Single Ladies Need to be Spoiled With Ice Too

This ring will sparkle on any single lady's finger.It’s engagement season and plenty of hopeful brides-to-be are expecting very small packages under their Christmas trees, but single girls like diamonds too! Instead of waiting around for Mr. Right (or even Mr. Right Now!) to give them some bling, gals can treat themselves to sparkling accessories that will glitter as much as the best engagement rings around.

When selecting a ring, there are a wide range of cuts and styles available, so pick one that suits your tastes. Those looking for a classic sparkle can opt for a solitary, princess-cut stone set in a simple white gold band. Ladies who long for more flash may want to slip on a ring that features a large center stone and a band that is studded with additional diamonds.

If you’d feel funny wearing a diamond ring sans a fiancee, consider investing in a tennis bracelet. This glittering piece will make any girl feel like a princess – and with a blinged-out bracelet on her wrist, she certainly won’t need a prince on her arm!

Diamond stud earrings are another great item for single ladies who want to shine. The small stones are simple yet stunning, and offer a quick and easy way to make a sparkling statement.

Glittering Black and Red Accessories Ideal for Holiday Bashes

A black diamond ring will add a touch of sparkle for the holiday seasonAs the holiday season gets underway, many will start receiving invitations to festive parties and soirees, so of course it’s essential to look your best, and what better way to do that than by opting for the perfect piece of jewelry.

Black diamonds have been a huge trend this fall. Pair them with rubies and they’ll serve you well this winter, too. Ruby earrings with a black diamond bangle bracelet make a perfect combination – and you won’t look like you’re trying to hard (an essential component of looking good).

Wear a black diamond cocktail ring and don a ruby bracelet on the opposite wrist. The glittering pieces will be festive, not tacky. They’ll also serve as great conversation starter if you’re mingling with new people.

The holidays are the time to kick it into full-on glamour mode. The sign of a true fashionista is taking a traditional item and using it in an unconventional way. Show your stuff when it counts and weave a ruby or black diamond necklace into an updo and pair the look with sparkling diamond earrings.

The best part about pairing black and red is that they easily complement a little black dress or a pair of dark denim jeans and plush fur coat.

Look to celebrities for diamond engagement ring trends

Diamond Engagement RingIt seems like celebrities are getting engaged left and right nowadays. And just like the fashionistas who scour red carpet photos for tips on shoes and gowns, jewelry hounds like us are turning to suave starlets for ice ideas – especially if we plan on getting hitched ourselves sometime soon.

Princess cuts seem to be coming back in a big way, so take a cue from Hilary Duff if you’re in the market for some bling.

Duff certainly is carrying a heavy load on her ring finger at the moment. The million dollar (yes, you heard right) ring given to her by Canadian Mike Comrie features a 14-carat princess-cut diamond. Comrie is a hockey player for the Edmonton Oilers, and is uber-adorable.

Carrie Underwood could also inspire brides-to-be with her enviable bauble.

Underwood, who is engaged to hockey player Mike Fisher, is making us drool at the moment. Her stunning rock is a round-cut yellow diamond doozy that’s surrounded by baby white diamonds. Those Canuck NHL boys sure are ice experts, eh?

If you’re planning on walking down the aisle in the near future, you may want to look to Hollywood to get some good ideas. Let’s face it – your fiancé will need some tips on what to pick out when he gets down on one knee.ADNFCR-2807-ID-19664999-ADNFCR

Classic Hollywood Glamour

Helen Mirren embodies classic Hollywood glamour
Helen Mirren embodies classic Hollywood glamour
This year at the Oscars, there were loads of interesting looks. The Academy Awards are always a star-studded affair and many celebrities are drenched in borrowed gems for the occasion. You can get a run down of all the best of Oscar night jewelry fashions at Sparkle Like the Stars.

Alas, this year’s event reaffirms that old Hollywood is gone. The days of the likes of Elizabeth Taylor wearing her own jewelry to an event seem to be long gone.

