Beyonce Engagement Ring

Celebrity Rings

I am sure you all sit fantasising about your dream engagement ring – will it be a big, sparkling Tiffany or a vintage coloured stone? With so much choice it is near impossible for the man in your life to choose, but I like the fact that when he does select that one special ring it will be the most gorgeous thing ever – because he bought it in celebration of you being together forever.

With this in mind I thought I would feature, leading UK diamond jewellery specialists,  Purely Diamonds rundown of the 10 most expensive Celebrity engagement rings.

Some of these prices are absolutely ridiculous – and that’s only number 10 and 9!

10 – Hillary Duff

How much? $1 million / approx. £653,000

Hillary Duff is at the ‘bottom’ of the list  with her stunning 14 carat diamond engagement ring given to her by now husband Mark Comrie.  The hockey player presented his future bride with the sparkling diamond engagement ring in 2010.

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Hilary Duff Engagement Ring

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Making a house a home

It is easy to forget just how much there is to consider when it comes to furnishing a home.

Whilst you might have selected your sofa, purchased the latest smart TV and selected a coffee table; it is the soft furnishings and small details that really pull a room together and add a pop of colour.

Accessorising a room needn’t be a chore, not need it leave a room looking cluttered and full. If you are looking for the minimalistic look then it is easy to add a few small pieces and still leave your surfaces and spaces looking relatively clean and empty.

Currently one of my favourite places to accessorise is my bedroom. It is a place of sanctuary that I want to make as cosy as possible, particularly over the cold winter months.

It’s also one of the easiest rooms to accessorise with such a wide range of home furnishings available from stores such as Homebase.

Typically I start with my bedding as this is often a primary focus in the room. Pull colours from your wallpaper or paint and adapt this in to patterns and prints on your duvet.

Personally I love this duvet set from Habitat. It would suit a variety of rooms due to the range of colours in it. It’s also modern looking with a clean structured design.

If you’re looking for something a little cuter then this teacup cushion is the perfect soft furnishing. Buy one or two to ensure your bed is suitably comfortable for you to rest your head on! This pillow would look great for a girly room with a bit of bunting and white furnishings.

It really would be far too easy to spend a small fortune on accessorising, updating and decorating the house but don’t feel like you need to do it all at once! Often rooms can be updated simply with a new duvet set until you have the funds to re-do it entirely.

What style would your ideal room be?

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Joshua James Jewellery – Pandora

A classic piece of jewellery is such a great investment piece because it will see you through years to come. Whilst I sometimes like cheaper, bolder statement pieces I know that in a few years time I will fall out of love with them and as they are usually fairly cheap I won’t be concerned about passing them down as heirlooms!

I am really trying to introduce a little more jewellery in to my life. I have some gorgeous pieces but I tend to throw on some clothes and go, not thinking about adding some jewellery or accessories. In fact people always point out how little jewellery I wear!

As part of my bid to dress things up a little more this Pandora bracelet and Pink & Purple Pave Sparkles Charm made their way in to my life. This charm is part of the brand new Pandora range at Joshua James Jewellery and it is absolutely stunning. The colours are beautiful and in the sunlight this charm sparkles and shines.

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Pandora Silver Bracelet

Pandora Silver Bracelet

Pandora Charm

Whilst at £55 each these pieces aren’t the cheapest, I love that you can choose from a variety of charms and change them depending on your outfit choice. I will admit that I am not a huge fan of the bulky Pandora bracelets, full of charms. I think they can look a little tacky. However by adding just a few, select charms to this bracelet you can have something that is both interesting and classy.

I purchased a Pandora bracelet for my mum a few months ago and it is nice to know that on special occasions I can treat her to a charm that has a back story, a little bit of history, to it. Not only is this a beautiful piece of arm candy but it also holds a meaning – which I think always makes things that little bit more special.

Pandora bracelets comes in a variety of different sizes and that means you can ensure you get one the perfect fit for you. Often with other bracelets that come in a standard size, I find they are either huge or far too tight to wear comfortably. I purchased the 18 inch chain and it fits comfortably around my wrist without being too lose or too tight.

I can’t wait to pop to a Pandora store and stock up on a few more charms!

Do you have a Pandora bracelet? What’s the story behind your charms?

