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Did you see any coverage of picture-perfect Royal Wedding of Prince William & Catherine (Kate) Middleton on April 29, 2011? Kate’s stunning appearance was both royal and modest at the same time. As was her elegant wedding bouquet.
The Royal Wedding Bouquet
Kate’s bridal bouquet of wedding flowers is a shield-shaped wired bouquet of myrtle, lily-of-the-valley, sweet William and hyacinth. This lovely bouquet draws upon the traditions of flowers of significance for the British Royal Family, the Middleton family and on the Language of Flowers.
Meaning of the Flowers in the Royal Wedding Bouquet
Lily-of-the-valley – Return of happiness
Sweet William – Gallantry
Hyacinth – Constancy of love
Ivy: Fidelity; marriage; wedded love; friendship; affection
Myrtle: the emblem of marriage; love.
Personal touches in the Wedding Bouquet
- The bouquet contains stems from a myrtle planted at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, by Queen Victoria in 1845, and a sprig from a plant grown from the myrtle used in The Queen’s wedding bouquet of 1947.
- The tradition of carrying myrtle begun after Queen Victoria was given a nosegay containing myrtle by Prince Albert’s grandmother during a visit to Gotha in Germany. In the same year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert bought Osborne House as a family retreat, and a sprig from the posy was planted against the terrace walls, where it continues to thrive today.
- The myrtle was first carried by Queen Victoria eldest daughter, Princess Victoria, when she married in 1858, and was used to signify the traditional innocence of a bride.
This lovely, classic and modest bouquet was designed by Shane Connolly.
Source: Royal site of Prince William and Kate’s wedding, officialroyalwedding2011.org
Did you see the picture perfect Royal Wedding of Prince William & Catherine (Kate) Middleton yesterday (April 29, 2011)? I wish them all the happiness!!! I also love Kate’s wedding dress which was a balance between classic elegance and contemporary design. Let me cover some aspects with pictures and details.
Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Dress
Kate Middleton’s absolutely stunning ivory white wedding dress as a lace workers’ dream. French Chantilly lace was combined with English Cluny lace and hand-worked in the Irish Carrickmacross needlework tradition. The wedding dress was designed by Sarah Burton of fashion design house Alexander McQueen.
Design & Craftsmanship
The lace appliqué was actually hand-made by the Royal School of Needlework, based at Hampton Court Palace.
They worked with the Alexander McQueen wedding dress team in accurately cutting out the delicate motifs from the lace fabrics and positioning the lace motifs with precision into the new design. The lace motifs were pinned, ‘framed up’ and applied with stab stitching about every 1/10 of an inch around each lace motif.
The lace design was hand-appliquéd using the Carrickmacross lace-making technique, which originated in Ireland in the 1820s.
This gorgeous handmade needlework was used mainly for the train and skirt of the Bride’s dress, the bodice and sleeves, the underskirt trim, the veil and even the Bridal shoes. These hand-cut & hand-appliquéd flowers onto ivory silk tulle created a unique, organic design.
As the laces came from different sources, it is important to make sure that each flower was the same color. The whole process was managed by Ms Burton.
This hand-cut English and French Chantilly lace handwork included the rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock ~ royal flowers.
Wedding Dress Form
The flower motif was continued in the actual dress form. The wedding dress skirt resembled an opening flower, and its train was 2.7 m (about 3 yards long) complemented the skirt shape.
The ivory satin bodice, which is narrowed at the waist and padded at the hips, draws on the Victorian tradition of corsetry and is a hallmark of Alexander McQueen’s designs. The back is finished with 58 gazar and organza covered buttons fastened by Rouleau loops. The underskirt is made of silk tulle trimmed with Cluny lace.
In short, a wedding dress with amazing shapes, forms and exquisite details.
Bridal Veil and Jewelry
The veil is made of layers of soft, ivory silk tulle with a trim of hand-embroidered flowers, which was embroidered by the Royal School of Needlework. The veil is held in place by a Cartier ‘halo’ tiara, lent to Miss Middleton by The Queen.
Tiara, something ‘borrowed’
The ‘halo’ tiara was made by Cartier in 1936 and was purchased by The Duke of York (later King George VI) for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King. The tiara was presented to Princess Elizabeth (now The Queen) by her mother on the occasion of her 18th birthday.
The Bride’s earrings, by Robinson Pelham, are diamond-set stylised oak leaves with a pear shaped diamond set drop and a pavé set diamond acorn suspended in the centre. Inspiration for the design comes from the Middleton family’s new coat of arms, which includes acorns and oak leaves. The earrings were made to echo the tiara. The earrings were a personal gift to the Bride from her parents for her Wedding Day.
