Carrie Underwood’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Yellow Diamonds with this Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Carrie Underwood’s Engagement Ring with this Fancy Yellow Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

According to Us Weekly, Carrie Underwood’s engagement ring was a surprise from hockey player Mike Fisher. The country music star believes her sweet guy took notice of all her Johnathon Arndt jewelry boxes and “somehow managed to call him up and sneak around and make me a ring!”

No small feat, considering the Beverly Hills designer is available by invitation only!

Details on Carrie’s ring are few and far between, though Johnathon Arndt did confirm that the central stone is a flawless canary yellow diamond. The beautiful stone is quite large, though any guesses to its actual carat weight would be mere speculation. It is surrounded by a halo of white diamonds set in relief atop a diamond-studded band with an echoing halo that sits in shadow just beneath the ring’s head.

In addition to designing Ms. Underwood’s engagement ring, Johnathon Arndt also designed the couple’s wedding bands and Carrie’s wedding jewelry. Mike Fisher purchased a custom-made diamond tiara made by the designer. He presented this gorgeous gift to his wife in time for her wear it as she walked down the aisle. Exquisite in design, the Victorian-style circlet features flowers and vines decorated in over 40 carats in diamonds set in 18k white gold.

The couple also turned to Johnathon Arndt for the design of their wedding bands. Carrie’s features princess and round diamonds, while Mike’s is a “masculine band” with “hidden diamonds,” as requested by Carrie {cited}.

Beyonce’s Wedding Ring


Capture the Essence! of Jennifer Aniston's Stunning 8-carat Engagement Ring with this 7-Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Beyonce’s Wedding Ring with this 7-Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Beyonce’s wedding ring is actually a tattoo of the Roman numeral “IV” in reddish-brown ink. It matches hubby Jay-Z’s tattoo, which he sports on his left ring finger. According to numerous sources, Beyonce and Jay-Z cherish the number 4 above all numbers. Not only were they both born on the 4th of their birthday months, but they were also married on 04/04.

Beyonce and Jay-Z Keep It Real

Their tattoos are a sign of a forever love, which Beyonce confirmed to Essence Magazine in 2008, that what they have is real. Six years and going strong, this does seem to be the case. They certainly don’t hype their relationship by giving excessive interviews.

“I feel that, especially now, with the Internet and paparazzi and camera phones, it’s so difficult to maintain mystery. And that’s so important. Even in a relationship, I feel like not being that accessible is really important,” she told Essence Magazine.

In addition to maintaining an air of mystery, Beyonce wasn’t shy about admitting that her closed lips protect her brand, as well. “[Not speaking] controls your brand. it controls what you want to put out there and kind of forces people to talk about what you want them to talk about,” she said.

Secret Engagement, No Engagement Ring?

To date, it appears that Essence Magazine is the only publication Beyonce has really opened up to about their romance, and then only once. Their engagement was such a secret that no one heard about it until after the two were married. Jay-Z appears to have let slip while performing in Paris that they were actually engaged in the City of Love, but that is the end of the disclosure.

According to Beyonce, she didn’t want an engagement ring, saying “It’s just material and it’s just silly to me.” This didn’t stop Jay-Z from gifting her a very material diamond ring that reportedly features an astonishing 20 carats of white diamonds. The famed singer has yet to comment on the significance of this ring, though she does wear it on that finger.

The ring, designed by revered designer Lorraine Schwartz, features a jaw-dropping, 18-carat, flawless white diamond. The diamond is reported to be emerald cut, and it hugs her finger on a delicate split-shank platinum band. The band is completely encrusted in diamonds so that none of the metal shows–a Lorraine Schwartz signature. Some say that this ring is Beyonce’s wedding ring, and others call it her engagement ring.

What would you call it?

Mila Kunis’ Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Mila Kunis' Engagement Ring with this Excellent-Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Mila Kunis’ Engagement Ring with this Excellent-Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

This past February, paparazzi caught Mila Kunis’ engagement ring on camera. She was apparently out shopping with her mother and made no real attempts to hide the significant jewel. The ring is a timeless diamond solitaire set on a plain band. No frills and minimal flash, just as would be expected.

Many have speculated as to the ring’s details. Reports abound that the central stone is a round brilliant diamond. Experts have estimated the stone’s size between 2 and 4 carats. However, the stone’s actual size has not been confirmed. Rumor has it the band is platinum, though this also remains unconfirmed.

