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!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

The Rundown: Royal Wedding Jewelery

The Royal Wedding is finally over. While some are happy to see the coverage wind down, some of us are still seeking out more details about the lavish affair. The most important of these details? The Duchess of Cambridge's wedding jewels, of course! Here are the details of her most amazing pieces.

1. Earrings
Her Royal Highness' earrings were a wedding gift from her parents, a custom design by London boutique jeweler Robinson Pelham. The earrings feature diamond pave oak leaves with a pear-shaped diamond set drop, and a pave set diamond acorn suspended in the center. The acorn has long been a symbol of luck, prosperity, youthfulness, and power, all of which Catherine will need!

2. Tiara
The tiara Catherine wore on her wedding day was a loaner from Queen Elizabeth II, William's grandmother. It was made by Cartier in 1936, comissioned by King George VI for his wife Elizabeth, who later passed it to her daughter (Queen Elizabeth II, who was Princess Elizabeth at the time) on her 18th birthday. The tiara, called the Halo Tiara, is set in platinum and made from baguette cut diamonds.

3. Wedding Ring
Though Prince William has declined to wear a wedding ring (!!!), saying he doesn't fancy jewelry, he still made sure his new bride had the perfect ring. Her wedding ring was made from a piece of Welsh gold, given to William by QEII. Wartski, the same goldsmith who fashioned Camilla and Charles' wedding rings, made the ring.