Diamond engagement rings: The first ALL diamond ring.


Diamond engagement rings are available in all shapes and designs from the unusual marquise diamond engagement rings to the very popular princess cut diamond engagement rings and there needs to be such a variety in order to fit with a range of different tastes and preferences. Recently a new style of diamond ring has been created, the ALL diamond ring!!

The Swiss jeweller, Shawish, has crafted the world’s very first all diamond ring, the ring is made entirely out of a huge 150 carat diamond, this includes the band itself which is usually made from a metal, such as platinum or gold. The ring has been valued at roughly $70 million (£44.2million). The ring truly is a beautiful work of art, Mohamed Shawish, president of Geneva-based Shawish Jewellery has commented on the creation noting that the conceptualisation was the easy part but building the ring was very difficult and took a lot of time, firstly the copyrights need to be obtained for the design, which took a year, following this the jewellery company had to purchase a special cutting machine in order to achieve the perfect circle for the band itself. Cutting into diamonds in the manner is risky business as diamonds are made of carbon which is a molecule that can alter; even the colour can change when cut.

At Mad About Diamonds we stock a huge range of diamond engagement rings for you to choose from, so if you are planning on popping the big question to your loved one look no further, we have something to suit all styles, from the very classic to the more elaborate designs.


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Diamond engagement rings: Jewels of Hope.


Diamond engagement rings are given to ladies by their loved ones as the ultimate expression of commitment; men usually spend a lot of time and of course money finding the perfect ring to suit their lady. Diamond jewellery has been at the height of conversation recently as a collection of Mrs Lily Safra’s fabulous jewellery is scheduled for auction in Geneva on May 14th. Christie’s auction house has been entrusted with holding the event, all of the proceeds generated by the event will be donated to 20 different charitable institutions that are located all around the world, including The Elton John AIDS Foundation, Henry Street Settlement New York and Le Ballet de l'Opera National de Paris. The auction has been named ‘Jewels of Hope’ as it will bring funds to charities that are in great need of resources.

Regarded as a major philanthropist of our time, Mrs Safra is also an avid collector of beautiful jewellery. This collection reflects her sophisticated taste and its evolution throughout five decades, from the 1970s to the present day. Featuring 70 pieces, the collection of Mrs Lily Safra is estimated to raise in excess of $20 million (£12.5 million) and includes diamonds, rubies and sapphires, in a selection of diamond engagement rings, bracelets, and necklaces. One of the most talked about pieces is a ruby and diamond Camellia flower brooch by JAR designed for Lily in 2003, which is estimated to bring between $1.2million (£756,000) to $1.5 million (£944,850).

Lily Safra is the widow of Mr. Edmond J. Safra who was one of the twentieth century’s most talented bankers and founder of the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation. Since 2000, Lily has chaired this foundation, which supports a huge number of projects related to science, education, religion, medicine, culture, and humanitarian relief in over 40 countries.

At Mad About Diamonds we have a beautiful selection of diamond engagement rings for you to choose from, so if you are thinking about popping the big question and need the perfect ring visit us, our collection ranges from solitaire diamond engagement rings to princess cut diamond engagement rings.


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Diamond Engagement Rings: Coloured Diamonds Part 1


Diamond engagement rings are purchased in their millions every year all around the world and are available in a huge range of designs and styles including solitaire diamond engagement rings and princess cut diamond engagement rings. Classic diamond engagement rings are usually set with white diamonds but diamonds are available in a range of colours, coloured diamonds however are the most expensive and rarest stones on the planet.

Diamonds obtain their colour whilst forming underground; the colour of the diamond is dependent upon the type of mineral deposit that was around when the diamond was forming. Some stones have deeply intense colour others have just a trace of colour. Research has found that boron is the chemical element which is present when a blue diamond is formed, nitrogen when a yellow diamond is formed and uranium when a green diamond is formed. The more of the chemical present the stronger the colour of the final diamond. It is unknown exactly which chemical elements are present when red, pink and purple diamonds are formed.

The rarest coloured diamonds are red, only 20 diamonds have ever been certified as pure red that are over a carat in weight; the majority of red diamonds weigh less than half a carat. The world's largest red diamond is known as the Red Shield, and weighs 5.11 carats, compared with over 600 carats for the largest diamond of any kind. The order of rarity in diamond colour begins with red as being the rarest followed by purple,  orange, pink, black, green, blue, brown, yellow, with white being the most common and most popular.

