Mariah Carey is officially engaged to her boyfriend

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Mariah Carey is officially engaged to her boyfriend, James Packer. The Australian billionaire businessman, whom she met at a movie premiere in Aspen and started dating last summer, popped the question last night with a colossal 35-carat diamond and platinum engagement ring, seen here exclusively for the first time. Yes, you read that correctly: 35 carats—just about the same size as both Kim Kardashian West’s and Beyoncé’s engagement rings combined. It’s even a couple of points up from Liz Taylor’s famously spectacular 33 carats courtesy of Richard Burton.

Packer called on jewelry designer Wilfredo Rosado, a friend of Carey’s for more than 25 years, to create the show stopping ring. “I took the standards super high, and I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to,” says Rosado. The design and construction took two weeks and an “army of craftsman” that included measurement specialists and an expert well versed in the handling of such a large stone. “What is really most interesting about the ring are the proportions—the stone is so large, but we were able to create a beautiful balance with the overall simplicity of the design,” says Rosado. “It was about mixing simplicity with volume, which is very difficult to do.” Rosado included only two other (relatively) small, tapered baguettes on either side of the center stone, a look that he says he devised after having conversations over the years with Carey about the styles she prefers. “She obviously has a strong point of view about what she likes,” Rosado says. “We have the same taste, and when it came down to it, I really wanted to create something for her that was about new beginnings. I wanted to give her something super sophisticated and something that took away all of the embellishments that a lot of people use when they design engagement rings these days. But it is epic. It’s an epic ring for an epic time in her life.”

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As for Packer’s involvement? “We really only had just over two weeks to pull it off, working 12 hour a days, and I consulted with James about the ring three different times during the process,” says Rosado. “He wanted to create something very rare and very beautiful around this diamond he chose, and I followed his lead.” Rosado notes that he also left a small empty space on the backside of the band, as Packer said that he wanted to eventually engrave a special sentiment to Carey.

While the designer might have had direction from the groom-to-be, Rosado still felt some creative pressure on a personal level. “This was the most challenging piece of jewelry I’ve ever designed,” he says. “I wanted to create the most gorgeous ring for my dear friend, but I also wanted to create the most stunning ring for one of the most iconic divas of our generation. I also wanted to make a ring that was perfect, in all the technical ways a ring should be. For me, it was super stressful. I didn’t want to fail her.” We’re going to go out on a limb here and say that Mimi is probably more than thrilled with her new piece of jewelry, not only for its size, but also for the shiny new future it represents. Here’s to her new “Vision of Love”!

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Jewelry Cleaning and Care

Jewelry Cleaning and Care

Keep your jewelry sparkling for a lifetime.

Jewelry is made to be enjoyed, and a little extra care will help extend the enjoyment for a lifetime. And if you pass it down, maybe several lifetimes. Use these care tips to extend the shine and sparkle, and keep your stones safely in their settings.

Get checkups. At least once a year, take your jewelry to a jeweler for inspection and cleaning. They’ll check for loose settings, worn prongs and other potential problems. Ask for tips on how to clean your jewelry at home between visits.
Clean regularly. Clean your jewelry at home to avoid dirt buildup that can increase wear, but use precaution. It is always best to use warm water and a baby soft tooth brush. Stay away from sinks and drains.
Don’t wait. If you see a loose stone or a prong that is worn or catches on fabric, it could lead to a lost stone. Take the piece to your jeweler and have it checked immediately.
Store gently. When you’re not wearing your jewelry, place each item in a separate soft compartment or container. Storing jewelry cluttered together can cause scratches. Never hang necklaces as that can cause them to stretch. Be careful when using ring holders or jewelry dishes as these tend to stack rings on top of each other, which can cause damage.
Go easy. Diamonds are among the hardest materials on earth, but they can chip if struck at the right angle. Don’t risk a damaged engagement ring. For any potentially high-impact activity, store your ring safely on the sidelines.
Insure it. Be sure to get jewelry insurance with coverage that’s right for you, so if you do experience theft, loss or damage, you’re covered. Your peace of mind is worth it.

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8 Tips for A Perfect Proposal Speech

8 Tips for A Perfect Proposal Speech

 

You have the ring, picked the day, planned the venue…and your partners in crime know how and when to get your girlfriend there.  The rest is up to you, my man.  The “rest” being what you say when you pop the question: your proposal speech.

