For a woman who has repeatedly yelled from the mountaintops that she would never, ever marry again, Halle Berry sure wants everyone to know how deep and meaningful her engagement ring is. Conveniently enough, both People and Us Weekly have stories detailing the "perfect" emerald sparkler that the twice-divorced actress's newly confirmed fiancé Olivier Martinez slipped on her finger.
Warning: Please try to keep the eye rolls to a minimum to avoid injury ...
Us says the French actor approached Paris-based jeweler (and neighbor) Robert Mazlo shortly before Christmas and "said he wanted to produce the most beautiful ring ever made -- money was no object and he only wanted the finest materials involved."
Mazlo explains to People that the ring "symbolizes the couple's story," although it remains unclear how "hooked up on the set of a bikini-stuffed, straight-to-VOD shark thriller" was translated into bauble-form.
He says the 4-carat stone is "a one-of-a-kind piece and cannot be replaced," adding that it includes two diamonds in a yellow-gold setting "forged according to ancient Phoenician tradition."
"The ring is textured and contains codes and symbols which you cannot see ... only the person wearing it can," says Mazlo. "It's very uncommon. The symbols and codes represent [their] story and only they can interpret it."
Seems the jeweler gave Martinez a 500-year-old "mystical alchemy test" to figure out Berry's favorite shapes, colors, numbers and signs, which he then "decoded" and turned into a ring that cost somewhere in the tony neighborhood of "well into the five figures."
Wedding plans remain up in the air, probably because Berry, who reportedly wants to move to Olivier's native France with 3-year-old daughter Nahla, is still tussling with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry over custody.
"Not yet finalized," says the Us source of the pair's aisle-walk plans, adding that there's a "very good chance it would be in Paris. It will be the first time round for Olivier. ... He would love it to be in his home city, the city he knows and loves."
Symbols and codes and Phoenician traditions are all well and good, but we remain on the fence on whether these two will actually make it to the altar. What say you? Tell us in the comments.
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