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Reese Witherspoon sparkles with fiance Jim Toth at a Lakers game

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Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth, who got engaged over the holidays, hit Staples Center all casual-like for the L.A. Lakers game Tuesday against the Detroit Pistons. In addition to ushering Kobe Bryant into the NBA’s top 10 scorers of all time, the game was also a chance for a curious public to check out Witherspoon’s new engagement ring, a four-carat Ashoka-cut diamond set in platinum.

What’s the big deal with the Ashoka cut? Based on a classic diamond from around 262 B.C., the patented cut features 62 displayed facets (Bryant’s career scoring total, in comparison, displayed 26,671 points by the end of the game.)

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It also can’t be done with just any diamond -- gotta be a big ‘un, because about 40% to 60% of the stone is lost in the cutting process.

William Goldberg Diamond Corp., the patent holder, says that only a couple hundred rocks a year will fill the bill, worldwide.

Almost as sparkly as Reese, yes?

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-- Christie D’Zurilla


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