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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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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?

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.