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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.

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?

Capture the Essence! of Ashley Tisdale's double halo engagement ring with this Champage Diamond Double Halo Engagement Ring in 18k White Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Ashley Tisdale’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Ashley Tisdale's double halo engagement ring with this Champage Diamond Double Halo Engagement Ring in 18k White Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Ashley Tisdale’s double halo engagement ring with this Champage Diamond Double Halo Engagement Ring in 18k White Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Ashley Tisdale’s engagement ring is a slice of beauty with a heavy dollop of mystery.  Last year toward the end of the summer, Ms. Tisdale stepped onto the red carpet for In Style‘s Hamptons-themed summer soiree. This was the public’s first glimpse of Ms. Tisdale’s engagement ring.

She and now-hubby Christopher French were engaged on August 8, 2013. Her Tweet from that day reads, “Best night of my life. We’re on top of the world.” No picture, just the announcement.

People seems to have had the scoop first, showing photos of a ring they called traditional, but not at all understated. Their reporter describes it as a “mega-carat cushion-cut diamond” on a platinum band. However, others report that the central stone is princess-cut or square-cut. The band could also be white gold, which seems to be the sometimes choice of Hollywood’s stars.

The central stone is surrounded by not one, but two halos of tiny round white diamonds. The double halo is tiered, making the diamond appear surrounded from every angle. The halos are in the shape of rounded squares, hugging the central stone snugly. The entire crown rests atop the stately shoulders of a high cathedral-type setting. There are tiny white diamonds on nearly every possible surface of the ring’s mounting.

Though Christopher chose a fairly traditional style for Ms. Tisdale, she shows her unique flair by mixing it up a bit with her metals. Ms. Tisdale wears her engagement ring with a simple gold band. It has been reported to be fashioned from yellow gold or rose gold.

What do you think of Ms. Tisdale’s engagement ring? Would you consider such a traditional, understated look?

Miranda Lambert’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Miranda Lambert's Engagement Ring with this 2-Carat Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Miranda Lambert’s Engagement Ring with this 2-Carat Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

According to Taste of Country, “Just because Miranda Lambert likes to hunt and fish and tend to her farm animals doesn’t mean she wasn’t expecting a big ol’ rock on her left hand” {cited}. To ensure that Miranda would not be disappointed, her fiance, Blake Shelton, turned to Beverly Hills design team Newman and Johnathon Arndt to fashion her beautiful ring.

Named ‘Eternity Ring’ by the designers, her gorgeous platinum and diamond ring features a round diamond set with ornate platinum prongs. Beside the diamond rest two smaller round diamonds, also set with the same fancy prongs. This stunning crown rests atop a platinum band which is channel set on all sides with round brilliant diamonds.

Miranda and Blake were so thrilled with the engagement ring that they relied on Newman and Johnathon Arndt to design their wedding bands, as well. The team further designed all of Miranda’s bridal jewelry. Walking down the aisle, Miranda wore a three-tier diamond necklace boasting over 30 carats in brilliant white diamonds and a pair of Victorian diamond teardrop earrings. For her reception, Miranda chose to wear what must have been a stunning cocktail ring featuring over 60 carats of fancy multi-colored sapphires set in 18k black gold. Without a photo of this ring it’s hard to describe it, but it is reported to belong to the Arndt’s  2011 Bombay collection.

Her wedding band is a 5-carat white diamond eternity band which looks absolutely gorgeous with her three-stone diamond engagement ring. While typically the bride’s rings take center stage, in this case the ring that Newman and Johnathon designed for Blake Shelton is well worth our full attention. Fashioned out of platinum, the entire band is etched with a unique design.

At a glance, it looks like barbed wire. However, upon closer inspection it reveals what appears to be two traditional Christian symbols. A series of interconnected ichthys is superimposed with etched barbs. Otherwise known as the Jesus fish, the ichthys is one of the most iconic symbols of Christianity. And the barbs? It is quite possible these represent the crown of thorns Jesus was forced to wear on the day of his crucifixion.

The jewelry designers first created a sketch of the singer’s tattoo. They then spent 60 hours hand engraving the final piece and ensuring that all the custom touches requested by the bride-to-be were included. One such detail is the black diamond which is reportedly mounted on the inside of the wedding band. Altogether, the Arndt’s put together a dazzling ensemble for these country music darlings.

The Johnathon Arndt Gallery of Jewels

Capture the Essence! of Johnathon Arndt's Dazzling Diamonds with this 3.5-Carat Diamond Cocktail Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Johnathon Arndt’s Dazzling Diamonds with this 3.5-Carat Diamond Cocktail Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Johnathon Arndt, together with husband Newman Arndt, founded the Johnathon Arndt Gallery of Jewels. Together, the couple scours the world for the finest jewels available. Over the years, they have developed a sophisticated collection of gorgeous stones, primarily glittering white diamonds with a smattering of canary yellow diamonds, fancy colored sapphires, and more. With these exquisite stones, the passionate artists have artfully designed some of the most exceptional jewels seen on country music’s red carpet.

Carrie Underwood’s Engagement Ring

Working closely with such esteemed organizations as the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the Society of Singers, Newman and Johnathon Arndt have caught the attention of a number of key celebrities on the country music scene. Carrie Underwood in particular seems to favor Johnathon Arndt jewels nearly exclusively, both on and off the red carpet. On the red carpet, she’s worn a number of the designer’s necklaces, worth well over $25 million dollars, and off the carpet she wears 2012’s most-talked about canary yellow diamond engagement ring.

Kelly Clarkson’s Engagement Ring

Johnathon Arndt also personally designed another yellow diamond engagement ring for Kelly Clarkson. In partnership with Kelly’s now-husband Brandon Blackstock, Johnathon Arndt designed a gorgeous halo ring with a flawless, radiant-cut, canary yellow diamond taking center stage. Surrounding the diamond are a host of round white diamonds in a hexagonal halo. The ring’s chunky band is deep-set on all sides with round brilliant accent stones. It is a truly stunning ring.

Miranda Lambert’s Engagement Ring

Named ‘Eternity Ring’ by the designers, Miranda Lambert’s engagement ring is a gorgeous platinum and diamond ring featuring a round diamond set with ornate platinum prongs. The central diamond is flanked by two slightly smaller round diamonds, also set with the same fancy prongs. This stunning crown rests atop a platinum band which is channel set on all sides with round brilliant diamonds.

Wedding Jewelry

In addition to these stunning engagement rings, Newman and Johnathon Arndt also had the privilege of designing the wedding bands for Carrie Underwood and Mike Fisher, as well as for Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton. They also outfitted both brides with all of their wedding jewelry. Stunning displays of white diamonds glittered on their necks and dangled from their ears. Johnathon Arndt even designed a diamond “A” charm for Carrie’s dog. Both grooms received Johnathon Arndt exclusives with their custom-made wedding bands, both featuring hidden diamonds in the bands. Blake’s diamond is black.

On the Red Carpet

Not only have we seen Carrie Underwood, Barbara Mandrell, and Emily Procter dazzle the red carpet in Johnathon Arndt’s fabulous designs, but we have also seen several of the designer’s exclusive Johnathon Arndt Ruby and Diamond awards presented to such superstars as Sir Elton John, Reba McEntire, and Kenny Chesney.

We congratulate the visionary artists on their accomplishment in establishing a stunning collection of jewels and a stunning array of music stars who love to wear them.