Natalie Portman’s life doesn’t look like it could get any better at the moment. The 29 year old actress has been getting more than just rave reviews for her leading role in the movie “Black Swan,” but also took home the Golden Globe for Best Actress, and is the front runner for an Academy Award win this February. Her latest movie and first romantic comedy, “No Strings Attached,” was number also one at the box office this weekend, earning a total of $20.3 million so far.
But it isn’t just her professional life that has been on an upswing; on December 27, 2010 Portman announced the upcoming birth of her first child and engagement to boyfriend Benjamin Millepied.
And despite being a notoriously private person, the details of her custom designed engagement ring has finally been revealed. Millepied, a ballet dancer originally from Bordeaux, France and raised in Senegal, met Portman while working on the movie “Black Swan,” for which he was a choreographer.
The 33 year old dancer wanted to incorporate the art and romantic lines of ballet when he began designing the ring, but also wanted to incorporate Portman’s eco-friendly sensibilities. Working with the designer, Millepied created a Round diamond center, and surrounding diamond halo ring set in Platinum.
However, the center diamond is antique, the surrounding diamonds are certified conflict-free, and the band is cast from recycled platinum; it is now being referred to, much like the actress herself, as ‘vegan.’
The actress has been tight-lipped about any wedding plans and has said she is too superstitious to reveal any baby news, but has repeatedly shared how happy she is to be embarked on a new chapter in her life. A new chapter, according to an anonymous friend, that may not include acting for a while, as the actress has alluded to taking a break after the baby is born.
For now however, we can look forward to seeing Portman and her baby bump match her diamonds to her new engagement ring for the red carpet February 27, where her fingers will likely be crossed in the hopes of bringing home that elusive golden statue.