Khloe Kardashian’s Engagement Ring

Speaking of Kourtney Kardashian, we have to take a moment out to really take a look at one of the most memorable rings in recent memory, her sisters Khloe. Khloe Kardashian as we all know married famous Laker, Lamar Odom, after only a month, and has been for a over a year trying to get pregnant. The reality star’s sadness was broadcast for all the world to see after thinking when after thinking she was indeed pregnant, it was a false positive.

But along with her husband’s patience and understanding she can also find comfort in the huge engagement ring he gave her as a symbol of his love. The ring is a stunning 12.5 radiant cut diamond ring with a pave diamond band, just in case the sparkling factor was not enough. And the cost? A cool $850,000 dollars. Ain’t love grand!

Khloe has been wearing the ring every single moment of her life! Understandable of course! It is an engagement ring, and she wears it proudly. Here are some of our favorite pictures of her wearing one of the biggest rocks in Hollywood.

Nicole Richie Ready For Wedding Plans

Nicole Richie and Joel Madden had children before deciding to get engaged. So it may be no surprise that the couple has had somewhat delayed wedding plans. On this week’s Ellen Degeneres Show, the star revealed she hadn’t really put much thought into her wedding plans. “I’ve been on the road. I just got home, and so it’s really going to be now that’s the time for me to sit down and think about what I want.” Richie told Degeneres.

Nicole Richie

Richie also revealed that the couple hadn’t yet set a date. Both Richie and Madden confirmed their engagement in Februrary as Richie explained she had to become a mom before she knew she was a wife.

And ever since February Richie has been spotted out and about with a four-carat Neil Lane engagement rings that surely knocks the socks off whoever sees it. Any white gold diamond pave engagement rings would be a close style replica for Richie’s ring.

The couple were spotted at Sunday’s Oscars and we can only expect many more public appearances to come as details unfold about the wedding.

Celebrity Engagement Rings That Might Give You Ideas

So maybe you’ve been wondering how to narrow down the tremendous amount of engagement rings available. You’re getting ready to take her out to a five-star restaurant, get down on one knee and ask her to marry you….but you can’t decide on which ring to pick out. Check out what celebrities of the past and present have worn as their engagement rings. You might get some good ideas!

Elizabeth Taylor diamonds Elizabeth Taylor wore a lavish 30-carat emerald cut diamond, given to her by her third husband, Michael Todd.
Donald Trump and Melania Knauss Donald Trump presented his bride with a huge 12-carat emerald-cut engagement ring that cost $1 million.
Paris Hilton Paris Hilton was briefly engaged and reportedly wore a 24-carat emerald cut diamond ring.
Marilyn Monroe and Joe Dimaggio Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio eloped, as some may recall. He presented her with a platinum eternity band set with thirty-six small baguette diamonds.
Jessica Simspon and Tony Romo Jessica Simpson was briefly engaged and wore a 4-carat engagement ring that featured an unusual pear-shaped diamond with two side stones.
Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes Tom Cruise presented Katie Holmes with a 5-carat ring with a classic oval-shaped diamond in a pave setting.
Madonna and Guy Ritchie Madonna’s ring from Guy Richie was reportedly a 5-carat total weight ring with a three-stone design in a bezel setting.

Understanding Diamond Engagement Ring Terminology

When shopping for an engagement ring you’ll hear words like cut, clarity, carat weight, color, the 4Cs, fire, brilliance, prong set, pave, and many others.  Having a basic understanding of not only diamond terminology, but engagement ring terminology as well will benefit you greatly as you begin your search.

Here are some diamond and engagement ring terms you should familiarize yourself with before you begin your engagement ring search.

Diamond Terminology

Blemish – a clarity characteristic confined to the surface of a polished diamond

Brilliant cut – a cutting style in which triangular and kite shaped facets spread out from the diamond’s center toward the girdle

Brilliance – the brightness that stems from the center of the diamond.  Brilliance occurs when light enters through the table, reaches the pavilion facets, and is reflected back through the table.

4Cs Cut, Color, Clarity, Carat weight

Carat (ct) – standard term used for the weight of a diamond

Clarity – absence of internal inclusions and external blemishes

Color – absence of color in a diamond

Cut – the proportions and finish of a polished diamond

Clarity characteristics – internal or external feature of a diamond that helps determine the quality and establish its identity

Crown – the upper portion of the diamond above the girdle

Culet – a facet sometimes added to the bottom of the pavilion to protect the tip

Eye clean – a term used to describe a diamond with no blemishes or inclusions that can be seen with the unaided eye

Face-up (aka table up) – a position where the diamond’s crown and table are pointed towards the viewer

Face-down (aka table down) – a position where the diamond’s pavilion is pointed towards the viewer

Facet – a smooth flat plane on the surface of a diamond.  Facets allow light to enter a diamond and reflect off its surface at different angles creating color and light.

