Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Sarah Michelle Gellar's engagement ring with this Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Sarah Michelle Gellar’s engagement ring with this Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Fairy tale romance is alive and well, marked by Sarah Michelle Gellar’s engagement ring and her beautiful life with Freddie Prinz, Jr. The couple met on the set of I Know What You Did Last Summer in 1997. A four-year friendship blossomed into deeper love, and the two became betrothed in 2001.

An Ethereal Cathy Waterman Creation

Ms. Gellar’s engagement ring is an ethereal creation by famed Hollywood designer Cathy Waterman. True to style, Ms. Waterman fashioned a fantastical ring of platinum and diamonds. The central stone is reported to be a princess cut diamond mounted in place by four ornate prongs set with uniquely shaped diamonds. The band is channel-set all the way around with small round brilliant diamonds.

Rumor has it that Ms. Gellar said in an interview the stone is held in place by a pair of dragonflies. These delicate creatures are not clearly visible in the photos of Ms. Gellar’s engagement ring, but there is very little doubt that Ms. Waterman could conceive of such beautiful pedestals for that gorgeous rock.

Do Dragonflies Hold Her Diamond in Place?

The dragonflies are reminiscent of the two purple dragonflies she has tattooed on her lower back. She told Movieline that “the dragonflies are something Freddie and I share, our love of dragons and dragonflies.”

Cathy Waterman has made other dragonfly gems for the beautiful actress. In June 2002, Sarah Michelle Gellar wore dragonfly earrings on the cover of In Style magazine made by the esteemed designer.

And on September 1, 2002, the couple said ‘I do’ and exchanged a pair of Cathy Waterman wedding bands in matching platinum. Ms. Gellar’s band is intricately carved in a diamond-set floral motif.

Sushi and Board Games Are Staples

This is all we get in terms of details about Ms. Gellar’s engagement ring. But the starlet has given some details about the beginnings of their romance, which apparently included sushi, something they continue to share with passionate devotion.

“I’m still learning how to talk about this because I’ve never had a relationship that’s public before,” she told Movieline.

What sets Freddie apart from the others? “He balances me. We’re both homebodies. We love to have our friends over. We love board games–we’ll play them until three in the morning,” she said.

After 12 years of living the homebody life, which balances out their hectic filming schedules, the couple appear to be happier than ever. “They’re on the same channel,” Cathy Waterman told People of the couple.

Ms. Gellar confirmed this sentiment in an interview with Access Hollywood, “It’s easy…he’s my best friend, and the communication is always there, and we support each other no matter what.”

Camila Alves’ Engagement Ring Details

 

Capture the Essence! of Camila Alves' Engagement Ring with this Ethereal 5.5-Carat Asscher Cut Light Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Camila Alves’ Engagement Ring with this Ethereal 5.5-Carat Asscher Cut Light Blue Sapphire Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

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.

*The majority of Cathy Waterman’s jewels are made from platinum and 22k gold.
**Kathy Rose typically works with silver and white gold.

Anna Paquin’s Engagement Ring Details

Capture the Essence! of Anna Paquin's engagement ring with this Bezel-Set Old Euro Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Anna Paquin’s engagement ring with this Bezel-Set Old Euro Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Stephen Moyer proposed to his True Blood co-star Anna Paquin in 2009. In a spontaneous interview captured by a paparazzi while the on their way somewhere, Anna and Stephen reveal some surprising details about Ms. Paquin’s engagement ring.

The road noise makes it hard to hear her answer, but it sounds like Ms. Paquin tells the interviewer that her center stone is 5 carats!! When asked what inspired the ring, she gives the floor to Stephen. “It’s Gothic, interesting, and not the normal…and it’s not a moonstone,” he said with emphasis.

It’s Not A Moonstone

Yes, we can confirm that center stone is no moonstone, despite the circulating rumors. Though it is yet to be substantiated, we believe the central gem in this gorgeous Gothic engagement ring is a rough-cut diamond. It is set within a beautiful setting made from blackened platinum.

