Month: May 2014

The Kimye Wedding: How To Recreate The Most Exciting Jewellery Pieces

May 24 brought us the most anticipated celebrity wedding of the year and, love them or hate them, this extravagant event was one of the most beautiful we have ever seen. Kanye West married Kim Kardashian in Florence, Italy, surrounded by an “intimate” group of friends and family who were dressed just as fabulously as the bride herself. But it was the jewellery we were keeping a close eye on, and the Kardashians did not disappoint.

Obviously, the star of the show was Kim’s 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz rectangular cushion diamond ring. Kanye gave her the engagement ring seven months ago in a heavily documented proposal at San Francisco’s AT&T Park – with the entire Kardashian clan and friends hiding in the wings, apparently with no clue as to what was going on. The massive sparkler cost an estimated US$8 million, according to the New York Daily News. Unfortunately, most of us can’t quite afford something this extravagant, however your local Showcase jeweller has an extensive range of gorgeous engagement rings to suit your style and budget.

Kim chose to wear classic, understated diamond studs on her big day to encourage all eyes to stay on the stunning diamond on her finger as she made her way down the aisle. This is a great option for brides looking to keep the focus on their dress and ring, whilst maintaining a little sparkle around the face. 

Kanye also chose to keep things simple for himself, opting for a wedding band that didn’t take any attention away from his stunning bride, yet still looked gorgeous against his skin. 

The rest of Kim’s family was also showered in jewels designed by Lorraine Schwartz, according to E! News, with an eclectic mix of modern pieces and antique style jewellery that just oozed old Hollywood. Giving retro style a fresh take is becoming increasingly popular amongst jewellery designers and fashionistas, and is a great option if you like to stand out from the pack whilst still following in the exciting footsteps of fashion.

Creating the perfect engagement

As many of you know, creating the perfect engagement is a particular nerve-wracking time. There is so much pressure in ensuring everything goes completely to plan, not to mention the worry of your partner’s response!

Hopefully, most of you are proposing to a woman (or man) that you know will be thrilled with the question, so your only concern is how to ask in the most romantic way possible. Here are a few pointers that will inspire you when planning this special day. 

1. The ring
Obviously, this is the focal point of the proposal and the tangible object that will represent this moment for the rest of your lives. Try to pay attention to the jewellery that she has shown interest in in the past, in particular gold colour preference (i.e yellow gold, white gold or rose gold) and also the diamond shape she prefers (i.e round, princess, oval, etc). Note the style she currently wears, too – some women prefer more classic designs, while others will opt for a noticeably antique-inspired piece or something contemporary.

2. The setting
Find a place that you feel best represents your relationship. If you both love spending time outdoors, try taking her for a picnic in one of the beautiful gardens in your city – extra points if you make the food yourself! If you like adventure, a hot air balloon proposal is unforgettable. Another great idea is to take her back to the place you first met. She’ll love that you remembered this special place and it also represents another new beginning in your relationship.

3. The timing
Timing is crucial. Make sure you propose to her at a time when life is sailing smoothly (or as smoothly as possible!). When there are other things playing on our minds, it’s very difficult to enjoy the moment as purely as when the going is good.

The proposal is a moment that you both will remember forever. Keep it authentic and true to your relationship, and most importantly – enjoy it! This is your moment, too.