Yesterday, the celebrity couple known as J-Rod (Jennifer Lopez + Alex Rodriguez) revealed to their combined 90 million followers on Instagram that Rodriguez had dropped to one knee on a beach and proposed to Lopez.
We know about the beach, the knee drop, and even that A-Rod was wearing his World Series ring when he proposed-because both superstars posted photos showing the proposal as it happened on their IG feeds.
We also know (again, photo evidence) that the ring A-Rod proposed with is not only a big diamond solitaire engagement ring-it's the Mount Everest of big diamond solitaire engagement rings.
Page Six reports that Rodriguez slipped a flawless 16 ct. emerald-cut diamond ring worth $1.8 million onto Jenny From the Block's finger. In the hand-holding, er, big diamond ring photo (which both shared to Instagram), the shank of the ring isn't even visible, the diamond is so enormous.
A source told Page Six: "Alex had been shopping around for the right ring for the past seven months. He knew for a long time that he wanted to propose to Jennifer. He wanted to get it right."
The couple was (and perhaps still is) vacationing on the island of Great Guana Cay near Baker's Bay in the Bahamas-at a resort owned by Mike Meldman and frequented by fellow celebs including Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen and Justin Timberlake. Reportedly, it's the first place the couple vacationed together when they began dating.
So who made the ring? We don't know. Rodriguez reportedly bought both the diamond and the ring "overseas." And "overseas" is very big place. (Jewelers, if you have any intel on the J-Rod ring, please message me on Instagram!)
Congrats to the happy couple!
Top: Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez after he popped the big question-captured for posterity on Instagram (image via: @jlo)
88-Carat Flawless Diamond Could Fetch $12.7 Million At Sotheby's Hong Kong
Sotheby's auction house will be offering an 88.22-carat, flawless diamond as the top lot of its Hong Kong Sale of Magnificent Jewels and Jadeite on April 2. The D color, flawless, type Ila, oval brilliant gem has an estimate of $11.2 million to $12.7 million.
88.22-carat oval diamond
The auction house is calling the stone "perfect" based on "every critical criterion" that diamonds are measured. It has received the highest ranking for color, clarity, cut, polish and symmetry. There are few diamonds ever offered at auction of more than 50 carats that have all of these qualities. In fact, it is one of only three oval diamonds of over 50 carats to appear at auction in living memory, and the largest to be auctioned in over five years, Sotheby's said in a statement. The Type IIa designation means it is the most chemically pure type of diamond with exceptional optical transparency. It comprises fewer than 2% of all gem diamonds.
The finished diamond was from a 242-carat rough stone that was discovered in the Jwaneng mine in Botswana, jointly owned by De Beers and the government of Botswana and known for producing high quality roughs. Following its discovery, the rough was cut and polished over a period of several months to produce a symmetrical oval brilliant diamond. Sotheby's said given the elongated shape of the rough the oval shape was chosen to preserve the greatest amount of weight.
88.22-carat oval diamond - Source:
"When you think that one ton of mined earth yields less than a carat of diamond, and that high quality diamonds over 10 carats are a rarity, the discovery of a 242-carat rough, of gem quality and exceptional size, is nothing short of a miracle," said Patti Wong, chairman of Sotheby's Asia. "The perfect 88.22-carat diamond is a summary of everything: a wonder of nature, a masterpiece resulting from man's ability to shape the hardest material on earth into an object of ultimate beauty and the most concentrated form of wealth."
David Bennett, worldwide chairman, International Jewellery Division, described the stone as "breathtaking," adding that "barely any diamonds of this weight are known to possess the same exceptional qualities of purity and perfection as this remarkable stone which is so full of fire and blinding brilliance."
The number of carats, 88, is a symbol of perfection and eternity, often associated with prosperity and luck in China and other Asian cultures, Sotheby's says. "The Chinese pronunciation of 8 (b?), similar to that of ? (f?) meaning wealth or fortune, is welcomed as a blessing of affluence. In its duality - 88 - it is believed to bring good wishes in abundance. There is also a visual resemblance between 88 and ? (literally: 'double joy'), a popular decorative design composed of two stylized characters ? ('joy')."
So it seems appropriate that the diamond will be offered in Hong Kong.
The display of brilliant jewelry at last night's Academy Awards was breathtaking, as expected. Best Picture presenter Julia Roberts shone in Cindy Chao diamond pieces so ethereally organic-looking, they might have been plucked from an enchanted forest. Charlize Theron donned bold and classic Serpenti looks from Bulgari, while Best Supporting Actress nominee Rachel Weisz wore Cartier diamond brooches from 1903 transformed into a glam headband (more on all three, below).
But in the end, one iconic rock ruled them all. The legendary Tiffany Diamond hung around dual nominee Lady Gaga's neck, set in a new design created specifically for the occasion. The last person to wear the dazzling 128.54 ct. yellow was Audrey Hepburn-and it's safe to say the sight of the stone sent shivers down the backs of many gem and jewelry lovers.
