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Reality Royalty Ratings – Kardashian-Humphries Wedding-wear

Reality Royalty  Ratings

IN REALITY, IS THIS WEDDING JUST ABOUT RATINGS

It’s hard to know if there’s really anything other than creative “reality” t.v. behind this wedding. We’ve seen love affair after love affair spawned by shows like The Bachelor and its spin offs and predecessors… so is this reality show romance more than the usual love-spam we get thrown at us daily? Will this marriage thrive in the glow of the studio lights or will it wither on camera as the ratings crave a bitter break-up? Whatever it becomes, one thing is for sure… we’ll all be watching. 

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In Reality, this wedding means 'RATINGS'

That’s what Kim will be wearing, and the bridesmaids will be in green! Really? Green? OK…

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The groom will be a towering coat rack for Ermenegildo Zegna.

The Grooomsmen… Is this the Groomsmen rags? And can we just be honest? Does anyone care what the groomsmen wear?

Groomsmen Who? All eyes will be on the bridal party.

 

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Royal Wedding vs. “Reality TV Royalty” Wedding

2011 will forever be remembered as The Year of the Royal Wedding. However, one more day of regal nuptials will take place this year, and this particular wedding boasts a decidedly more Hollywood Bride – it’s a reality royalty wedding this Saturday as the queen of unscripted television, Ms. Kim Kardashian weds New Jersey Nets player Kris Humphries.

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But ultimately, which K-named bride wins the contest of THE Royal Wedding of 2011?

The ring

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Wedding Rings! Kate’s is a family heirloom imbued with sentimentality, once worn by style icon Princess Diana. It has spurred the creation of thousands of knockoffs, and single-left-handedly created an enormous demand for blue sapphires. Kim’s is mind-blowingly huge weighing in at a whopping 20.5 carats. Kim wins this round, if only because we applaud her ability to keep her left hand from dragging on the ground whilst wearing that thing.

The Groom

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Kate’s husband is a prince. Kim’s is a basketball star…in the midst of an NBA lockout. Although Humphries does boast the better hairline, Prince William’s got the better bloodline. Kate, now Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wins this round.

Sibling rivalry

This round might at first appear to be a TKO for Kim with sheer numbers on her side, but Pippa’s bringing up the rear (of the bridal party) has surpassed even Kim’s world famous asset in internet searches as of late. Plus, Harry is the roguish younger brother that Disney prince protagonists are modeled after. Namely because he’s an actual prince. We say round 3 is all Kate’s.

Media Spectacle

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On April 29, 2011, an estimated 2 billion people tuned in to watch Kate Middleton marry Prince William. In the months leading up to the nuptials, Royal Wedding fever swept the globe, creating one of the most anticipated events of the decade. Kimmie, despite her best efforts to create “the other royal wedding”, has not licensed the rights for her ceremony to air live on any of the major news networks, and the only people waking up at 4 am to catch a glimpse of her will be the paparazzi. However, she has developed reality spin-offs (of spin-offs, of spin-offs) to cover the planning and events of her big day. Still, 2 billion, with a ‘B’. Kate wins again.

Star Power

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To be fair, The Duke and Duchess did count David Beckham in attendance at their wedding. But there’s no way they can touch the Hollywood turnout sure to be present at Kim and Kris’s. The fashion and jewels alone are sure to be jaw-dropping. We’re imagining luxury watches galore, solid gold wedding presents, and more vintage and heirloom jewels on the bridal party and guests than you can shake a stick at. This round is all Kim’s.

By our powers of addition…it’s a tie! While Kate’s the future queen of England, we’re sure that Kim will still feel like a queen on her big day. What do you think? Which royal wedding has captured your attention more? Would you wear a luxury diamond engagement ring like Kim’s, or prefer vintage bridal jewelry more?

By Raymond Lee Jewelers, your wedding ring resource for new or antique wedding rings!

