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History of the Ashoka Diamond

EraGem Diamond Engagement Rings

by Angela Magnotti Andrews

Ashoka Diamonds made a big splash in 2011, when Reese Witherspoon revealed her 4-carat Ashoka-cut diamond engagement ring. Her husband, Jim Toth chose the William Goldberg patented cut because he was moved by the story of its origins.

Ashoka’s Bloody Battle

Between 268 BCE and 232 BCE, a Mauryan emperor named Ashoka ruled India with an iron fist. Imperialist by design, he set about conquering India’s feudal states. One such state on the Bay of Bengal had defied Mauryan rule for centuries. Determined to succeed where his forbears had failed, Ashoka sent forces into Kalinga to begin one of the bloodiest and most brutal battles of world history {5}.

It is written in stone that 100,000 Kalingans lost their lives, and 10,000 of the emperor’s men were killed {6}. This stone was carved by edict of King Ashoka, who is said to have witnessed firsthand the destruction he ordered. Reports claim that the river ran red with blood and that a distraught woman turned the tide on Ashoka’s imperialism.

“Your actions have taken from me my father, husband and son, now what will I have left to live for?” she entreated {6}.

Confessions Carved in Stone

In perhaps one of the most transformative moments in world history, a repentant Ashoka turned to the Buddha’s teachings for direction. Little is known of the circumstances surrounding his conversion, but the result is carved in stone pillars that stand across the continent.

Signed Devanampiya Piyadasi (‘beloved of the gods and handsome in looks’), historians are positive that these stone edicts are the confessions, reparations, and assertions of this same King Ashoka, known the world over as Ashoka the Great {9}.

“Conquest by Dharma”

Turning his back forever on imperial conquest, he turned instead to “conquest by dharma” {4}. In a tone of sincere remorse, he wrote of his crimes against his fellow man, and he urged his officials, his kinsmen, and his subjects to adopt the way of dharma.

He believed dharma to be “the energetic practice of the sociomoral virtues of honesty, truthfulness, compassion, mercifulness, benevolence, nonviolence, considerate behavior toward all…nonextravagance, nonacquisitiveness, and noninjury to animals” {4}.

He encouraged an atmosphere of religious tolerance and respect for all life, and he spent the remainder of his days beautifying all of India, preaching the way of dharma, and providing water and medicine to his countrymen {4}.

The Ashoka Diamond in the West

These pillars of history can be found in many locations in India, including Delhi, Allhabad, Bihar, and in Nepal {9}. James Prinsep, a scholar specializing in translating ancient texts, was the first to bring Ashoka to the attention of the western world.

More attention was paid once the Ashoka Diamond emerged onto western soil. It first emerged on the finger of famed Mexican actress Maria Felix. Later, art investor Roberto Polo acquired the stone for his collection (and for his wife, Rosa).

Eventually, under the watchful gaze of legendary diamantaire William Goldberg, the Ashoka Diamond emerged as a pinnacle choice for diamond engagement rings.

Dunne is Dazzled

A disputed article* written by Dominick Dunne, which appeared in Vanity Fair in October 1988, detailed the journalist’s encounter with the Ashoka Diamond. Sitting at the table of John Loring, Tiffany & Co.’s senior vice president, the writer was dazzled by the glittering stone on the finger of Mr. Polo’s wife, Rosa.

By this time, Mr. Polo was a legendary art and jewelry investment adviser. His substantial investment in Sotheby’s stock options saved the company from ruin in the early ’80s, and his other investments in the international art scene led to success for many artists and dealers.

Ashoka Diamond, Sold! for $3.85 Million

In that same year, 1988, Mr. Polo curated the record-breaking sale of eight sensational gemstones at Sotheby’s. Leading the list was the “41.37-carat oblong cushion-shaped Golconda Ashoka Diamond set as a ring, bought in 1984 for $ 1 000 000 from the beautiful Mexican film star Maria Felix, sold for $ 3 850 000, the second highest auction price in history for a white diamond…” {8}.

According to Mr. Dunne, the stone was “so huge it would have been impossible not to comment on it” {3}. Roberto told him it was “a 41.37-carat D-flawless stone named after Ashoka Maurya, the third-century B.C. Buddhist warrior-emperor” {3}.

Once the ring was sold by Sotheby’s, its provenance has remained somewhat obscured by the tightly held secrets of important jewelers and dealers. However, given the extensive opportunity he had to study the diamond {2}, its possible that Mr. Goldberg was the lucky man who welcomed that stone into his collection. This is mere theory, though, so don’t quote me.