Not that everyone loved Gaga's overall jewelry look. A few in the JCK office wondered if the all-out-glam vibe was perhaps too on the nose for the Oscars. But there was no denying the diamond's beauty-or historical significance.
Read on to find out which Oscar jewels made JCK's editors and writers most giddy.
Julia Roberts in Cindy Chao
Is it just us, or does Julia Roberts just keep getting more beautiful? The Pretty Woman skipped the red carpet, so we had no idea what to expect when she came out to present Best Picture. And considering her usual preferred black-white-and-beige color palette, we certainly weren't expecting a flash of hot pink-the color of the night (just ask Angela Bassett, Linda Cardellini, Gemma Chan, Helen Mirren, and Sarah Paulson). But even more eye-catching than Roberts' custom Elie Saab gown were her jewels: spectacularly organic designs by Taiwanese artist Cindy Chao. This is by no means Chao's first trip to the Oscars-Amy Adams wore a pair of her Asscher-cut diamond earrings in 2017-but after last night, we suspect she'll be much more in demand. -Melissa Rose Bernardo, JCK managing editor
Charlize Theron in Bulgari
To describe Charlize Theron's Oscar look in a word? Flawless. And that wasn't just the more than 300 cts. of diamonds the Oscar winner was wearing-it was the head-to-toe perfection of an ice-blue Dior gown, a surprising brunette bob, the addition of 30 cts. of sapphires, and the unexpected twist of wearing her Bulgari Serpenti and High Jewelry necklaces over her dress. No one was wearing more bling than Theron at this year's ceremony, and yet she still managed to look effortlessly cool-and not overdone-which is a huge credit to her stylist Leslie Fremar. This bold Bulgari statement is what dreams are made of. -Randi Molofsky, JCK jewelry director
Spike Lee in Amedeo Scognamiglio
I personally have to give it up for Spike Lee, who I felt won the jewelry Oscars hands down by sporting two knuckle rings-one that said LOVE and another that spelled out HATE-that originally appeared in his 1989 movie Do the Right Thing (worn by Bill Nunn's character, Radio Raheem). And that huge necklace (gold, diamond, and 17 ct. opal) with the symbol that Prince once adopted as his name was crafted for the filmmaker by my friend Amedeo Scognamiglio (read about its creation here). I knew Amedeo made a cameo ring for Lee, but didn't know about this-so it was a fun surprise. -Rima Suqi, JCK jewelry editor
Lady Gaga in Tiffany & Co.
I'm sure I had the same thought as everyone else who reveres jewelry history when Gaga emerged with the Tiffany Diamond radiating sunshine-like light from around her neck. You already know the stats-at 128.54 carats, the 141-year-old rock is one of the largest yellow diamonds in the world, and Gaga is only the third woman ever to wear it. (The first was Mrs. Sheldon Whitehouse for a Tiffany Ball in Newport, R.I., in 1957, and later, Audrey Hepburn for a Breakfast at Tiffany's promotional campaign.) The necklace stunned in every lighting scenario, particularly at the piano, adding extra magic to an already-breathtaking moment. Honestly, I'm still recovering from all of it. And didn't she wear it well in general? All the confidence, ease, and grace that wearing a Tiffany style icon requires. -Amy Elliott, All That Glitters blogger and JCK contributing writer
Amandla Stenberg in Forevermark
I loved Amandla Stenberg's Forevermark diamond and yellow gold jewelry mix because it bucked this season's big trends-bold and white metal-but still had impact. Stylist Karla Welch cherry-picked delicate pieces: an 18k yellow gold pear-cut diamond medallion necklace, flower diamond drop earrings set in 18k white and yellow gold, and a three-stone 18k yellow gold ring. The pieces felt young and fresh-and spot-on for the stylish and talented young actor. -Emili Vesilind, JCK senior editor
Rachel Weisz in Cartier
Rachel Weisz wore two Cartier collection platinum and diamond brooches as a hairpiece. The brooches are from 1903! The idea of repurposing brooches as a headband was so creative, and, even though she was wearing red latex by Givenchy, the look she achieved was very Old World. -Kristin Young, JCK contributor
Maya Rudolph in Irene Neuwirth
Maya Rudolph's dress was frilly, über-feminine, and the opposite of anything I'd ever wear, but it was bright and bubbly and made me smile, and it had a cape-a cape! Sealing the deal were those earrings by Irene Neuwirth. It was just such an eclectic, unexpected mash-up, and although I don't expect it will be a popular choice of fashion critics, I can't deny myself the fun. Also, a special shout-out to Jason Momoa for wearing a scrunchie on his wrist that matched his suit-my pick for random-but-functional accessory! -Brittany Siminitz, JCKcontributing editor
Top: Lady Gaga in the Tiffany Diamond and Tiffany & Co. jewels (image via: @tiffanyandco)
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