Kate Middleton Keeps Shining at 10th Annual ARK Gala Dinner in a Jenny Packham Gown

Kate Middleton Shows Off Her Royal Style's Staying Power!

Kate Middleton glimmered in a soft glow, illuminated by her Jenny Packham gown at Kensington Palace during the 10th Annual 10th Annual ARK Gala Dinner. The Duchess exhibited ‘exquisite grace’ and a flawless style at the event, keeping fashionista enthusiasts excited about Kate!

The Royal beauty stepped a bit outside the very traditional, conservative garment box she’s been safely sticking to since the Royal Wedding. This glittering gown was a style smash, a great one, leaving an impressed response from all those who had a sneak peak of Kate at the Gala Dinner. 

Photo: Samir Hussein, WireImage

Prince William and Catherine

When we first reported on Kate’s ‘Something Borrowed‘ and the controversial tiara that we were so pleased to see her wear, I believe the world had barely a clue what an impressive little fashionista they had in their hands… A ROYAL fashionista!  They say men tend to look for certain qualities in their future wives that they embraced from their Mother. In this case, I believe a young Prince William recognized the creative fashion and jewelry designs created by his Mother, Princess Diana, as he’s married a stylish, spirited woman with grace and genuine charm. The likeability factor is undeniable. She’s a perfect addition to the Royal Family.

Let’s not forget about the gorgeous younger sister…

Pippa Middleton!

Pippa Middleton: Fashionista Sister

Pippa Middleton

Dots Press had the following to say about Pippa, who just completed in the Highland Cross Challenge, a 50-mile duathlon.

When it comes to fashion, Pippa Middleton is a true professional. She knows how to match and perfectly accessorize her outfits. Sometimes using the same handbags, over and over again.

For Middleton sisters, money was never a problem. But they choose not to spend a fortune on clothes and accessories, as other children from reach families.

Moreover, Pippa was seen in public lately wearing the same three handbags: one cream, one gray, and one brown. Bristol’s Modalu, the British maker of the handbags, renamed them after her and then created a purse to make the set complete.

Pippa, the Royal Sister, looks to be another Fashionista on the Royal rise, as rumors of romance between herself and Prince Harry begin to build a momentous buzz.

Masculine Monday: Princes William and Harry are Among GQ’s Best Dressed in Britain

Masculine Monday Toots it’s Own Horn for Recognizing the Impressive Display of Prince William Style Last Month! 🙂

This news was still unbeknownst to me when we published the Masculine Monday dedicated to Prince Williams Classic Style of Proper Patriotism. Now serving as further proof that their is an undeniable and strong allure to a well-groomed and proper mannered gentlemen who can carry his name and Nation with pride.

Prince William. Prince Harry.

Obviously, nothing is without flaw, and we might have done without Prince Harry‘s daring anti-sematic fashion mistakes. As they say though, no press is bad press, and the buzz around Prince Harry’s more embarrassing ensembles opened the gateway to Style Stardom for Prince Harry.

As a Nation, we feel that we’ve been part of an evolution, a perpetual change in the appearance of the younger Royal Brother. Whether it is in fact the truth or not doesn’t matter much, as he’s worked his way successfully into the soft spots of our American hearts.

Princess Diana with Princes William and Harry

Prince William snagged the number 27 spot, because, as GQ puts it, he is ‘”following in his father’s footsteps as a great ambassador for British style.” He even gets a ringing endorsement from Pharrell Williams: “‘I like it when Prince William goes dandy. He’s got all the proper wardrobe when they do the hunting thing. They kill that!”

Prince Harry landed a top spot on the list at #5.  This top spot was earned through the fashion measures of eliminating effort, truly. GQ fashion experts explain, “he looks good because he really doesn’t care.”

Prince Harry on cover of GQ Magazine

The special edition front page shows the 26-year-old wearing kit for the Walking With The Wounded charity, of which he is patron. He will arrive at the group’s base camp in Longyearbyen, northern Norway, on Tuesday to begin his training, before he heads out into the frozen wasteland on Friday.

