Ryan Phillippe, star of the 2015 television series “Secrets and Lies” and ex-husband of actress Reese Witherspoon, recently offered up a romantic Christmas proposal to longtime girlfriend, Paulina Slagter, and the ring is surprisingly classic.
Overachiever Slagter, a law student at Stanford University, is a former actress who enjoyed brief celebrity back in 2006 on the series, “Entourage.” The couple announced their engagement on New Year’s Eve with the appearance of a stunning, large-carat diamond solitaire ring that’s as understated as the couple itself.
While details about Slagter’s ring are few and far between, she flashed it briefly at a New Year’s Eve event in Miami. Close-ups show that it is, indeed, a classic solitaire of formidable proportions, which seems fitting for a bride-to-be who’s as smart and sophisticated as Slagter.
The diamond solitaire ring was first introduced in 1886 by Tiffany, who elevated the single, elegant stone so that light could pass through it in ways previously unheard of. Until the invention of Tiffany’s solitaire setting, diamonds had mostly been relegated to clunky, more intricate designs that emphasized the setting more than the stone. This is evident in the heavy scrollwork and flowery designs of Victorian Era rings. The late 1800s, however, brought with them a sleeker, lighter style of engagement ring that was met with great ardor. The rest, as they say, is history.
Today, the diamond solitaire is still one of the most popular styles of engagement ring on the market because of the way in which it highlights a single, perfectly cut diamond. A solitaire has dazzling, stand-alone staying power — just like the smart and savvy woman who wears it.
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