Rap’s reigning queen Nicki Minaj is the latest celebrity to feel the love for the heart shape. On April 15th, she posted a photo of her left hand, showing off a stunning heart-shaped yellow diamond ring surrounded by a double halo of colorless diamonds. This Instagram photo sparked rumors that her boyfriend Meek Mill proposed to her.
This, of course, follows on the heels of Lady Gaga’s recent Valentine’s Day engagement, for which Mother Monster received a spectacular heart-shaped diamond ring from fiancé Taylor Kinney, created by diva-worthy jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz.
New Engagement Ring Trend Alert
Do we spy a trend in the making here? You bet! We all remember what Jennifer Lopez did for color in engagement rings when Ben Affleck famously proposed to her in 2002 with a pink diamond engagement ring. Since then, a number of starlets have followed suit such as Halle Berry with an emerald, Jessica Simpson with a ruby and Jenny McCarthy with a yellow sapphire. A celebrity endorsement of the heart shape could well cause the same reaction, bringing the unmistakable symbol of love into the forefront of bridal jewelry.
Famous Heart Shaped Jewels
Some of the most famous heart-shaped gems have been connected to iconic romances. Take the Heart of Eternity, a fancy vivid blue heart shaped diamond weighing 27.64 carats, rumored to be the inspiration for the famous necklace in the movie Titanic.
Designed by master cutters at the Steinmetz Diamond Group and originally sold to De Beers, the Heart of Eternity was discovered at the Premier Diamond Mine in South Africa. Blue diamonds account for less than 0.1% of the mine’s output making them exceedingly rare. But a blue diamond such as the Heart of Eternity, with its intensely saturated color, clarity and size, comes along only once in a lifetime.
There’s also the heart-shaped Taj Mahal diamond. Featuring the table cut and a Persian inscription, the stone was a gift from Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to his favorite and most beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal, during the 17th century. Upon her death, the Emperor ordered the construction of the Taj Mahal in her memory, a grand mausoleum considered one of the greatest testaments of architectural elegance in the world today, which earned the diamond its name.
The diamond was later set within a yellow gold heart-shaped pendant decorated with jade, red stones and table-cut diamonds on the front and an enamel latticework motif on the reverse, and suspended from a silk cord with possibly a pearl drop. In 1972, Cartier created a woven yellow gold chain for the pendant enhanced with cabochon rubies and old mine-cut diamonds in the style of the original silk cord. Richard Burton bought the necklace as a 40th birthday gift for his wife, Elizabeth Taylor, one of the world’s most celebrated film stars. It was later auctioned through Christie’s in 2012 as part of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor: The Legendary Jewels for $8.8 million.
Do You Love The Heart Shaped Trend?
So how do you feel about the magnificent heart shape? If it sends your heart aflutter, then look no further. We have a large inventory of heart-shaped sapphires in every color and size, which you can purchase as is, or create into the engagement ring of your dreams.