Harry will be with his teammates for the first five days of the gruelling walk, which is expected to take around four weeks and will cover up to 200 miles (322km). They will haul sledges weighing more than 220lb (100kg) in temperatures as low as minus 60C (minus 76F).

The Prince told GQ: ”This extraordinary expedition will raise awareness of the debt that this country owes to those it sends off to fight – only for them to return wounded and scarred, physically and emotionally.”

There definitely is something to be said for the power of an attractive man that looks like he’s just rolled out of bed. However, following the Royal Wedding and all of the well-deserved enamored praise for new Bride, Kate Middleton, society may find itself placing more value in the appearance of an obviously groomed, self-aware Prince. I would propose that on the next published list, Prince William’s Classic Style may rank higher among the GQ Experts, with fresh eyes.
Prince William’s Classic Patriotism Style

Congratulations is in order for this impressive Royal Brotherhood, though they come a bit late.

With different approaches to fashion that vary from ultimately traditional to the extremes of casual, both have made their mark on the world of fashion, and what the future has in store for us should be nothing less than an exciting style evolution for both men.

Prince William. Prince Harry.

Gentlemen, if you have been working your way up the fashion ladder in hopes to place among the best dressed in Britain list… Here’s a great wardrobe staple to give you a head start on Royal Style!

Vivienne Westwood Polo Shirt

Now you can consider wearing polos with the famous Vivienne Westwood quirkiness. As always, we’ve got plently of details giving the piece something attractive. Featuring a striped collar and some offbeat white contrasting buttons, this polo is a godsend for the casualwear. That’s all we plan to wear during our summer holidays!

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….P.S. Hope that the Royal Honeymoon has been amazing for the Newlyweds,

Prince William and Catherine Middleton!

Prince William and Kate Middleton

Amy Adams in Emerald Cartier and Princess Diana in Famous Emerald Choker: A May Gemstone Celebration

Amy Adams at 2011 Oscars:

Cartier Secret Watch Bracelet

The Fighter” actress wore a Cartier platinum and diamond Haute Joaillerie secret watch bracelet, which featured 575 separate diamonds and a 30.75-carat carved emerald stone.  The bracelet has been rumored to value at over $1.025 million.

Adams also wore a Cartier platinum and diamond necklace, featuring a carved 33.24-carat emerald, said to be worth $290,000. Also nominated for Best Supporting Actress was Melissa Leo, who co-starred as ‘Alice’, Micky Ward’s Mother in “The Fighter.”

Winning the nomination was the tough talking Melissa Leo, who fitting with her character in the film, let an f-bomb slip during her acceptance.

(More on Melissa Leo, and the F-bomb fly during her acceptance speech.)

The gemstone belonging to the month of May is none other than the glamorously green Emerald, a particular variety of the mineral Beryl. The Emerald is not only the May birthstone, but also the Zodiac stone for the constellation of Cancer.

Emerald gemstones are associated with patience, understanding, and foresight.

Perhaps one of the most notorious pieces of unforgettable emerald jewelry belonged to Princess Diana. Pictured here in 1982, the Emerald chocker worn by Princess Diana remains one of the most admired and adored pieces of immaculate emerald jewelry of all time. 

The famous Diana’s diamond and emerald choker, a wedding gift from the Queen. Once she caused a stir when she chose to wear it as a headband.

The Emerald gemstone is among the most magnificent. especially in the amazing jewelry worn by Princess Diana in the early ‘80s and by Amy Adams at the 2011 Oscars.

Long Live Green Glamour!

If you’re an Emerald lover… you may want to take a quick peak at these gems!

Platinum, Emerald and Diamond Heart Pendant

Emerald is approximately 3cts
Diamond weigh approximately 3.5ctw
Diamonds are VS in clarity and G/H in color

You will certainly win her heart with this gorgeous emerald pendant. Perfectly framed, this well cut emerald is a beautiful velvety blue-green. With just the right “de Jardin,” the diamonds are custom cut to frame this heart shaped stone beautifully and the setting is made so delicately to show off each stone perfectly.   

