A few weeks ago, I started this Disney Princess engagement ring series with my picks for engagement rings worthy of fictional Disney Princesses Cinderella, Jasmine, Ariel, Mulan, and Aurora. It was too fun to stop with just five, so I kept right on going.
Here is Part II, with my picks for Belle, Snow White, Esmerelda, Tiana, and Rapunzel.
(Image via Belle’s Bookshelf.)
Belle is my favorite Disney Princess; no other lady holds a candle to her. Not only is she a sassy and fabulous representative of Team Brunette, she loves books! And she’s a documented re-reader, much like yours truly. (“I’ll borrow…that one!” “But you’ve read it twice!”) Belle doesn’t really need a ring, since her Prince already gave her the best gift that anyone could hope for, but I wanted to find her one anyway.(Image via Belle’s Bookshelf.)
My pick for Belle is this 4.33 carat yellow diamond ring by Cartier. Classic and elegant, just like Belle herself. The center stone is a rectangular brilliant cut natural fancy intense yellow diamond, flanked on either side by white diamonds. Yellow diamonds aren’t usually my first choice, but this one is glorious and no one can deny that yellow is Belle’s color.
Once she’s married, I imagine Belle will wear just her wedding band most of the time and save her engagement ring for special occasions. She strikes me as sort of a hands-on Princess, and who can re-organize her library with a huge rock on her finger?
The De Beers Adonis rose band in platinum gives me the rose tie-in I wanted for Belle without making library maintenance impossible. It’ll look wonderful with her engagement ring or on its own, and it’s a reference to the rose as an important symbol of her story without being overly on-the-nose. The plentiful tiny diamonds will give this band sparkle worthy of a Princess.
Sure, Esmerelda’s not technically a Princess – but she’s a fabulous, feisty heroine and she deserves a ring too. I don’t actually remember her movie very well, but I know she dances like a diva and stands up for herself and her friends. She also definitely loves gold – even her goat has a gold earring.
My pick for Esemerelda is the Erica Courtney “Ellen” ring. It’s bold and feminine, just like Esmerelda. Bonus: the design on the side actually forms a cursive “E.” The one pictured here is in rose gold, but I think Esmerelda would probably prefer high-karat yellow gold to match the rest of her jewelry.
Good old Snow White. I don’t have strong feelings about Snow White, although I do enjoy her affinity for woodland creatures and I think she played herself better than Kristen Stewart did.
My pick for Snow White is Art Deco Cartier, so it’s very Princess-worthy. Aren’t the colors amazing? It features a 5.50 carat a European-cut fancy intense yellow diamond flanked on either side by shield-cut sapphires weighing a total of 1.20 carats.
I think the connection here is pretty obvious: the yellow diamond with blue sapphires is a perfect match for Snow White’s favorite (or only) outfit. A Disney Princess engagement ring must be an appropriate color!
Tiana came too late for me to admire her in my personal golden age of Princesses (before age 20) but I’m still fond of her. Her movie has fabulous music and her domain includes beignets; what’s not to love?
I chose Van Cleef & Arpels’ Arbre aux Songes ring for Tiana. It features a glorious, majestically-hued tourmaline in a setting embellished diamond-studded leaves. I think the bayou-esque color scheme and foliate setting would be a lovely reference to how she and her prince met and fell in love.
If you missed Part I of my Disney Princess engagement ring series, you can click here to catch up. What do you think of this round of picks? Did I miss anyone you were hoping to see?
All images and info in this post are thanks to the original source for each item – please see individual Disney Princess engagement ring descriptions for source links.
I’ve never seen another watch quite like this one. I’m not positive it would be excellent for telling the time – it’s sort of difficult to read – but I think being aware of the time is not the primary reason one would wear a watch like this one.
What I find so remarkable is that the face of the dial is a cabochon emerald crystal rather than something colorless and traditional.
The the bracelet is set with circular- and single-cut diamonds, and is expandable. The dial, beneath that cabochon emerald crystal, is applied with Roman numerals. Outside the emerald, the dial is bezel millegrain-set with circular-cut diamonds. The dial of the watch is signed Cartier, and was made in 1920.
This watch was sold as part of Sotheby’s May 2012 Magnificent Jewels auction. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s.
I’m going to give you a really big picture of this one and I’m pretty sure no one will complain.
This gorgeous festival of diamonds was made by Cartier in 1935. The center is of bombé design, set with a pear-shaped diamond weighing 8.82 carats within a surround of circular-cut stones. The bracelet is set with cushion-shaped, circular, single-cut and baguette diamonds.
This bracelet was listed in Sotheby’s November 2012 Magnificent Jewels sale. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s.
This 1930’s aquamarine and diamond necklace is another one that I pinned on Pinterest pre-blog and I’ve seen it all over the place ever since then. I think it deserves its own post.