The diamond is prong-set with a cluster of smaller diamonds mounted on either side of the stone. These accent stones appear to be set into a floral design which reaches to cup the diamond. The solid blackened band curves around her finger gently. Beside it Ms. Paquin wears a matching wedding band comprised of a series of tiny round diamonds set in blacked platinum connected by teeny-tiny accent diamonds.

Storybook Designer Cathy Waterman

Rumor has it that the storybook designer Cathy Waterman, who has adorned many starlets both on and off screen, is the designer who hand-hewed Ms. Paquin’s engagement ring.

Ms. Waterman’s gorgeous creations are indeed out of a fantasy tale, and her story of their creation is no less fantastical.

“I believe the beauty in my work is a direct result of trying to create objects equal to these winged creatures of mine,” the designer says, speaking of her beloved children {cited}.

“I see jewels in puddles…and in the reflection of a cloud. They appear to me all finished. And I find that it’s often what I don’t see that inspires me most: I’ll walk down a lane entranced by the silhouette of a bird on a bough only to find that there is no bird…and often no bough. So the vision is purely mine and I can make of it what I will” {cited}.

In addition to designing Anna Paquin’s engagement ring, Cathy Waterman also created the jewels worn by Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman.

She has also made beautiful jewels for classic red carpet walkers, Julia Roberts, Demi Moore, Vanessa Hudgens, and Laura Linney. The LA Times writes, “In a town full of loud bling, Cathy Waterman’s jewelry stands out for its nonagressive beauty.”

Ms. Paquin’s engagement ring is certainly nonagressive in its beauty, even with its Gothic undertones.

Gwyneth Paltrow’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Gwyneth Paltrow's engagement ring with this Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring from the 1920s. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Gwyneth Paltrow’s engagement ring with this Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring from the 1920s. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

The dual ache of sorrow and beauty are staples in this life. Few know this as surely as Gwyneth Paltrow, who with her ten-year partner Chris Martin of Coldplay, this past March, shared news of their “conscious uncoupling.”

This follows a ten-year partnership which was marked publicly in 2003 by Ms. Paltrow’s engagement ring. The gorgeous ring features a large Asscher-cut diamond surrounded by a delicate halo set with micro diamonds. The cathedral-style setting upon which this gorgeous jewel rests is also intricately designed and encrusted with teeny-tiny diamonds. This is about all that’s known about the Ms. Paltrow’s engagement ring.

When asked by a reporter for the Telegraph, Gwyneth admitted, “I should know – but I didn’t ask” how many carats her diamond weighs.

The minimalist style seems to mirror the privately held lives of these two very public figures. In a secret wedding on December 5, 2003, the actress added a delicate diamond-paved band to the ensemble on her left ring finger.

Two children and ten years later, Chris and Gwyneth have decided they are better separate. “While we love each other very much we will remain separate,” they co-wrote on Gwyneth’s Goop blog.

As in all things involving their private life, this is as much as they want us to know: “We are, however, and always will be a family, and in many ways we are closer than we have ever been. … We have always conducted our relationship privately, and we hope that as we consciously uncouple and coparent, we will be able to continue in the same manner.”

Yes, a life marked by sadness and beauty is one worth living. Relationships are complicated, but love is always beautiful.

Lindsay Price’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Lindsay Price's Engagement Ring with this 1-Carat Princess-Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Lindsay Price’s Engagement Ring with this 1-Carat Princess-Cut Diamond Solitaire Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Lindsay Price’s engagement ring has remained largely undocumented in the press. The only images widely distributed appear to come from the same day sometime in July 2012.

The Beverly Hills 90210 celebrity was seen taking a casual stroll about a week after her engagement to Curtis Stone. This was about eight months after their son, Hudson, was born.

Unfortunately, all the close-ups of Ms. Price’s engagement ring are blurry. However, there are a few details we can make out. First, it is definitely a classic solitaire, possibly square-cut, cushion-cut, or princess-cut. The diamond is a sizable stone mounted on what appears to be a tapering comfort fit band made of platinum or white gold.

