Battle of The Bling II

Katie Holmes and Chris Klein
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(Photo Courtesy of Star Magazine)

Stats: 10 carats total weight (approximately), 3-stone, emerald cut diamond wedding ring (Past, Present, Future) set in platinum.

Reported Value by British Press: Cool half million dollars.

What you and I could buy it for with a little shopping around and haggling (i.e., what he really paid): $160,000 to $175,000.

What it says about Chris Klein: A no-nonsense kind of guy; doesn’t like making long, drawn out decisions. He also likes clean lines, so chose a classic emerald cut to express strength not flash—romanticism not infatuation. He tends to see things as black and white; in love or not in love—no in-between. Three diamonds were chosen because one just isn’t enough. He needed back up; wanted to cement the deal. In some sense, he over-played his hand because he might have feared he wasn’t going to be able to keep lightning in a bottle. Large center diamonds don’t need a posse. If they bring them, it’s a sign the diamond-buyer may be insecure.

What it says about Katie: She didn’t pick it out so it says nothing about her or her taste; just that for one brief moment, her heart was captured.

Nicole Kidman and Tom Cruise
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Stats: None officially published. What it appears to be: 5.5 carats total weight, platinum, diamond wedding ring, oval center, prong set with small diamond accents.

Reported Value: None officially published.

What you and I could buy it for with a little shopping around and haggling (i.e., what he really paid): $68,000 to $75,000.

What it says about Tom Cruise: He was being frugal and economical. Like the porridge, he didn’t want a ring that was so large that it looked like he went overboard, or so small that it made him look like a cheapskate. He wanted it to be just right to get the job done.

“Job”, of course, is the key word. The frilly style isn’t something he would have chosen on his own, but something chosen with the help of someone else. While advisors are great to have during a Cuban Missile Crisis, the ring is supposed to be a “reflection of him.” There was no Tom Cruise in this ring. No Tom Cruise; no real commitment.

What it says about Nicole Kidman: Nothing. She didn’t help pick it out.

Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise
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Stats: None officially published. What it appears to be: 12 carats total weight. 5 to 5.5 carat oval shaped diamond with 7 carats of tight-knit, micro pave diamonds set in a platinum split shank, open “airline”, basket carriage.

Reported Value: Look, she just said “yes.” Tom’s not talking, she’s not talking and the jeweler’s not talking. The only thing doing any talking around here is the rock itself, and it’s saying, “EXPENSIVE!”

What you and I could buy it for with a little shopping around and haggling and a whole lot of money: $275,000!

What it will eventually be reported to be worth once the media frenzy is done: $1 million (double the reported value of the one given to her by her old beau).

What it says about Tom Cruise: He’s very, very, very calculating! Oprah, Tonight Show, Eiffel Tower? Coincidence? Don’t think so. In the mafia, if they want you gone, they don’t send you a candy-gram. You just wind up in the river wearing cement shoes. No warning, no Oprah, it just happens. Similarly, love doesn’t work on a schedule. The louder someone screams that they are in love, the more they are trying to get others to believe it. If they are trying to get others to believe it, then maybe they are trying to convince themselves. Too much is coincidence here; the timing, the size and total diamond weight of the ring (20% more bling for the buck than her old beau’s) and the location. I remember how I felt when I was asked to swallow that Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley were in love! Love doesn’t need a photo-op, but love isn’t trying to promote two movies either.

Bottom Line: Sorry, Katie, shooting stars always fall back to earth.

By: Fred Cuellar, The Diamond Guy®