What is absolutely certain is that Mila’s central diamond is set cathedral-style in a classic 4-prong setting on a plain band of white metal. It is also a fairly safe assumption that Ashton went to every length possible to ensure the stone was conflict-free, though again this is only speculation.

ABC News reported earlier this month that Ms. Kunis actually wore her engagement ring in public for a whole two months before it was captured by the media. That is truly surprising, but I don’t doubt for a minute that these two stars are keenly adept at avoiding the spotlight when they want to.

True to form, very recently Ashton Kutcher made a bold and quite coy announcement that their baby daughter was born. Amid a series of ten photos of babies (animals and humans), he challenged fans to decipher which one is theirs. That’s the way of it with the Kunis-Kutcher clan…they keep us guessing and wanting more.

Which Sparkler is Jennifer Garner’s Engagement Ring?

Capture the Essence! of Jennifer Garner's Engagement Ring with this VS Diamond Eternity Band in 18k White Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Jennifer Garner’s Engagement Ring with this VS Diamond Eternity Band in 18k White Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Jennifer Garner’s engagement ring appears to have sparked many rumors over the years. It seems that one secret to a happy celebrity marriage is to keep matters of the heart on the down-low. Few do it better than Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck. Thrilled to keep the spotlight on their warm smiles and loving embraces, the A-list pair hold their most private details under wraps. This includes information about Ms. Garner’s engagement ring.

Is it the 4.5-carat Cushion-Cut Diamond by Harry Winston?

Rumors abound that Ben proposed with a 4.5-carat cushion-cut diamond ring from distinguished jewelry designer Harry Winston. However, according to People, the couple never actually announced their engagement, and by all appearances “a diamond-studded eternity band”  was the only contender as Ms. Garner’s engagement ring. This beautiful band was first seen after the two were married. Set with minimal metal, likely platinum (possibly white gold), Jennifer’s eternity band is set beautifully all-’round with prong-set round brilliant diamonds.

For at least 9 months after their wedding, Jennifer wears only a plain band and the diamond eternity band. Later, in photos taken after her second daughter was born in 2009, Jennifer wears four stackable rings on her left ring finger: a plain band in platinum or white gold; another channel-set with baguette and round brilliant diamonds; the diamond eternity band mentioned above; and a final channel-set band with what look like pink diamonds.

Again, People seems to have the scoop on the two new bands. In 2011, they reported: “Affleck, 39, enjoys showering his wife with diamonds. He gave her a pair of pink and white diamond Harry Winston bands, one for each of their two daughters, Violet 6, and Seraphina, who turns 3 next month.”

So, who started the rumors about a 4.5-carat Harry Winston engagement ring?

After seeing the large diamond ring (or rings) Jennifer Garner wore in photos shot during the 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and during the 2006 Oscars™ ceremony, it seems that some have jumped to conclusion that these must be shots of her engagement ring. Elle chimed in on the matter, stating that in 2004, Ben “went back to Harry Winston and purchased a cushion-cut solitaire set in platinum” {cited}. Glamour also reported on April 2, 2013, that “Ben made it official with Jennifer Garner when he went back to Harry Winston to buy a 4.5-carat cushion-cut with baguette sidestones” {cited}.

The photo in Elle of Jennifer Garner’s engagement ring shows no such cushion-cut solitaire. A close-up of Ms. Garner’s face is set beside a pop-out photo of a pair of eternity-style diamond rings that don’t actually look like rings Jennifer wears in any other official photo. In Glamour, the blurred photo of Ms. Garner’s ring finger demonstrates a plain gold band paired with a large diamond ring with one accent stone visible. The central stone might be a cushion-cut diamond, but the accent stone appears to be triangular, not baguette.

Official images of Ms. Garner on the red carpet in 2006 do show a large diamond ring on her left ring finger. It is difficult to make out whether she wears the same diamond ring at both events, though. In her Oscars™ photo she wears what could be an oval-shaped diamond, and in her Hollywood Film Festival photos the ring she wears may be the cushion-cut with accent stones we’ve seen her wear in other photos, but it is hard to get a good look. What is plain to see in these Film Festival photos is the elegant diamond eternity band she wears on her right ring finger.

