Category Archives: Celebrity Fashion

These Men Wear Tights, Heels, AND Jewelry

Little known fact (though, it’s easily accessed via Google and you can check it out in our previous blog) but men wore jewelry and heels well before women did. The first men to wear heels were Mongolian horsemen as a means to keep their feet from slipping out of the stirrup (explains cowboy boots now!). In towns that had dirt roads and horse-drawn carriages, the streets were unclean so men and women alike would wear heels to avoid dirt and poop.

Looking hot there, stud.

Hey there King Louis XIV.

Romans, in particular, had streets full of mud and garbage so they donned platform heels. Egyptian butchers wore high heels, to avoid stepping in offal (fancy word for internal organs and entrails of animals). King Henry II wore narrow pointed toes; many say it was to hide his deformed toes. Today, celebrities such as the singer formerly known as Prince, Elton John, and Mötley Crüe wear/wore heels more recently as a fashion statement.

In society, in the past and now, jewelry, gemstones, precious metals make you stand out. They glitter under the sun, impossible not to notice. The fancier you dress, the more people respect you. E.g. a man wearing a suit to an event will be spoken to more kindly than somebody dressed casually. Jewelry was a non-verbalize status and class, whether or not you were royalty or rich. It would have been awkward to walk around announcing your title and position.

My point simply is there were reasonable justifications for men wearing heels as well as wearing jewelry. It showed (it still does) status, grants a high stature (literally and figuratively) and I’m not altogether sure why heels and jewelry became a feminine trend. While jewelry may not be for everyone, and walking in heels is damn hard, jewelry has never gone out of style.

There are a few types of rings that jewelry makers designed to be more appealing for men (but women wear them too), let me break them down for you.

Spinner rings – These are by far my favorite type of men’s rings. They’re a blast to play with, while you’re sitting there waiting, bored, or just hanging out. It’s a better habit then chewing your nails, twiddling your thumbs (who still does this?), chewing your lip, doing dip, smoking, whatever may have you. I personally have a friend who purchased spinner rings to help combat her need to smoke and she hasn’t smoked for about a year now.

A spinner ring typically has two stationary sides; and a middle part the rolls/spins around the base. It can be composed on one singular metal, or a few different types. If you’re particularly religious you can check out our cross spinner ring clicking the words ‘spinner ring’ above.

spinner ring

Signet rings – Think in terms of how things like envelopes used to be sealed; typically with wax, via an insigma carved into a piece of metal or wood. These rings are a lot like that, and signet rings come in oval shapes, triangles, and shield shapes. They can be inscribed with text, or a shape. Masonic rings are a common type of signet ring.

signet ring

Rolling rings – Come in a series of two-three rings that are intertwined. There an interesting piece of jewelry, sometimes lined with diamonds and used as wedding bands.

rolling ring

Affiliation rings – Think Masonic, military, or scholarly like high school or college. These are typically a type of signet ring, but we’re giving it a separate category because these are probably the most common type of ring that men wear. Don’t forget sports jewelry, especially NASCAR.

affiliation ring

Red Diamond – The Rarest of Them All

One of the rarest types of gemstone in the world is the red diamond. To date, there are less than fifty red diamonds known in existence. A reddish-orange 3.15-carat fancy red diamond will be offered at Christie’s Sale of Magnificent Jewels on December 10th. This diamond is a circular cut diamond with a S12 clarity. In addition, it is even more so rare for a red diamond of over 1.0-carat to exist. Christie’s has estimated that the diamond will sell for up to $1.2 million.

red-diamond-christie's

The value of a red diamond is dependent on the intensity of color. The strong the hue, the more valuable the red diamond; a faint red diamond will be a much less value than a fancy vivid red hue. The high color saturation of the red-orange color is what will give this diamond a high price tag. Researches attribute the stark red color to the small quantities of nitrogen or hydrogen introduced during the development process, creating a unique crystal lattice structure.

Another highlight at the upcoming auction is a 50.01-carat rectangular cut diamond in platinum ring by Graft with two baguette-cut diamond accents that is estimated to sell at $10 million. Brand name jewelry sellers will be also sold at the auction, such as Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, and more.

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Congrats to Anne Hathaway and Adam Shulman on their long-time coming marriage. Our princess is now a posh queen, her king charming there to pick up the pieces after Raffaello Follieri in 2008. Hathaway’s engagement ring is the epitome of … Continue reading

Hoop Earrings – A Never Ending Story

Hoop Earrings Trend

Think Halle Berry, Hilary Duff, Beyonce, Demi Moore. What do they all have in common? They love to wear hoop earrings! Hoop earrings have a very long, meaningful past (and not necessarily always good!). They have surpassed the ages, surpassed all the varied symbolism to become the fashion accessory they are today. They have marked slaves, been symbolic of a well-traveled sailor, payment for a burial at sea, part of religious ceremonies, and much more. Everyone recognizes the draw of hoop earrings, and there are so many different types of earrings to choose from: fancy, diamond cut, classic, endless, square tube, satin, and twisted.

Classic– These are the types of hoops people are the most familiar with. They come in many different sizes and thicknesses.

Diamond Cut – These types of earrings have a neat, unique design to them. The design is cut with a diamond, hence ‘diamond cut’. Designs range from floral, print, and dots.

Endless – Endless hoop earrings are easy to determine. There is no visible clasp; they look like a perfect, never ending circle.

Fancy – Fancy is just a ‘fancy’ term to say hoop earrings that aren’t susceptible to normal hoop earring rules! They don’t need to be perfectly rounded, shiny, squared, they can be anything!

Satin – These earrings are much more shiny than regular earrings, as they come with a satin-looking polished finish.

Square Tube – These earrings are rounded just like all other hoop earrings; however the hoop itself has a square shape.

Twisted – Hoops with a spiral, twisted design, very similar to that of a rope. They most often come in cuffs without a latch/hook like normal hoop earrings.

Diamond Stud Earrings – A Girl’s Best Friend

Every woman should own a pair of diamond stud earrings. Think Breakfast at Tiffany’s Audrey Hepburn kind of classy. Don’t forget Casablanca. Ultimately, diamonds are just ageless beauty yet simple in their sparkle and shimmering properties. They go with absolutely everything you throw at them, from birthday parties for your children or that Christmas party held by your company. That is why they are the ultimate gift. All else aside, many men choose to wear diamonds in their ears as well. Historically speaking, ‘gentlemen of courage’ often wore fashion earrings, not women! Same goes for high heels, and other kinds of jewelry like pendants. Men were there first! What changed, well that’s only something we can ponder, and perhaps Western ideals are to blame. You can find diamond stud earrings in a various amount of cuts and styles, from princess cut to round brilliant in metals silver and gold. There’s a rare, perfect fitting pair of diamond earrings waiting just for you!

Diamond Stud Earring Set

Ginnifer Goodwin’s New Engagement Ring!

Debuting at the “Big Love” premiere party, the lovely pink-clad starlet Ginnifer Goodwin, 32,  flashes her new two and a half carat sparkling, engagement ring. The Once Upon A Time celebrity is engaged to the handsome Joey Kern. It’s estimated the ring is valued at around $40,000 and a brilliant princess cut diamond engagement ring set in a modern platinum design. “I’m a hopeless romantic,” gushed Ms. Goodwin to Health. Hopeless romantic? You bet you are, Snow White.

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