Kate Middleton‘s engagement ring just so happens to be a hand-me-down from the late Princess Diana. Although this family treasure is very dear to Prince William’s heart, the superstitious among us would agree that Kate should never have accepted it. Why? Well, because it’s widely believed that jewelry can be cursed. Take the Hope Diamond, for example, which many believe has been cursed since it was stolen in 1642. Since then, tragedy, injury, or even death has befallen all those who have come in contact with it, including Marie Antoinette. Even if you don’t believe that jewelry can be cursed, I always heard the old wives’ tale that engagement rings are supposed to carry the energy of the marriage from whence it came. Meaning it’s bad luck to inherit a ring from an unhappy marriage. So essentially Kate is wearing the ring of a troubled princess who had a very bad marriage, not to mention a tragic end. If I were Kate, I might have hoped for something with a little bit less bad ju-ju. [Hottnez]
After the jump, some more jewelry superstitions. Keep reading »
Not like you really get much of a choice when it comes to your engagement ring, but what would you say to this Eiffel Tower-themed piece? According to The New York Times, couples are increasingly looking for personalized wedding accessories, so those who got engaged at the Parisian monument might find this particularly touching … or tacky? Sound off in the comments below! [New York Times] Keep reading »
I’m back from a girlfriend getaway in paradise. Traveling with a best friend off the beaten path awakened joy in me and soothed my soul, but it also left me wondering: Why can’t I capture that sense of fun and wonder in everyday life? Why do I feel so stuck here in Boston, yet I was free as a bird in Mexico?
One idea: I took off my wedding ring while traveling. I think my naked ring finger gave rise to more open responses and deeper interactions than I would have otherwise experienced. Keep reading »
I’d always been told my engagement ring was special.
“Very high quality,” said my mother-in-law, who bought only high-quality pieces for her collection. “You’re very lucky.”
“You don’t want to know how much I paid for the resetting,” said Joe, my fiance-then-husband.
I didn’t care how much the ring cost, whether it was a hundred bucks or 18 G’s like at Tiffany’s. All I cared was that Joe was finally taking that final step, that after years of disapproval, his family had accepted me. I was finally good enough in his mother’s eyes, and had one of her prized baubles to prove it.
Or so I thought. Keep reading »
Behold artist Kate Bauman’s work, titled “‘Til Death Do Us Part.” The Gloss cheekily suggests that this knuckle engagement ring is for people who get divorced multiple times and keep their rings. We first thought it referenced polygamy. Or the luckiest girl in the world who got not one, but four diamond rings for her engagement. [The Gloss] Keep reading »
We love designer Kate Bauman’s knuckle duster made of engagement rings. It’s called ‘Til Death Do Us Part. That’s bound to make any man think twice about leaving his woman. [This isn't happiness] Keep reading »
The boys at Asylum have a tale of a wedding proposal gone awry.
“Trey Turner and Kelsey Kramer have two things in common (besides repeat initials): 1) They are madly in love, and 2) were involved in one of the most disastrous marriage proposals we’ve ever heard of.
Turner took Kramer for a stroll on the Brooklyn Bridge last week to propose.”
What happened next? Find out … Keep reading »
If given the option between a big ass diamond and a creative ring your artsy boyfriend designed, we’d definitely consider the latter. (Well, maybe … ) Artist Luke Jerram created this silver engagement ring for his fianceé, which has space for a tiny photo slide at one side, and a projection glass at the other. When light passes through, the picture is blown up and projected onto nearby surfaces. He outfitted the ring with a picture of himself and his wife, but made the feature interchangeable so the couple can switch in meaningful photos as their family grows. Talk about romantic, clever, and sentimental! [Luke Jerram via UO Blog] Keep reading »
“Millionaire Matchmaker” Patti Stanger might have broken off her engagement to Andy Friedman because she decided that she wanted children, but that doesn’t mean that she’s giving the ring back. “Technically speaking he who breaks up gives it back,” she explained to Radar. “But I actually gave him a really expensive watch so if he were to take the ring back he’d have to give me back the watch!”[Radar]
After the jump, other famous ladies who kept the ring after their engagement imploded. Keep reading »
When it comes to the engagement game, each girl has her own fantasy. But enquiring minds want to know … would you prefer a vintage/antique ring from an auction house, estate sale, vintage store, or family member? Or do you want something brand spankin’ new like a Tiffany 2-karat Lucida three-stone setting with a platinum band? (Just sayin’.)
We invite the un-marrieds and the already blinged-out marrieds to leave their opinions in the comments below. Keep reading »