Scarlett Johansson’s Engagement Ring — When a Pear and Oval have a Baby
If there’s one rule we believe in at Frank Darling, it’s that rules are meant for breaking. Especially when it comes to engagement rings. While the traditional solitaire is still the go-to for many, more and more women are reaching for something newer, lower profile, and more unique than the reliable solitaires of yesteryear.
Compared to apparel, engagement ring trends move at a glacial pace. But, they do move. At the macro level, two things drive them — celebrities and royalty (AKA more celebrities). So, when we see leading ladies reaching for rings like Katy Perry — a playful floral-inspired setting with a magnificent ruby center stone — we get excited.
When it comes to Scarlett Johansson, who is now on her third engagement ring, it seems like each piece is more exciting than the last. Scarlett debuted her second engagement ring at the Venice Film Festival. A stunning elongated art deco motif. We thought it couldn’t be outdone, but we thought wrong. Sorry, Romain Duriac.
Scarlett Johansson’s engagement ring (her third and latest) made its red carpet debut at the 2019 Comic-Con in San Diego. A media-heavy event known for its never-ending parade of fantastical on-screen characters brought to life. It’s an appropriately surreal event to showcase this larger than life jewel.
While less can be more, in this case, it’s the opposite. The 11-carat pear-shaped light brown diamond is half a finger in length — the only unit of measurement worthy of such a stone. Sculptural and sensual, the enormous scarab shaped oval-pear hybrid cantilevers off a sculptural brown-toned ceramic band, clutched in place by four yellow gold prongs.
While the designer remains unconfirmed, all rumors point to Taffin designer James de Givenchy. Givenchy is a New York-based French-born jewelry designer. He is the nephew of the legendary designer Hubert de Givenchy. He is one member of an elusive group of jewelry designers sketching in the shadows for elite clientele.
Givenchy has masterfully honed an impeccable craft, and cultivated a rarified following. His stones are as storied as his jewelry, handpicked for their unique cuts and fascinating backstories. He discovers and buys them without a client in mind, and patiently waits for just the right woman to wear it.
“Someone once described James De Givenchy as the James Bond of the jewelry world. It might be the Ducatis, or the monogrammed shirts, the blue eyes, the blue jeans. It might be the private atelier, high above the streets of Manhattan, with its orange lacquer and brown velvet and bulletproof glass.” Town and Country.
SCARLETTE JOHANSSON’S ENGAGEMENT RING
The diamond itself is oddly shaped. Some say it’s an oval, others a pear, lozenge or beetle. Internet sleuths have gone so far as to say that it was selected because its shape is reminiscent of Scarlett Johansson’s face. Whatever the story, it is extraordinary. A rare type 2a light brown diamond is a truly unusual gem.
“In his work, Givenchy’s imagination expresses itself in high-color, high-contrast designs.” Bold pops of color are a pleasant reprieve from the traditionally white and platinum aesthetic of engagement rings. Givenchy’s trademark ceramic band is utterly contemporary and unique. Brava, Scarlett. And, congratulations.