Fancy cut– any diamond shape other than a round

Fire – the flashes of colors in a polished diamond

Fluorescence – the emission of visible light by a diamond when it is exposed to ultraviolet radiation

Girdle – the outer edge or outline of the diamond’s shape

Inclusion – a clarity characteristic totally enclosed in a polished diamond or extending into it from the surface

Pavilion – the lower portion of a diamond below the girdle

Plot (aka diamond certificate) – a map of a diamond’s inclusions, blemishes, and facet arrangements

Point (pt) – a unit of measurement used to describe the weight of a diamond

Proportions – the angles and relative measurements of a polished diamond and the relationship between them

Scintillation – the flashes of light and dark areas you see when the diamond, light, or observer moves

Shape – the face-up outline of a diamond

Shape appeal (aka “eye-pleasing”) – a diamonds overall appearance in relation to others of the same size, shape, and cutting style

Scintillation – the flashes of light and dark areas you see when the diamond, light, or observer moves.

Engagement Ring Terminology

Setting Styles

A Prong setting (aka claw setting) is the most common type of setting for solitaire diamond rings.   The diamond is placed in a metal head or basket and it is secured using 3-8 prongs.  The shapes of prongs vary in style and may even contain small accent diamonds.

Advantages – allows more diamond to show than any other style, is secure, easy to clean, and is quick to set.

Disadvantages – does not provide a smooth surface and the prongs can catch on clothing or hair and the girdle area of the diamond is left exposed.

A Channel setting is very popular for not only engagement rings, but wedding bands as well.  The diamonds are placed in a row and are “suspended” between two continuous pieces of metal on the top and bottom with no metal between each stone.   It provides a smooth surface across the ring and protects the girdle of the diamonds; which makes it a great setting choice for someone that is very active or uses their hands a great deal.  The diamonds used for a wedding band are usually all the same size, but may differ in size for engagement rings graduating from larger to smaller down the shank.

Advantages – protects the girdle area of the diamonds and provides for a smooth surface.

Disadvantages – more time consuming and costly to set than a prong setting because all stones must be evenly spaced and secure.

A Pave setting (aka bead setting) contains small round brilliant cut diamonds that are set level with the surface of the ring.  Tiny holes are made in the setting and once the diamond is placed into the hole the surrounding metal is raised to form tiny beads or prongs that will hold the diamond in place.  Pave adds brilliance to the ring and creates the illusion of a larger center stone.  Pave settings are commonly designed using white gold or platinum to minimize the appearance of metal.  Pave settings are quite durable, but aren’t for everyone.  Pave settings also require a little more cleaning and care than prong, channel, and bezel settings.

Advantages – provides great protection for the girdle and pavilion, accentuates the center stone and can make it appear larger than a prong setting, and it allows for an uninterrupted design.

Disadvantages – it doesn’t provide for a smooth surface like a channel setting or channel setting.

Metal Choices

Platinum is rare, pure and known for its durability.  Platinum is 95% pure and will not fade or tarnish keeping its rich white color for a lifetime.  With everyday wear platinum will develop a patina overtime.  Platinum is extremely strong and will hold precious stones firmly and securely in place.  Platinum will scratch, but unlike other metals no metal is lost it is just displaced.  Platinum is hypoallergenic and is a great choice for someone with sensitive skin.

Palladium is part of the platinum family and has a grayish white tone.  It is 10% stronger than platinum and consists of 95% palladium and 5% ruthenium which makes it more scratch resistant than platinum.   Palladium is also a hypoallergenic metal.

White Gold, available in 10kt, 14kt or 18kt, is pure gold alloyed with palladium, zinc or nickel.  The alloys in white gold make it stronger than yellow gold.  To mask the slightly yellowish tone in white gold it is rhodium plated giving it a bright white finish.

Yellow Gold, available in 10kt, 14kt or 18kt, is pure gold alloyed with copper and silver.  Its color looks great with all skin tones and gemstones.

Rose Gold, available in 10kt, 14kt or 18kt, is pure gold alloyed with copper.  Rose Gold has a soft tone that compliments the skin’s natural coloring.  Rose Gold comes in a variety of shades from reddish to a soft pink.  Rose Gold is not recommended for individuals with metal allergies because of its copper alloy.

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Top 8 Celebrity Engagement Rings

#8 Beyonce

Beyonce received this eye popping rock from Jay-Z sometime around April 2008.  Designed by Lorraine Schwartz this stunning engagement ring features a flawless 18ct Emerald shaped diamond set in a platinum setting.