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14K White Gold, Emerald Diamond Vintage Style Bangle

Emeralds approximately 1.5cts
Diamond weight approximately 1.00ctw
Diamonds are VS/SI in clarity and G/H in color

This beautiful white gold, emerald and diamond bracelet is the type of bracelet that every woman should have in their wardrobe. Simple, but elegant the bead set diamonds frame the velvety soft emeralds perfectly. Its hinged style closure makes it simple to put on and take off. Perfect for a night on the town or for when you just want to feel good.

Masculine Monday: Prince William’s Signature Style of Classic Patriotism

Oh, The Royal Wedding! Such an elegant and beautiful Alexander McQueen gown worn by Kate Middleton, decorated with the most delightful diamond drop earrings and the famous ‘something borrowed’ tiara.

With so much attention being given to the blushing Duchess, I thought today would be a perfect opportunity to recognize the classic style of Prince William. He seems to have created a new genre of men’s fashion, and I personally believe it to be absolutely brilliant!

Prince William prefers clean lines and classic fits, exuding a proper patriotic gentleman appeal that is quite easy to be enamored with.

The leading fashion trends today, from Edwardian Era Engagement Rings for the gals, to Vintage Leather Strapped Watches for the gents, seem to be showing appreciation and paying homage to the men and women of America’s early 20th century more than ever before.

With Classic evolving into Couture … Prince William’s simple, cleanly patriotic look, seen the day of The Royal Wedding, is a clear example of his fashion-conscious style.

In 2000, Prince William was highlighted by People Magazine for his personalized style. At the time, Prince William was making fashion statements with British flag stitched waistcoats, embellished with the words, “Groovy Baby.”

Prince William of Whales was 18 at the time, and has since retreated into a conservative style that unbeknownst to us, was entirely ahead of the fashion curve for men! With a constantly classic and proper wardrobe, Prince William prefers navy blue, burgundy and other regal, richly conservative colors. 

His dress shirts tend to be of either lighter blue’s, classic white or cream colored, with classic pointed medium spread collars. His suits are not slim-fitted, and the press has yet to see him sockless. This dedication to proper attire, and avoidance of the fashion trends that sit too far apart from classic are commendable. Prince William has the patriotic gentleman look pinned. Perfectly.

Gentlemen, Get Classic…

There are a few key Royal fashion tips that you should take from Prince William. For upper-dressed occasions, You can’t go wrong with sporting a classic tie clip, small patriotic accents, or navy and burgundy neck ties. On casual days,  polo shirts worn with khakis, and crew-neck sweaters on-top of button-up shirts and trousers will be a successfully royal choice every time.

Have a wonderful day, Ladies and Gentlemen!

-Alexandra at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Kate Middleton’s Gown Reminds Time Magazine of Grace Kelly

In the highlights of the Royal Wedding from Friday, Kate Middleton is clearly the epitome of grace, poise and a genuine classic charm. It therefore comes as no surprise that Feifei Sun recognized below the connection between Grace Kelly and the Royal Newlywed, Kate Middleton…

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Kate Middleton’s white gown, designed by Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, reminded us of the wedding dress of another princess: Grace Kelly.

The American actress and Princess of Monaco‘s gown had a high collar top, long lace sleeves and full skirt. It has since become one of history’s most iconic wedding dresses and one widely copied. Middleton picked a similar silhouette for her wedding today, although her gown’s low v-neckline gave the new princess a more modern feel. And she isn’t the only one to have take fashion inspiration from Kelly—Ivanka Trump wore a Kelly-inspired dress designed by Vera Wang to her 2009 wedding to Jared Kushner.