Jewelry for others in the Bridal Party
Robinson Pelham have also designed and made a pair of diamond earrings for Miss Philippa Middleton. These earrings are more floral in nature to compliment the headpiece worn by Miss Philippa Middleton during the Service.
A tourmaline and diamond pendant and matching earrings have been designed and made for Mrs. Carole Middleton. Two gold stick pins, one with a single gold acorn at the head and the other with an oak leaf, are also worn respectively by the Father of the Bride, Mr. Michael Middleton, and the Bride’s brother, Mr. James Middleton.
Also see: Kate Middleton’s royal wedding bouquet
source: Royal site of Prince William and Kate’s wedding, officialroyalwedding2011.org
In order to have a perfect wedding, it is important to have that perfect wedding gown, too. This is because the wedding gown is the showpiece of any wedding event.
The wedding gown is not just a mere dress that is worn by the bride. It is the substantial emblem of purity, love, and happiness that awaits the bride in her future with her groom. That is why finding the right wedding gown is as important as preparing the wedding celebration itself.
Therefore, for people who do not know how to choose the perfect wedding gown, here are some pointers that could help you out.
1. Use all the resources available in choosing ideas and design on your wedding gown.
Before, wedding magazines are the only resources where the bride-to-be can get some useful ideas on her wedding gown. However, with the advent of the Internet, she can now browse for more ideas and concepts of wedding gowns online.
There are web sites that will provide you with full details regarding a particular wedding gown, complete with prices, different styles, and fashion sense.
2. Make a budget and strictly conform to it.
Budget will never be absent in any wedding plans. However, the most common problem that arises concerning budgeting is the fact that people do not stick to it.
Hence, if you have a budget for your wedding gown, it would be better to stick to it and not be enticed with all the promotions of whoever will make your wedding gown. Otherwise, you will fall short on the other aspects of your wedding plans.
3. Be sure to have your wedding gown looking good in all angles.
Usually, the most neglected part of the wedding gown is the back. So, when ordering a wedding gown, be sure that you will also look good from behind. Most of the time, the guests will have a look at your back so you definitely have to look good from behind.
4. Be practical with the designs that you want to use.
Like any traditional wedding gowns, large skirts and long gowns are the typical styles of yesteryears. But in today’s modern world, there are cases wherein wedding gowns like these are not at all practical especially if the venue is just small.
Moreover, it can be burdensome for the bride to carry such a heavy dress throughout the wedding celebration. What matters most is to make the bride comfortable to what she is wearing.
5. Take into account the environmental condition of the venue of the wedding.
When choosing a wedding gown, it is best to consider the weather and the venue. This will have a great effect on the kind of material that should be worn by the bride.
For example, if the wedding will take place during summer, then, it is best to choose the materials for the wedding gown that will not make the bride sweat and perspire throughout the celebration.
Indeed, deliberating on the details of the wedding gown can be a daunting task. That is why it is important to provide a hefty amount of time in preparing, designing, and ordering the wedding gown. In this manner, there will be plenty of time for any changes and modifications without the tendency to come up with a rushed work.
More importantly, the bride should always consider her comfort when choosing a wedding gown. Looks and designs will only be put to waste if the bride is not comfortable wearing it.
As the old cliché goes, you are what you wear. Therefore, it would be better to wear a wedding gown that would reflect the happiness and love that is within the bride. In turn, the wedding gown will appear before the audience as the most beautiful centerpiece of the ceremony.
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You’ve been to the so many-est bridal shop and still haven’t found ‘THE DRESS’ for your wedding day?
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A number of large or extraordinary diamonds have gained fame, both as exquisite examples of the beautiful nature of diamonds, and because of the famous people who wore, bought, and sold them.
Among the most familiar diamonds is the Hope. This 45.52 carat steel blue diamond is currently on show at the Smithsonian. The legends of the ill-fortune and curse bestowed on the owner of the Hope Diamond are many. This diamond was donated to the Smithsonian in 1958. The
Hope was originally a rather flat, blocky 110-carat rough.
The Dresden Green stands out among the natural colored diamonds. It’s the largest green diamond in the world weighing 40.70 carats. This diamond is historic, large and has a natural green color with a slight
blue overtone. These facts make it almost priceless.
The Conde Pink is a pear shaped and weighs 9.01-carats. This pink diamond was once owned by Louis XIII. The Tiffany Yellow diamond a beautiful canary-yellow octahedron weighing 287.42 in the rough (metric) carats discovered in either 1877 or 1878 in South Africa. The
gem after cutting boasts the extraordinary weight of 128.54 carats. And until recently, was the largest golden-yellow in the world. The Koh-I-Noor ( Mountain of Light ) is now among the British Crown Jewels. This diamond weighs 105.60 carats. First mentioned in 1304, it’s considered to have been once set in Shah Jehan‘s famous peacock throne as among the peacocks eyes.
