Angelina Jolie hates her huge ‘tacky, gaudy’ engagement ring, refuses to wear it

It’s time for another chapter in the book of Angelina Jolie Hates Everything About Brad Pitt, Especially His Taste In Jewelry. Previous chapters have detailed how The Villainess Jolie constantly makes Brad cry and curl up in a little ball, while she laughs her villainess laugh and demands more children for her Orphan Lair. Last year, we even had a chapter about Angelina not wearing her (then new) engagement ring during a UNHCR trip to Ecuador, and because she didn’t wear the giant diamond ring, that obviously meant she hates her fiancé. Back then, Angelina was depressed because she secretly wanted Brad to give her an emerald engagement ring (As opposed to an emerald-cut diamond ring). Star Magazine has a new story that goes even further – The Villainess thinks Brad’s ring is gaudy, tacky and she just flat-out hates it.

When Angelina Jolie was spotted back in LA on March 27th after a humanitarian trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, she was seen wearing a simple gold band in place of her engagement bauble. Speculation ran rampant, but Angelina insisted no secret wedding had taken place. So why did Angelina replace the ring encrusted with multiple emerald-cut diamonds – estimated at $500,000 – that Brad gave her one year ago?

Some sources say that Angie simply didn’t want to wear a giant jewel while visiting one of the poorest places in the world.

“Angie thought it was tacky to have such conspicuous wealth when she is visiting a third-world country on a charity mission,” explains a friend. “That’s why she replaced it with the gold band – it’s just more low-key.”

But Angie is still not wearing the ring despite being back in the US and hasn’t been seen with it since Feb. 14th. So what gives? A source close to Angie gives Star a far less noble reason: taste!

“Angie really hates that ring. It’s so big and gaudy, just not her style at all. She tries to get out of wearing it as much as she can. Angie knows Brad spent a lot of time designing it for her, and she would never hurt his feelings by telling him she isn’t crazy about it. But she really just doesn’t like the ring.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

I’ll admit, I’m not in love with her ring either, but if a dude (ANY dude) gave me a $500,000 ring, I would wear that sucker everywhere. I would probably be afraid to take it off, but mostly I would want to show it off. If someone called it tacky, I would just say “Yeah, five hundred thousand dollars.” As for the potential veracity of this… I hate to admit it, but I could see it being partly true. The ring really does NOT seem like Angelina’s taste. I bet she’s really looking forward to the day when she can just wear a wedding band without controversy.

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  1. not leo says:

    She probably hates it because it weighs more than her…

  2. Leigh says:

    Ridiculous amount of money for a ring but I guess it’s all relative… I don’t blame her for taking it off to do her charity work in third world countries, it WOULD be tacky to wear it there. I don’t think it’s horrible, but I don’t have the kind of lifestyle that I would wear it.. I have a nice sparkler and it sits in my drawer. It gets worn 3x a year, maybe..

  3. Faye says:

    I don’t like the style of the ring at all, but I call shennanigans on this story. Does anything think Pitt would spend that much money (and time designing) something that Jolie didn’t like? I’m sure she had input on it.

    I do have to laugh at the image of her laughing evilly at her “Orphan Lair.” Not that I think it has any relation to reality, but it’s just an amusing image.

  4. Jess says:

    I can totally see this being true, it’s a very ugly design. Plus honestly, $500,000 on a ring is rather tacky for a woman who spends so much time in refugee camps. There will be so many times in her life when it would be incredibly gauche to wear it, so it’s highly impractical. I’m sure she would have preferred something less showy.

  5. Hubbahun says:

    If she really didn’t want to cause controversy by wearing the admittedly hideous engagement ring, why didn’t she just leave it off and leave her finger bare? Why wear the gold band – she HAD to know people would speculate and comment.

    • flourpot says:

      Maybe because she didn’t want to wear a half million dollars worth of vanity to a poor country. Maybe because she loves her man and still wanted something on her finger. Maybe because she doesn’t care about speculation.

      Honestly, you people just look for an excuse to hate.

      • doofus says:

        flourpot…I don’t hate her at all, but I also think that she had to know that wearing a gold band would cause people to speculate.

        I don’t think that it was premeditated, like “oh, I KNOW if I wear this ring people will talk about me!” as if it were her entire purpose. I think that she did take off the huge sparkler for exactly what people are saying. That is, it would be tacky to wear such an expensive piece to such a poverty-stricken place. It had to OCCUR to her that people would talk, but I think she probably dismissed that concern pretty quickly, if it was ever a “concern” at all.

        More like, “I better switch out my rings…people are going to talk, but f*ck ‘em.”

