by Ann Covode
Julia Roberts is trendsetting once again! She wore some pretty memorable jewels — or, rather, her on-screen character, Vivian Ward, did — in Pretty Woman. It’s quite hard to forget about that ruby-and-diamond necklace Ward receives from Edward Lewis (portrayed by Richard Gere) before the two head off to a fancy soirée. And while it might seem like nothing will ever compare to the dazzling pieces from the ’90s classic, Roberts’ engagement ring from husband Daniel Moder certainly does. Although it’s fairly simple, the actor’s sparkler does stand out for one particular reason. It’s no secret that colored gemstones have been a clear favorite among brides in 2018 and 2019, which means Roberts’ ring — which she’s had perched on her finger since 2002 — is right in line with one of today’s most popular jewelry crazes. Though on trend, one facet sets hers apart from the masses.
Julia’s vibrant green center gemstone makes her ring stand out from the rest. Katy Perry and Princess Eugenie opted for pink center stones and Kate Middleton chose sapphire, but few notable names have sported a verdant jewel on their ring finger, making Roberts’ exceptionally unique. Julia’s engagement ring appears to feature a 1.5 to 2 carat oval-shaped green tourmaline in a diamond-accented platinum or white gold band.
Eve has designed many unique rings with beautiful colored gemstones. In this “Interchange IV” engagement ring she utilizes a colorful indicolite tourmaline as the centerpiece. Finding warmth in this northern landscape, Eve created the spectacular “Interchange IV” engagement ring. Several years ago she fell in love with the famous Paraiba tourmalines from Brazil and set them in this ring. These tourmalines are now highly sought after and found in the house of Cartier as well as many other famous jewelry houses.
The teal indicolite tourmaline warms the 113 diamonds swirling around it as though it is melting the ice. From Eve Alfillé’s “Alone Together” series. The ring is an absolute beauty, featuring a 4.33 carat fine cushion-cut teal indicolite tourmaline encircled by a series of 113 diamonds totaling 0.87 carats that weave a swirling perimeter about the richly hued center. A pair of Paraiba tourmalines in an electric-teal hue sparkle on both sides of the center stone and weigh 0.29 carats together. $12,400
Eve also delighted in using this pink sapphire to design the “Chateau de Chambord en rosé” engagement and wedding ring pair. She wanted to imitate the Renaissance architecture of that magnificent chateau but chose to give it an art deco vibe to simplify it. It is a fortress of a ring featuring an emerald cut 1.18 carat shimmering pink sapphire. This bright, rosy stone is joined by two diamond baguettes totaling 0.12 carats and two diamond secret stones which adorn the sholders of the ring totalling 0.06 carats. All this beauty is set in 18 karat white gold with detailed antiquities carvings along the gallery. $4270 Shown here with its beautifully carved 18 karat white gold and diamond companion band sold separately. $1780
Inspired by vegetation and branches intertwining in the sunlight, Eve designed the lovely “Garden of Eden” ring featuring a pretty blue sapphire in an 18 karat white gold setting with 3 diamonds. She wanted this ring to be “Strong but delicate” to mimic nature. One of the diamonds resides at the bottom of the ring for the wearer to surreptitiously enjoy! $1280 The wedding band is also 18 karat white gold with 8 diamonds of 0.04 total weight. $1320
Princess Diana was a forerunner in the colored stone trend almost 40 year’s ago. Her sapphire engagement ring awed the world when it was unveiled at her and Charles’ wedding. Eve designed this “Married at Midnight” sapphire ring encircled by 30 diamonds with that in mind. A sapphire is a classic choice! $4660