The Right to Be Beautiful

William Golberg once said, “You shouldn’t cheat a diamond of its right to be beautiful” {10}. After studying the Ashoka Diamond extensively, he worked tirelessly alongside his gemologists to recreate the great king’s diamond.

According to the diamantaire, this cut renders a diamond that rivals its namesake in distinction, “a cut so unique, so distinctive and original, it was granted its very own patent” {2}.

This premiere diamond cut requires a scarce form of diamond rough. These raw diamonds must be of high quality (D to K, flawless to SI2) and must be extra long {1}. Given the rarity of rough diamonds of this caliber, an Ashoka Cut Diamond is an exquisite and exclusive choice for a diamond engagement ring.

For Further Reading

The article can be read in Dominick Dunne’s collection of his Vanity Fair articles, “Mansions in Limbo.” According to RobertoPolo.com, Mr. Dunne’s account was “slanderous” and that his journalistic practices were “sensationalist, deceptive and responsible.” Both accounts make for interesting reading.

Bibliography

  1. AM-Diamonds. “Ashoka Fancy Cut Diamond.” Accessed December 15, 2014. http://www.am-diamonds.com/articles/fancy-shaped-diamonds/ashoka-fancy-diamond-cut.php.
  2. Ashoka Diamond. “History of Ashoka.” Accessed December 15, 2014. http://www.ashokadiamond.com/history/.
  3. Dunne, Dominick. The Mansions of Limbo. New York: Crown Publishers, 1991.
  4. Encyclopedia Britannica Online. “Ashoka.” Accessed December 15, 2014. http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/38797/Ashoka.
  5. Indian Saga. “History of India: Kalinga War.” Accessed December 15, 2014. http://indiansaga.com/history/magadha_kalinga.html.
  6. Keuning, Wytze and J.E. Steur. Ashoka the Great. New Delhi: Rupa Publications Pvt. Ltd., 2010.
  7. Maps of India1. “The Battle of Kalinga and its Aftermath,” Maps of India Blog, October 18, 2011. http://blog.mapsofindia.com/states/the-battle-of-kalinga-and-its-aftermath/.
  8. Roberto Polo. “Setting the record straight.” Accessed December 15, 2014. http://www.robertopolo.com/roberto-polo-bio_en.html#Top.
  9. Sen Gupta, Subhadra. Ashoka. UK: Puffin Lives, 2009.
  10. William Goldberg. “Famous Diamonds.” Accessed December 15, 2014. http://www.williamgoldberg.com/famous-diamonds/.

Amy Adams’ Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Amy Adams' Engagement Ring with this 1.15-Carat Diamond Halo Engagement Ring in Platinum. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Amy Adams’ Engagement Ring with this 1.15-Carat Diamond Halo Engagement Ring in Platinum. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Amy Adams’ engagement ring is a stunning designer creation by Jean Dousset, of Cartier descent. According to InStyle, her now-husband, Darren Legallo, an actor and rally driver, wrapped the ring box in wrapping paper that the actress decided to keep. According to sources, the central stone is a 1-carat brilliant-cut diamond.

Ms. Adams’ engagement ring is a study in perfection, designed specifically with Amy in mind. While the intimate details of her ring belong to the actress and those closest to her, we are privy to some general details.

For one, Mr. Dousset confirms on his website that Ms. Adams’ engagement ring, featured in Us Magazine’s Celebrity Sparkler Quiz on May 13, 2013, is patterned after his EVA design.  Handcrafted in his “seamless halo” design, the central diamond is 1 carat and surrounded by hand-cut diamonds that seamlessly flow around the girdle of the stone. This leaves the crown and the pavilion of the stone visible to the eye from nearly every angle.

Set in this way, the center stone is held snugly without the use of prongs, a unique characteristic of Jean Dousset Diamonds. Mr. Dousset states, “The diamond center stone should always be the focus of an engagement ring, and the metal should only play a supporting role.” By creating seamless, prongless houses for his diamonds, he gives center stage to the beautiful hand-selected stones.

For Ms. Adams’ ring, the supporting metal is platinum. The solid band is paved midway with rare colorless melee. One final intimate detail is known only because it represents one of Mr. Dousset’s key signatures. Beneath the crown, cradled in a ring of platinum, rests a colored gemstone.

