Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Amber Rose PLUS whipped-cream-flavor alcohol? Sign me up. I did opine, on Twitter, that whipped cream with alcohol in it would be even better. I can’t remember who enlightened me (let me know in the comments if you’re the one), but Whipahol exists in a variety of flavors! I haven’t bought any yet because I’m pretty sure I’d be standing in front of an open refrigerator, squirting the Whipahol directly into my mouth until I wound up hospitalized for a combination of alcohol poisoning and high blood sugar. But maybe one of my friends with more self-control will invite me over for a Whipahol treat one of these days (hint, hint to Stacy and Tina.)
Anyway, last week I was happy to see that Amber Rose is engaged to her new man, rapper Wiz Khalifa. Both Wiz and Amber Rose tweeted a photo of her engagement ring.
I’m impressed by this ring! An oval diamond is a refreshing change from the more traditional round cut, and it looks fabulous in a nice, clean setting. I can’t remember when I’ve last been impressed by a celebrity engagement ring. I’m always let down because the celebrity press will say a ring is “five carats.” Then I look at the photo and see a two-carat center stone surrounded by three carats of smaller diamonds. It is entirely correct to identify a piece of jewelry by its TOTAL carat weight (TCW). But when the very famous are involved, I’m always hoping to see a mind-blowing center stone, instead of a good-sized one in a fussy setting. I don’t know how many carats Amber Rose’s ring is, but it looks great on her hand and, like I said, the cut and setting are right up my alley.
If I were doing my engagement ring now, I would go with an oval stone. Back in 2001, when I designed my own engagement ring and wedding band — the first pieces of jewelry I ever designed — I never considered anything but a round cut. I wanted to liven it up by doing a really interesting setting, but the diamond wholesaler I was working with said that would distract from the gem. Plus, I would get sick of it, she said. I was persuaded and did a sleek but fairly unexceptional setting. In 2005, I went into the jewelry business with that same wholesaler. Later that year, I fell (while not wearing any jewelry, fortunately) and sprained two fingers on my left hand so badly that their size and shape were changed even after they seemed healed. My ring didn’t fit. The hand doctor said to give it a year. I waited a year and the ring still didn’t fit. By then, I was working with new people who were used to my increasingly non-traditional jewelry style. So, instead of resizing the ring, I redesigned the whole thing, adding a number of stones.
Yes, the setting does distract from the center stone. No, I’m not tired of it. And the total carat weight is none of your business.
I do a lot of custom engagement rings now, and for me, the customer is (nearly) always right. I’ll make suggestions, but if you’re determined to have a particular look, I’ll give it to you even if it’s not my style. I’ve learned from my experience. So you can have a copy of my own ring …
… a ring that looks like several stacking rings …
… or a ring made out of your grandmother’s stones.
If you want an Asscher-cut stone in a simple four-prong setting, I’ll do that. If you want a round stone in a simple bezel setting, I’ll do that. If you want a celebrity-style two-carat stone surrounded by three-carats of smaller stones in the world’s fussiest setting, I’ll do that. I’ve done rings with white-sapphire center stones instead of diamonds. One thing I won’t do is a ring with a very fragile center stone. That leads to grief. People are hard on their engagement rings and pearls, for instance, are extremely fragile. There’s a reason you don’t see a lot of pearl engagement rings.
I’m excited to be working on a couple of custom engagement rings right now. If you want to discuss your ring ideas with me, holla at me wbjewelry at hotmail dot com. If you’re in New York, we can even meet in person and toast your nuptials with Whipahol!
Note: I buy all loose diamonds for original designs from wholesalers who guarantee in writing that the gems are purchased from legitimate, non-conflict sources.
UPDATED TO ADD: Gorgeous blogger Rebecca of Minn Chic reminded me that actress Amber Tamblyn recently pranked musician/actor Tyrese. He thought she was Amber Rose; she played along. Enjoy!