It’s… her own. The eye-popping, emerald engagement ring featured in Crazy Rich Asians made yet another big appearance at the Golden Globes Sunday, January 6, resting on the hand of its rightful owner: Michelle Yeoh.
The actress, who played titular overbearing mother Eleanor Young in the wildly successful romantic comedy of 2018, didn’t have to jump through hurdles to borrow the piece like other celebs who oftentimes will wear pieces on loan by top jewelers in Hollywood. Yeoh’s gorgeous, emerald-cut emerald ring, in fact, is her very own engagement ring.
“Because it was such a character in the film, it had to be instantly recognizable,” Yeoh told People on the red carpet. “The color green is about life, prosperity so when we said with Eleanor she’s very particular and I know the ring that she will wear.”
Originally, director Jon M. Chu commissioned the costume department to design a ring after John F. Kennedy’s ring for Jackie Kennedy.
“They made one that was very similar to the JFK-designed ring, but Michelle Yeoh loves simplicity,” costumer designer Mary E. Vogt previously told The Knot in an exclusive interview. “And she said, ‘Well, you know, I love the idea of emerald. What about this ring?’ And she personally had her engagement ring that she’d designed—and it was also emerald! So we were like, ‘Oh my gosh, that’s perfect.’ So the ring you see in the movie is actually Michelle’s.”
The piece is a large emerald ring flanked by two smaller teardrop diamonds. “Emeralds can have a lot of cracks in them, a lot of flaws, but this one was really a flawless emerald, which is hard to find,” Vogt previously expressed. “It’s very classic. It looks like something Cartier could have designed in the 20s.”
Chu said the ring represented far more than its lavish value alone. “The ring shows a sign of respect and acknowledgment,” Chu told us this summer. “The love and the strength and the sacrifice. At the end of the day, [the ring] is an affirmation of self-worth.”
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