At Mad About Diamonds we sell a huge range of diamond engagement rings for you to choose from so whether you are looking for something simple and classic or something elaborate and a bit different we have a variety of diamond rings to suit all tastes.



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Diamond Engagement Rings: Coloured Diamonds Part 2


As mentioned in Part 1 diamond engagement rings are highly sought after all around the world, as loved up couples confirm their commitment to each other with a diamond. The most common colour of diamonds is white, however diamonds are available is a range of colours.

One of the world’s rarest coloured diamonds is the pink diamond. The majority of pink diamonds come from the Argyle mine which is located in Western Australia. Not all diamonds from the Argyle mine are pink in colour, although the mine does produce 95% of the world’s pink diamonds. Of all of the stones that are discovered in the mine, less than one tenth of one percent is classified as being pink. However the pink diamonds from the Argyle mine are favoured because of the intense pink colour. Pink diamonds mined in other countries usually have a lighter pink tinge than those that come from the Argyle mine. 

Brown diamonds are also highly sought after, they are sometimes known as champagne, chocolate, and cognac diamonds due to their colour. These diamonds come in a variety of colours ranging from light tan shades to that of a deep cognac. There are also other coloured diamonds which are popular. Yellow diamonds can come in a range of colours from a pale, light yellow to a deep rich golden canary colour. The Argyle mine also produces some yellow diamonds.

Blue diamonds are also available in a range of shades, from light, pale blue through to deep, rich darker shades. The blue diamond can be an absolutely stunning steely blue colour that is similar to the colour of a sapphire. Green diamonds are also found in some diamond mines. However, the colour of green diamonds is usually not very intense. These diamonds are very rare indeed.

As with all diamonds the price of coloured diamonds depends upon the four C’s. Colour, clarity, cut, and carats determine the exact price of a coloured diamond. These are the same standards that white diamonds are measured by. However, with regards to coloured diamonds, when grading colour it is the strength and saturation of colours that command the higher value. This is contrary to white diamonds as colour in white diamonds is considered a flaw.

At Mad About Diamonds we stock a huge range of diamond engagement rings to choose from including marquise diamond engagement rings and solitaire diamond engagement rings.


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Celebrities flash their diamond engagement rings!!



This week celebrity engagements have been a talking point in the celebrity world as the likes of Jessica Biel, Halle Berry, Gaby Roslin and Nicole Polizzi all confirm their engagements with diamond engagement rings. Rumours have been flying around about the three celebrities being engaged with no confirmation until now. 

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake were rumoured to have got engaged over the Christmas holiday period, however Jessica was supposedly disappointed with the choice of diamond engagement ring. This week though Jessica has been spotted on several occasions sporting a huge princess cut diamond engagement ring which is held in a vintage style setting. Justin is believed to have had a part in designing the ring.

Halle Berry and Olivier Martinez have also confirmed their engagement this week, although Halle has been seen wearing a emerald and diamond engagement ring since January. Olivier was questioned about the rumours over the weekend at the opening of his new restaurant in Miami in which he replied ‘Yes, of course it’s true!’.

TV Presenter Gaby Roslin announced her engagement this week on TV programme Loose Women after her boyfriend of six years, David Osman proposed to her whilst on holiday. David is said to have got down on one knee in the traditional way. Jersey Shore Star Nicole Polizzi (Snooki) has also announced her engagement to boyfriend Jionni LaValle who popped the big question earlier this week with a princess cut diamond engagement ring with weights 5 carats and is worth approximately £34,000. The news follows the announcement a couple of weeks ago that the happy couple are expecting a baby.

For a beautiful range of diamond engagement rings including solitaire diamond engagement rings and princess cut diamond engagement rings visit us at Mad About Diamonds.



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Diamond engagement rings: Mysterious Heiress’s Collection goes to Auction


America’s mysterious heiress Huguette Clark died last year at the ripe old age of 104, leaving behind a vault of fabulous diamond jewellery which has been revealed for the first time this week. The jewellery, including a diamond engagement ring is believed to have been locked away since the 1940’s. The collection which will be auctioned next month at Christies auction house New York, includes a single pink nine carat cushion cut diamond which alone is expected to fetch as much as $15million (£9.5million). The beautiful pink diamond will be joined by two diamond bracelets, a diamond engagement ring, brooch and charm bracelet, all of which are in their original boxes.

