different.

Prince Charles gave Lady Diana a sapphire engagement ring, which is now famously worn by Kate Middleton.


 

 

 

Cut: Oval blue sapphire

Carat: 18 carat sapphire

Setting: Sapphire surrounded by 16 small diamonds in a cluster setting

Jeweler: Garrard Jewelers, London

About this ring: It was chosen from the regular Garrard catalog and therefore could be purchased by anyone, for the price of 28,000 British pounds, or the equivalent of $65,000 (at 1981 exchange rates).

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