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @Hubbahun, who wrote: “If she really didn’t want to cause controversy by wearing the admittedly hideous engagement ring, why didn’t she just leave it off and leave her finger bare? Why wear the gold band – she HAD to know people would speculate and comment.”

      And what kind of comments would dominate the tabloids if she ‘had’ just left her ring finger bare as you suggest? Or perhaps you would have preferred the ‘Brad and Angie have Split up!’ ‘No Ring on Angelina Jolie’s finger … They’ve Called Off the Wedding, Fight Over Kids!’

    • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

      I just get the feeling with her that when she goes on these humanitarian junkets she dresses with the culture she is visiting in mind, and really doesn’t pay too much attention to what the tabloid media say about it.

      Also, read any travel guide and it will say to absolutely NEVER wear ostentatious jewelry to a third world, impoverished, or war torn country.

      Yes, she’s a famous American movie star and all that, but she’s still a target. Maybe even a bigger one because they know how much she’s worth.
      Bottom line is, every time she visits one of those hell holes she’s putting herself in harms way. She dresses down because she wants to attract as little attention as possible.

  6. smartyparty says:

    $500,000 is a gross amount of money to spend on any object or jewelry. I would never wear it, it would make me sick to have that much money, that could do so much good for others, just sitting on my finger.
    Maybe that’s her problem with it.

    • Esmom says:

      It’s all relative, I think. With their income, a half-million for a ring is probably on the modest side. Their lifestyle — travel, nannies, tutors, private school, numerous homes — requires lots of money to keep up and she doesn’t seem to have a problem with it. Nor do I. It’s just a different strata of wealth that’s probably hard for most to truly fathom.

    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @Smartyparty, who wrote: “I would never wear it, it would make me sick to have that much money, that could do so much good for others, just sitting on my finger.”

      But they (both) already ‘are’ doing so much good for others … didn’t you know that? And who are we to dictate how much a man should spend on a love token for his woman? $500,000. seems like an extraordinary amount of money to us for such a babble, but to Brad Pitt it’s merely pocket change.

    • The Original G says:

      Unlike, your average engagement ring, this one’s not only a token of love, it’s an investment.

  7. Anne says:

    I do not like the woman but give it a rest already. I have a large (not that large) engagement ring and I hardly wear it. Constantly scratching walls (and little ones when lifting etc), snagging on things and the weight of it makes it twist so stone is in palm etc. I save it for when appropriate and wear the skinny wedding band day to day. However, really get married already or stop pretending for photo ops and PR, tired already. As the saying goes s*it or get off the pot. If you do not feel the need for that piece of paper own it, it is okay and no one else business.

  8. T.Fanty says:

    Is anyone else just starting to really love AngieJo because of these stories? I find Brad Pitt insufferable and it makes me really happy that she might, just a little bit, too.

    • jenny piccolo says:

      Love her? No. Absolutely not. Able to stomach her a little more for being decent & not wearing that diamond ring around starving human beings? Maybe.

    • Eve says:

      In my mind she throws an “oh, puh-lease” at him every once in a while.

      As for loving her — I’ve been doing that for the past 7 years. She’s amazing.

    • The Original G says:

      Actually, she seems to support and encourage his interests and efforts?

      Using an engagement ring that obviously took time and care to procure to hint to someone that they’re insufferable, is kind of …..passive aggresive? Childish?

    • Mira says:

      I find both of them insufferable but I’m saying that from the point of view of movies. Brad is less insufferable in movies than she is. Both are average actors regardless of box office. I think Brad’s talent lies in producing and he should do more of it. His designs, jewellery/furniture, are fugly.

    • Mr.Smurf says:

      Why do you find Brad Pitt insufferable? I like him, not as much as Angelina (because she’s my absolute girl crush, and has this certain dangerous quality about her, though she’s a 37 year old “boring” mom and humanitarian), but they are both great people.

    • Marie Antoinette Jr. says:

      I wouldn’t say “love”, but it is becoming increasingly clear that she has no problem showing the world how much more evolved she is than he.
      I think she doesn’t go to a great many lengths to stroke his ego.

      It does seem a little *karmic* given that he’s been famously accused of “lacking a sensitivity chip.” So it seems the shoe might be on the other foot now, which does make me think Jolie is not as “uncool” as she first appeared. I like to imagine she just does her own thing and he follows her around like a love sick puppy.

  9. Gigi says:

    Doesn’t her partner of almost ten years know her style by now?

  10. Abby says:

    This is probably crap. For what it’s worth, a high school friend of mine married a neurosurgeon and he gave her a 4 carat pear ring. Other than engagement pics and her wedding, I have never seen her wear it, even on nights out. She’s an RN, so it doesn’t make sense to wear it at work, and she travels a lot, but even out to dinner she just wears her band. I know she loves it…. But maybe it feels conspicuous? I could see Angie, with her love of minimal everything, could feel uncomfortable wearing that kind of bauble. Save it for awards shows? She’s smart to not wear it to those poor countries. It shows kindness to me.

