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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.

Angelina Jolie Wears an Exceptional Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Exceptional Craftsmanship with this Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Exceptional Craftsmanship with this Princess Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

An intimate wedding took place in France on August 23, 2014, though a few of the couple’s most tender moments were displayed for all to see in September issues of People and Hello! magazines. A veil decorated with the art of their children, a kiss to send you to the moon, and a beautiful story of love, laughter, and the antics of children.

It was the wedding of one of Hollywood’s most celebrated couples, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. The exclusive stories written in People and Hello! offer a peek-a-boo view into many of the wedding details, including the dress, the veil, the cake, and the ties.

However, they offer only a hint about the couple’s wedding rings. All we know is that they were made by the couple’s favorite jewelry designer, Robert Procop, who creates truly exceptional jewels, just as his website declares.

A bit more is known about Angelina’s exceptional engagement ring, which was designed by Brad Pitt and executed by Robert Procop. A series of graduated emerald-cut diamonds pave the band, with one central emerald-cut diamond weighing an estimated 7 carats.

In a statement released in 2012, Robert Procop wrote, “The side diamonds are specially cut to encircle her finger.”

One could call Mr. Procop a tailor for rings, at least for the Jolie-Pitt family. He has worked closely with Angelina to design jewels for her role in Malificent, as well as a whole collection of pieces inspired by personal jewels worn by the actress and also those given as gifts to her now-husband, Brad Pitt. The proceeds from all of the jewels sold by Robert Procop in partnership with Angelina Jolie are donated to charities for children.

There has been speculation that Ms. Jolie’s ring is fashioned from platinum and that they’re wedding bands are also fashioned from platinum. However, based on a survey of the jewels created by Robert Procop and the descriptions given for these jewels, especially those in the Tablet Collection, it would be this writer’s estimation that the rings they wear are fashioned from 18k rose gold.

Without doubt, the two very grounded, very sentimental actors have laced these most treasured jewels in their personal collections with meaning and engraved messages that only they and their intimates will understand. The weight of history in their rings reminds this writer of the power of jewelry to preserve history even as it is in the making.

Kurt Russell Gives Goldie Hawn a Designer Diamond Ring

Capture the Essence! of Goldie Hawn's Designer Eternity Band with this Vendoro Diamond and Yellow Gold Cocktail Eternity Band. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Goldie Hawn’s Designer Eternity Band with this Vendoro Diamond-Encrusted Yellow Gold Cocktail Eternity Band. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

This past January, Kurt Russell picked up a very special diamond ring from celebrity jewelry designer Violette par Larme Violette. According to Diana Cooper of Closer Weekly, the celebrated actor picked it out during the Sundance Film Festival from French celebrity design firm Violette par Larme Violette.

The ring is a stunning piece set in silver with the firm’s signature White V diamonds. Consisting of layer upon layer of twisting metal studded with diamonds, the ring is named Eternity, symbolic of faith and eternal love. The makers of this ring declare it carries with it the enduring message, “Together forever, our path will never end.”

This will likely be the closest thing Goldie Hawn wears to an engagement ring or wedding band. For 31 years the actors have been life partners, living, working, and raising children together, but they have not gotten married and will likely keep it that way. Mr. Russell chose the ring as a Valentine’s Day gift for his sweetheart. After 31 years of a good thing, it seems indeed their partnership will continue into eternity. May it be so!

Rita Wilson Wears a Gumuchian ‘Captiva’ Wedding Band

Capture the Essence! of Rita Wilson's Engagement Ring with this Gorgeous Natural Padparadscha Sapphire Engagement Ring with Triangle Cut Diamonds. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Rita Wilson’s Engagement Ring with this Gorgeous Natural Padparadscha Sapphire Engagement Ring with Triangle Cut Diamonds. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

One of Hollywood’s most enduring couples, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, reportedly began their 27-year romance without an engagement ring {cited}. While this tidbit remains a rumor, it does seem that Rita Wilson has added to her bridal collection fairly recently. On their Facebook page, the celebrated jewelry firm Gumuchian relates that a little over 10 years ago, Ms. Wilson purchased one of their ‘Captiva’ wedding bands. This would have been close to 12 years after the couple said their vows.

According to their website, Gumuchian lays claim to pioneering the practice of setting diamonds on the side of the bands, the trademark of the ‘Captiva’ collection. Rita Wilson does indeed wear a beautiful diamond-studded band, alongside two thinner stackable bands micro-paved in diamonds, and what is clearly a diamond engagement ring.