The Agra is rated as a naturally colored Fancy Light Pink and weighs 32.34 carats. It was sold for about 6.9 million in 1990. Since this sale, it has been modified to a cushion shape weighing about 28.15 carats.
The Transvaal Blue is pear cut. This blue diamond weighs 25 carats. It was found in the Premier Diamond Mine in Transvaal, South Africa.
The Great Chrysanthemum was discovered in the summer of 1963, in a South African diamond field. This 198.28-carat fancy brown diamond looked to be a light honey color in its rough state. However, after cutting, it proved to be a rich golden brown, with overtones of sienna and burnt orange.
The Taylor-Burton Diamond is a pear-shaped 69.42 carat diamond. Cartier of New York Bought this diamond at an auction in 1969 and christened it “Cartier.” The next day Richard Burton bought the diamond for Elizabeth Taylor. He renamed it the “Taylor-Burton”. In 1978, Elizabeth Taylor put the diamond up for sale. Prospective purchasers had to pay $2,500 each to view the diamond to cover the prices of showing it. Finally, in June of 1979, the diamond was sold for nearly $3 million dollars.
While some may consider the word “scam” to be a harsh epithet for strategies that may be employed by reputable jewelers to turn a profit, any type of program that involves misleading a consumer ought to be labelled as a scam. When it concerns diamonds, there are Several scams to avoid. Most scams are Small, but there are some major ones that Arise from time to time concerning the Purchasing and selling of diamonds. Scams Take place just because most people who purchase diamonds – for whatever reasons – don’t know that much about diamonds. So, They’re easily fooled.
A basic scam that most jewelry dealer Take part in is the Carat Total Weight scam. The tag on the piece of jewellery, normally a ring,
only states the total carat weight of all diamonds in the piece, rather than listing the total weights separately for each diamond. This leads consumers to believe that the main diamond in the piece is really bigger than it’s. Ask what the total carat weight of the center stone is. Also beware of fractions. Jewelry dealer are allowed to round off diamond weights. This means that if the jeweller tells you that it’s a ¾ carat diamond, it’s probably between ½ and ¾ carat – but closer to ¾.
Jewelry dealer frequently run ‘fluorescence’ scams to varying degrees. Referring to a diamond as a blue-white diamond is such a
scam. A blue-white diamond sounds very unique and special, but in fact, this type of diamond is of lesser quality – even though the jeweller will try to make you think you’re getting something special. Jewelry dealer also like to show their diamonds in bright lights. Lights make diamonds shine. Ask to see the diamond in a different, darker
type of lighting as well.
A few truly unscrupulous jewellers target those who want appraisals on diamonds that were given to them as gifts or that were purchased elsewhere. They’ll try to tell you that the diamond is worthless, or worth less than it really is worth – and provide to take it off your hands or trade it for a much better diamond, along with the cash to make up the difference. This is called low balling. Get a second, third, and even a forth opinion before taking any action.
Some other common dirty trick is to switch the diamond you’ve chosen and paid for with Among lesser quality and value when you leave it to be set in a piece of jewellery, or leave a diamond ring to be sized. The only way to avoid this is to do business with one Trusty jeweller. Avoid jewellers that you Haven’t done business with in the past.
There are more scams that jewelry dealer normally pull on unsuspecting consumers. Just use your best judgment, and buy your diamonds with the utmost care and consideration.
Certificates are proof of a diamond’s identity, authenticity and value. A certificate will indicate a diamond’s exact measurements, weight, cut and overall quality. A diamond certificate is also known as a Diamond ranking Report. This report comes from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and you should require this report when you’re buying a diamond.
With a diamond certificate, you may verify the color, cut, carat, weight, and clarity of the diamond. You don’t have to worry about a
diamond dealer telling you anything less than the truth, because the certificate comes from the GIA – not the dealer. You possibly required to pay for the certificate, but the Price is normally low, and in several cases, it will aid you negotiate a better price on the diamond – or keep you from buying a lower quality diamond altogether.
If you purchase a high quality diamond, and then later decide to sell the diamond, you’ll Require to have the certificate, or you’ll have
a hard time selling it to someone else. Furthermore, you may use the Diamond Grading Report to look up the wholesale value of the diamond in doubt. Use the guide that’s used by the diamond cutting industry.
With the Certificate, or Diamond Grading Report, there won’t be any doubts when you’re trying to buy a diamond. You may easily discover what the diamond is worth. This will prevent you from overpaying, and it May prevent a seller from under-charging as well.