  11. tracking says:

    Didn’t her jewelry designer work with Brad on this? Doubt this is true. But I can imagine not wanting to wear huge bling while just schlepping around. I love my ring, but normally just wear it out to dinner and such because I don’t like the feel/look of it for day to day.

  12. JL says:

    The ring certainly isn’t my style, ugly as they come.

    However, wearing a ring means nothing concerning commitment. I walked out without my gaudy wedding rings today but – alas I’m still married.

    I have a bling ring round diamonds galore for engagement and wedding band both eternity style – but I wear it because the husband got it for me. It grew on me after a while so I’m fine with it other than it catches on everything.

  13. lem says:

    I think the ring is VERY MUCH her style. Her jewelry line is very 80s/Dynasty-esque and that’s the vibe that I get from her ring. Totally understand her not wearing it for her charity work or even on a day-to-day basis. She doesn’t seem like a big jewelry person anyhow, so it wouldn’t surprise me if she keeps it in the safe.

  14. doofus says:

    “It’s so big and gaudy, just not her style at all.”

    um, have they SEEN her jewelry line? if it weren’t her style, I hardly think she’d “design” and put her name on a jewelry line where ALL of the stones are “big and gaudy”.

    that’s why I don’t buy this story. I do buy that she gives a side-eye to Pitt every once in while, because who doesn’t do that to their SO? I think that’s part of all relationships.

  15. The Original G says:

    Many celebs with giant rocks do not wear those rings daily. I myself have a 10th anniversary upgrade ring, form my DH that I love, but do not wear all the time, because of the high setting and large marquise. It catches on things etc.

    This ring also very compatible with her own Procop jewelry line. I’m sure she gets the concept and the intent. What a non story. It’s and engagement ring not a rorsach test.

  16. Lucy2 says:

    I’m sure she likes it just fine, but it is big and noticeably valuable- I’d be nervous to wear it most places. And it would have been gross to wear to a poverty stricken area.

  17. vvvoid says:

    I kinda do like the ring, it’s different.
    I also think this story is BS because it LOOKS like the kind of jewelry she wears/designs.

  18. Lulu.T.O. says:

    The rings she designs are far gaudier. But such displays of conspicuous consumption don’t seem to be her style, so I can believe that she doesn’t love the ring. But she wears it because it was made for her by the man she loves.

  19. Kate says:

    I wouldn’t blame her. The ring is ugly!

  20. Sherry says:

    A ring like that is probably cumbersome for day-to-day wear. I used to wear my rings in the beginning, but 17 years and three kids later, I started wearing my grandmother’s 18k plain gold band during the week and only wear the big jewelry for special occasions and church.

  21. Sweet Dee says:

    It’s weird how she tells her friend, the “source” things that she would “never” tell her fiance, right? I thought, by her own admission, she doesn’t have many friends. So suppose she did tell someone and it ended up in the tabloids, wouldn’t she know exactly who it was?


    • Emma - the JP Lover says:

      @Sweet Dee, who wrote: “I thought, by her own admission, she doesn’t have many friends. So suppose she did tell someone and it ended up in the tabloids, wouldn’t she know exactly who it was?”

      All anyone really has to do is watch the September 9, 2010 CNN Angelina Jolie interview, about her visit to a refugee camp in Pakistan , conducted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta to see that the ‘I really don’t have any friends …’ comment was taken out of context.

      Dr. Gupta has made many visits to refugee camps himself and he said he knows how difficult it is to witness some of the horrific sights and hear the terrible stories. He said ‘Who do you talk to about these visits? Do you have any friends you can talk to about these trips?”

      Angie’s response was to ‘that’ question, and people didn’t even use the complete comment when they started using it as proof that she doesn’t have any friends. What she said was “I don’t have any friends … Brad is the only one I talk to ‘because he’s been to these places and understands.’”

      So it’s not that Angelina Jolie doesn’t have ‘any’ friends, it’s that she doesn’t have any friends–except for Brad–who she can talk to about her trips to refugee camps where conditions and situations can be pretty horrific.

      You can visit CNN to view Dr. Gupta’s taped interview with Angie containing the infamously out of context ‘I don’t have any friends’ comment.

  22. Ally says:

    I don’t get it, Angelina’s style is so simple, classic. After all this time you’d think he’d know that!

    I think she could do so much better thank Brad Pitt, but I doubt they’ll ever split as they are committed to their large family.