Unfortunately, in this case we are left with many more questions than answers. It seems the answer to our question is that Jennifer Garner’s engagement ring is either the eternity band she wears so frequently, or it is a  jewel she reserves only for the red carpet about which details have not been confirmed by either star.

Which sparkler do you think is Ms. Garner’s engagement ring?

Opal Legends of Australian Aborigines

Capture the Essence! of Opal Legends with this Gorgeous Vintage Crystal Opal Cocktail Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Opal Legends with this Gorgeous Vintage Crystal Opal Cocktail Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

by Angela Magnotti Andrews

Over 95% of our modern supply of opals is found in the wilds of Australia. Here, opal legends come alive in the spiritual practice of the Aborigines.

Australian Opal Legends

In one such legend, a young boy plants his staff in the ground. While he eats his lunch, the staff solidifies into opal. In another account, opals are said to have flown from the end of a firestick. This firestick was being tossed about by a bronze-winged pigeon. In another, opal was birthed from the footstep of the Creator. And in other stories, some specimens of opal represent the transformed organs of the Ancestral Beings.

The Dreaming

The indigenous people of Australia carry their vast history in a collection of stories. The legends and wisdom (law) of the ancients has been passed down orally from generation to generation. The Dreaming is a recurring part of that history. It refers to the time when Ancestral Beings roamed the earth to establish life. These beings are said to have created the animals, plants, and rocks. They are also credited with establishing the connections between all these life forms.

When they were finished with their work, these Ancestral Spirits shifted shape. They became trees, stars, rocks, and sacred sites such as watering holes. To find these sacred sites is to preserve them. The Aborigines revere them as the link between the past, the present, and the future.

It is said that some of the Australian opals were formed from the organs of those Ancestral Beings. All opal is approached with mystery and power. However, these sacred opals are believed to harness a greater measure of power and mystery. They were left behind as a sign and a remembrance to those who would come later.

The Birth of Opals

Other Australian opal legends include the story of their birth. This story is reported to be a part of The Dreaming, as well. In this account, the Creator visited humanity with a message of peace. He is said to have traveled on the arc of a rainbow. The moment His foot touched ground, the stones beneath his feet sparked to life. In a cascade of rainbow colors, opals were born.

In all of these opal legends, the magnificence and import of opals shine through. Opals are said to bring happiness and good dreams. They are believed to bring hope and stir emotions of loyalty, love, and connection.


  1. Australian Government. “The Dreaming.” Accessed October 21, 2014.
  2. Hatchman, Peter. “History of Opal,” Opals on Black website. Accessed October 21, 2014.
  3. Our Pacific Ocean. “Australia Aboriginal Mythology 1.” Accessed October 21, 2014.

Jelly Opal History and Characteristics

Capture the Essence! of Jelly Opal with this Victorian-Era Antique Jelly Opal Locket. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Jelly Opal with this Victorian-Era Antique Jelly Opal Locket. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

by Angela Magnotti Andrews

This gorgeous Victorian-Era Jelly Opal Locket is exquisitely made. It features an ornate frame made from solid 14k gold. The detailed setting includes traditional gold work, including milgrain and granulation. The back of this locket has a space for a photo. It currently holds a black onyx tablet. A single multi-colored jelly opal cabochon with broad flash of fire and very strong brilliance graces the center of this locket.

What is Opal?

Opal is considered a mineraloid. This means that it does not form with a solid crystal structure and does not have a rigid chemical composition. This range of chemical compositions allows for many different types of opals, including jelly opals. Among the many different types of opals, black opals, harlequin opals, and fire opals are among the most desirable for jewelry. However, white, semi-black, and jelly opals are extremely popular. Though they are lower in price, they still generate the beautiful play of colors that makes opals so spectacular.

Opals formed long ago when solutions of silicone dioxide and water ran over the surface of the earth. As this liquid moved across the earth, it picked up silica from sandstone. This silica-laden solution pooled in cracks and fissures carved out by decomposing fossils, volcanic activity, and erosion. The water eventually evaporated from these pools, leaving behind layers of silica. Over time, as the cycle repeated itself again and again, nobby rough opals formed in these crevices and cracks.

According to Opals Down Under, today’s opals are found in “wild and unruly places surrounded by a moonscape of mullock humps where people fight against horrendous climate conditions in their search for precious gemstones” {7}. This quote refers to those found in Australia. However, opals are also found around the world in crevices, cracks, stalactites, stalagmites, and in the hollowed-out spaces left by disintegrated fossils.

