The Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan Diamond is a HUGE rough cut diamond discovered in South Africa in the Premier Mine in 1905. Fredrick Wells, a superintendent of the mine looked above him and spotted the 3106 carat diamond in the wall. He scaled the wall and removed the largest diamond crystal ever found.

The Cullinan diamond was cut into 9 major pieces, and 96 smaller diamonds. Each major diamond is part of the British Crown Jewel collection.

Cut from the gargantuan Cullinan diamond, the Star of Africa diamond weighs 530.2 carats. It is pear shaped, with 74 facets.  Today, this beautiful diamond is set in the Scepter with the Cross, and is traditionally used as a part of the coronation ceremonies.

The Cullinan II is a 317 carat cushion cut diamond, set in the imperial state crown. The Cullinan III is a 94 carat stone set in the crown of Queen Mary.

The Imperial State Crown

We absolutely love these diamonds, and all diamonds for that matter! Which of these is your favorite? Do you have any other famous diamonds that you adore? Would you consider diamonds in your wedding bands?

Wedding Band Trends

Wedding Band Trends

Purchasing wedding bands? We think that the best thing to decide on is bands that are unique to you and your fiancé, matching your individual styles and tastes. Here are some of our favorite trends in current wedding bands.

Eternity Bands:

Many brides today love the idea of having diamonds on both their engagement ring and on their wedding bands. Eternity bands are a beautiful way to compliment your engagement ring.

Stacked Wedding Rings:

This trend is a wonderful way to create a ring that is entirely your own. Stacking 2 or three rings can be a beautiful alternative to the traditional single band. Also, starting with one and adding more bands later creates a built-in anniversary gift for the years to come.
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Engraving:

Engraving makes every ring a touch more personal, with a message inscribed on the inside of the band. Here at WeddingBands.com, we offer free engraving!

Colored Stones:

We love the idea of including colored stones in wedding bands. From sapphires to rubies, there are a plethora of options.

We also love the idea of combining a few of these trends together! The most important thing is that you love your ring, and will love wearing it everyday! The selection is vast, and possibilities are endless, so find a band that is the perfect representation of your love for each other.

Kim Kardasian’s Wedding Registry

Kim Kardasian’s Wedding Registry

After receiving her 20.5 carat diamond engagement ring from fiancé Kris Humphries, Kim Kardashian has started planning for the upcoming nuptials, starting with her wedding registry. Known for her sophisticated taste, Kardashian registered at Williams Sonoma and Geary’s of Beverly Hills. So what made her wish list?

The future Mrs. Humphries registered for everything from dinner napkins for $12.50 apiece, to Hermes dinnerware at $100-$304 per item, a $1600 Scandinavian-designed teapot, and a Baccarat crystal vase for $7,850.

Khloe Kardashian, Kim’s sister, already said the wedding will be “royal wedding number two.” If this registry is any indication of the extravagance of the wedding ceremony, it seems that she may be accurate.  However, critics say that she should have opted for charitable donations in lieu of gifts. What do you think of her registry?

Justin Bieber Drops $25,000 on ‘Family Guy’ Necklace

Justin Bieber Drops $25,000 on ‘Family Guy’ Necklace

Justin Bieber is known throughout the world as the most popular teenage recording artist. However, he is not only a teenage heart throb, but has recently become a novice jewelry designer.

Justin Bieber's $25,000 'Family Guy' Necklace. Courtesy of TMZ.com

Justin has been seen sporting a necklace inspired by the TV show ‘Family Guy’ which he designed with the help of famous Beverly Hills jeweler, Jason Arasheben.  The necklace which depicts the character ‘Stewie’, is worth over $25,000, contains 12 carats of precious stones, including red, yellow, and green rubies for his shoes and clothes and white diamonds for his head. The entire pendant is set in 14-karat yellow gold.

FBI busts 5 year Jewelry Theft Ring

After five years and over 1.2 million dollars in jewels stolen from jewelry stores from across the country, the FBI has busted a nation wide grab and go theft ring.  Nineteen suspects in the Detroit, Michigan area were recently arrested in connection with this theft ring.

Between the years of 2006 and April 2011, these suspects are alleged to have stolen over 1.2 million dollars in luxury watches as well as diamond rings and jewelry.  This Detroit area based theft ring has been suspected of hitting over 45 stores within 22 states nationwide.  They would then ship the items back to Michigan.  The stolen jewelry was then sold back to Michigan area jewelry stores.  Over 50 individuals are suspected to have taken part in this ring, although 19 have been arrested thus far with connections to the ring.  These individuals have been charged with numerous counts including conspiracy, interstate transportation of stolen property, as well as aiding and abetting.

How exactly did this enormous group of individuals manage to pull off these robberies?  On the whole, a young male would enter the store and ask the sales person to look at high priced luxury items, such as diamond rings, diamond bands and luxury brand watches.  Then the individual would grab the merchandise and make a quick escape to a waiting car.  Sometimes the group would employ two vehicles for the theft, acting as a getaway and a diversion.  Most often the getaways would result in a high speed chase.

The investigation into this ring and possible arrests of more suspects is still an on going matter for the Detroit police department as well as the FBI.