Speak clearly, if you speak at all; carve every word before you let it fall. –Oliver Wendell Holmes

I’m sentimental by nature, and old-fashioned enough to think that actually speaking your proposal has more impact than a billboard…or skywriting…or a video mash up.  “Carving” your words and combining them with the outward symbol of an engagement ring is one of the most valuable gifts a man can bestow on a woman.  (In my opinion at least.)

With that in mind, here are 8 simple tips to help you on your way to nailing the most important speech of your life; your proposal speech.

Speak from your heart.  This is cliché as all get out…but I’m telling you it’s always the right thing to do.  Take some real time to separate yourself from the noise of your day-to-day life and write down what you hear in that heart of yours.
Count the ways.  I mean this literally.  Make a list of the reasons you want her to be your wife.  An exhaustive logbook isn’t necessary…just pick the highlights…even if the most important one is how she grabs your arm as you walk down the street.
Memorize it.  Your mind is going to go completely blank as soon as you drop down on that knee so memorize what you’re going to say.
Say it out loud…100 times.  I got this from an ad guy I know who told me to rehearse my radio spots at least 100 times before I got in front of the microphone.  It’s amazing how much you have to practice something before you sound like yourself.
Short is Sweet.  My friend Robin told me that women go into a “zone” when the moment of truth arrives…and they barely hear what you’re saying.  Maybe it’s because guys try to go all Shakespeare and drone on about limpid pools and endless summer nights. That may work in the movies…but in real life…short and sweet wins.
Speak only to her.  These days it seems that proposals need to be broadcast to the world…but ultimately what you say is meant for HER.  Speak to her…and only her…even if the cameras are rolling.
Be Confident.  This is no time to be timid…and if you follow the preceding 6 steps there is no reason to be anything but confident.
Be YOU.  She’s loves the guy that you are…so be YOU when you pop the question.  Leave the Daniel Tosh/Sean Connery imitations for afterwards.

Popping the question is a rite of passage reserved for the fortunate.  It’s monumental…life altering…and unforgettable.  Take some time to carve out your words…and then go for it.  Good luck…and let me know how it goes.  

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3 Tips to Get Him to Propose Without Making Him Feel Pressured

3 Tips to Get Him to Propose Without Making Him Feel Pressured

You’re ready to take the next step in your relationship and you can see the bright shining diamond ring at the end of what has seemed like the longest waiting period (ever) but you don’t want to make your guy feel uncomfortable. Or pressured. Your proposal is something you’ll never forget, and hopefully, something he can’t wait to plan – just to see your whole face light up. How do you drop the hint without dropping a bomb on your guy?

 

Here are some unobtrusive, simple and sweet ways to get him to propose by the end of the year (yes, it can be done!):

 

 

Talk About It Without Pausing

Seems easy enough, right? Imbedding marriage talk into your everyday conversations will help get him to think of tying the knot as something that’s coming up, not a scary and expensive life change. Think about it like this: “Hey sweetie, would you ever want to have two houses? I mean like ten years after we’re married or something.” Or you could say: “Do you want to get married in your hometown? The church you grew up in?” The more you weave it into everyday conversations, the less threatening it feels.

 

 

Steer Clear of Ultimatums, But Be Clear

It’s never (ever!) a good idea to tell your guy: if we’re not engaged by the time we’ve dated three years, I’m outta here! But, it is okay to be open, honest and clear about your expectations of the relationship. While some people are okay with staying in permanent boyfriend-and-girlfriend land, you’d prefer a ticket to happily ever after – with rings! It’s fine to tell your guy: “Hey, I do want to get married one day and I’d like to share my life with you.” It’s not proposing – it’s just setting your standard.

 

 

Show Him How in Love You Are

Sure, you see him every single day. You talk all the time. You couldn’t imagine being with anyone else. And while you probably do tell him that you care, showing him just how important he is can be a key to getting that diamond ring. Leave him little notes in his pocket that he’ll find at work randomly. When he’s super-stressed out, offer to cook – or order in if you’re not the domestic kind – and verbalize how you can’t wait to spend your lives taking care of one another. Sometimes, just saying it can lead to a lifetime of happiness.

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