Jennifer Aniston's ginormous diamond engagement ring, which probably caused a small earthquake when it was heaved out of the ground, is also causing some speculation. Okay, I'm the one speculating. I'm speculating about who bought this ring. It's at least eight carats and most likely of very high quality. Depending on the four Cs (cut, color, clarity, and carat), bling like that could run you up to one million buckaroos.
Jen's fiance Justin Theroux isn't exactly slinging burgers, but he's not a Brad Pitt-level actor either. So who shelled out for this this gigantasaurus sparkler?
Reports are of course saying that Justin bought it, but really? Let's look at the facts: Justin is a working actor, but he ain't that working. Unless he's the secret heir to an oil fortune, he makes nowhere near what Jen makes. Jen's asking price is about $15 million. Back in 2007, I valued her net worth at $110 million. No doubt that has gone up.
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For all of the publicity Justin gets being Jen's SO, you'd almost think he was a big-time movie star. But he's not. A look at his IMDB resume reveals someone who works steadily but in very small gigs, mostly in TV. Unless you're a huge TV star, TV pay is crap. And his last movie was the one where he met Jen, Wanderlust, which tanked. I'm going to go out on a limb here and say Justin is not a rich fellow. And who cares as long as he's making Jen happy, right?
But how in HELL is he affording a gargantuan rock like that? Only three ways. One, he's got a secret trust fund of some kind. Two, Jen paid or helped pay for the ring. Three, he paid and it cost him every living cent he had.
I'm a firm believer that successful couples are as equal as possible. In cases where that is just impossible ('cause let's face it, Justin is never going to catch up to Jen), then the less equal partner (ahem Justin) makes up for it in other ways. Like buying an engagement ring. I do not care if the only ring he can afford is a cheap small one he found on eBay and the entire world is going to snark on it.
Plenty of rich, famous women have been accused of buying their own engagement rings -- Britney Spears, Jessica Simpson, etc. And I can see why they'd want a planet-sized sparkler to show off to Angelina their friends. But it isn't about the ring, gals. It's about how your partner feels. And what kind of man feels good when his fiancee buys a ring that eclipses him not only figuratively but almost literally?!
Do you think that women should buy their own rings?
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