Gemstone-quality opal (precious opal) was originally found in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Mines in these locations continued to produce the world’s supply of opal until 1922, when the mines began to run dry. Around that same time, opals were discovered in Australia. Today, approximately 97% of the world’s precious opals come from Australia, where opal is the national gemstone.

What is Jelly Opal?

Jelly Opal is a transparent precious opal with a gelatinous appearance. Characteristically, these beautiful gems have a bluish sheen. However, the play of color within them will include yellows, greens, pinks, oranges, and sometimes bright reds.

Jelly Opals are darker in appearance than crystal opals. Today, these beautiful stones are often found alongside black opal in the Lightning Ridge mines of Australia {4}. However, Victorian-Era Jelly Opals, such as the one pictured here, would likely have been found in the Czech mines.

Jelly Opals are more transparent than other types of opal. Therefore, the play of color acts differently. The color rolls through the stone rather than appearing in shifting patches. As with all types of opals, Jelly Opals display more color when they are slightly warmed by nearness to the skin.


  1. AJS Gems. “Opal Gemstone Information.” Accessed October 18, 2014.
  2. Collector’s Weekly. “Opal Jewelry.” Accessed October 18, 2014.
  3. Eckert, Allan W. The World of Opals. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, 1997.
  4. Gemstone Co., The. “Buying Guide: Opal.” Accessed October 18, 2014.
  5. “What is Opal?” Accessed October 18, 2014.
  6. Opals Down Under. “How is Opal Formed? – the Geology of Opal.” Accessed October 18, 2014.
  7. Opals Down Under. “Australian Opal Mining Fields.” Accessed October 18, 2014.

Kim Kardashian’s Engagement Ring

Kim Kardashian West in 2014.
Kim Kardashian West in 2014.

Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring from Kanye West was fashioned by A-list designer Lorraine Schwartz. According to a Lorraine Schwartz representative, the ring is a perfect D-Color, Flawless, 15-carat natural white diamond. Mounted on a minimalist band set with pavé diamonds, the diamond appears to hover over the top of her finger. This was precisely what Ms. Kardashian’s fiancé intended.

The same rep told E!News, “[Mr. West] wanted the diamond to look like it was floating on air.” During the months preceding his knock-out proposal, Mr. West spent a fair portion of his time working closely with designer Lorraine Schwartz to ensure that his lady love and muse would have the most over-the-top engagement ring on the field. “He had a vision,” said the jewelry designer’s rep. “He looked at a lot of stones and he wanted only the best.”

You can’t get much better than a Flawless D diamond! The cushion-cut stone is Kimberley registered, ensuring that all measures possible were taken to confirm that the diamond was never used to finance rebel movements. The rep further expressed that the stone was ethical, though it is unclear whether this means it was ethically mined, or whether it simply refers to its registration with the Kimberley Process.

Us Magazine reports that Lorraine was honored to work closely with Kanye to design Kim’s ring. They report, “Lorraine was happy that Kanye asked her to create the ring with him. Kim and Lorraine are dear friends.”

What a boon for Kim to have such a friend as Lorraine Schwartz. Hailed as a trendsetter and a world-renowned jewelry designer, Lorraine Schwartz designs are seen frequently on the red carpets, adorning such celebrities as Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, and Elizabeth Taylor.

Her style, like many of her favorite clients, is bold and ethereal, but taste alone is not enough. According to the staff at Gallery Atlantic, Ms. Schwartz asserts that quality craftsmanship must be paired with excellent taste for success in the business of jewelry. We could not agree more.

Jennifer Aniston’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Jennifer Aniston's Stunning 8-carat Engagement Ring with this 7-Carat Asscher Cut Diamond  Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Jennifer Aniston’s Stunning 8-carat Engagement Ring with this 7-Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Jennifer Aniston’s engagement ring has garnered much attention.  In keeping with her usual habit, Ms. Aniston has kept much about her relationship with Justin Theroux out of the limelight. This includes details about the gorgeous rock she wears on her left ring finger. Though we may never know the intimate details, we can draw a few conclusions of our own based on the photos we’ve seen around the Web.

