Benedict Cumberbatch is Engaged! Fiancée Wears a Halo Engagement Ring

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Benedict Cumberbatch with fans at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Congratulations to British actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie Hunter on their recent engagement! The news was formally announced on Nov. 5 in the London Times. Although they began dating in early 2014, the couple managed to keep their relationship relatively secret until mid-September.

Cumberbatch previously dated actress and screenwriter Olivia Poulet for more than 10 years; the couple amicably broke up a few years ago. In the interim, Cumberbatch was romantically linked to fashion designer Anna Jones and actress Charlotte Asprey.

Nov. 5 London Times announcement
(photo via Twitter @cumberbitches)

In 2012, Cumberbatch’s sister, Tracy Peacock-Tabernacle, commented on his love life. “You have to be a pretty smart cookie to keep up with him,” she said. “I think that is possibly why he has trouble with girlfriends.”

Cumberbatch and Hunter have known each other for some time and starred together in the 2009 film Burlesque Fairytales. Cumberbatch, 38, is perhaps best known for his title role in the BBC’s Sherlock series. He also appeared in Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Hunter, 36, is an Oxford graduate, actress, and theater director.

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A peek at Hunter’s engagement ring at the premiere of The Imitation Game in New York City on Nov. 17. (Photo credit: XactpiX)

Hunter and Cumberbatch made their first public appearance as an engaged couple on Nov. 17 at the New York City premiere of The Imitation Game, Cumberbatch’s latest film. It was here that we were able to get the first glimpses of Hunter’s engagement ring.

Her engagement ring appears to be a classic square shaped diamond halo setting in most likely platinum or 18-karat white gold with pave set diamonds. At this distance, it’s a bit hard to get a good enough look to say much else with certainty, but there have been speculations that it features a cushion cut diamond and is possibly worth £300,000.

Cumberbatch has said in 2013 interviews that he would love to have children one day, adding, “Everyone wants to know when I’m going to settle down and who is going to be Mrs. Cumberbatch.” Happily, this question has been answered.


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Save Big on Amethyst Studs during the deBebians Deal of the Day

#deBebiansDeal For today only, we are offering our 14 karat gold 5mm amethyst stud earrings at an absolute steal! Typically $170.00, we are offering these earrings for only $95.00 for a limited time.

You may choose between the 3 prong and the 4 prong settings and between the push and screw backs. We offer either 14 karat yellow gold or 14 karat white gold for these amethyst earrings.

If you are searching for the perfect holiday or birthday gift, there is no better time than right now to purchase these AAA quality amethyst earrings. These earrings may be worn and enjoyed by women of all ages, making them versatile and enjoyable for anyone.

This exclusive deBebians Deal is good for today only! Please note that the deBebians Deal is a final sale and may not be combined with any other discounts. To be the first to know about our next deBebians deal, be sure to follow the hashtag #deBebiansDeal on social media.


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Last Days to Take Advantage of the Holiday Engagement Extravaganza

engagement ring saleTomorrow is the last day to take advantage of the largest engagement ring sale in our history! If you use coupon code SAVE10 during checkout, you can save an additional 10% on any engagement ring from deBebians (loose diamonds excluded). This sale ends Monday November 24th.

If you would like assistance in selecting a loose diamond for one of our engagement ring settings, please fill out the Personal Diamond Shopper form. If you are interested in purchasing an engagement ring that includes the center stone, we have various gemstone engagement rings as well as an extensive collection of pre-set engagement rings.

Even though our engagement ring sale is coming to an end, be sure to stay tuned for some great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals during our Thanksgiving Sale. You may sign up for our sales newsletter to be the first to know about our upcoming sales events.


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Avoid Getting Coal in Your Stocking This Holiday Season

How can you avoid getting coal in your stocking this year? I know! Shop with deBebians.com for all your jewelry needs for that special someone on your list and you’ll be good to go!

