Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's Wedding Rings Were Two Years in the Making

09/04/2014 at 05:39 PM ET

No sooner had Brad Pitt proposed to Angelina Jolie with a stunning diamond ring in spring 2012, than plans for the next big ring were already under way.

Angelina Jolie People Magazine CoverDavid James/Getty Images

Jewelry designer Robert Procop, who collaborated with Pitt for one year on Jolie’s engagement ring, told PEOPLE that the stars began working on their wedding bands immediately after the proposal more than two years ago.

“This is a couple who continues to think about how to surprise each other in gifts of love that all have meaning,” Procop, a close friend, shared in 2012. “He plans way in advance. She plans way in advance,” the jewelry designer said of Pitt, 50, and Jolie, 39.

Just five days after their intimate French wedding, which is featured in this week’s PEOPLE cover story, Pitt showed off his new ring during a U.K. photo call for his upcoming film Fury.

Procop has previously paired with Jolie on her Style of Jolie jewelry line, which is a representation of her “chic and contemporary” taste. She’s worn pieces, like the emerald necklace below, on the red carpet before — and Pitt has also sported items from her collaboration with Procop.

Angelina Jolie and Robert ProcopGetty

“She was very passionate about communicating her style,” Procop said at the time. “Their personal gifts reflect her style. They really come to life in these romantic experiences.”

“If every couple was like this,” he added, “it would be a beautiful world.”

–Michelle Tauber, reporting by Mary Green

For Brad and Angelina’s complete wedding album, all the details of their big day and more of the couple’s interview, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Wednesday!

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Me on

“She was very passionate about communicating her style,” means Angelina was a real *itch.

esi on

Either they ordered the rings early in case they might forget, or they ordered a space shuttle

annie on

two years? on bands? i know Jolie is all about the image and about how perfect and romantic and family oriented they are….but two years is just a stretch.

Leigh on

Enough already. 2 years? Why would anyone admit such a thing?

GV on

Two years to design wedding rings. These people are ridiculous.

whatever on

Is she suffering mentally? 2 years – AJ needs to get a grip with those haggard old hands of hers.

Bill on

Thought they would also give each other diamond studded cigarette lighters.

Salls on

“If every couple was like this…” Um, her twice-divorced, him divorced, them cheaters on their spouses. Perhaps we would wish all married couples the same happiness they seem to be enjoying NOW, but the road getting there is littered with a lot of hurt. Better to take the right road the first time!

jenniferyterry on

How romantic

Jennifer on

They should of went Kay’s. More classy IMO

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