(Read more on TIME.com: See 11 0ther iconic wedding dresses)

P.S. The sweetest moment was when Prince William turned around to take Kate’s hand before they went inside from the balcony, and she glances back just for a moment with a blushing smile. I became very sappy when we watched the footage… Who doesn’t love a love story, right? Be Well Everybody!  –Alexandra at Raymond Lee Jewelers

Kate Middleton: Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something Blue

Prince William & Kate Middleton Wed at London’s Westminster Abbey

Kate Middleton Radiates

As of Friday, April 29th, the long-term romance between Will and Kate becomes official Monarch History. The couple was officially titled by Queen Elizabeth the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. A graceful and glamorous Kate Middleton and handsomely proud Prince William remained impressively composed, appearing to be in complete adoration of one another as millions of onlookers crowded the streets of London, and tuned in from across the pond to catch a glimpse of the Royal Wedding.


A million people roared their approval as the royal couple then paraded through London in an open carriage.

Queen Elizabeth in Canary Yellow Angela Kelly

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In a charming canary yellow ensemble, Queen Elizabeth exhibited her Royal Style on Friday. The Queen wore an Angela Kelly single crepe wool dress design with hand sewn beading. Pinned to her matching double crepe wool tailored primrose coat was Queen Mary’s True Lovers Knot diamond brooch. Her hat with silk roses — also designed by Angela Kelly — was a lovely addition to her outfit. Ladylike accessories like white gloves, pearl necklace and white handbag added a timeless elegance.

The wedding of the century is quickly coming upon us and speculation about every aspect of the wedding is ratcheting up. Gossip rags and major newspapers alike are desperately trying to dig up any information about Prince William’s and Kate Middleton‘s upcoming nuptials. With an expected one billion or more viewers, it is no wonder the media is desperate for the slightest bit of information on the wedding.

One question that everyone seems to be asking is wither or not the Queen will lend Kate a tiara from her royal collection. We all ready know that something new will be her wedding dress, something 0ld and blue will be Princess Diana‘s brilliant ring which features 18 ct. blue sapphire center stone surrounded by colorless  diamond accents in platinum. What we don’t know is what her something borrowed will be. It is widely thought that the Queen will lend Kate one of her tiara’s which would be fitting since Princess Diana wore a tiara to her own wedding as well.

Kate Middleton comes from a family of commoners, and like many of us does not have any royal jewels floating around in her family. If Queen Elizabeth II did lend her royal tiara to Kate it would signify that she approves of the marriage. This would make it an official proclamation that the Queen has no objections to their union and finally put to rest the many rumors that are swirling around the England Country-Side.

The Queen has an extensive collection of tiaras in her royal collection, eight in total. One of the most beautiful is the Vladimir Tiara, which was smuggled out of Russia by a British diplomat in the 1917 revolution. This tiara features fifteen Cambridge emeralds, teardrop pearls and a stunning array of diamonds. Another beautiful tiara is the King George IV State Tiara. This incredible piece has 1,333 diamonds weighing a total 325.75 carats, and has 169 pearls along its base.Queen Elizabeth received the tiara from her mother on her 18th birthday.

Middleton's diamond earrings designed by Robinson Pelham

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Her tiara, (Cartier), was made in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (King George VI) for his Duchess (The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The significance of Kate Middleton wearing the Queen’s tiara on Friday is of great importance, symbolizing the emotional bond between the Queen and Princess Catherine.

The tiara sat upon Kate’s whimsically styled half-up, half-down brunette locks, holding a veil of ivory silk tulle and a trim of hand-embroidered flowers. The beautifully blushing Bride wore an Alexander McQueen wedding gown designed by the British brand’s creative director Sarah Burton.

One element of this historic wedding that the media outlets are buzzing over wildly is the jewelry worn by Kate Middleton on her and William’s Big Day. Rave reviews from fashion critics include the acknowledgement that the commoner exhibited stylish Royalty by blending together various time periods of jewelry in perfection.