Top Chef Masters host Curtis Stone proposed to Ms. Price in Naples, Italy. According to The Huffington Post, Curtis chose the ring himself and popped the question on one knee after presenting her with a hand-written love letter.

Their skill at keeping a low profile leaves room for nothing more to be said.

Have you caught a glimpse of her ring in one of the overseas tabloids? If so, let us know on our Facebook page, will you?

Olivia Wilde’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Olivia Wilde's Vintage 1920s engagement ring with this Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring with Authentic Art Deco green glass accents. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Olivia Wilde’s Vintage 1920s engagement ring with this Vintage Diamond Engagement Ring with Authentic Art Deco green glass accents. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Olivia Wilde’s engagement ring made a big splash when she first stepped out with it in early 2013. She and actor Jason Sudeikis confirmed their engagement to the media on January 12, 2013.

People‘s First Capture

 

On January 15, 2013, People captured shots of the ring, which Olivia offered coyly while on the set of The Third Person in Rome, Italy.

Those early shots were so blurry, but People went ahead and made a guess that the ring featured “a large, elevated brilliant-cut diamond.” They did learn one detail from Ms. Wilde’s rep. They wrote, “…the bauble is an antique.”

It is hard to discern whether they meant that the entire ring is antique, or if one of the stones is an antique.

At Second Glance

 

Our next glimpse of her ring came in the form of, again, blurry pictures at a Knicks game the following month. The shots from the game were still too far away to get a clear look at the ring.

It was definitely round, and there was more than a hint that People got it wrong on their first guess. With a mild hint of color and a sense of more than one stone in the ring, it was becoming evident that we might have a unique style to ogle over.

Third Time’s A Charm

In March 2013, two sources confirmed that Ms. Wilde’s engagement ring actually features a round diamond surrounded by a halo of emeralds. It turns out that the actress went fairly unconventional on all counts–a small diamond, emerald accent stones, and yellow gold (as opposed to the far more popular platinum or white gold).

This is about all we got, until Ms. Wilde made her big reveal to Lucky magazine, posted online in May of 2014. In addition to opening up about being someone’s ‘hall pass’,  activism, and the perks of pregnancy, Olivia also shared the scoop on her engagement ring.

The Big Reveal

By her own report, Ms. Wilde’s engagement ring is a vintage ring with a story that placed it in Paris around 1921. “I love imagining the story of this ring. Who had it?” said the actress as she turned it ’round and ’round on her finger.

“Jason said it reminded him of my eyes, which is very sweet,” she said of the slightly aqua-colored emeralds surrounding the central diamond.

One Last Luscious Tidbit

We received one last luscious tidbit after Jennifer Aniston spilled some beans to Alicia Quarles of E!Online. “Somebody helped [Jason] on the ring, in fact,” she said. “Not me, but my fiance did…He just guided him in the right direction.”

And there you have it! Straight from the mouth of a fellow Hollywood superstar, Justin Theroux helped guide Jason Sudeikis to find the perfect ring for his bride-to-be.

How would you like to have some celebrity advice when you’re set to pick out your girl’s ring? Would your sweetheart like a vintage ring like Olivia Wilde’s engagement ring?

Kristen Bell’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Kristen Bell's Engagement Ring with this Vintage 38-Carat Smoky Citrine Cockatail-Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Kristen Bell’s Engagement Ring with this Vintage 38-Carat Smoky Natural Citrine Cockatail/Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Kristen Bell’s engagement ring was designed by celebrity designer Neil Lane. It features an emerald-cut diamond which appears to fall in the champagne color for fancy-colored diamonds. It is estimated to weigh over 3 carats. The diamond is bezel-set in a solid mount of platinum with fine milgrain details.

The diamond is set in a hefty geometric crown with a column of five round white diamonds set into deep channels to either side. The band has a partial split near the top with three accent diamonds set into each shoulder.

Ms. Bell’s engagement ring was a gift from her now-husband Dax Shephard, of Parenthood fame. They were engaged over the holidays in late 2009, with the first public announcements made by Kristen’s publicist in February of 2010.

