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What makes Natalie Portman’s engagement ring so special isn’t just who gave it to her, but also who designed it and how it was made. Jeweler designer Jamie Wolf (inset), whose creations have also adorned Jessica Biel, Julia Roberts and Anne Hathaway, created the custom handmade ring with choreographer Benjamin Millepied, Portman’s now-fiancé. “Ben was exceptionally thoughtful and dedicated and patient to make sure we had everything right,” Wolf told InStyle, who as a former dancer for the New York City Ballet, has been friends with Millepied for over 15 years. (He even encouraged Wolf to audition as a company dancer for Black Swan, and she was cast film!) “We wanted everything about the ring to speak to things that are important to Natalie.” Therefore, in alignment with Portman’s ecofriendly and vegan ideals, the stone is an antique (round old mine cut diamond), the pave diamonds are certified as conflict-free, meaning no one was hurt or treated unfairly in the mining of the diamonds, and the platinum is recycled metal. “It was a lot of fun to work with him, he’s such a great guy and it’s such a great piece of jewelry,” Wolf said. “It speaks to my work and my taste on a personal level. I was really proud of how it turned out. It’s gorgeous.”
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When we caught up with recently-engaged Eva Amurri, daughter of Susan Sarandon, at the InStyle/Warner Bros. Golden Globes after-party, the actress told us that her new marital status comes with its own set of challenges. Which is why she’s doing something about it. “I’m writing a book about how overwhelming being engaged is for a modern woman,” said Amurri (in Chris Benz), pictured here with her retired professional soccer player fiancé Kyle Martino. “I realized once I got engaged, that everyone is overwhelmed, but nobody talks about it. I’m going to try and write this book as a companion guide for women who are overwhelmed.” Though, that doesn’t mean she isn’t enjoying herself. “Tonight’s the first time I’m being photographed with my ring,” she said, showing off her round diamond solitaire, which is surrounded by diamonds and set on a pave diamond band (inset). “It’s a big deal.”
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— Sharon Clott, with reporting by Scott Huver
[tiImage width=”300″ height=”450″ url=”http://img2.timeinc.net/instyle/images/2011/wrn/010511-reese-400.jpg” credit=”Getty Images” align=”left” border=”1″ alt=”Reese Witherspoon’s engagement ring”]We scored a close-up glimpse of Reese Witherspoon’s engagement ring last night as she and fiancé Jim Toth cheered on the L.A. Lakers—and it’s stunning. The ring, a custom-design by the William Goldberg Diamond Corporation, features a 4-carat Ashoka cut diamond set on a pave diamond-and-platinum band, reports People. The rare cut also has 62 displayed facets and rounded corners to make it extra sparkly. Nice pick, Jim!
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Natalie Portman is ending her eventful year with a big announcement: Representatives for the 29-year-old confirmed to People.com today that the vegan actress is engaged to choreographer Benjamin Millepied and that she is pregnant with the couple’s first child. The couple met filming of Black Swan, where Millepied served as both the choreographer and dance partner to Portman and co-star Mila Kunis. Portman recently earned Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award Best Actress nominations for her role in the movie. Congrats to the couple! Plus: Check out Portman’s Black Swan red-carpet style in the gallery.
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Kate Middleton isn’t the only royal bride-to-be anymore! Zara Phillips, Queen Elizabeth’s granddaughter and daughter of Princess Anne (which means she’s Prince William’s cousin), announced her engagement to English professional rugby player Mike Tindall today. Tindall gave Phillips, a champion equestrian, a diamond solitaire, People reports. You know what this means? Another huge ring. Another epic dress. Another grand party that must be planned. And while there is no word on when the wedding will be, we’re hoping it won’t be close to Kate and William’s April date, so that Royal Watchers (like us) have enough time to recover before getting themselves in a Royal frenzy all over again.
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Nicole Richie‘s dream wedding to Joel Madden last Saturday in Beverly Hills involved everything from elephants to Reverend Run as the officiant. But what was truly spectacular were the three different Marchesa dresses she wore for the occasion. “Marchesa was both honored and thrilled to create the gowns for Nicole’s special day,” the label’s designers and InStyle contributors Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig (inset) said. “She has such incredible style and we worked with her closely to develop the different looks. Each design is a reflection of her vision and taste as well as Marchesa’s signature aesthetic.” The ivory lace and crystal long-sleeve gown she wore for the ceremony, which Richie said was inspired by Grace Kelly, was made with 100 yards of hand-draped silk organza and tulle petals and included embroidery of the couple’s names on her sleeve.
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