Holiday gift shopping for jewelry is easier than ever when you shop at deBebians.com. No matter what type of jewelry you are looking for this holiday season, we have it! Diamond studs, diamond necklaces, diamond bracelets, gemstone earrings, signet rings, morganite jewelry… we have you covered.

Here a few of my top picks for this Holiday Season!

1. 14k Diamond Stud Earrings

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Style # ERS9014

Diamond studs should be a part of every woman’s wardrobe. I chose our 0.90cttw option because they are very close to 1.00cttw, but they are priced lower. Currently our 0.90cttw H-I, SI studs are priced at $1989 while the 1.00cttw option (same color and clarity) is priced at $2363. Price-wise you notice a difference, but you really won’t in terms of overall size.

2. Floating Diamond Solitaire Pendant Necklace

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Style # DSPR20SI-4

A diamond solitaire pendant is a classic piece that can be worn with everything! You can truly dress this up or down. Personally, I think the 0.50ct or 0.75ct option is just perfect. Grab this and put it under the tree for Christmas morning.

3. Morganite Stud Earrings

Rose Gold Earrings

Style # MSE-01

I feel like you see morganite and rose gold everywhere which means that the special lady on your list has seen it too! These morganite studs are 6.5mm each (similar to the size of a 1.00ct round diamond). Set these in rose gold and the peachy pink color comes to life.

You will not get coal in your stocking if you pamper your loved ones with jewelry from deBebians. We look forward to assisting you this year for all your holiday fine jewelry needs.


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Tips for International Customers

debebiansAt deBebians, we do our best to work with customers living both here and abroad. We understand that there are Americans living overseas (for example, in the military). There are also international buyers that are looking to purchase an engagement ring, but it is too costly or impossible for them to find in their own country. Whether you live in the UK, Australia, or Afghanistan, the deBebians staff will always do our best to assist you in any way we can. Below is the basic information for anyone who is considering purchasing jewelry from us while living abroad.

1. All international customers must pay with a bank wire transfer. A bank wire transfer allows us to ship to any receiving address as we understand some locations are too difficult or remote to deliver to, for example an APO address. APO addresses requires the shipment to go through the post office which can take a long transit time. FedEx is our preferred method of transit. Paying via a bank wire also allows you to ship the package to a family member or friend if you are unable to receive the package. All purchases with a bank wire transfer will receive an additional 1.5% discount towards their order. deBebians does not accept international credit cards.

2. There is no complimentary shipping on international shipments. We charge $65 for FedEx International priority shipping or $45 for FedEx Priority Shipping to Canada. This is something that needs to be factored into the budget when selecting an item from us. For items that ship via Postal Service Priority Mail, there will be a shipping fee of $15.

3. There is no US sales tax on international purchases. However, there are import duty and taxes when the package enters its final destination. Every country has a different import tax, but this is very important to know before making a purchase. Import taxes need to be paid prior to pick up. International duty and taxes can be as high as 20%, so it is very important to look into this before making a purchase! If you are unaware of how to find out what your country’s tax might be, please contact your local tax authority.

Please review our shipping policies before placing your order. We look forward to assisting you and helping you through the process!


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Solo Wedding for Singles?

I saw an article posted about this the other day where there is a special tour trip that this travel agency in Japan has where single women can plan their own solo “wedding” experience as a treat for themselves.  It was interesting and sweet and reaction to it has been mixed.

The trip is a two day trip where basically you go out to the travel agency’s office in Kyoto and talk to them about the kind of wedding you want.  You get to choose the type of gown and accessories you’d like to wear, the wedding style, flowers, and so on.  You don’t even *have* to and reportedly this is an option that no woman who’s taken the tour has done, but they can have a male model there posing as a groom for you as well.  You’re not actually getting married or anything and you just get to pose in the pretty gown and get dolled up like a bride does on her actual wedding day and then a photographer takes pictures of you much like how a wedding photographer would capture sweet moments the day of an actual wedding.

