Privé 1802 White Gold Diamonds and Red Tourmaline Ring — As Seen on Katy Perry during the VMAs
After nabbing three Moon Men statues at Sunday's 2011 Video Music Awards — Best Collaboration for her song "E.T." featuring Kanye West, Best Visual Effects for "E.T.", and Video of the Year for "Firework" — a lavender-haired Katy Perry headed to the VMA House of Hype afterparty to celebrate her big night, rocking a sheer yellow tie-neck blouse with lace detailing along the bust; below-the-knee black satin pencil skirt; and croc-embossed, wide black leather belt. To accessorize the rockabilly-meets-'60s-housewife Elie Saab ensemble Perry wore such baubles as the stunning Privé Jewellery ring ($4,432 at MontaigneMarket.com) pictured above. Though, overall, the outfit was a bit of a train wreck — not kooky or quirky enough to accentuate Katy Perry's playful side, not sexy enough to underscore her pin-up like quality, and not glam enough to establish her as a demure fashionista. But that ring? Well, that's where the fireworks came in.
Part of Privé Jewellery's 1802 collection, the white gold ring boast an elongated, shield-like shape with fluid, curved sides and pointed tips along the top and bottom of the ring. The ring is lined in white diamonds and, at its center, it features a 0.9 ct domed red tourmaline stone, itself encircled by white diamonds (for 0.42cts of white diamonds). The tourmaline stone at the heart of the ring is surrounded by etched grooves resembling beams of light, making the magenta gem look like a supernova — a perfect fit for someone like Katy Perry.
According to sisters Katia and Sonia Gaydamuk, the owners and designers of Privé Jewellery, which launched in the US this spring, the ring's elongated shape and bold center gem were inspired by Cartier's pre-1940 aesthetic, which often drew upon traditional Indian jewelry motifs. The starburst-like rays on the matte surface, meanwhile, reference Napoleon's creation of the Legion d'honneur in 1802. The official medal of the Legion d'honneur, bestowed upon decorated military officials, features a five-pronged Maltese cross with a center sphere featuring the head of Marianne, a symbol of France.
With this ring, your colors will surely burst!