A copy of the Diamond ranking Report should be given to your insurance company as well, when you assure the diamond. This
Offers absolute, unquestionable proof of the value of the diamond should it be stolen in the future. Insurance companies can’t argue with the report.
Avoid diamond dealers who look reluctant to offer a certificate! Also avoid sellers who tell you that a certificate diamond will cost you a lot – the only additional price should be the cost of the certificate, which is low. If the dealer doesn’t want to provide a certificate, then you don’t want to do business with that dealer.
Don’t accept certificates from Gemological Laboratories other than IA. There are several fly-by-night Gemological labs these days, but in the end, GIA has been established as the most respectable and trustworthy – not to mention oldest – of the lot. So avoid dealers who don’t want to use GIA for certification purposes as well.
Don’t purchase an expensive diamond without paying the extra price of the certificate. If a dealer tries to convince you to make the purchase without the certificate, or if they want to use a company other than GIA, you can be sure that the dealer has probably greatly inflated the cost of the diamond – They’ve something that they’re hiding from you.
Diamond Brands and Diamond Grading Reports
Diamonds are among the fewer products that Just can’t be ‘branded.’ Even though there are different cuts, different ranges, and different values graded on each and every diamond in existence, no diamond is any Particular brand – just as gold isn’t a particular brand.
Branding is really supported who owns the diamond. For example, if DeBeers owns the diamond, it’s a DeBeers Diamond – but it’s still just a diamond. If the diamond was cut by a specific well known cutter, then it might be branded in that way as well – but it usually isn’t. It’s still branded based on who owns it at the time. So basically, when it comes down to it – diamond brands mean absolutely nothing at all.
Don’t allow a jeweler to try to talk you into paying an exorbitant price on a diamond because it’s a particular brand. This is a little of trickery used by unscrupulous jewelers when they know that they’re dealing with people who don’t know much about diamonds. Remember that diamonds are not actually branded – unless mother nature has her own brand!
One more factor that you should consider while buying diamond is the diamond certificate.A diamond certificate is also known as a Diamond ranking Report. This report comes from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and you should require this report when you’re buying a diamond.
You’ve been told that having a certificate or a diamond ranking report is important, and as a responsible consumer, you get one – unfortunately, you probably won’t understand a word of what is on that diamond grading report, unless you’re a jeweler.
On the color ranking scale, D, E, and F mean that the diamond has no color. G, H, and I means that it’s very little color. J, K, and L means that the diamond has a slight yellow color. P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, and X means that the diamond is a darker shade of yellow. Z means that the diamond has a fancy color – other than white or yellow. On the color grading scale, D is the most valuable, and X is the least valuable – however diamonds that get a Z rating are the rarest and costliest diamonds in the world.
There are several aspects to a ranking report. Figuring it all out can be very confusing. You should talk to a jeweller you trust, and have
them explain everything on the diamond Ranking report to you.
How Diamonds are Cut and Mined
In their most normal form, diamonds are – well – quite disfigured. They’ve no luster or shine, and in fact, look like nothing more than
broken glass. A diamond must be cut, and then polished before it really becomes a thing of beauty.
Diamonds are cut with saws, into round shapes. From the rounded shape, other shapes may be cut, such as heart shapes – but the shape is less important than the quality of the cutting that’s being done. If the diamond is badly cut, it will lose light, and it won’t sparkle and shine very well. Each face of the diamond must be carefully cut into the geometrical shapes that allow the diamond to sparkle and
shine, then the entire diamond is cut into a particular shape, such as an emerald cut or a princess cut diamond.
Once the cut is done, the diamond is put into a dop, which resembles a cup with some other diamond – only a diamond is strong enough
to smooth the edges of another diamond. Once the diamond has been cut and shaped, and had the edges smoothed in the dop, it’s polished on a scaif or a diamond polishing wheel.
We rarely think about how the diamonds we wear came to us. Natural diamonds, as opposed to synthetic diamonds or fake diamonds, are well-mined from the earth. There are currently two ways of mining
diamonds: Pipe Mining and Alluvial Mining.
When pipe mining is used, the diamonds are extracted from the earth through volcanic pipes. These are not man-made pipes. These are natural pipes in the ground. Shanks are put into the ground next to the pipes, and tunnels are driven into the deepest parts of the pipe. The diamonds are not classified at the mine. Rather, big rocks that are full of diamonds are brought out of the mine and moved to a screening plant for separation.
The Alluvial mining technique is done in River bottom and on beaches. Walls are built to hold back the water and the sand on the bank
or beach is moved with a bulldozer until the level of earth that diamonds may be found in is attained. Again, the diamonds are not
Classified here. Rather, the sand that contains the diamonds is bulldozed into trucks, and taken to screening plants.