For people who have a loving relationship or even are cynical, this might seem like an incredibly strange idea for a vacation package.  Some comments have been along the lines of saying that it’s for women who “give up on love” or that the women who participate are “lonely” among other things, but it actually doesn’t seem to be true.  Weddings themselves have mostly in practice been about the bride and her big day and her dream wedding.  The groom does sometimes take more of an interest in the planning as a more recent trend, but most wedding planning sites are for sure geared more toward the bride’s dream wedding day.  For some women though, they are single by choice because they’re busy and have careers or maybe they’re not single, but have a complicated relationship and don’t want to pressure their significant other into an extravagant ceremony that is costly.  Perhaps if they decide to tie the not, for practicality they would just do a civil ceremony, so the bride would miss out on the traditional pampering of a wedding ceremony.  A trip like this is a great way to give them the experience of feeling that kind of “special” treatment when reality otherwise wouldn’t allow them to have it.

Marriage is also a commitment and significant part of a relationship, but the fancy dress, scenic setting, photos, etc. that are part of a wedding aren’t indicative of the quality of the relationship, so something like this can be a nice treat for someone who doesn’t yet have that quality partner or just has no time to find one.

For me personally, I thought it was a little strange at first, but also really intriguing as an alternative business venture for companies that specialize in parts of wedding planning.  Realistically, why can’t single ladies just treat themselves?  Sometimes the complexities of real life get in the way and we have to make tough choices, so if you can have a special day without burdening your significant other why not go for it?

This particular tour offers accessories and jewelry that you can borrow for your special tour package photo shoot, but if we’re talking a way to treat yourself, why wait for a guy to give you a ring?  There are plenty of designs out there for him to pick a special one that is meaningful to the both of you as a couple if you meet Mr. Right, but part of a healthy relationship is also a certain amount of self-love and self-appreciation so if you’re treating yourself to a little dream trip like this, why not spring for a nice sparkly memento as well?

For whatever your jewelry needs though, deBebians has a wide range of fine jewelry options and really, sometimes it’s nice just to treat yourself and not wait for a loved one to get it for you.


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Solange Marries in New Orleans

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Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson tied the knot this weekend. The wedding took place Sunday at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans. The wedding weekend started off on Friday with an exclusive screening of Mahogany, which is a 1975 film that stars the great Diana Ross. Solange and Ferguson watched this movie on their first date, which adds a lovely personal touch to the weekend.

The bride’s sister, Beyonce, shared a photo of the happy couple all dressed in white. In another artistic photo, the singer shared a photo of the entire Knowles family also all dressed in white for the celebration.

This is the second wedding for Knowles, who is a model, singer, and songwriter. Knowles, 28, was previously married to Daniel Smith from 2004 until 2007. Ferguson, 51, is a music video director who has directed videos for the likes of Beyonce, Katy Perry, Nelly Furtado, Jay-Z, and others.

Solange wore a floor-length gown by Humberto Leon, which included an attached cape and gold wrist cuff accessories. With her bold sense of style and strong personality, I can’t wait to see what the bride and groom have chosen for their wedding bands.


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Happy Veterans Day from deBebians

military discount jewelryVeterans Day is an official holiday that is celebrated in the United States on November 11th. It is a time to honor the men and women that have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. deBebians honors our veterans year-round by offering a Military Discount for our fine jewelry (loose diamonds excluded).

When you use coupon code SAVE during checkout, you will receive 5% off any of our jewelry, including eternity bands, wedding rings, or engagement rings (loose diamonds excluded). If you are more comfortable placing your order over the phone with one of our jewelry experts, you may also mention the Military Discount and we will be happy to apply it to your order.

We are able to ship to U.S. military addresses, such as AP/AE/AA/FP, via U.S. Postal Service Priority Mail.

To learn more, please visit our Military Discount page. Have a safe holiday and remember to honor our veterans.


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