Thursday, March 15, 2007

Diamond Glitter at Indian Celebrity Wedding

While for much of last week the Indian media headlined the elaborate celebrations surrounding the wedding of British film star Elizabeth Hurley to Indian playboy-businessman Arun Nayar, many of the actual details remained under wraps due to the reported contract giving celebrity publication Hello! exclusive rights of the events’ photos.

But a few facts have emerged – among them information about how diamonds added to the overall glitz and glitter.

According to a release from the Diamond Information Centre, UAE, Hurley’s wedding ring is an “Ice Cube” wedding band composed of 20 square cut diamonds weighing 3.91 carats and 118 brilliant cut diamonds set in white gold designed by Chopard's Creative Director and Co-President Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele.

Chopard also made the actress's engagement ring, a magnificent 15.09 carat Asscher cut diamond, set in white gold and surrounded by a pave-set band from the Haute Joaillerie collection.

Another media website,, reports that Hurley also wore a diamond encrusted pink sari worth £4,000 ($7,690), earrings worth £40,000 ($76,900) and a £20,000 ($38,450) bracelet.

On a different note, Bombay Times, a supplement of Indian daily The Times of India, reports that jewelry had a role to play in the last minute cancellation of a party that was to be hosted for the couple in Mumbai by Nayar’s father Vinod and his wife Joanne. According to the report, Hurley was “upset that Ms Nayar had used the wedding to promote a range of jewelry.”

Joanne Nayar has recently become the brand ambassador for Nayaab, an upmarket designer jewelry store in Bandra, Mumbai.

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