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.
Fit for a (Disney) Princess: engagement rings.
A dear friend of mine recently sent me an article about a Disney Princess engagement ring collection. These were designed by the blogger behind Heck Yeah Disney Merch using Gemvara’s custom ring design tool. They’re a lot of fun to look at, but none of them are really my taste. Therefore, because it’s rainy and I have time, I’d like to offer alternative Disney Princess engagement rings. Alternatives at an infinite budget, because: Princesses.
Cinderella’s ring was my favorite of the ones in the article that I linked to above; I love the idea of giving her a stone that matches her iconic ice-blue dress. I’m also making the assumption that her housework days aren’t going to follow her to the palace.
My pick for Cinderella is this lovely fancy blue diamond ring by Tiffany and Co., circa 1910. Cinderella’s look in general is very 1950’s (for obvious reasons) but I think this Edwardian ring suits her. The elegant, marquise-shaped 3.54 carat fancy blue diamond fits her personality, as do the subtle floral details and tiny winking white diamonds of the platinum setting.
(Image via Fanpop.)
Jasmine is one of the few Disney Princesses who grows up as a Princess. She has a tiger for a pet, a private garden, a documented penchant for statement jewelry, and a wardrobe of matching bra tops and harem pants. Men literally put on parades to try to get her attention, and she’s all Shania Twain about it. Also, her boyfriend has a genie BFF. Jasmine knows no limits.
My choice for Jasmine is the Sun Drop diamond, a legendary 110.03 carat fancy vivid yellow pear-shaped diamond. She’d have to take it off while pretending to be a normal girl in the market, but I’m sure her tiger would guard it for her. A Disney Princess engagement ring can be as over-the-top as it wants.
(Image via fanpop.)
Aurora – a.k.a. Sleeping Beauty – is responsible for my lifelong dream to frolic barefoot in the woods in an casually fabulous outfit. She may not always make the best choices where spindles are concerned, but who couldn’t be jealous of her napping abilities?
I had to give Aurora an amethyst, because you know her various fairy godmothers would turn it purple eventually anyway with their pink vs blue fighting. This whimsical, dreamy ring features a light and lovely amethyst wreathed with 1 carat of diamonds, all set in pink gold.
(Image via Fanpop.)
We already know Ariel is a sucker for anything shiny or unusual, but her engagement ring should be a whoosit/whatsit unlike any other in her collection.
My pick for erstwhile mermaid Ariel is this stunner by Chopard – the colors can remind her of her first home, the sea. It would also be glorious against her red hair. This ring centers a rare and beautiful Pariba tourmaline, and is further adorned by sparkling white diamonds and additional tourmalines.
(Image via Music N’ More.)
Mulan is a badass. She disavows traditional gender roles to save her father and ends up saving her country, all while hanging out with a dragon and learning to use her sword like a BAMF. She deserves something awesome.
My pick for Mulan is this fantastically rare and exquisite fancy vivid orange diamond ring. The center stone is 4.19 carats and the white gold setting is embellished with brilliant-cut diamonds. The emperor might have to finance it, since it’s a Sotheby’s record holder, but I think she’s earned it. After all, a girl like Mulan doesn’t come around every dynasty.
I had so much fun doing this that I decided to make it a mini-series. Click here for Part II of Disney Princess engagement rings, with Belle, Snow White, Esmerelda, Tiana, and Rapunzel.
What do you think of my Disney Princess engagement ring picks? Which is your favorite? Would you do anything differently?All images and info in this post are thanks to the original source for each item – please see individual descriptions for source links.
Michele della Valle’s anemone necklace.
You already know that I adore the fabulous and cheerful designs of contemporary designer Michele della Valle. I have a particularly fabulous and cheerful piece of his for you today, one of my favorites so far.
This beauty is Michele della Valle’s “anemone” necklace. This fabulous piece is designed as a graduated row of fanciful anemone flowerheads. It is set with 46.86 carats of round, near colorless diamonds and accented by 7.45 carats of black, pink and yellow round diamonds, as well as round pink sapphires, amethysts, garnets, iolites, pink tourmalines, and spinels. It’s 16 inches long.
Fine jewelry is often so serious. I’m not saying that’s a bad thing. But it’s nice to see a piece for a change that’s happy without being stupid.
How would you style this? I’m having trouble imagining an outfit that successfully involves it. Maybe with a bright, solid colored, springishly-hued dress? Or with a white silk shirt and a skirt?
This beauty was listed in Sotheby’s April 2013 Magnificent Jewels sale. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s.
Diamond, pink sapphire, and Paraiba tourmaline necklace, Michele Della Valle.
This Paraiba tourmaline necklace is my favorite piece of Michele Della Valle’s whimsical work that I’ve featured on the blog so far. No one who knows me will be shocked by the color scheme that is about to happen.
Yes, this Paraiba tourmaline necklace looks like cotton candy. Yes, it is what the queen My Little Pony would wear. I don’t care. It is the prettiest, and I love it.
This necklace is designed as a gently graduated line set with oval Paraiba tourmalines and circular-cut pink sapphires highlighted with brilliant-cut diamonds.
Not only is it extra-super-pretty (this is going to be the level of writing today, deal with it) but it’s really impressive from a gemstone standpoint. Those minty jewels are Paraiba tourmalines, which are extremely rare.
This wonderful Paraiba tourmaline necklace was listed in Sotheby’s July 2011 Fine Jewels sale. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s.
Art Nouveau gold, aquamarine, diamond & enamel brooch.
This brooch is spectacular. And also rather strange.
Have you ever seen a brooch this shape before? So unique. It makes me think of Ever After…it would certainly draw attention.
This piece was designed by Georges Fouquet in Paris in 1901. It is designed with a central aquamarine panel suspending a large aquamarine drop in between two green tourmalines, within enameled oval forms embellished with diamond detailing. Forgive the long sentence. This brooch is made of 18ct yellow gold.
This brooch is for sale at Hancocks, listing via 1stdibs. All images and info are thanks to Hancocks and 1stdibs.
Gem-set and diamond earrings, Michele della Valle.
I have a great appreciation for Michele della Valle’s exuberant use of color.
To put it simply, these earrings rock. The color combination, of the polished sapphires, emeralds, and tourmaline drops is both fabulous and unexpected. The gems are perfectly accentuated by the brilliant-cut diamond details.
These earrings were listed in Sotheby’s November 2012 Magnificent Jewels sale. All images and info are thanks to Sotheby’s.