Chilly Chilly Bang Bang: Winter Wedding Style

No ‘Game of Thrones’, winter isn’t coming – it’s here, with a chilly chilly bang bang and so are the winter weddings.  But what to wear to Mr & Mrs Von Hastings’ wedding in the freezing cold marquee in the middle of the Shires?

You don’t want to be drastically cold in a barely-there slip dress, nor do you want to be loaded up like a grizzly bear going into hibernation.  You need to strike the right balance between layering up your look and cutting a sharp silhouette.

“A great blazer is key in colder months,” advises Marie Claire’s fashion editor, Lucia Debieux. “It’s the one thing that will really pull your whole look together if you get it right. From velvet to fall florals we’ve found the best blazers to shrug on over your wedding outfit to keep you warm but looking cool.”

Try this sleek green velvet number from Frame denim over a pastel silk midi dress; perfect for adding some tapered wintery pizzazz to your look:

Try this sleek green velvet number from Frame denim over a pastel silk midi dress; perfect for adding some tapered Wintery pizazz to your look. Image: Instagram @Frame

Image: Instagram @Frame

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Diamond Auctions and Discoveries

In keeping with the continuing trend of unexpected turnouts of diamond sales at auctions, the latest happenings in Geneva at their Magnificent Jewels and Noble Jewels auction on 16 November, point to an increasing appeal for coloured stones, though, point out experts, the demand for colourless diamonds remains, with high prices achieved for the very best examples.

The impressive Fancy intense pink diamond weighing 17.07 carats that went for $18.3 m at Sotheby's, Geneva. Image: Instagram @berrandpartners

The impressive Fancy Intense Pink diamond weighing 17.07ct that went for £14.6 m at Sotheby’s, Geneva. Image: Instagram @berrandpartners

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Celebrity Breakups: What Happens to the Ring?

Though singer Mariah Carey split from her billionaire fiancé James Packer last month, she continues to be spotted wearing her $10m (approx. £8m) engagement ring, which is said to be a 30-carat emerald cut sparkler. Celebrity hook-ups make for exciting news, more so for the peep they offer into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. But, the crumbling of A-list relationships is also a sad reality, and with these associations, the fate of tokens of love turns dicey. So, where does the former bling go?

Mariah Carey's $10m engagement ring is a sparkler that she continues to wear after her split. Image: Instagram @mariahcareyfanpage

Mariah Carey’s $10m engagement ring is a sparkler that she continues to wear after her split. Image: Instagram @mariahcareyfanpage

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Calling all loved up couples: Win a £10,000 diamond!

We are giving three un-married couples the chance to win a £10,000 diamond.

The selected couples will take part in an experiment, that will all be captured on video, to see how well they know their partner’s taste in jewellery (in particular, engagement rings). The couples will be split up, with one selecting the engagement ring they would choose for themselves, whilst their partner selects the engagement ring they believe their other half would want.

Trying on rings

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Mix your metals: White, yellow and rose!

Why wear one colour metal on your hand when you can wear them all? Traditionally, engagement rings and wedding bands have always been made up of one metal, either yellow or white gold, or platinum.  Here at 77 Diamonds, we’ve seen a surge in couples requesting engagement rings in one colour and wedding bands in another; evidently, a new trend is catching on. Mixing metals can help set you aside from the crowd and give your wedding jewellery the unique and modern edge you are looking for. 

For a fresh yet timeless combination, try pairing our Light Court wedding band in 18k yellow gold with the Principessa engagement ring in 18k white gold.

Light Court wedding band in 18k yellow gold by 77 Diamonds

Light Court wedding band in 18k yellow gold by 77 Diamonds

Principessa engagement ring in 18k white gold by 77 Diamonds

Principessa engagement ring in 18k white gold by 77 Diamonds

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How to Wear it: Vintage Bridal Style

Something old and nothing new?  Forget modern hemlines and avant-garde gowns, vintage fashion is making a huge comeback this season in the bridal sphere, with intricate lace appliqué and high necklines dominating the wedding dress scene, there’s never been a better time to indulge your nostalgic bridal fantasies.