The pave-set acorn diamond centered earrings worn by Kate Middleton were a Wedding Gift for the new Bride from parents Carole and Michael Middleton. The Robinson Pelham designed pear-shaped earrings were inspired by her family’s new coat of arms, and one of the pieces that are receiving press praises.

“Catherine’s jewelry epitomizes the modern yet timeless bride — she successfully blended elements from several eras together,” jewelry expert Michael O’Connor tells Us. “Her platinum and diamond pear-shaped drop earrings are very much in trend right now, and demonstrate a chic princess style. Catherine’s platinum and diamond tiara borrowed from the Queen is a nod to the past and shows the emotional bond between Catherine and her new family. And of course, the stunning blue sapphire engagement ring added just the right pop of color and was a nod to William’s mother.”



Royal Beauty

Best of Wishes to the Newlyweds! 

Sincerely,

Alexandra at Raymond Lee Jewelers.

Colored Gemstones Rising in Popularity- Collateral Loan

Every season we here at Raymond Lee Jewelers get a first hand look at the different trends that are sweeping through the jewelry market. This season we are seeing customers flock to our wonderfully priced colored gemstones. Our 3200 square foot showroom has a wide verity of new and vintage jewelry pieces that are set with exquisite colored gems. Lots of our customers are buying sterling silver pieces adorned with either radiate blue sodalite, rich red garnet or vibrant green amethyst gemstones. Rose or pink gold looks great with colored gems as well, a rose gold ring with a large colored gem has a great classic look. These popular gems are very affordable and can really make your favorite spring outfit pop. Collateral Loan.

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Princess Dia's Ring

The popularity of this new trend can be attributed to the recent actions of a few celebrities, most notably Kate Middleton. The princess-to-be was proposed to by Prince William and was presented with Princess Diana’s old ring. This ring features a brilliant 18 ct. blue sapphire center stone surrounded by colorless diamond accents in platinum. Some other celebrities that are using colored gems in their engagement rings are Jessica Simpson and Eric Johnson whose engagement ring has 4-carat, oval-shaped ruby stone flanked by two diamonds. Many brides to be are rushing to get their own custom-made rings with colored gems; a service that we offer here at Raymond Lee Jewelers!

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From Chanel's Mademoiselle Line

Designers have taken note and are starting to incorporate colored gemstones into their newest collections as well. Brumani Melange released an 18k gold ring with diamonds, pink quartz, rose de France amethyst, citrine and garnets. David Yurmans new Confetti necklaces have blue topaz, citrine and many pieces featuring Tiger’s Eye. Chanel’s Mademoiselle and Coco collection has many pieces that uses colored stones in its pieces. One such ring from this line is 18K pink gold and has colored sapphires, colored stones, a fresh water pearls and a diamond. Raymond Lee Jewelers is one of the largest buyers of pre-owned jewelry so there is a great chance for you to get the these same designer pieces at a fraction of the price.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Prince William Engagement: Raymond Lee Jewelers

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After thinking about it for quite sometime, Prince William proposed to Kate Middleton, while they were on vacation in Kenya, with his mother’s ring. His mother is the famous Princess Diana. The ring is an oval blue sapphire surrounded by a cluster of fourteen diamonds. The central stone is a 12-carat oval Ceylon sapphire and the diamonds that are surrounding it, are set in 18-carat gold.

Kate claims the engagement was a surprise to her. What a great surprise! While Kate wears William’s mothers ring, she has no pressure to fill William’s late mother’s, Prince Diana’s, shoes. This ring is very beautiful, and there are also similar rings to this one. Come into Raymond Lee Jewelers and see our engagement rings!

By: Jaimee at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Princess Diana’s Jewelry

I have written about Princess Diana‘s jewelry in the past, covering her amazing blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring. Princess Diana has always been known for her excellent taste in jewelry as well as her willingness to experiment with different elements or wear pieces in non-traditional ways. Her collection was one of the most extensive in the world and is believed to had been worth $28 million. Princess Diana favored sapphires and pearls, often incorporating these into chokers which she wore at many public events.  Today I wanted to go over her less famous but equally stunning pieces.