What hasn’t faded is classic and classy glamour! Helen Mirren is class incarnate. When it comes to the Oscars, she can always be counted on to show up in something subtly fabulous and totally age appropriate. Her lavender gown with the gauzy overlay and sleeves take this dress a notch above average strapless. I absolutely covet that necklace!

Helen’s look is refined and restrained but definitely not boring. You can get a similar look by pouring on the diamonds with a bold and beautiful diamond necklace. If you choose a design that has some larger spacing between the stones you’ll get the effect of a more dramatic piece of jewelry without such a dramatic price tag.

As for earrings, you can’t go wrong with a pair of elegant diamond earrings. Don’t overdo it though with dramatic tear drop or chandelier earrings. Those are great for other occasions but if you want a classic look like Helen’s, you have to keep it simple.

For her ensemble, Helen forgoes a right hand diamond ring and just wears her diamond wedding bands. This is in keeping with the “less is more” refinement of her overall look. Just because it’s a fancy formal occasion, doesn’t mean you have to wear every ring you own. Take a few cues from Helen and you’ll get a sophisticated look all for you own.

Earrings and cocktail rings make Glamour’s top 10 list

Large earrings are pitch-perfect this season. Glamour magazine recently released a list offering their take on the “10 Most Glam Wardrobe Items. Ever.” Though we think that every girl has her own top- 10 must haves (which is what makes style so fun and interesting), we were curious to see what the veritable fashion source listed among their favorites.

So, you might ask, which jewelry items made the list? Dangly earrings and cocktail rings were the sparkling accessories that Glamour saw fit to highlight, and we kind of agree.

Chandelier earrings are the fastest way to take any outfit from blah to bam in no time flat. Whether you like to wear your hair up, down, straight or curly, a hint of flash or color will draw attention to your face and neck, and make you look like a fashion plate even on days when you had to dash out of the house.

As for cocktail rings, where do we begin?

From emerald sparklers to pearl or diamond-encrusted rings, no fancy outfit is complete without a pretty cocktail ring twinkling and shimmering on your finger.

What do you guys think? Let us know which jewelry pieces you couldn’t dream of living without!

Airport offers password to prevent diamond engagement rings from being uncovered

Travelers who know the password won't have their diamond ring uncovered in security!This Valentine’s Day, men who had planned to surprise their girlfriends with a diamond engagement ring during a romantic getaway could prevent airport security from spoiling the big reveal, but only if they knew the secret phrase!

Because Manchester Airport is one of the few locations to have implemented full-body scanners, men who chose to carry the ring on their person would be found out if their significant other happened to look at the scanned image.

To get around this issue on the romantic holiday and prevent any surprise proposal from being ruined, Manchester Airport’s security personnel agreed to take anyone who uttered “Be my Valentine” behind a screen for a private search.

While we think that’s a good thing for possible grooms-to-be to know, only forward-thinking men who called ahead would have known to do that!

Guys who are poised to pop the question could investigate the baggage check policy of their departure location to find out if there are any special procedures or secret passwords that can help them keep their diamond ring under wraps.

So You Just Got Engaged, Now What?

Celebrate your love in classic style
Celebrate your love in classic style

Valentine’s Day is a classic day for wedding proposals. Did you get engaged this Valentine’s Day? If so, congratulations! You’ll have so much planning to do and things to think about. Let me help you lessen the stress by making a few jewelry recommendations for the big day.

A consistently elegant choice, a diamond-encrusted band is extremely impressive without making the wearer appear to be a showoff. Your clothes might match this sentiment, with tiny details and low-key designers making the outfit, like a TSE dress matched up with traditional diamond studs, an ageless Bottega Veneta bag, subtle Bvlgari sunglasses, and topped off with a whisper of Chanel perfume.