It’s impossible to know which stone she would have chosen, but it could be her birthstone (peridot or sardonyx), or it could be one of the royal trio (sapphire, emerald, ruby), or it could be a semi-precious stone of significance to her alone.

Today, she wears the beautiful diamond nestled against three thin platinum wedding bands paved in diamonds. The one she wears nearest to her heart is rimmed with tiny yellow diamonds (or sapphires). The other two are the same size and weight, paved in white diamonds. She wears them between the yellow-stone band and her Jean Dousset engagement ring.

Which mystery stone do you think Ms. Adams’ engagement ring features?

Drew Barrymore’s Engagement Ring Details

Capture the Essence! of Drew Barrymore's Engagement Ring with this 1.5-Carat Radiant-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring by Palladio. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Drew Barrymore’s Engagement Ring with this 1.5-Carat Radiant-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring by Palladio. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Art consultant Will Kopelman chose Drew Barrymore’s engagement ring with an eye for beauty, style, and class. He turned first and only to Graff Diamonds for the D-color, radiant-cut diamond which weighs between 3 and 4 carats.

According to their press release, Graff Diamonds deals in only the most extraordinary diamonds, ensuring the highest quality in cut and craftsmanship.  Ms. Barrymore’s engagement ring is clearly no exception to this claim.

The gorgeous diamond is set minimally in a four-prong platinum setting atop a platinum band paved in sparkly white diamonds. During early interviews, Ms. Barrymore appears both intimidated and fascinated by the massive jewel.

“It’s beautiful,” Ms. Barrymore told Anderson Cooper. “He picked it out, and he’s just got lovely taste, and it’s really fancy. I’m sort of funky eclectic girl, so I feel like this is very fancy, and I’m trying to feel comfortable with it.”

It’s clear that although Ms. Barrymore’s engagement ring is far more classic in its appearance than we would expect, it looks so beautiful and natural on her finger. The radiant cut gives off a gorgeous flash of light, even from a distance.

Today, Ms. Barrymore wears a beautiful platinum and diamond wedding band alongside her exquisite diamond engagement ring. This timeless band features round and oval-shaped diamonds set in bezel-style settings. Keeping with tradition, she wears her wedding band nearest her heart.

Reese Witherspoon’s Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Reese Witherspoon's Engagement Ring with this 7-Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Reese Witherspoon’s Engagement Ring with this 7-Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Reese Witherspoon’s engagement ring is a stunning 4-carat Ashoka-cut diamond on a pave platinum band. When her now-husband Jim Toth proposed to the actress in December of 2010, he turned to the William Goldberg Diamond Corporation for their expertise.

When searching for Ms. Witherspoon’s engagement ring, Jim was taken by the story of the Ashoka diamond. This legendary diamond, weighing 41.37-carat diamond, belonged to Emperor Ashoka Maruya of India. The ancient cut had fallen out of favor until William Goldberg took the time to master its unusual technique.

The result is the gorgeous rectangular shape with rounded edges and 62 facets. The diamantaire patented the cut and named it after the famous emperor. As reported by William Goldberg Diamond, Jim wanted Ms. Witherspoon’s engagement ring to be “as beautiful and dazzling as the love of his life.”

The intricacy of the Ashoka cut demands an original rough of greater than 15 carats. The process discards as much as 60% of the rough. The company reports that only about 200 qualifying diamonds are found each year.

This represents approximately 10% of the world’s diamond production. The rarity and the beauty of the cut are without equal, just as Reese Witherspoon is without match.

Did Jim Toth do his lady justice?

Natalie Portman’s Engagement Ring Details

Capture the Essence! of Natalie Portman's engagement ring with this Three-Band Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Natalie Portman’s engagement ring with this Three-Band Bezel-Set Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Natalie Portman’s engagement ring is a vision in recycled platinum and conflict-free white diamonds. A delicate band encrusted with white ice rises to meet a double halo of diamonds surrounding an antique Old Mine diamond.

Natalie’s husband, Benjamin Millipied, co-designed Ms. Portman’s engagement ring with his long-time colleague and friend, Jamie Wolf. When Jamie Wolf chose to retire from her career in professional ballet dancing, she carried the art of dance into the realm of jewelry design.

“In ballet, you’re trained to pay attention to every detail, all while making it look effortless and beautiful. I believe that femininity is timeless, and that beauty is often found in the finest details,” the designer told InStyle.

