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Diva Jennifer Hudson and her professional wrestler fiancé David Otunga believe it’s perfectly cool for a man to wear an engagement ring.
Hudson, who got her ring five years ago, threw conventional wisdom to the wind recently when she presented Otunga with a platinum engagement ring glistening with 5 carats of diamonds. The Dreamgirls star told Angie Martinez of Hot 97 FM radio that she bought the ring because her beau wanted the world to know he, too, was off the market.
When Otunga was spied wearing what seemed to be a diamond wedding band during a November 15 event honoring Hudson with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the rumor mill churned out reports that the couple may have been secretly married.
The Grammy-winning songstress dispelled marriage rumors by explaining, “David is a little different. He wanted to have an engagement ring, too. “[He would say,] ‘You have a ring, but how are they going to know I’m taken?’”
“So I had a ring made and then I gave it to him as his birthday gift on his birthday. And the way that I gave it to him was like, ‘Now will you marry me!’ So I kind of proposed to him too,” Hudson said on CBS’s The Talk.
In 2008, Otunga — a Harvard-educated-lawyer-turned-pro-wrestler — had proposed to Hudson on her 27th birthday.
Designer Neil Lane told People Magazine that the handmade “architectural and geometric” platinum-and-diamond men’s ring is “masculine, yet has a lot of sparkle.” Lane also is credited with having designed Hudson’s engagement ring, which features a 5-carat round center diamond and a micro-pavé split-shank band.
Hudson, 32, and Otunga, 33, are the parents of David Daniel Otunga, Jr., who was born in 2009.
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Stuart Weitzman is world famous for his outrageous, blinged out, over-the-top, seven-figure designer shoes. So, to tie-in with December’s birthstone of the month, we present Weitzman’s “Tanzanite Heels,” a pair of evening sandals featuring 185 carats of luxurious blue-purple tanzanites and 28 carats of diamonds.
Designed in 2006 in collaboration with jewelry designer Eddie LeVian, the bejeweled silver-leather shoes with platinum heels are valued at $2 million, landing them on the Top 5 list of the “World’s Most Expensive Shoes.”
At first glance, the shoes look more like a royal necklace than foot apparel. A 16-carat pear-shaped tanzanite dangles from the diamond-encrusted ankle strap, which boasts alternating pear- and oval-shape tanzanites. Each was meticulously matched for color and size.
The general public got to see the “Tanzanite Heels” for the first time in January 2007 at the New York Public Library. A year before, the shoes had taken first place in the “Fashion Accessories” category of the Tanzanite Foundation’s “Celebration of Life Jewelry Design Awards.”
Tanzanite is one of the newest official birthstones. In 2002, tanzanite was added to the jewelry industry’s official birthstone list, joining turquoise and zircon for December. This was the first time the list had been amended since 1912.
Tanzanite, which was discovered by Maasai tribesmen in 1967, is mined deep in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro. The entire mining area is only four square kilometers wide, and it is believed that the lifespan of the mine is just 30 years. Due to its single source and limited supply, promoters of tanzanite say that the gemstone is one thousand times rarer than a diamond.
Tanzanite’s exquisite color is an intoxicating mix of blue and purple, unlike any other gemstone. The stones come in a wide range of hues, from light blues or lilacs, to deep indigos and violets.
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A 52.58-carat D-flawless stunner sourced from the legendary Golconda diamond mines in south central India is the headliner of Christie’s Magnificent Jewels auction set for December 10 in New York City.
Christie’s described the octagonal-cut diamond as having “superior luminance, luster and distinct brilliance.” It is expected to fetch between $9.5 million to $12.5 million.
Back in April, the extraordinary “Princie” — also sourced from the Golconda mine — rocked the auction world when it sold for $39.3 million at Christie’s New York. The 34.65-carat cushion-cut fancy intense pink diamond was the most valuable diamond ever sold by this auction house.
For centuries, India’s most prized diamonds have been known as the “diamonds of Golconda,” and some of the most famous stones unearthed at the ancient Golconda mine have included the 45.52-carat deep blue Hope Diamond and the 105.60-carat Koh-i-Noor.
Other notable items on the block at Christie’s this December include the following:
• A platinum necklace featuring a 22.12-carat D color, VVS1, pear-shaped diamond. The necklace by Leviev is accented with marquise-cut and oval-cut diamonds weighing a total of about 38.76 carats. It has a pre-sale high estimate of $3.5 million.
• An 18-karat white gold necklace highlighted by a 91.38-carat cushion-cut Burmese sapphire and unique horizontally set baguette-cut diamonds. It is expected to fetch up to $1.2 million.
• Unusual platinum ear pendants boast impressive 18.98-carat and 16.75-carat Colombian emeralds, pearls and old-mine cushion-cut diamonds. The pair has a pre-sale high estimate of $850,000.
• Colorful multi-gemstone “Tutti Frutti” bracelet was made by Cartier circa 1930. The platinum Art Deco piece features oval-shaped jade cabochons, carved ruby and sapphire leaves, black onyx vine detail and old European-cut diamonds. It is expected to sell for up to $500,000.
Overall, Christie’s December 10 event, which concludes the winter auction season, will include 500 lots and is expected to garner more than $45 million in total sales.