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ANGELINA’S JEWELER: When it came to creating an engagement ring for Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt didn’t take any chances, and opted to work with a jeweler he and Jolie had collaborated with in the past, Robert Procop.
After images of Jolie wearing a tablet-shaped diamond engagement ring at the Los Angeles County Museum emerged Friday, a spokeswoman for Procop confirmed that the jeweler created the ring in collaboration with Pitt. In 2010, Jolie began to work with Procop to create a line of statement fine jewelry pieces, which were sold privately through Procop’s network of clients. The proceeds from those pieces went to Jolie’s charity, the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict.
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The spokeswoman said the jeweler had been working with Pitt for the past year to design the ring. After Procop sourced the diamond, he then worked to Pitt’s designs to fashion it into a faceted, elongated tablet shape to suit Jolie’s hand. The diamond is set in the ring amid smaller faceted stones graduated in size.
Procop, who is a former chief executive officer of Asprey, also worked with Jolie and Pitt when they created a capsule collection of jewelry for Asprey in 2009 to benefit Jolie’s charity, and has designed jewelry for the actress for the past 10 years. The jeweler is known for working with diamonds and rare gemstones, such as emeralds, sapphires, paribas and red and pink diamonds, that he sources from locales such as Colombia, Brazil and Australia.