Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Liz Taylor's Jewelry Auction

One of the last starlets of old Hollywood, Elizabeth Taylor, is auctioning 80 notable pieces from her private jewelry collection. Employees at Christie's New York have emphasized that Taylor's collection is so well-appointed because of her love and knowledge of fine jewelry. She has millions of dollars worth of jewelry, but she only spent it on the best of the best.

Some of the pieces that will be up for auction are:

An 8 carat ruby and diamond Van Cleef & Arpels ring. The ring was a gift from then-husband Richard Burton for Christmas in 1968. It's projected to bring $1-1.5 million at auction.

This stunning ring is a 33 carat (yes, 33 carats!), D color, VS1, internally flawless diamond, another gift from Richard Burton. Being called The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond, it's expected to bring $2.5-3.5 million.

A more unique piece from Taylor's collection is the Taj Mahal Diamond (circa 1627!), on a gold and ruby chain from Cartier. This necklace was a 40th birthday gift to Taylor from, of course, Richard Burton. It's estimated to bring $300-500,000 at auction.

A portion of the proceeds from Taylor's auction (being held in December) will be donated to the Elizabeth Taylor AIDs Foundation.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

David Yurman and Ippolita Rule the Blue Carpet

At this year's Teen Choice Awards, the Hollywood 20-somethings let their gorgeous dresses and sparkling designer jewelry do all the talking. Nina Dobrev from True Blood and Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars (both of whom took home awards) stood out in some beautiful jewelry that you can find right at your local Fink's!

Lucy wore an amazingly detailed black and white sequin dress. To accent the black, Lucy wore David Yurman's Midnight Melange black diamond drop earrings. The unique design sparkled and stood out with competing with her dress.

Nina Dobrev went for something a little less flashy with her cute blue checkered dress that was tailored in all the right places. To give the outfit a little oomph, she accesorized with Ippolita jewelry from head to toe. She kept the earrings simple with Ippolita's stud earrings in Sky. For her wrists, she upped the ante by stacking bangles from the Glamazon and Rock Candy collections.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Customer Spotlight: Anthony & Janaya

Today, we're going to do things a little differently. We're going to let one of our engagement ring couples tell you their Fink's story first hand, along with all of the exciting details of the proposal and engagement. Take notes, because this husband-to-be did a fantastic job! Special thanks to sales associate Rhonda at Chesterfield Towne Center for helping Anthony find the perfect ring, and for putting us in touch with this adorable couple! Here's Anthony and Janaya's update to Rhonda.


She absolutely LOVED it! That thing is shining so bright. The brilliance and fire are amazing! You are correct, you did have the jeweler clean it VERY well.

Here is her story about the proposal from her...

'I know you all have been waiting for details! So it all started yesterday... Anthony and I had been planning to go out for my promotion dinner for my new job, so I was under the impression that that was why we were headed out to a nice dinner. At dinner, he gave me a 20 question quiz... at the dinner table. It was set up and printed out and he asked me 20 fun questions about our relationship and memories we have had and things we had done together. He told me this was for a scrapbook of memories and places that we could have later on in life to remember our good times.

So, after dinner he told me we were going to take pictures of a few other places that were memorable. We stopped by some places and took pictures real quick. The last one was the art museum across from his apartment. We parked near the museum and went up near the back where the fountain was to take the last picture of one of our fun memories. We went up to the fountain and he had two pennies. He said, 'Close your eyes and make a wish,' and said that he would do the same. We each wished that God would allow us to have a healthy, happy marriage and children. We walked further down to another area and he suggested we make another wish. I closed my eyes and made my wish, and when I opened them, he was on one knee with the ring in his hand asked me to marry him! Of course I said YES!! When we got back to his place, I open the apartment door and 30 of our friends and family yell SURPRISE! The evening was absolutely perfect.' "

Congratulations Anthony and Janaya!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Engagement Ring with its own Gravitational Pull

If you were ever under the impression that your engagement ring is big, you can go ahead and let that go, because Kim Kardashian and fiance Kris Humphries have outdone us all. Kim and Kris anounced their engagement last week on the cover of People magazine. Kim says she was so surprised and wasn't expecting anything. When Kim came home that day, Kris was waiting for her with "Will you marry me?" spelled out in rose petals, holding out a diamond the size of a Volkswagen Cabrio.

Kim and Kris met in New York City and have been dating for about 6 months. Kris is a forward for the New Jersey Nets and met Kim while she was in New York opening up a new Dash store and filming Kourtney and Kim Take New York.

As far as the ring goes, Kris said, "I just knew I wanted it to be big." Well, mission accomplished, buddy. The ring, a custom design from Lorraine Schwartz, features a 16.5 carat center stone, flanked by 2 side stones, each 2 carats, for a grand total of 20.5 total carats, set in platinum.

Rumor has it that Kris picked 2 bible verses that are of particular importance to the couple and had them etched on the inside of each side stone. The ring in total is estimated to have cost about $2 million!

Congratulations to another happy couple!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

All Paul McCartney Needs is Love

Legendary Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has surprised the world by proposing to his longtime acquaintance and girlfriend of four years, Nancy Shevell. The two have known each other for quite sometime, meeting years ago in the Hamptons where they each own homes.

Many were surprised to see McCartney heading down the aisle again, in the wake of his nightmareish divorce from Heather Mills. That's not the most surprising part, though. Despite his $24 million mistake of foregoing a prenup with Heather Mills, McCartney is not getting one with Shevell, either. However, Shevell is rich in her own right, being the Vice President of her father's $500 million trucking business. Shevell also happens to be the cousin of reporter Barbara Walters.

Now, on to the important details... that ring! The enourmous engagement ring that Shevell is now sporting is rumored to have cost $650,000! The ring features a round brilliant center stone, set in platinum. As more details emerge about the ring, we'll be sure to keep you updated!