It’s unclear why the ring designer broke the news, rather than allowing the couple the ambiguity of a “No comment” or letting Jolie and Pitt release a statement first. But, a lengthy statement has been issued to The Hollywood Reporter concerning the diamond engagement ring worn by Jolie at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Chinese Galleries on Wednesday.
The Beverly Hills jeweler and former CEO of Asprey & Garrard, the British jewelry company to the English royal family, confirms to The Hollywood Reporter that he has designed an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie.
A rep for the jeweler says, “I can confirm that, yes, Robert Procop did indeed design an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, designed in collaboration with Brad Pitt.”
“Working closely with Brad Pitt to realize the star’s vision for the ring, Robert Procop was able to source a diamond of the finest quality which was then transformed using Pitt’s unique designs, cut with distinctive faceting to a shape and size that perfectly suits Angelina’s long, slender fingers. Throughout, Brad Pitt remained heavily involved, overseeing every aspect of the creative design process from the perfect cut of the diamond centerpiece, an elongated tablet shape, to the finishing touches such as the mounting of a galaxy of smaller stones which are graduated in size and faceted to match, adding a crowning lustre to the ring. The full creative journey, from conception to completion, took a year, with Brad Pitt waiting until the perfect moment to unveil this special jewel to Angelina Jolie.”
Jolie was seen wearing the ring two nights ago, April 11, at a private viewing of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Chinese Galleries. She attended the small gathering with Pitt as well as their son Pax. Neither the ring nor the engagement has been confirmed by Jolie’s representatives, who could not immediately be reached for comment. – via The Hollywood Reporter.
The bauble’s designer, Robert Procop, is the talent behind the limited-edition “The Style of Jolie” jewelry collection, which he and Jolie collaborated on and auctioned off in 2011 for charity. - via Us Weekly Magazine.
Back in January, Pitt told The Hollywood Reporter he would acquiesce to marriage because of his children: “We’d actually like to, and it seems to mean more and more to our kids. We made this declaration some time ago that we weren’t going to do it till everyone can. But I don’t think we’ll be able to hold out. It means so much to my kids, and they ask a lot. And it means something to me, too, to make that kind of commitment.”
Shortly after, Pitt elaborated on CBS Sunday Morning: “We’re getting a lot of pressure from the kids. It means something to them.” Admitting he hasn’t “been very good” at fending off cries of “Get mommy a ring,” Pitt told the kids: “Okay, I will. We will [marry] some day. That’s a great idea.”