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

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

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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.”



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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.

Princess Diana Remembered – Princess Diana tenth anniversary …

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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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