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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.

Jennifer Aniston’s Engagement 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 Jennifer Aniston’s Stunning 8-carat Engagement Ring with this 7-Carat Asscher Cut Diamond Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Jennifer Aniston’s engagement ring has garnered much attention.  In keeping with her usual habit, Ms. Aniston has kept much about her relationship with Justin Theroux out of the limelight. This includes details about the gorgeous rock she wears on her left ring finger. Though we may never know the intimate details, we can draw a few conclusions of our own based on the photos we’ve seen around the Web.

The ring may be engraved on the inside of the band or beneath the diamond. However, given its simple and straightforward lines, it does not appear to be a custom-designed ring in the truest sense of that term. The diamond is reported by a number of sources to be 8 carats, though it could be a bit more or less. There appears to be little doubt that the diamond is a natural white diamond, given its blinding splendor in broad daylight. Some reports claim the stone is rose cut, but given it’s definite rectangular shape (as opposed to round), it is more likely a cushion-cut diamond.

One crystal-clear photo of Ms. Anniston’s engagement ring was captured during one of her many red carpet appearances. In the photo, the diamond is clearly set with four dainty prongs on a classic yellow gold band. This very classic style suits Ms. Aniston very well, though the size of the ring seems to have surprised many of the star’s followers.

Rumor has it that the couple became engaged on Justin’s 41st birthday, August 10, 2012. Although a casual search on Google ensures a feast of photos and madcap stories about secret beach weddings and wedding gown details, the couple has yet to set a wedding date. Though they have yet to comment on their reasons for waiting, a brief look at their IMDB bios shows the two have been working a lot over the past couple of years.

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!

Kate Hudson Wears an Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Kate Hudson's Timeless Classic with this Vintage 1.3-Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Tapered Baguette Diamonds. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Kate Hudson’s Timeless Classic with this Vintage 1.3-Carat Emerald-Cut Diamond Engagement Ring with Tapered Baguette Diamonds. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

There are few diamond cuts as timeless as the emerald cut. Its origins date back to the 1400s, though the modern emerald cut wasn’t standardized until the late 1930s. Right alongside the cushion cut, it is the favored cut among royalty, and its unusually large table facet and deep pavilion draw the light and the eye into its core without effort, eliciting a dazzling intensity that goes beyond words.

Though we might have expected something more avante-garde from the celebrated actress Kate Hudson, we certainly can’t fault the star for having exquisite taste. In 2011,  during what she told Today Show host Matt Lauer was a “very sweet” and “very romantic” proposal, Matthew Bellamy, frontman for the English rock band Muse, gave her this stunning platinum engagement ring.

The central diamond is an astonishing 8-to-9-carat emerald-cut diamond with two tapered baguette diamonds flanking it on either side. It is simple, elegant, and absolutely gorgeous! Though the couple separated for a spell in the past year, they reconciled this spring.

They do not seem to be in a hurry to tie the knot. Citing a busy schedule and a non-traditional upbringing, Ms. Hudson has said that if she’s going to do it she wants to do it right, and that will require more planning than she’s had time for with a busy toddler and a full filming schedule. Meanwhile, she continues to share glimpses of her stunning engagement ring for all of us to enjoy!

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!

Erica Mena Wears a Beautiful Halo Engagement Ring

Capture the Essence! of Erica Mena's Halo Engagement Ring with this GIA-Certified 1.15-Carat Diamond Halo Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Capture the Essence! of Erica Mena’s Halo Engagement Ring with this GIA-Certified 1.15-Carat Diamond Halo Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 EraGem Jewelry.

Erica Mena currently stars in VH1’s ‘Love and Hip Hop New York’, though she got her first break in the industry by winning a J-Lo look-alike contest, according to IMDB. This month, she’s in the news again, having announced her engagement to Shad Moss (‘Bow Wow’) on the red carpet at the Hip-Hop BET Awards on September 20, 2014.

According to US Weekly, Shad Moss confirmed the news on Instagram with a photo of their matching engagement bling. His is a gorgeous diamond-studded Rolex watch, and hers is a dazzling diamond halo engagement ring.

The purple light cast in the photo makes the central stone appear to be an amethyst, but this is just a lighting effect. In other photos, it is crystal clear that her dazzling round stone is a brilliant cut white diamond, surrounded by a circular halo of smaller white diamonds, mounted atop a split-shank band, which is also studded in diamonds.

According to tweets, the rapper/actor worked closely with Elliot Avianne of Avianne Jewelers to create the beautiful halo engagement ring. The New York-based jewelry firm custom designs high-end jewels for a number of celebrity hip-hop stars, as well as for industry models. They most recently designed Ciara’s 15-carat emerald-cut diamond ring.

Vanessa Williams is Engaged

Vanessa Williams' Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 BOMI Grelick Corporation. Photo used with permission.

Vanessa Williams’ Engagement Ring. Photo ©2014 BOMI Grelick Corporation. Photo used with permission.

Former Miss America Vanessa Williams was recently interviewed on The Queen Latifah Show, wearing her dazzling diamond engagement ring. Queen Latifah interrupted her interview to point out that the sparkle from the actress’s ring was befuddling her just a bit. It was precious to see Ms. Williams shrug and grin like a schoolgirl as she officially announced her engagement to New York businessman, Jim Skrip.

The couple met in Egypt, though Mr. Skrip is a New Yorker through and through. Mr. Skrip did his girl justice with that spectacular ring. Her Facebook page offers the best view of the ring, and no wonder Queen Latifah was so distracted!

The ring was custome made for Ms. Williams by Bomi Jewelers of Buffalo, New York. The central stone is a beautiful cushion cut diamond surrounded by a hexagonal halo set with 20 round brilliant diamonds. In true Art Deco fashion, two half-moon diamonds flank the central halo atop the broad shoulders of the ring, giving the ring a beautiful architectural appearance.

The wide band is lined with prong-set round brilliant diamonds, as well. The sparkle on this ring must indeed be overwhelming! Bomi Jewelers offered a glimpse of the underside of the ring, and a lower tier of platinum lined with diamonds has a stylized lotus flower carved into it, just one example of the “thoughtful and romantic” touches Mr. Skrip included in the design of his fiance’s ring.

Bomi confirms that the lotus flower on the underside of the ring is symbolic of the couple’s meeting in Egypt. Out of respect for their clients, Bomi is keeping carat weight and price confidential, but they are proudly displaying their exquisite craftsmanship on their Facebook page, and Ms. Williams has tagged them in her post, as well.

According to Bomi’s Facebook page, they were given permission to reveal the ring on September 26, 2014. “One of the hardest parts of this job was keeping the secret. We were all busting at the seams,” reads their post on September 27, 2014. When asked how they “landed the job,” Bomi replied that Mr. Skrip’s brother has been a client for a number of years.

Kudos to Bomi Jewelers for a job well done, and kudos to Mr. Skrip for keeping it local!

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.