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One piece that gives you an idea of how unconventional Princess Dia was is her emerald and diamond choker. This choker was given to her by the Queen as part of her wedding dowry. The choker was originally Queen Mary’s and has a classic regal look. Princess Diana created  quite a stir when she wore the choker as a headband at a function during her 1985 Royal Australian tour. Many thought it was wrong for her to wear such an antique and valuable piece in such a careless fashion.

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Princess Diana tenth anniversary …

A decade after her death

Princess Diana’s memory is still very much alive in the hearts and minds of so many. Like the death of John F. Kennedy or Martin Luther King.

This is how I remember her.

This is the famous tiara worn by Queen Mary who was an Aunt to Queen Elizabeth the second. It was designed by Queen Mary in 1914 and was known as the Cambridge Lover’s Knot Tiara. It was loaned to Diana by the Queen and Diana wore it to various state occasions with matching pearl drop earrings. Queen Mary had the tiara altered in around 1935 when the top row of pearl spikes were removed.

These are the diamond earrings that Diana wore on her wedding day on July 29th 1981 for her marriage to Prince Charles.

They were her mother Frances earrings and she lent them to Diana so she could wear them on her wedding day so they became something borrowed.

This is the Spencer family tiara which legend has it traces back to Marie Antoinette.

It is thought that it was made in 1767 but the style would suggest a time around the 1830’s.

It is decorated with tulip and star shaped flowers and mounted in gold with silver settings.

In historic tradition a family heirloom like this was held within the family and passed on to the next generation via the wife of the eldest son.

Diana often wore the tiara for meetings with heads of state.

This is the emerald and diamond choker from part of Queen Mary’s jewellery collection.

The Queen chose it to give to Diana as Prince Charles’ bride as part of her wedding dowery.

Diana famously wore the tiara as a headband during the Royal tour of Australia in 1985.

Prince Charles later bought Diana an Art Deco emerald and diamond bracelet to match.

One of Diana’s more royal jewelry pieces is the Spencer Family Tiara, given to Diana’s grandmother in 1919 as a wedding gift. This elegant piece is made from gold which is formed into tulips and star-shaped flowers and has diamonds in silver settings. Diana famously wore this tiara during her wedding to Prince Charles.
Princess Diana also was keen on wearing pearl chokers with varying strands of pearls or twisted with the clasp at the front or back. Often she would match these pearl chokers with broaches or large sapphires.
-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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Princess Diana’s Ring Causes Replica Craze!- Florida Diamond

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On November 16th Prince William proposed to his long time girlfriend Kate Middleton with his late mother’s engagement ring. This beautiful ring was given to Princess Diana by Prince Charles and features brilliant18 ct. blue sapphire center stone surrounded by colorless  diamond accents in platinum. Princess Diana personally choose this ring in 1981 and paid 30,000 pounds. Today it is estimated that this historic ring is worth £250,000 or about $399, 350. This proposal has splashed across headlines around the world. This media frenzy has made everything related to Princess Dia sky-rocket back into popularity.

JCK Magazine is reporting that major jewelers across the world are seeing a surge in Princess Dia inspired replicas. Natural Sapphire Company saw such a heavy demand that their website crashed shortly after Prince William’s announcement. Natural Sapphire Co. is selling their replicas as low as $1,000 and as high as $150,000.  This is great news for an industry that had recently seen a decline in sales and interest in large engagement rings. Florida diamond.

This thirst for blue sapphire and diamond rings has crossed the pond as well. Jewelers in New York have been bombarded with requests and are rushing to meet this new demand. I can see why Princess Diana’s ring is so popular, the ring has a very traditional and conservative style while still maintaining a luxurious look.

-Carlos at Raymond Lee Jewelers

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