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Guest Post: Megan @ Emmie Gee

Firstly, thank you so much to Katrina for letting me post on her blog, I have been a reader for a while and thoroughly enjoy her content. Secondly Hi, I’m Megan, I normally blog over at www.emmiegee.blogspot.co.uk. So, the post!;

Gold and silver; the classic and chic colours when it comes to accessories. Here is pretty much all of my ‘precious metal (looky-like!) jewellery, I recently had my 21st birthday which bulked it out considerably! There is something about a gold or silver accessory that will just instantly add a certain je-ne-sais-quoi to whatever you are wearing. The majority of my pieces are silver as I think that is what works best with my colouring. If you want to see my collection of colourful pieces, then head over to my blog, where I will have a post on them.  So, without further ado, I will take you through the pieces above (don’t worry, not all of them!!).

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The Watch: This beauty was a very generous 21st +up-coming graduation present; it is a Raymond Weil, Geneve, rose gold and silver watch.  It has a mother of pearl watch face with intricate diamonds set around it, it is this detail that I think makes it so exquisite!  I wear this mostly if I am going for a meal or an evening event, but it also adorns my wrists for a lot of casual every-days. Never nights out though, far too terrified of something happening! It looks equally as lovely with an LBD as it does with my work uniform or standard uni get up of jeans and sweater.

The rings: These rings cover both the spend and splurge categories. The above knuckle ring came from Raspberrygrape a lovely online shop filled with unique little pieces. I think this ring gives a very ‘cool’ ‘boho-y’ vibe and love wearing it with my casual outfits. The leaf design ring has a gorgeous shape to it, and four little diamonds add a bit of sparkle. This is my ‘dressing up’ ring but I also tend to just where it on a daily basis as it is quite understated and elegant.

The earrings:  All these earrings came from Topshop, I find it has some really good quirky and statement pieces. I actually have my ears pierced 6 times, but quite rarely do I wear earrings, especially all of them at once!  When I do though, I love to wear odd pairs to add interest to a casual or grunge-y outfit. With dangly pieces I wear my hair up, usually in a messy bun or plaited up-do.

The bracelet: I’m sure you would have seen a Links of London or Pandora bracelet before, so I won’t bore you with them. Instead I will talk about the dainty leaf-like bracelet, studded with dainty diamonds, a perfect match for my ring. Yet funnily enough, the items were 2 different presents, from 2 different people at completely different times! This piece is gorgeous and intricate, the perfect accompaniment to a knock-out ‘posh event’ dress when paired with the ‘leaf’ ring and some simple diamond studs. The only issue with this kind of bracelet is that it’s a ‘mare to get it to sit right on your wrist!

So here you go! Let me know about your favourite jewellery pieces! Once again, a huge thank you to Katrina for letting me post on her fabulous blog. If you have any questions about any of the pieces I have mentioned, or any others in the photo, then do not hesitate to tweet me @emmiegeeblog. Thanks! xx

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Guest Post: Patricia @ Peexo

I’m so excited to be writing a guest post for Katrina here on the Carousel Diary! I love Katrina’s blog and as soon as she mentioned she was looking for bloggers to guest post I jumped at the opportunity!

I’m Patricia and I’m a fashion blogger over on peexo.

So, fittingly, today my guest post will be a fashion post. We’re finally in spring! It took a while but we’re finally here (if you’re from the UK keep your fingers crossed that the rain doesn’t surprise us too often haha).

Pastels are massive this spring and rightfully so! There are some gorgeous pastel pieces out there so you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to buying new pieces for your spring/summer wardrobe collection. I have my fair share of pastel pieces and today I’ll be sharing an outfit with you!

This is what I wore on the first day of spring:

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Outfit: White fluffy cropped jumper – Missguided // Pink high waisted shorts – Missguided // Cream shoes – Dorothy Perkins // Pink clutch – Primark

Accessories: Purple floral statement necklace – River Island // Spiked bracelet – Topshop // Beaded bracelet – Michael Kors // Chunky gold watch – GUESS // Gold rings – H&M, Forever 21, River Island

I hope you liked this spring time look!

Katrina and I would love to read your comments so leave as many as you like below 🙂 I’d love it if all of you Carousel Diary readers came over to say hello on my blog too! Let me know if you do stop by.

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