Take Vera Wang’s Ophelia dress for example as seen below, the complex intertwining of floral patterns embroidered onto the never-ending sheer layers of tulle in the skirt hark back to a bygone era of intense decoration unlike the modern bride who has always been defined by simplicity.

Photo courtesy: @verawangbride
Photo courtesy: @verawangbride

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Celestial jewels: The Galaxy Collection

This winter get set to shine with 77 Diamond’s latest collection of designer diamond jewellery, inspired by the mysteries of the universe. The newly-launched Galaxy Collection has been designed to turn heads and consists of the Cosmos and Nova sub-collections as well as the statement rings Seta, Orbit, Crux and Celestia.

Here to shed some light on the collection is the head of Bespoke and Design at 77 Diamond’s, Sophie Lomax.

Nova necklace by 77 Diamonds

Nova necklace in 18k White Gold by 77 Diamonds

Nova

The meaning implies the brightening of a star and this 3-piece subcollection is inspired by the tail of a shooting star, where pave diamonds twinkle in a linear design. The Nova necklace is delicate and wearable and can be layered with other necklaces such as a simple solitaire.

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Kim Kardashian & Unravelling the Fate of Robbed Jewels

Reality TV star and model-socialite Kim Kardashian’s highly publicised Paris visit went horribly wrong early Monday morning when she was bound and robbed at gunpoint in her apartment, located on Rue Tronchet in the 8th Arrondissement, close to the British Embassy in Paris, France. The robbers are reported to have decamped with $10m (8.96m euros; £7.84m) worth of jewels – mostly from Kim’s personal collection – including a $4m diamond ring and two iPhones, also believed to have belonged to her. Some pieces that were stolen, say police, had been borrowed for Paris Fashion Week, which she had travelled to Europe’s fashion capital to attend. The daring heist must undoubtedly be traumatising for the celebrity, who, only three days before the theft, had posted a picture of her astounding 20 carat emerald cut diamond that had been recently gifted to her as a second engagement ring by rapper-husband Kanye West.

A picture of Kim and Kanye West from four days ago. At the time of the robbery, Kanye was performing in NYC while her children North and Saint are understood to have been safe in NYC as well. Photo: Instagram: @kimkardashian

A picture of Kim and Kanye West from four days ago. At the time of the robbery, Kanye was performing in NYC while her children North and Saint are understood to have been safe in NYC as well. Photo: Instagram: @kimkardashian

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Diamonds At Auction: SOLD! Top Auctions 2015-2016

In plush, quiet rooms in selected locations across the world, you can just about make out the hushed whispers of diamond enthusiasts as they quote millions for some of the rarest gems ever found, often anonymously over the phone. Auctions of rare, natural diamonds are meticulously planned events involving unbridled passion, obscenely huge sums of money and racing pulses carefully veiled in a shroud of studied patience and elite company. At stake here are spectacular stones unearthed once in a few billion years, valued for their weight, shape, colour and history and sought after by collectors who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the exclusive pieces.

Each year witnesses record-breaking sales as the demand for rarity rises and a penchant for investment diamonds increases. There are stones, such as the ‘Princie Diamond’ and ‘The Blue’ that have gone down in history for fetching millions. Some have never appeared at auctions, such as the ‘most famous diamond in the world’ – the 45.52-carat ‘Hope Diamond’ – a deep blue gem dating back to the 17th century that is worth $350 million and was bequeathed to the Smithsonian Institute by Harry Winston in 1958. A handful of less fortunate ones find no takers, such as the Lesedi la Rona. But, this brief spell of lull can’t withstand the force that the diamond market is reckoned with.

Christie’s and Sotheby’s, who dominate the auction market worldwide, recorded an estimated $1.2 billion in gem and jewellery sales between them for the year 2015-2016. Other auction houses that sold significant gems include Bonham’s of London and Tiancheng International in Hong Kong, adding $70-$80 million to the total. While the total is slightly down from the last year, a fact that Francois Curiel, chairman of Christie’s, Asia-Pacific, admits, it seems like the market showed great interest in rare, top-quality stones with very high prices.

Here’s a lowdown on the mind-bogglingly expensive diamonds (polished and rough) that went under the hammer in 2015-2016.

The Perfect Diamond. Photo:  @champagnegem

The Perfect Diamond. Photo: Instagram  @champagnegem

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