Her engagement ring features a beautiful emerald- or cushion-cut diamond flanked by two triangular diamonds on a platinum or white gold band. Elegant and understated, just as we would expect from such a classy lady. Details on when and how Tom Hanks proposed do not seem to be forthcoming, so all there is left to say is thank you to one of Hollywood’s most happily married couples. You are an inspiration to us all!

Nicole Kidman Wears a Three-Stone Diamond Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Nicole Kidman's Engagement Ring with this 1930s Antique Three-Stone Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Nicole Kidman’s Engagement Ring with this 1930s Antique Three-Stone Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

In November 2005, the gossip mill went wild with rumors of an engagement between ethereal beauty Nicole Kidman and country music artist Keith Urban. She was caught on camera wearing a diamond ring on that finger, though mum remained the word for another six months. Their reps confirmed nothing, and everyone was left to wonder until Nicole settled the matter with People the following, when she corrected their use of the word boyfriend.

“…he’s actually my fiance,” she said, adding, “He’s very good to me” {cited}.

After keeping everyone in suspense for half a year, the actress finally dazzled her paparazzi with excellent shots of the ring. Of the many photos now available on the web, we feel this one captures the ring best. The platinum or white gold band almost appears lost behind the dazzling sparkle of the three diamonds set antique-style side by side.

Rumors abound that the ring was purchased from Cartier, a reasonable assumption based on the actress’s keen affection for the legendary diamantaires. However, these remain unsubstantiated to date.

Many also report that the ring is an antique. It is most definitely vintage in appearance, though its actual origins are not easily confirmed. Therefore, this tidbit remains hearsay.

Nicole wears most wears the engagement ring with a beautiful diamond-studded wedding band.

Catherine Zeta-Jones Wears a 10-carat Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Catherine Zeta-Jones' Marquise Diamond with this Vintage Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.
Capture the Essence! of Catherine Zeta-Jones’ Marquise Diamond with this Vintage Marquise Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

After spending Christmas with her family in Wales, Catherine Zeta-Jones flew home to Aspen with her beau Michael Douglas. Their holiday celebrations continued with a lively New Year’s Eve party with friends. Cutting out early, the two went home to spend the first hours of the millennium alone together.

According to Marc Eliot, who released a biography on Michael Douglas in 2012, the actor had been sitting on the gorgeous antique diamond ring “for some time,” and decided at the last minute to surprise her with it that night. The star reportedly told a friend that he had spent the evening comparing Catherine with the rest of the folks at the party, “and no one else compared. Then I thought about how wonderful she is. I decided at the last minute to propose that night.” {1}

Michael Douglas purchased the diamond in New York from renowned designer and collector Fred Leighton. It is reported to be an antique, though this has not been confirmed by a reputable source. What has been confirmed is that the diamond is a 10-carat marquise-cut, prong-set natural white diamond mounted horizontally on a platinum band. Surrounding the diamond is a recessed halo of micro diamonds which rests atop a thin platinum band which is also paved in micro diamonds. The actress wears her engagement ring with several thin diamond-paved bands that match.

According to Mr. Eliot, the distinguished actor paid $250,000 for the ring; however, most news reports estimate the cost and/or value of the ring between $1 and $2 million. This is a huge discrepancy which warrants further investigation. Of note, Celebrity Bride Guide reported that on her wedding day, Catherine Zeta-Jones also wore a diamond tiara borrowed from Fred Leighton’s collection for the occasion.

Notes

  1. Eliot, Marc. Michael Douglas: A Biography. New York: Crown Archetype, 2012, p. 237.

Emily Blunt Wears an Edwardian-Inspired Neil Lane Engagement Ring

Emily Blunt and John Krasinski
Emily Blunt and John Krasinski

In 2009, John Krasinski, most famous for his role in The Office, got down on one knee and proposed to Emily Blunt. Encouraged by her heartfelt ‘Yes’, the actor slipped a gorgeous Edwardian-inspired designer engagement ring on her finger.

Custom designed by Neil Lane, one of America’s premier jewelry designers, the platinum ring is exquisite in design and form. Centered atop a double circlet of small round brilliant diamonds rests a 3-carat antique-cut diamond mounted in Neil Lane’s signature four-prong setting. The shoulders of the band are hand engraved on the sides and tops, and the delicate, thin band fits demurely beside Emily’s diamond-paved platinum wedding band.

Neil Lane has long been inspired by the historic jewels of the world. He has traveled extensively and began collecting vintage jewels soon after graduating from college. His passion for diamonds and vintage jewelry has inspired him to create contemporary collections which combine the romance of days gone by with the exquisite elegance of modern design.

Neil Lane has distinguished himself as one of Hollywood’s chosen few in the realm of jewelry design, creating jewelry for a wide range of stars, including Elizabeth Taylor, Charlize Theron, and Angelina Jolie.