Who needs one best friend when you can have at least three? If you prefer multi-stone engagement rings, chances are you’re into wearing flashy pieces on other parts of your body, too. When going out, you might favor a Betsey Johnson dress worn with Tory Burch wedges and a metallic bag to get yourself noticed, and colorful stones like a pair of emerald earrings or a garnet necklace add zing to your look.

Marquis (or marquise) cuts are wonderful because their shape often makes the diamond look larger than it actually is. The savvy woman who decides on this cut might make equally as calculated choices in her wardrobe, choosing pieces for their ability to tastefully and conservatively flatter, like a Theory dress paired with pearl earrings and Stuart Weitzman heels, matched with a pashmina and a suede clutch.

No matter what your style, there’s a wedding ring out there that will match the perfection of your special day.

Ice Insiders: Love Stories

Share your love stories!
Share your love stories!
Ahh, ’tis the time for hopeless romantics. Hope springs eternal, they say, and that is never more true than it is with love. Even when we’ve been burned once or twice (or three times, or…keep counting, I know) all it takes is someone’s true tale of love found to melt our hearts like the spring thaw. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, I went snooping for good love stories that might exist right under my nose.

Well, ladies and gentleman, I found one.

I recently spoke to Britta Dreckmann, who acts as manager of our customer relations call center. She just celebrated her one year anniversary with us on February 9, as well as an anniversary of another kind. I’ll allow her to explain:

Well, I had just gotten out of a long relationship and I was in Montreal and feeling very alone. All my friends were already coupled or married. I had just started working at American Airlines and had this awful 4am shift at the airport. There was another woman who worked with me, Joanne, and we started carpooling together. It wasn’t long before we became good friends.

Then one day when I was at her house and looking through her family photo albums. She turned the page and all of a sudden there was this man in a blue sweater looking right at me. I can’t tell you what it was about this photo but all of a sudden I had butterflies in my stomach. I asked “Joanne, who IS that?”
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Drop hints to get the diamond ring of your dreams

Don't be shy about what you want this Valentine's Day!Okay, now no pressure, but it’s less than t-minus one week until Valentine’s Day. While we’re sure that you’ve had the perfect gift for your guy picked out, wrapped and hidden by the laundry machine (where he’s guaranteed not to look) for weeks, you know that your significant other might not have been so forward thinking.

In fact, he might be in panic mode right now. If you’re feeling generous and would like to help him out, drop a few hints as to the bling that you have your eye on. Who knows – there might even be an engagement ring in your future!

If you’re hoping for a diamond ring that will catch the light in a black out, point out other girl’s rings and say things like, “Hm, that ring is really pretty but if she had opted for micropavé with a round brilliant-cut diamond her ring might have a little more sparkle.”

Then pretend he didn’t hear you and say it again, slowly and clearly.

If you like old-fashioned rings with modern accents, say something like Edwardian-inspired diamond rings have so much charm and unique beauty.

Then write that sentence down and tape it to the refrigerator.

Pile on the bling for a last-minute New Year’s Eve outfit

Diamond rings will add sparkle to any ensemble. If you still don’t know what you’re wearing for New Years Eve, now’s the time to panic. Now just take a deep breath and follow this simple advice.

Here’s what you’re going to do: Wear black and accessorize like there’s no tomorrow.

New Year’s Eve is all about sparkling outfits and glittering jewelry. If you have some bling and a basic black dress, you’re covered. (We promise.)

First, start out by putting on all of the diamonds you own: rings, earrings, and bracelets – whatever. If it has diamonds, put it on. Long pearl necklaces are also perfect, and can work to create a vintage flapper vibe that will cause people to think you worked hard to create.

Another way to look really jazzed-up is to curl your hair and throw on a wide, colorful headband. If you have any sparkling pins, snap them onto the band for some extra bling.

Now that you’re positively radiating light, you can comfortably step out in style and ring in the New Year! (Might we suggest that your New Year’s resolutions include planning ahead of time?)