Stars With Sparkle: Your April 2013 Roundup of Celebrity Bling

April showers bring May flowers and a whole lot of celebrity bling.

Celebrities Shine at Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Book Ball

Hollywood’s finest flocked to New York City on April 18 to attend Tiffany & Co.’s Blue Book Ball at Rockefeller Plaza. The glamorous gala celebrated the iconic jeweler’s 2013 Blue Book Collection, inspired by the Roaring ’20s. Celebrities in attendance included Gwyneth Paltrow (recently named People magazine’s World’s Most Beautiful Woman of 2013), Kate Hudson, Jessica Biel, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Williams, Alice Eve, Carey Mulligan (star of the upcoming film The Great Gatsby), Baz Luhrmann (director, producer, and cowriter of The Great Gatsby), and Catherine Martin (costume and production designer of The Great Gatsby). “The Jazz Age was a time of great energy and creativity. All eyes looked to New York for the latest in music and style,” Michael J. Kowalski, chairman and CEO of Tiffany & Co., said in a statement. “So it is with pleasure and gratitude that we celebrate this memorable chapter in American life, in the city where it all began—and with our diamonds that are still the world’s most beautiful.”

Alexis Bledel Shows Off Her Dazzling Engagement Ring

Although the former Gilmore Girl got engaged to Mad Men’s Vincent Kartheiser in March, she finally showed off her sparkler at the April premiere of Remembering Sunday. At the Hallmark movie’s red carpet, Bledel revealed the vintage-inspired octagon-shaped diamond, gushing, “Vincent picked it out!” to Us Weekly. I don’t know about you, but I think Vincent has stellar taste! Bledel’s former TV mom, actress Lauren Graham, congratulated the happy couple via Twitter:

Ke$ha Shows Off Jewelry Collection on Instagram 

This month, pop star Ke$ha took to Instagram to tease pieces from her new edgy jewelry line in collaboration with Charles Albert. The new line, debuting this summer, will comprise of five to seven collections of statement necklaces, earrings, unique pendants, chunky bracelets, and oversized knuckle rings ranging from $30 to $750. Coinciding with Ke$ha’s eccentric personality, the accessories feature skulls, arrowheads, fossilized shark teeth, and even metal-cast human teeth. “I have been wearing Charles Albert for a few years now and I’m obsessed with their jewelry. It’s so fun, and massive, and makes such a wild statement,” Ke$ha said in a statement. “I didn’t know Charles himself until we started working together, but once we did I realized how amazing this partnership would be because of how similar our vision and aesthetic are.”


Rings from Ke$ha’s collection (photo courtesy of Charles Albert)

Angelina Jolie Uses Jewelry Profits to Fund School in Afghanistan

Angelina Jolie made headlines this month with her charitable contributions from her jewelry line in collaboration with Robert Procop. Jolie’s line was unveiled to U.S. consumers on April 3 at Tivol of Kansas City, Mo. One hundred percent of profits will go toward Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, the same organization that recently built the school in Afghanistan. “My greatest hope is that we will be able to continue to offer funds through this collection to build these schools and continue giving children a chance at an education, which is the most important thing,” Procop says.

Kobe Bryant Named Ambassador of Hublot

Although April is typically playoff month for basketball stars such as Kobe Bryant, the Los Angeles Laker’s torn Achilles tendon has kept him off the court. But with his recent collaboration with Swiss luxury watch brand Hublot, something tells me Bryant will have no trouble staying busy. Bryant joined Hublot as its newest ambassador at the end of March. To commemorate the partnership, Hublot released Bryant’s signature timepiece, the limited-edition King Power Black Mamba. “Bryant was the perfect choice for Hublot—a brand known for its precision and excellence, traits that have characterized the basketball icon’s celebrated career,” Ricardo Guadalupe, CEO of Hublot, said.


Bryant with the King Power Black Mamba watch (photo courtesy of Hublot, taken by Jesse Grant from Getty Images)