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Pitt Missed the Mark With $500,000 Diamond Engagement Ring; Jolie Prefers Emeralds

Memo to Brad Pitt: The next time you spend a full year designing an engagement ring for your significant other you may want to take note of her favorite gemstone.

It’s been only a few weeks since the world got its first peek at the $500,000 emerald-cut diamond ring that Brad Pitt personally designed for Angelina Jolie. The platinum engagement ring boasted a 7-carat emerald-cut center diamond accented with 9 carats of tapered emerald-cut diamonds encircling the platinum band.

Here’s the problem… 

“She isn’t fond of it,” a friend confided to In Touch magazine. “Nothing against Brad’s design. She’s just never been enamored of white diamonds.”

Ouch! The friend added that Jolie had been hoping for a less traditional stone. “Emeralds are her favorite,” the friend said, adding that Jolie’s been complaining that Pitt’s choice of a diamond centerstone, rather than an emerald, “shows how little he knows her.”

Casual followers of Jolie would notice how much she loves to wear emeralds and how great she looks while wearing them. The photo above, for instance, shows Jolie looking ravishing in emerald drop earrings at the 2009 Oscars.

Jolie is not the only celebrity who has coveted a non-traditional engagement ring.

In mid-March, Halle Berry unveiled her 4-carat emerald engagement ring. The emerald is flanked by two diamonds in a yellow-gold setting “forged according to ancient Phoenician tradition,” said its designer.

Back in 1953, the fashion-forward former first lady, Jacqueline Kennedy, received a diamond and emerald engagement ring from John F. Kennedy, who was a U.S. Senator at the time. The ring consisted of one 2.88-carat diamond mounted next to a 2.84-carat emerald with tapered baguettes. In 1962, a total weight of 0.66 carats of round diamonds and 1.46 carats of marquise diamonds were added to the ring.

If Pitt decides to reconsider his choice of engagement ring, he may take note of one of the most famous and lavish emerald rings of all time. Once the prize of Claire Chalk, wife of Oscar Roy Chalk, the renowned New York entrepreneur, The Chalk Emerald is a 37.82-carat, square-cut emerald set in platinum and surrounded by 60 pear-shaped colorless diamonds with a total weight of 15 carats. The ring currently resides at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.

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