The ring may be engraved on the inside of the band or beneath the diamond. However, given its simple and straightforward lines, it does not appear to be a custom-designed ring in the truest sense of that term. The diamond is reported by a number of sources to be 8 carats, though it could be a bit more or less. There appears to be little doubt that the diamond is a natural white diamond, given its blinding splendor in broad daylight. Some reports claim the stone is rose cut, but given it’s definite rectangular shape (as opposed to round), it is more likely a cushion-cut diamond.

One crystal-clear photo of Ms. Anniston’s engagement ring was captured during one of her many red carpet appearances. In the photo, the diamond is clearly set with four dainty prongs on a classic yellow gold band. This very classic style suits Ms. Aniston very well, though the size of the ring seems to have surprised many of the star’s followers.

Rumor has it that the couple became engaged on Justin’s 41st birthday, August 10, 2012. Although a casual search on Google ensures a feast of photos and madcap stories about secret beach weddings and wedding gown details, the couple has yet to set a wedding date. Though they have yet to comment on their reasons for waiting, a brief look at their IMDB bios shows the two have been working a lot over the past couple of years.

Angelina Jolie Wears an Exceptional Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Exceptional Craftsmanship with this Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Exceptional Craftsmanship with this Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

An intimate wedding took place in France on August 23, 2014, though a few of the couple’s most tender moments were displayed for all to see in September issues of People and Hello! magazines. A veil decorated with the art of their children, a kiss to send you to the moon, and a beautiful story of love, laughter, and the antics of children.

It was the wedding of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated couples, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The exclusive stories written in People and Hello! offer a peek-a-boo view into many of the wedding details, including the dress, the veil, the cake, and the ties.

However, they offer only a hint about the couple’s wedding rings. All we know is that they were made by the couple’s favorite jewelry designer, Robert Procop, who creates truly exceptional jewels, just as his website declares.

A bit more is known about Angelina’s exceptional engagement ring, which was designed by Brad Pitt and executed by Robert Procop. A series of graduated emerald-cut diamonds pave the band, with one central emerald-cut diamond weighing an estimated 7 carats.

In a statement released in 2012, Robert Procop wrote, “The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger.”

One could call Mr. Procop a tailor for rings, at least for the Jolie-Pitt family. He has worked closely with Angelina to design jewels for her role in Malificent, as well as a whole collection of pieces inspired by personal jewels worn by the actress and also those given as gifts to her now-husband, Brad Pitt. The proceeds from all of the jewels sold by Robert Procop in partnership with Angelina Jolie are donated to charities for children.

There has been speculation that Ms. Jolie’s ring is fashioned from platinum and that they’re wedding bands are also fashioned from platinum. However, based on a survey of the jewels created by Robert Procop and the descriptions given for these jewels, especially those in the Tablet Collection, it would be this writer’s estimation that the rings they wear are fashioned from 18k rose gold.

Without doubt, the two very grounded, very sentimental actors have laced these most treasured jewels in their personal collections with meaning and engraved messages that only they and their intimates will understand. The weight of history in their rings reminds this writer of the power of jewelry to preserve history even as it is in the making.

Kurt Russell Gives Goldie Hawn a Designer Diamond Ring

Capture the Essence! of Goldie Hawn's Designer Eternity Band with this Vendoro Diamond and Yellow Gold Cocktail Eternity Band. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Goldie Hawn’s Designer Eternity Band with this Vendoro Diamond-Encrusted Yellow Gold Cocktail Eternity Band. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

This past January, Kurt Russell picked up a very special diamond ring from celebrity jewelry designer Violette par Larme Violette. According to Diana Cooper of Closer Weekly, the celebrated actor picked it out during the Sundance Film Festival from French celebrity design firm Violette par Larme Violette.

The ring is a stunning piece set in silver with the firm’s signature White V diamonds. Consisting of layer upon layer of twisting metal studded with diamonds, the ring is named Eternity, symbolic of faith and eternal love. The makers of this ring declare it carries with it the enduring message, “Together forever, our path will never end.”

This will likely be the closest thing Goldie Hawn wears to an engagement ring or wedding band. For 31 years the actors have been life partners, living, working, and raising children together, but they have not gotten married and will likely keep it that way. Mr. Russell chose the ring as a Valentine’s Day gift for his sweetheart. After 31 years of a good thing, it seems indeed their partnership will continue into eternity. May it be so!