DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES star MARCIA CROSS is being forced to wear a temporary engagement ring given to her as a gift by a friend's daughter while the real gem is being refitted.

Stockbroker Tom Mahoney's proposal earlier this month (AUG05) at a Napa Valley, California, retreat came as such a surprise that the red-haired actress didn't have the chance to shop for a ring.

She says, "I'm wearing a temporary ring while I wait to get my diamonds back."