Actor Johnny Depp trailblazed new “man-gagement” territory Monday when he wore a 5-carat diamond “chick’s ring” while promoting his newest movie, “Transcendence,” in China.
When asked whether the 5-carat diamond solitaire ring that graced the ring finger of his left hand affirmed his engagement to actress Amber Heard, Depp cracked, “The fact that I’m wearing a chick’s ring on my finger is probably a dead giveaway. Not very subtle.”
How Depp obtained the platinum ring is the subject of some speculation. According to a source for Us Weekly, the ring is, indeed, a chick’s ring because it originally belonged to Heard. “It was too big for her, so he started wearing it,” the source said.
If the source is correct, then it makes sense that Depp replaced the first ring with a second of more petite proportions.
USA TODAY entertainment reporter didn’t know what to make of Depp’s left-hand bling. “Is this a new trend?” she asked rhetorically in Tuesday’s “Daily Dish” video. “Are guys going to be wearing diamond engagement rings? I don’t know. We’ll have to see.”
Jewelry expert Michael O’Connor told Celebuzz that it didn’t surprise him that Depp would be ahead of the curve when it comes to the “man-gagement ring,” a concept favored by 17 percent of men in a recent survey.
“He’s not afraid of jewelry and dressing himself,” O’Connor said. “He likes to be on the cutting edge.”
O’Connor estimated that Depp’s ring has a 5-carat round brilliant-cut center stone with 2 carats of pavé accents, while Heard’s ring has a 3-carat round brilliant-cut center diamond accented with 1 carat of pavé. O’Connor said the rings share a similar look, but have slight differences that symbolize the uniqueness of each.
O’Connor believes Depp’s ring is worth $125,000, while Heard’s would sell for $80,000.
It’s been widely reported that Depp proposed to Heard on Christmas Eve 2013. The couple celebrated their engagement with A-list friends at Los Angeles’ Carondelet House on March 14.
When asked about future wedding plans, Depp told reporters, “I think that I would be better at making women’s shoes than I would be at wedding planning. I can’t plan anything. I’m really bad at that stuff.”