The great 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse' trailer debate: Bella's engagement ring

Right now, there are a great many conversations and debates being waged about the newest The Twilight Saga: Eclipse trailer, but one that seems to hold particular significance for a lot of fans is the question of whether Bella's engagement ring fits the literary bill. The ring was shown in passing in the first trailer for Eclipse, but it received undeniable and prominent placement in the latest.

Coming off of the reveal, there seems to be a split in the fandom as to whether the ring matches popular perception of Stephenie Meyer's description.

Only trouble is there may not be a common perception at all.

A number of vendors have come out with their own versions of the Bella engagement ring, and the results are quite varied. While there are a couple (here and here, for instance) that look a lot like what we see here in the picture, there are others still that look very different (like this one or this one).

Thus, there doesn't seem to be any achievable market consensus about the way the ring looks.

So, here's how the book describes it:

Nestled into the black satin, Elizabeth Masen’s ring sparkled in the dim light. The face was a long oval, set with slanting rows of glittering round stones. The band was gold — delicate and narrow. The gold made a fragile web around the diamonds.

Comparing the image with the text, it seems that the ring chosen has all of the description's elements. It's certainly nestled in black satin, and there is indeed a long oval face with slanted, web-like settings and round stones. We can't see the entire band, but it looks pretty dainty from what is visible here.

So, in a technical sense, the ring has hit all of the right notes.

Still, any time you conjure up a mental image as important as something like Bella's engagement ring (or Edward's Volvo, or the sparkling effect . . . etc.) from the books, it's difficult to displace that vision for another offered by the film.

It seems that this is just one of those film fragments that will please some but not others. It is one of those situations, though, where you could go to Vegas with the bet that Stephenie Meyer was a key player in the selection decision


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