Ms. Wolf and Mr. Millipied met at the New York City Ballet, where both worked as professional dancers. The two friends worked together to ensure that everything about Ms. Portman’s engagement ring symbolized those things which are important to the actress. The antique center stone is certified conflict free through the Kimberley Process, and the band is made from recycled platinum.

Ms. Wolf, who dedicates herself to creating pieces of classic beauty with a sophisticated edge, said that Ms. Portman’s engagement ring “speaks to my work and my taste on a personal level” {cited}. She went on to say that she is proud of the work she did for Benjamin.

Biel-Timberlake Wedding Bands

Capture the Essence! of Jessica Biel's Wedding Bands with this Diamond Eternity Wedding Band in 18k Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Jessica Biel’s Wedding Bands with this Diamond Eternity Wedding Band in 18k Yellow Gold. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are wearing beautiful designer wedding bands by Leor Yerushalmi of The Jewelers, Inc. of Las Vegas. Justin’s band is a classic domed yellow gold band with a hammered finish.

Jessica chose four thin stackable wedding bands. Two of her stackable rings are yellow gold to complement Justin’s wedding bands. Two of them are 18k white gold with a black rhodium finish.

At least one of the yellow gold bands is set eternity style with diamonds. In her wedding day photos, she wears the one plain yellow band.  In other photos, she wears the plain yellow band nearest her heart with the diamond-studded yellow gold band on the other side of her gorgeous engagement ring.

The two superstars were married on October 19, 2012. The ceremony took place at the Borgo Egnazia resort in Fasano, Italy. The resort is a pristine example of Italian architecture, a vision in creamy white against the Mediterranean blue waters of the pools.

According to James Delingpole, the resort was designed to feel like an Italian village “complete with clock towers, piazzas and narrow alleyways–out of blinding white volcanic rock” {cited}.  Against the backdrop of these gorgeous white walls and porticos flickering with candlelight, Ms. Biel was truly a vision in pink on her wedding day.

Mr. Timberlake serenaded his bride with a song he wrote for her, and they exchanged handwritten vows in front of their close friends and family. Hello! Magazine is the source for exclusive photos of their nuptials.

Jessica Biel’s Engagement Ring Details

Capture the Essence! of Jessica Biel's Engagement Ring with this Antique 1930s Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Jessica Biel’s Engagement Ring with this Antique 1930s Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Jessica Biel’s engagement ring features a square hearts and arrows diamond.  Some report that her stunning diamond is 6 carats, though we have not been able to confirm this detail. We can confirm that the diamond does have the appearance of a royal step-cut stone. A perfect choice for one of Hollywood’s celebrated royals.

Ms. Biel’s central diamond is surrounded by a double halo of smaller round diamond accents. It rests atop an ornate gallery featuring scrolling openwork layered between circlets of diamonds.

On either side of the gallery, a single round aquamarine is bezel set in black rhodium. These beauties are rimmed by half-circles of graduated round brilliant diamonds. The 18k white gold band features a row of four round-cut diamonds channel-set into the shoulders.

The Jewelers of Las Vegas

Ms. Biel’s engagement ring was crafted by Leor Yerushalmi of The Jewelers, Inc. of Las Vegas. It should come as no surprise that Justin Timberlake chose the Las Vegas company. Not only have they made absolutely beautiful jewelry for over 35 years, founders Vicki and Mordechai Yerushalmi have long been favored by a number of America’s top music idols.

Their first big break came In 1976, when Mordechai received a thrilling phone call in the middle of the night. The King made a request for a private viewing of a selection of rings in his suite at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. A check signed by Elvis Presley for $5,368 stands as proof that the Yerushalmi’s know how to make music with their jewels.

Justin Timberlake Is Fearless

Ms. Biel told the press that the ring was a complete surprise. Justin picked the ring out himself, working closely with Mr. Yerushalmi to make the specialized ring perfect for his lady love. Though most of the symbolism of the ring is lost on us, Leor did confirm that the aquamarines were chosen in honor of Ms. Biel’s March birthstone.

Justin Timberlake popped the question back in December 2011, with conflicting reports of a mountaintop proposal in Montana (People) or Jackson, Wyoming (Us Magazine). We caught our first glimpse of Ms. Biel’s engagement ring in March 2012, when the couple was spotted leaving Tavern, an eatery in Brentwood, California.

The actress told InStyle that she gave no input for her ring. “He is fearless in his choices and has a real eye for design….And I’ll be honest, he has better taste than I do!” she said.

Do you think Justin Timberlake has good taste? Would you like your birthstone incorporated into your engagement ring?

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.