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April showers brought May flowers

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Just a little spring time inspiration. The Nashville area has been anything but springlike. Oh well...

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Beautiful 1920s platinum and diamond ring. The flower motif is elegant and done in a non-trendy way. The total carat weight is 1.2 carats! From Israel Rose and priced at $1650.

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18 carats of aquamarine! From the 1950s done in 18k yellow gold, I can't imagine how eye-catching this bracelet would look like on. The mesh-iness of the entire piece makes it that much more unique. From Israel Rose, priced at $3500.

Heidi Montag's Wedding Jewels

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Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt tied the knot, for real this time, this past weekend. Heidi's jewelry for the big day was bold and glamorous. She is seen here with her bridal jewels, which are Neil Lane and worth over $1 million! Her bracelets are amazing. Below are some great choices from Lang Antiques, all may be well over your wedding budget, but it is always fun to dream!

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This bracelet is sleek, with a bold center diamond--almost 2 carats! Crafted during the Edwardian Era, it is rightfully done in platinum and totals 4 carats of diamonds. Price: $19,500

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This one has the open links, similar to Heidi's. It is a French Art Deco piece, all done in platinum. The total diamond weight here is 8 carats, with a price of $17,500

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Although Heidi wore a white-on-white look with her jewelry, adding a small pop of color, especially sapphires, is always pretty. I like this bracelet circa 1915, all set in platinum with bezel set diamond and sapphires. A total of 12 carats worth of diamonds in this bracelet! The price surely reflects that, $36000.

All bracelets can be purchased at Lang Antiques, photo of Heidi courtesy of Pop Sugar.

Glimpse Into the Past: Star Settings

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A star setting is a type of setting where a gemstone is placed in the center of an engraved star, secured by metal added to the star points.  This type of setting was popular throughout the 1900s, into the retro period and even into the 80s.  Although this kind of setting can easily look tacky, there are many versions that are beautiful.  Some great examples are below.  Do you like the star setting?

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This wide band is done in 14k yellow gold, with ten star set rubies. A great gift idea for anyone with a significance in the number ten--10th anniversary maybe?  Priced at $985 from Doyle & Doyle.

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Known as a "gypsy" ring circa 1910, this ring features two sapphires and a diamond, all star set. The three-stone ring style is always a favorite.  Priced at $2550 from The Three Graces.

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Also from The Three Graces are these earrings. Each has a .03 diamond that is star set in 10k and 14k yellow gold. These are a definite spin on classic diamond studs. Priced at $525.

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For those who prefer white gold, this diamond star set band is great. All done in 14k white gold with very clean diamonds. Priced at $1400 from Doyle & Doyle.

Designer Spotlight: Hanut Singh

Hanut Singh designs jewelry that will surely catch your eye, along with everyone else's gawks.  His talent is tremendous, with roots that go back to his grandparents,  along with a family jewel vault filled with inspiration.  Many of his pieces have art deco or past influences, with a new twist.  The website features his entire collection, along with press articles and a section devoted to displaying his celebrity clientele that have been seen wearing his designs.  

Check out my favorites below from Hanut Singh's jewelry line, and you will understand why celebrities like Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen, Beyonce, and Penelope Cruz love his work!

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Tri-Link Motif by Hoorsenbuhs

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The iconic, eye-catching motif of a tri-link has admirers gawking, and people buying. First to come on the scene in 2005, jewelry line Hoorsenbuhs has created pieces like rings and bracelets using a simple motif that flatters anyone wearing them. A very young company, yet already has a unique list of celebrity clientele. Mary-Kate Olsen is seen here wearing the Hoorsenbuhs ring.

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Their line is meant to be customized to the buyers' needs: anything can be done in silver, 18k yellow, pink or white gold, even platinum. You want diamonds? You can add those too.

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I had no idea Hoorsenbuhs did bridal jewelry as well. I LOVE the above wedding set, featuring both the man's wedding band and woman's matching band, and the engagement ring is amazing. Simply stunning.

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For more information:

visit Hoorsenbuhs website

or read the JC Report