From paperclips to princess-cuts.
While we were obsessed with every detail of Emily Ratajkowski’s wedding outfit (the Zara trouser suit! The wide brimmed hat!), there was one thing that was missing from the day – namely, her engagement ring. The model revealed earlier this February that her husband Sebastian Bear McClard had proposed to her with a placeholder paper clip ring, however the couple have finally upgraded from stationery and gone full sparkle in a recent Instagram post.
Emily showed off her new bling last week, posting two images to Instagram of the massive stunner. The bespoke Alison Lou two-stone ring combined a princess- and pear-cut diamond nestled side by side, a unique take she revealed more about in an interview with Vogue.
She revealed that she and her beau had designed the ring together after more than fifty sketches, saying, ‘We liked the idea of two stones instead of one and spent a long time looking at rings with multiple stones for inspiration. At one point it included a ruby as the second stone, [but] ultimately we loved the idea of the femininity of the pear contrasted with the architecture of the princess.’
While you won’t be able to score your own EmRata original, we did manage to find something sort of similar below by Messika.
Priced at £8,550, available at NET-A-PORTER
If you haven’t heard the Emily Ratajkowski paper clip engagement story, it’s a bit of a wild one.
She revealed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, ‘He proposed to me at Minetta Tavern and he didn’t have a ring so I was like, “mmm, nah”. And then he took the paper clip that the bill was paid with and made me a ring which I actually thought was really romantic.’
It wasn’t just their engagement rings that they made themselves, as they also DIY-ed their own wedding rings using gold that they casually picked up in Chinatown (as you do).
She continued, ‘We walked into Chinatown and bought a little piece of, like an ounce of gold, and he was like, “We’ll melt down the gold and make the rings.” Right, so I was like, “I just don’t see us melting down gold, that just seems kind of difficult.” But then he ended up going to some store in Midtown — this is the night before our wedding, by the way — and this very nice man was like, “I know how to do that.”’
‘So we came into his studio after hours and we actually hammered them out, the whole thing, used a little blow torch,’ Emily said, ‘They were supposed to be temporary rings but now I’m very attached and I really don’t want to get rid of [mine]. I just feel like making it yourself, like could you be more personal, really?’