According to E!Online, the self-proclaimed “frugal” actor told Jimmy Kimmel that while he spared no expense on the engagement ring, he spent only $142 on their wedding. That includes the cost of the fuel required to transport them to the courthouse.

As late as October 29, 2014, Mr. Shephard had yet to purchase himself a wedding ring. He joked with Jimmy that he might turn to Costco to get the job done.

Citrine: What’s in a Name?

Capture the Essence! of Madeira Wine with this Seidengang Madeira Citrine Cocktail Ring in 18k Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Madeira Wine with this Seidengang Madeira Citrine Cocktail Ring in 18k Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

by Angela Magnotti Andrews

Citrine has a warmth reminiscent of sunshine and has long been considered a stone of the sun. However, it’s name does not necessarily reflect this connection.

‘Citron’–A Lemon?

According to the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), citrine derives its name from the French word citron, which means “lemon.” Natural untreated citrine is often a pale yellowish color. However, it rarely matches a true lemon yellow, leaning more toward a light honey or smoky gold.

These naturally-colored citrine specimens are becoming rarer. Today, much of the new citrine on the market is heat treated right at the mines {2}. This has become a widely acceptable practice, which often results in a yellow with reddish undertones. According to GemSelect, the effects of this heat treatment are considered permanent and stable.

Madeira Citrine

While citrines are rarely lemon yellow, there is one special citrine whose name perfectly captures its essence and hue–Madeira citrine. On the islands of Medeira, Portugal, near the Canary Islands, a unique practice of winemaking has been perfected for well over 500 years.

The wines in Madeira are made after the fashion of a long boat ride. One forsaken shipment of wine made the full journey through the trade routes and back to its port of origin in Madeira. Upon its discovery in the ship, winemakers realized that exposure to heat on the constantly moving ship completely changed the flavor of the wine.

 

Once these artisans discovered the reason for the wine’s transformation, they engineered a way to simulate the process on land. Today, the simplest method is to fill a large stainless steel container with the wine. A system of pipes that pass through the container will circulate hot water (120 degrees Fahrenheit) through the wine for three months {4}.

In another method, casks of wine are taken to a rooftop and left beneath the beating rays of the sun for several months. This method, called the Canteiro method, is reported to produce the best Madeira wines {4}.

The birth of this new wine put the region on the map, and the Madeira wines, known the world over for their “profound complexity, crisp acidity and marvelous richness on the palate” {5}, also happen to be a rich, smoky red-hued brown in color, just like the citrine that is believed to be named after them.

Brazilian Wood?

While this connection to Madeira wines seems to be the most commonly held theory of the origins of the stone’s name, some believe Madeira citrine is actually named after a Brazilian word meaning ‘wood’ or ‘wood-colored’. This makes some sense, since most of the world’s most beautiful citrines come from Brazil’s southern tip. However, it is not the most romantic of theories.

Wherever it derives its name, don’t you think the Madeira citrine is stunning?

Notes
  1. “Citrine: November’s Sunny Birthstone,” GIA 4Cs Blog, November 1, 2013. http://4csblog.gia.edu/2013/citrine-novembers-sunny-birthstone.
  2. GemSelect. “Citrine Gemstone Information.” Accessed November 3, 2014. http://www.gemselect.com/gem-info/citrine/citrine-info.
  3. International Colored Gemstone Association. “Citrine.” Accessed November 3, 2014. http://www.gemstone.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=104:sapphire&catid=1:gem-by-gem&Itemid=14.
  4. Madeira Wine Guide. “The Making of Madeira Wine.” Accessed November 3, 2014. http://www.madeirawineguide.com/2006/05/the_making_of_madeira_wine.html.
  5. The Rare Wine Co. “Historic Series Madeira.” Accessed November 3, 2014. http://www.rarewineco.com/rare-wine-co-historic-series-madeira/.

Molly McNearney’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Molly McNearney's Engagement Ring with this Vintage Old Euro Cut Conflict-Free Diamond Engagement Ring with Tapered Baguette Accents. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Molly McNearney’s Engagement Ring with this Vintage Old Euro Cut Conflict-Free Diamond Engagement Ring with Tapered Baguette Accents. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Molly McNearney’s engagement ring is not nearly as public as her husband Jimmy Kimmel’s profile.  The two began dating in 2009, and for the most part their relationship has remained largely under the radar.