Beyonce Engagement Ring

 

#7 Jessica Simpson

Jessica received this gorgeous engagement ring from Nick Lachey on February 10, 2002 while vacationing on yacht off the Hawaiian coast. This three stone engagement ring features a 4ct pear shaped diamond center stone with 2 side stones and is set in platinum.

 

#6 Heidi Klum

Heidi received this beautiful designer engagement ring from Seal on December 23, 2004. It features a 10ct fancy yellow Cushion cut engagement ring with small yellow pave set diamonds on the band.

 

#5 Katie Holmes

Katie received this one of a kind engagement ring from Tom Cruise atop the Eiffel Towel on June 17, 2005. This stunning art deco inspired platinum and rose gold ring features a 5ct Oval shaped center stone set in a diamond pave setting.

Katie Holmes engagement ring

 

#4 Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth received this stunning engagement ring in early 2007 from Arun Nayer. Designed by Chopard this beautiful ring features a 15.09 ct Asscher cut set in white gold with a diamond pave band.

Elizabeth Hurley Engagement RIng

 

#3 Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer was given this stunning engagement ring from David Otunga on September 12, 2008. Designed by Neil Lane this beautiful ring features a 5ct round brilliant cut center stone set in a halo of diamonds.

Jennifer Hudson Engagement RIng

 

#2 Eva Longoria Parker

Eva was given this gorgeous engagement ring by Tony Parker on November 29, 2006.  Designed by Jean Dousset of Paris, France this stunner features a flawless 5 ct Emerald shaped center stone surrounded by 248 diamonds.

Eva Longoria engagement ring

 

#1 Khloe Kardashian

Khloe was given this beautiful engagement ring by Lamar Odom in September 2009. The ring features a 9 ct Radiant shaped diamond with a pave engagement ring.

 

Tacori Sapphire and Diamond Pave Setting

This sophisticated Tacori engagement ring 2518RD features half moon shaped bar set blue sapphires and round brilliant cut pave set diamonds around the center stone.  It also features round brilliant cut pave-set diamonds down the two rows of the knife -edged band.  The matching Tacori wedding band 2520 features round brilliant cut pave set diamonds going half way around the band.

Tacori 2518 RD

Available in platinum, 18kt white gold or 18kt yellow gold and can accommodate a round brilliant from .70ct to 2.50ct.

FlyerFit by Martin Flyer Three Stone Princess Cut and Pave Setting

This stylish three stone Martin Flyer engagement ring features two princess shaped side diamonds and round brilliant cut pave-set diamonds going 1/2 way around the band.  The matching Martin Flyer wedding band features round brilliant cut pave-set diamonds having a total weight of .30ct also going 1/2 way around the band.  The band measures 2.1mm wide and is a perfect match for this engagement ring setting.  All FlyerFit rings are made to fit perfectly flush with almost any wedding band.

FlyerFit by Martin Flyer Three Stone Princess Cut and Pave SettingFlyerFit by Martin Flyer Three Stone Princess Cut and Pave Setting

Scott Kay Baguette and Pave Diamond Setting .58ct tw

This stylish Scott Kay engagement ring features 2 baguette shaped bar-set diamonds and 3 round brilliant cut pave-set diamonds on either side of your choice of a center stone.  It also features the signature Scott Kay surprise bezel set diamonds below the basket on either side of the setting.

Scott Kay Baguette and Pave Diamond SettingAvailable in platinum, palladium, 19kt white gold or 19kt yellow gold and can accommodate a round brilliant or fancy shaped center stone from .60ct to 3.20ct.

Scott Kay Baguette and Pave Diamond Setting

Tacori Pave-Set Diamond Setting .25ct tw

This beautiful Tacori engagement ring # T 2502PR features round brilliant cut pave-set diamonds around your choice of a center stone.  It is available in platinum, 18kt white gold or 18kt yellow gold and can accommodate a Round Brilliant, Asscher, Emerald, Princess, or Radiant shaped center stone from .40ct to 4.20ct.

Tacori Pave-Set Diamond SettingTacori Pave-Set Diamond Setting

What is a Pave Setting?

A pave setting contains small round brilliant cut diamonds that are set level with the surface of the ring. Tiny holes are made in the setting and once the diamond is placed into the hole the surrounding metal is raised to form tiny beads or prongs that will hold the diamond in place. Pave adds brilliance to the ring and creates the illusion of a larger center stone. Pave settings are commonly designed using white gold or platinum to minimize the appearance of metal.

Pave settings are quite durable, but are not for everyone. They are not recommended for someone that does a great deal of physical activity or works with their hands on a daily basis as pave settings don’t provide for a smooth surface like a channel setting. Pave settings also require a little more cleaning because dirt can gather in the crevices created by the diamond pattern.

Henri Daussi Micro Pave Setting

Henri Daussi Micro Pave Setting

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