The diamond engagement ring is a princess cut, 19 carat, colourless diamond ring valued at around $4million (£2.5million) it has been certified by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) as colour D, which is the most valuable colour grade possible in a white diamond, with potentially internally flawless clarity! This outstanding stone was discovered in its original Cartier box from the 1920s.  Based on the date of the stone’s setting, which data back to 1910 the ring is believed to have originally belonged to Huguette’s mother, the former Anna Eugenia La Chapelle, and was handed down to  Huguette.

The collection’s remarkable origin coupled with the exceptional quality and rarity of the diamond jewellery is expected to inspire strong interest from collectors and dealers from around the globe. At Mad About Diamonds we have a huge collection of diamond engagement rings including princess cut diamond engagement rings and solitaire diamond engagement ring.


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Diamond engagement rings: The Oscars 2012!



This week has seen Hollywood's biggest night of the year, all eyes were on the red carpet as the 84th Oscars Award ceremony was held.  This is a true chance for all celebrities to get dressed up with many spending months searching for the perfect dress. One of the biggest trends this year was minimal jewels with many keeping their look simple and classic. Amongst the jewellery glittering on the red carpet were diamond engagement rings, diamond earrings, bracelets and necklaces. Earrings were mostly kept to modest lengths. Where size did matter was in regards to rings and bracelets, such as large cuffs. Emerald and diamonds seemed to be the most popular gemstone collaboration for the evening.The beautiful Natalie Portman wore a platinum and diamond v-shaped cluster necklace as well as platinum and oval drop earrings each set with 5.76 carats of diamonds, diamond drop earrings were also worn by Angelina Jolie, Sandra Bullock and Jennifer Lopez. 

Penelope Cruz wore platinum and diamond line bracelet weighing 43carats which complimented her diamond engagement ring fabulously. She went for a truly dazzling style as also wearing a 56 carat pear shape diamond necklace and platinum and diamond cluster earrings. One of the most talked about celebrities at the Oscars 2012 was Gwyneth Paltrow who wore an amazing diamond cuff set with 2368 rose cut diamonds weighing 163 carats and valued at $1 million and a ring made of rose cut and round diamonds with purple sapphires set in 18-karat white gold and valued at $160,000.

One of the most striking pieces was a diamond engagement ring worn Penelope Ann Miller, the ring was a 3 carat pink radiant cut diamond in a pink diamond halo. The white diamonds on the shoulders of the ring were cut in the shape of butterflies. 

For a wide selection of diamond engagement rings visit us at Mad About Diamonds, we have a variety of solitaire diamond engagement rings if you are hoping for a classic ring. We also have a range of princess cut diamond engagement rings which are proving to be very popular.




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Diamond Engagement Rings: Celebrity secret marriages.




It wasn’t just diamond engagement rings dazzling on the red carpet last week as Natalie Portman and Benjamin Millepied were both spotted wearing diamond wedding rings, this has sparked rumours in Hollywood that the couple have been secretly married. Benjamin proposed to Natalie in December when she lovingly received a beautiful diamond engagement ring, the ring was of a vintage style and is said to be worth $35,000.

There has been no actual confirmation that the couple have tied the knot however since the award ceremony Natalie has been seen still wearing the mysterious ring along with her diamond engagement ring. Some celebrities love their private affairs being in the limelight to receive attention; others like Natalie and Benjamin prefer to keep them private. Another couple that preferred to keep things private was Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz, who married in secret last summer. The pair attempted to keep their entire relationship under wraps until it was clear that they were officially married. In fact more celebrity couples than you would imagine like to keep their marriages secret from the public Megan Fox and Brian Austen Green are going strong two years after their secret wedding, this duo were followed quickly by Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr, whose actual wedding date and location remains a mystery.

If you are planning on popping the big question in style you will no doubt be on the hunt for beautiful diamond engagement rings to choose from, At Mad About Diamonds we have a huge range from solitaire diamond engagement rings to marquise diamond engagement rings.




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