The Designer Details of Natalie Portman's One-of-a-Kind Engagement Ring

01/25/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Natalie Portman Engagement Ring from Benjamin Millepied
INF; Inset: Michael Buckner/Getty

When it came to designing Natalie Portman‘s engagement ring, the star’s choreographer fiancé, Benjamin Millepied, relied on his leading lady and the art of ballet for inspiration. Looking to create a one-of-a-kind love token to reflect Portman’s unique sensibilities, Millepied called on former dancer pal and jewelry designer Jamie Wolf. “Ben was exceptionally thoughtful and dedicated and patient to make sure we had everything right,” Wolf explained to InStyle. “We wanted everything about the ring to speak to things that are important to Natalie.” The glittering diamond-encrusted design centers around an antique diamond, surrounded by certified conflict-free stones and made of recycled platinum — thus appealing to Portman’s earth-friendly and vegan lifestyle. And much like Millepied, the designer always incorporates her own dance discipline into her pieces. “My career with the New York City Ballet definitely influenced the aesthetics of my designs; everything I love has a distinct femininity to it, a certain ease and grace,” Wolf told the magazine in November. “To quote one of my favorite ballet teachers, ‘No one wants to see how hard you are working.'” We’re sure the Oscar nominated bride-to-be can relate to that! Read more at InStyle.comJustine Harman


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MVK on

what the heck is the conflict-free stones about. All they have to do is find out where the diamonds are mined. Sounds like a lot of BS to me.

Claire on

BEAUTIFUL ring just like the woman wearing it!!!

SusiQ on

if it’s what she wanted, good for her. it’s a little too “busy” for me; I prefer a solitaire in a platinum Tiffany setting with the stone being the star. simple & elegant

Selma on

Don’t care for her. However, I think the ring is absolutely beautiful.

Abby on

Somebody’s Oscar campaign is in full swing. Either that, or her fiance is already realizing he can profit off of their relationship by selling stories like this to the media.

Adrian on

“Conflict Free” diamonds are from a country were people are not dying for the sake of control of diamond minds.

DDP on

I understand respecting the earth and wanting to recycle the metals, and use conflict free diamonds… but I see nothing “feminine” in this ring. It just looks gaudy and tacky. Nothing that reminds me of Natalie at all. Ew.

Daenae on

Considering DeBeers own’s 90% of the diamond market out there, pretty much no diamond is conflict free. Unless you pluck it out of the ground yourself, someone suffered or was robbed of the actual value of it. Diamonds are beautiful but there are SO many more gems out there that don’t come with the amount of bloodshed that diamonds do.

NM on

To each his own, but I don’t find that ring at all attractive.

Natalie on

The ring does not appeal to my personal taste, but it is nonetheless beautiful.

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