September 20, 2011
We’ve tracked platinum for months now. It increases in popularity due to its durability, luster and overall cool, industrial chic look – a great backdrop for colored gems and sparkling diamonds. The Emmy Awards are just another example of platinum’s “trending” abilities:
Following is a list of stars that celebrated tonightâ€™s achievements in PLATINUM:
- Gwyneth Paltrow: Platinum earrings with black and white diamonds (7 carats), two platinum and diamond bracelets (100 carats total), and a platinum ring with diamonds and black onyx (5 carats) byÂ Neil Lane.
- Drew Barrymore:Â Platinum and diamond earrings byÂ Van CleefÂ & Arpels.
- Julie Bowen:Â Platinum earrings with black and white diamonds, platinum bracelet with diamonds and onyx, and several platinum rings with black and white diamonds byÂ Neil Lane.
- Minka Kelly:Â Platinum and diamond drop earrings, and platinum rings by Tiffany & Co.
- Gretchen Mol:Â Platinum earrings with jade, onyx and diamonds, multiple vintage platinum bracelets with diamonds, jade and black enamel, and a platinum and diamond ring (12.90 carats) byÂ Fred Leighton.
- Nina Dobrev:Â Platinum and diamond stud earrings byÂ Neil Lane.
- Jayma Mays:Â Platinum and diamond bow brooch in her hair (10 carats), platinum and diamond cluster earrings (10 carats), and a platinum and diamond ring (5 carats) byÂ Neil Lane.
- Cat Deely:Â Platinum and diamond ea rrings (14 carats), multiple platinum and diamond bracelets (37 carats total), and a platinum and yellow diamond ring (20 carats) by Bvlgari.
- Colbie Smulders:Â Platinum and diamond earrings, platinum ring with diamonds and aquamarine, and a platinum bracelet with diamonds and aquamarine (50 carats) byÂ Neil Lane.
- Kaley Cuoco:Â Pla tinum and diamond stud earrings, and a platinum and diamond bracelet by Kwiat.
- Amber Riley: Platinum and diamond earrings (6 carats), and a platinum and diamond ring (13 carats) by Chopard.
- Mireille Enos:Â Multiple platinum and diamond bracelets (97 carats total), and a platinum and rose-cut diamond ring (14 carats) by Chopard.
- Maria Bello:Â Platinum and diamond stud earrings, and a platinum and diamond ring byÂ Martin Katz.
- Taraji P. Henson:Â Art Deco platinum and diamond earrings, and a platinum dome ring with rock crystal and diamonds byFred Leighton.
- Ellie Kemper:Â Platinum and diamond stud earrings (8 carats) by Chopard.
- Giuliana Rancic:Â Platinum and diamond earrings (22 carats), and multiple platinum and diamond bracelets (43 carats) by Chopard.
June 13, 2011
We’ve written many times here about the versatility, strength and beauty that is platinum. So we’re always happy to see designers showcase their skills with one of our favorite metals. Remember, if there’s a piece here that catches your eye, we can recreate it, with your personal touch. Thanks to National Jeweler for this piece:
Winners of the Platinum Guild Internationalâ€™s second annual 2011 JCK Platinum Innovation Awards were announced Sunday, June 5 at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.Winners were chosen in six different categories, as well as two overall categories: â€śBest in Showâ€ť and â€śEditorâ€™s Choice.â€ť The 180 entries were reviewed by editors from leading bridal and fashion publications, and then voted on by retailers at the show.
In the entry platinum engagement ring category, Uneek Fine Jewelry Collections won with the platinum engagement ring featuring a diamond halo and shank (below), retailing for $2,495 (center stone not included in price).
In the modern platinum engagement ring category, Stuller was recognized with the platinum engagement ring with a diamond melee (below), retailing for $3,666. This entry also won in the Best in Show Category.
For the vintage-inspired platinum engagement ring category, Lieberfarb took first with the platinum engagement ring featuring a double-halo design and pave diamonds (below), retailing for $3,710 (center stone not included in price).
