Friday, February 4, 2011

Sandra Bullock Wears a Bochic Diamond Bangle to Benefit Haiti

With her big win at the Oscars this year, fashion magazines have been pealing apart Blind Side actress Sandra Bullock’s many glamorous looks, and enjoying her beautiful choices on the red carpets of this year’s award shows. She made no little splash at the Oscars, with her ornately fashioned, shimmering Marchesa gown and diamond jewelry by Neil Lane, personally designed for her alone. Always one to make a bodacious entrance, this look had a gorgeous, grown-up vibe with simple and classic styling that made her stand out at this year’s biggest event. With the excitement of her big win, and the spectacle of her failing marriage, it’s easy to focus only on that special night and the events that followed. I think, however, that it was at the SAG awards earlier this year, when Sandra Bullock wore a special diamond bangle, that she was showing off her most meaningful piece of diamond jewelry!

In the aftermath of the nightmarish earthquake in Haiti, many celebrities have made an effort to pitch in and help. Apparently, Sandra Bullock was looking for a way to get involved and made the decision to team up with jewelry designer Bochic, who launched a charitable initiative in the wake of the 2010 awards season. They have stated that any jewelry piece worn by a celebrity on the red carpet this year will be auctioned off later in the spring, with ALL proceeds going to help find clean water solutions in the aftermath of the disaster in Haiti. Obviously, the bigger the celebrity the higher the auction price of Bochic’s already super-luxurious designs made from precious metals and gemstones.
Sandra Bullock chose an Alexander McQueen dress to wear to this year’s SAG awards, and she accessorized the midnight-blue number with a special Bochic diamond bangle on her wrist. The bangle, usually sold for $5,250, is an all-black circlet with diamond accents inlaid in 18k white gold. This April it will be auctioned to the highest bidder at as high a price as possible, with 100% of the proceeds going to benefit the earthquake victims. David Joseph, founder of the Bochic jewelry brand, stated that Bochic has always had a great relationship with Sandra Bullock and is “…beyond thrilled to have her support…”. All in all, it was a very fashionable night for Ms. Bullock, and that glistening diamond bangle on her arm was given all the more significance by the just cause it will go to support

Thursday, February 3, 2011

The $12 Million Dollar, 150 Carat Diamond Wedding Dress

Jeweler Martin Katz and dressmaker Renee Strauss teamed up to create the most expensive wedding dress on record, featuring a stunning 150 carats worth of diamonds laced throughout the dress. The veil that is shown in the picture worn with the dress does sparkle, but it does not feature diamonds. Instead, the veil has some pretty rhinestones. But we figure, if you’re doing to drop $12 million on a dress, why not just have someone custom create a matching, diamond-laced veil? And while you’re at it, get some fancy diamond-studded shoes to add to the bling factor!

The dress hasn’t yet been sold, so if you’ve got your eye on it (as well as the $12 mil), Strauss and Katz would be more than willing to discuss a sale. Unlike other wedding dresses, this one will still have a high resale value after the wedding.
To see just how magnificent this dress is, check out the up-close photo after the break!