Wrapped in a small box within a box, within a box, within, yes, seven boxes, was Camila Alves’ engagement ring from superstar Matthew McConaughey. It was Christmas Day 2011, and a public announcement was made with a smoochy photo posted on Twitter by Mr. McConaughey himself.
“She got the ring, I took a knee and asked her to marry me and take my name,” the starstruck star told People. So long as she had to wait for (and work for) her gift, she apparently decided he could wait for his answer, as well.
“After a bit, she conceded…thankfully,” he recounted.
Ms. Alves’ engagement ring was made by designer Cathy Waterman, whose imaginative creations have captured the attention of Hollywood’s most ethereal beauties.
It features a large rose cut diamond set fairly openly in a delicate prong setting with intricate design features. The band is gorgeous, and is likely made of platinum*. It features two sprays of diamond-set flowers ‘growing’ toward the central stone.
On June 9, 2012, Ms. Alves added a pair of wedding bands (likely made of silver**). Both are flecked with tiny diamonds in varying sizes. The one she wears nearest to her engagement ring is etched with ‘XOXO’, a message assumed to be the universal symbol for ‘hugs and kisses’.
The following Monday, Matthew McConaughey was captured in his sweat suit sporting his brand new wedding ring. A close-up shot of the gold ring, taken at the opening of the movie Magic Mike, demonstrates a wide band with a curious inscription: “6.22”.
According to Mr. McConaughey, the numbers refer to both a significant time and a significant passage from the Bible. In 2008, he reportedly told OK! magazine that their son, Levi, was born at 6:22pm, a time which “represents my favorite verse in the book of Matthew in the Bible: ‘If thy eye be single, thy whole body will be full of light.'”
In 2013, the star posted a photo of the time 6:22, and wrote “keep the eye high.” He uses it for a motto, wears it on his finger, and holds it in his heart. It seems to have served him well in life and love.
The wedding bands were reportedly made by Kathy Rose, known for her unconventional jewels, described on her website as “enriched with hints of historical, ancestral, architectural and cultural influences.” Sounds perfect for the down-home Texas boy who has captured the heart of America with his laid-back, homegrown style.