In the platinum wedding band category, Carlex by Crown Ringâ€™s platinum 11-mm band with 100 diamonds (below) won, retailing for $10,000.
For the platinum fashion ring category, John Apel was recognized with his platinum flower ring with rose-cut, old miner and full-cut micro-pave diamonds from the Fleurette Collection (below), retailing for $22,000.
In the platinum fashion earrings category, A Jaffeâ€™s platinum floral motif earrings with diamonds (below) placed first. The earrings retail for $15,000.
Parade Designs took first in the Editorâ€™s Choice category, with the platinum engagement ring featuring a cushion-cut diamond center stone with interlaced diamonds (below), retailing for $2,495 (center stone not included in price).
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Platinum is one of the three precious metals, the strongest, and has the longest shelf-life. The world’s supply of platinum is very limited, making it the most expensive metals. It’s also seeing a substantial resurgence in the jewelry world. According to National Jeweler:
1. Classic Bridal Ă la Mad Men: Inspired by TV phenomenon Mad Men, classic dressing and classic engagement ring styles from bygone eras, including the 1960s, are back. Who encapsulates the look? Think timeless celebrities such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly, or their modern equivalents such as BeyoncĂ© or Natalie Portman.
In terms of engagement rings, classic options range from a simple polished platinum setting with a solitaire diamond, or a vintage-inspired style with filigree.
“But classic doesn’t have to mean simple,â€ť says Heather Zachary Rogoff, manager of public relations for Platinum Guild International USA in New York. â€śThe recent engagements of Reese Witherspoon and Natalie Portman, both of whom received platinum rings, is a perfect example of two classic women who chose very different, but classic engagement ring styles.â€ť
Portmanâ€™s ring exemplifies the popular â€śhalo look,â€ť with a round solitaire surrounded by a double halo of diamonds, while Witherspoon’s classic platinum ring is an Ashoka diamond set in a platinum and diamond band.
â€śThese looks will undoubtedly set a trend for engagement ring styles in 2011,” predicts Zachary Rogoff.
2: Colored Stone Brides: The runways are filled with colorful fabrics featuring exaggerated movement, volume and ruffled detailing, and the fanciful hues in apparel appear poised to captivate the bridal jewelry market. Brides-to-be are seizing the trend with engagement rings set with colored stones such as sapphire, ruby and citrineâ€”and the natural white hue of platinum helps these true jewel tones pop.
3. Full-bloom Engagement Rings: In 2011, expect to see engagement rings with a variety of floral motifs inspired by the 1970s. Whether the design consists of â€śpetalsâ€ť surrounding the center diamond, or the floral motif is part of the band, much of this intricate detailing can only be accomplished in platinum. This style is ideal for brides-to-be who prefer romantic looks.
Above: Floral-inspired engagement rings, like this one by Mark Schneider, set in platinum, are a budding trend; suggested retail price is $4,200 for the semimount.
4. Tennis bracelet Redux: Popular since the 1980s, â€śtennis braceletsâ€ť set in platinum are hot again among Hollywoodâ€™s most fashionable crowd, with actresses Rachel McAdams, Amy Adams, Claire Danes, and Penelope Cruz among those hitting the â€ścourts,â€ť with these classic pieces, which are so easy to dress up or down. Platinum is a choice setting for tennis braclets, because of its durability, its ability to hold gems more securely and its white color, which looks just right with diamonds. Letâ€™s not forget the slimming effect of wearing a symmetrical pattern of diamonds on your wrist. The latest twist: For extra glamour, stars are piling on multiple tennis bracelets with different diamond cuts.
5. Clustered Up: Instead of same-old, same-old diamond studs, one of the latest looks in earrings is diamond clusters, a look favored by A-listers including Demi Moore, Anna Kendrick and Jennifer Garner. The clusters sit right on the ear and feature two or three diamonds: punchier and more elegant than just one.