The pendant is signed for Trabert & Hoeffer, Inc and Mauboussin, while the chain, which was added later, is signed by Cartier. No wonder this thing is gorgeous, with all of those big names working on it.
The necklace is set with a large step-cut aquamarine with a baguette diamond detail necklace set with circular and single-cut diamonds. The chain is 20 inches long, so it’s a lower-hanging necklace (just FYI for those of us who are planning what to wear it with). It would be stunning dangling mid-decolletage in a plunging black dress, or hanging over fabric in a more modest outfit.
This 1930’s aquamarine and diamond necklace was sold in Sotheby’s May 2012 Magnificent Jewels sale. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s.
This bracelet really is extra super pretty. It’s more than that; it’s spectacular, magnificent, incredible. It deserves to be described in only multi-syllabic superlatives.
You see my point? I’ve been saving this one to unveil on my birthday week, and there’s no question in my mind that it was worth the wait.
This unique, rare, and exceptionally beautiful bracelet is the work of Cartier,and is from the late 1920’s. It’s designed as a highly-articulated (read: fully flexible), vine set with set with cushion-shaped, circular-, single-cut, and rose diamonds. The diamond vine is blossoming with conch pearl fruits or flowers and is embellished with black enamel. It’s subtle and opulent all at the same time.
The use of conch pearls is what makes this piece so unusual. An informative tidbit thanks to the Sotheby’s Catalogue Note:
“We know of no other significant Cartier jewel that employed the charming baby pink conch pearl in conjunction with black enamel and diamonds. The fruiting vine central motif is shared with other highly chromatic ‘tutti frutti’ bracelets designed in the company’s workshops at this date. Although the design is totally balanced and harmonious, the principal gems, all of different sizes and slightly different shades of colour are placed asymmetrically giving the jewel a sense of tension which is highly unusual. ” Excerpt from the recently released book ‘Celebrating Jewellery: Exceptional Jewels of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries’, by David Bennett and Daniela Mascetti, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2012, page 159.
So there you go. This is no run-of-the-mill piece, even among antique Cartier bracelets.
Sigh. It contains so many of my favorite design elements that I can’t even stand it. Try not to drool on your keyboards too much.
This miracle of a bracelet was listed in Sotheby’s November 2012 Magnificent Jewels sale. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s.
It’s my birthday!! Happy birthday to me. My present to myself (besides the jewelry I already bought myself last week…oops) is that we are going to look at one my favorite pieces of all time.
My goal for this post is to sound as little like Gollum as possible. We’ll see how it goes.
Edward, Duke of Windsor and almost-King of England, did a really good job of proving that he loved Wallis Simpson. Sure, it was no small thing when he abdicated the throne for her. But what really impresses me is the fact that he bought her some of the most amazing jewelry the world has ever seen, much of it specially commissioned. We are only going to talk about one piece today: her Cartier panther bracelet, but you can see several other spectacular pieces here.
Image via Bride-to-be.
Cartier created this bracelet in Paris in 1952. The finely-sculpted body is pavé-set with brilliant- and single-cut diamonds and calibré-cut onyx. Each eye is carefully set with a marquise-shaped emerald. It is 195 mm long and wears as if it’s 165 mm long. In American, that means it’s 6.5 inches and would fit me perfectly. Be still my heart.
I usually don’t mention prices, but you should be aware that this baby sold for just over 7 million dollars. I’m pretty sure it’s worth every penny.
The most remarkable feature of this bracelet – besides the sensuous lines and emerald eyes of the elegant panther – is the piece’s extensive articulation. The panther is jointed along its entire length to allow the bracelet to drape itself around a lucky wearer’s wrist rather than remaining rigid like a bangle.
Here, the bracelet lounges languidly on a white-gloved hand in front of a Cecil Beaton portrait of Wallis Simpson at Sotheby’s auction rooms in London. Photo by Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP, via Pricescope.
Sotheby’s says the piece is “designed to encircle the wrist and to assume a stalking attitude.” Sounds like an accurate description to me. Just look how perfectly detailed he is; the perk of his ears, the shape of his paws.
Here is the fabulous Duchess of Windsor herself, looking happy in her bracelet (and why shouldn’t she be?).
A lovely view here of the bracelet’s fluidity, thanks to Technology Marketing Corporation.
Here the bracelet is stretched out to its full length for the Sotheby’s catalogue. Isn’t it crazy to think of such an iconic piece having something as mundane as a clasp? I would have just expected the panther to come momentarily to life and clasp its own tail in its paw.
More stalking. The Independent described the lady modeling the bracelet in this image as “A person.”
A photo of the bracelet napping in its Cartier box, via News.com.au.
One last photo to give us a new view of the face and limbs. Goodbye for now, precious panther. I’ll see you in my dreams.
This bracelet was listed in Sotheby’s Exceptional Jewels and Precious Objects Formerly in the Collection of The Duchess of Windsor sale. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s unless otherwise noted.