  23. NeoCleo says:

    Her engagement ring is every bit as gaudy and clunky as her jewelry line. Where’s the problem?

  24. Mr.Smurf says:

    I actually like the ring….I wouldn’t wear it, but it is an interesting design, very structured. I like that Brad designed it, but it wasn’t some generic looking thing that we always see….the 18 carat diamond/emerald, maybe with some smaller stones surrounding it….it’s an interesting design. If a dude gave it to me, I’d wear it as often as I could.

    I don’t get why people don’t think she likes it. She had it for a few months before they announced their engagement. I’m sure given how long they’ve been together that she can tell him when she doesn’t like his design. Or maybe she doesn’t care about the design. The only thing that would get me is if it looked fake and/or tacky.

  25. Paige says:

    Maybe they arent together anymore. Just because they have six children together means nothing to these HW people. Why should these two be any different?

  26. Paloma says:

    Brad fashions himself a Renaissance man, and it tickles me that, in actuality, all he does is show his poor taste.

  27. Abby says:

    Good heavens,

    All this fuss because she didn’t wear the ring on her UN trips (first to Ecuador and again to Afghanistan). Angie wears it often enough when we’ve seen her elsewhere in public and no one has anything to say.

    Damned if she does and damned if she doesn’t. Cause you can be sure these same people would be all over her, looking down their noses in moral outrage, if she wore that ring on her trips working with the less fortunate.

    Anyway, it’s funny how so many feel this ring is supposedly not Angie’s style when we know this ring is the same cut and style of jewel that Angie has been wearing for years and that her personal jeweler (Procop) has designed for her for near a decade. Procop said so himself when he spoke of his collaboration with Brad on the engagement ring. Her own line of jewelry is not too different.

    Personally, I like the ring but whether we (Jo Public) like Angie’s engagement ring or not is of no importance but let’s not pretend that Brad is somehow foisting his style on Angie or that this tabloid crap has any bearing on reality.

    This is just another bs story from another bs tabloid. And you just know they are setting up their next story arc – wait and see, when we see Angie again at some public event, all eyes will be on whether she’s wearing *the ring* and then the concocted tabloid story will be how she and Brad got into a “huge fight” to end all fights over her refusal to wear it – and of course the obligatory tabloid staple that Brad walks out, kids cried and begged him to come back nonsense – and the story will conclude that Angie only wears it in public to appease him.

    Even, when they marry it’ll be the same crap – ring, no ring – it won’t matter. Why? Because the tabs know someone is buying what they’re shoveling.

    Like I said, Damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t.

    So Angie, keep doing what you’re doing. Do whatever makes you and your family happy cause you’ll never satisfy anyone else.

  28. Claudia says:

    I really don’t think the ring is her taste either, it’s too gaudy and showy. She’s always been more low key and simple in her style of dress and accessories. I think Brad Pitt designed it with good intentions, but ended up designing it to his own tastes and not necessarily to hers.

  29. skuddles says:

    Yes, I’m sure Brad would buy her an engagement ring without knowing her specific taste in jewelry. And she would accept that “gaudy” ring even though she hates it and refuses to wear it… sounds perfectly reasonable.

    Obviously this is just some hopped up hoopla over the fact she doesn’t wear the ring when she’s involved with humanitarian endeavors.

  30. Jade says:

    I think it’s just harmless. My wedding ring has lesser zeroes but I rarely wear it because it is very precious to me and I don’t want to lose it. Maybe Angie prefers keeping it safe than wearing it. Anyway I’m quite sure most non celebs like us would still wear a $500,000 ring more than once even if it’s gaudy or ugly. Come on be honest lol.

  31. andrea says:

    I doubt that she “hates” it. She’s still wearing the necklace(s) he had made for her. No one in their right mind wears a half million dollar ring when visiting a depressed region in a third world country. It’s the Star, so I think this is them looking to squeeze every bit of mileage out of an Angie sighting.

  32. lisa2 says:

    Another dumb story.

    she is wearing her ring at the Women in the World Summit tonight.. Looking very happy and lovely.

    Like her ring or not. Nobody has to wear it but her. and I think Brad Pitt knows what she likes just as she knows what he likes. They are not strangers to each other.

  33. april says:

    I love Angie’s ring. I don’t care for the one that Justin gave Jennifer.

  34. Jade says:

    I just noticed the ring is kind of loose on her finger, it even goes down to her finger joint. Maybe she had a scare and lost it before shudder* Anyway, fix it.

  35. Faye says:

    I wouldn’t want to wear that hideous thing either, no matter what it cost. But if my fiance had labored over the design of something and it came out horrendous, I’d wear it anyway because he put his heart into creating it.