This remains true to date, and the only photos of Ms. McNearney’s engagement ring are indirect and mostly out of focus. There is one on TLC’s website that shows a fairly nice view of the ring in profile, though it is pictured upside down.

The Details on the Ring and Other Things

 

Ms. McNearney’s engagement ring appears to be fashioned from white gold or platinum. The central stone is hard to make out, though it appears to be a round brilliant or cushion-cut diamond set in a modified cathedral setting. Accent stones appear to flank it on either shoulder. The band appears to be smooth, though the gallery features an arc of round brilliant diamonds.

We know they met on the job. According to Us Magazine, Molly is a co-head writer on Jimmy Kimmel Live.  We know they got engaged in September 2012, reportedly while on vacation at the Kruger Wildlife Park in South Africa {People}. We know they got married in Ojai, California, with a dazzling guest list on September 17, 2013 {Glamour}.

A Costco Affair?

We’ve heard that Jimmy Kimmel spilled the beans on his wedding ring while chatting it up with Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg. The video is written about all over the web, on sites like Glamour and The Huffington Post.

Apparently, the funnyman talk show host has a long-standing love affair with Costco. According to The Costco Connection, Costco’s monthly members newsletter, in 2007, Jimmy announced on his show that he wished for an opportunity to be on the cover of the newsletter.

Granted his wish in 2009 (the same year he started dating Molly), Jimmy Kimmel graced the cover of The Connection, and in the feature article intimated that his ex-wife actually picked herself a ring at Costco so that he would be unable to resist purchasing it for her.

He has been a member at Costco since 1994, and he frequently discusses his great passion for the store on his show. Costco is clear that his outspoken pleasure over all things Costco is purely unofficial, and thereby unpaid.

Given his infatuation, it should come as no surprise that Jimmy might purchase his wedding ring at Costco. He further eluded to the fact, though he did not actually confirm or deny the facts, in an interview with Dax Shephard. The actor ribbed Jimmy for what he assumed was a tight-fisted choice.

Is Ms. McNearney’s Engagement Ring from Costco?

There is no word about where Jimmy Kimmel purchased Ms. McNearney’s engagement ring, but it’s not a stretch to imagine he might have purchased it at Costco. Of course, with a funnyman like Jimmy, there’s no telling where fact merges with fiction, so tread with this information lightly.

Do you think Jimmy purchased Molly McNearney’s engagement ring at Costco? Was he telling the truth about buying his wedding ring at Costco?

JWoww’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of the pink diamonds in JWoww's Engagement Ring with this Fancy Pink Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of JWoww’s pink diamonds with this Fancy Pink Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

JWoww’s engagement ring debuted in September 2012. Presented to her during a skydiving trip by fiance Roger Mathews, a truck driver from Maine {WetPaint}, the ring is a real stunner. In partnership with Beverly Hills jewelry designer, Layna Friedman, Roger set about choosing a ring to fill JWoww’s greatest desires.

The ‘Jersey Shore’ actress told In Touch that she “always said, ‘I want a ring like you–big! The bigger the better!'”

And, boy, is it big! According to Ms. Friedman, the central stone is a cushion-cut diamond which weighs over 5 carats {JCK}. In the official photo, the substantial central stone is surrounded by a halo of fairly large round brilliant, prong-set white diamonds. Just where the 18k white gold shoulders begin, a cluster of stunning pink diamonds give way to a cascade of round brilliant white diamonds which line the rest of the band.

The pink diamonds in particular are a signature choice made by designer Layna Friedman, who created what are reported to be JWoww’s favorite Barbie™ Rocks {MTV}. The designer worked closely with Roger for several months to design a “big, bold, and very feminine” ring {JCK} for a “modern day princess” {Abazias}.

Would you wear a princess ring like JWoww’s engagement ring? What are your favorite fancy-colored diamonds?