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EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind Jessica Simpson's 'Romantic' Ruby Ring!

11/15/2010 at 02:40 PM ET

Jessica Simpson's Engagement Ruby RingCourtesy Neil Lane; Inset: Chance Yeh/Sipa

When it came to picking out the perfect engagement ring for Jessica Simpson, beau Eric Johnson knew it had to be truly special. “Eric wanted the most romantic, beautiful, special ring for Jessica,” celebrity jeweler Neil Lane tells PEOPLE exclusively. The result? A three-stone Lane sparkler with a large central ruby — over 5 carats! — flanked by two pear-shaped diamonds, also more than five carats. While the ruby just so happens to be Simpson’s birthstone, the gem “represents love,” says Lane. “The ruby is a stone of love and it is the most romantic gem and it’s very rare and very, very special.” Sources tell us Simpson was “totally surprised” by the proposal and thrilled by the ring. Nice work, Eric! ––Elizabeth Leonard

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Vera on

I don’t think I would’ve wanted that for an engagement ring, but then again, I’m not the one getting married to him. It’s a nice ring and I’m sure he paid a bit of money since it 10 carats t.w.

I don’t know. I’ve seen engagement rings that weren’t traditional diamonds and they looked better than Jessica’s. But I wish them well. This just might work.

Shel on

I think the ring is beautiful (although I think it would look even better in silver or platinum) and am hapy for Jessica and her beau. I wish them nothing but the best, Jessica deserves happiness!

Kim on

I think he did a great job on the ring. My engagement ring is about 11 carts of African Sapphires’ between three stones. My Husband knew my favorite color is dark blue, we married in september which is sapphire birthstone. And our daughter was born in September later on. I would rather have a ring I like than be stuck with something you can get any where…Diamonda are over rated. Have several but I never where them I stick to Emeralds, Rubies and Sapphires

kjc on

While I love the idea behind the ring, I don’t really love the setting. I think the Ruby was a wonderful idea for her engagement ring.

I think Jessica gets a bad rap a lot of the time, and I hope that changes. I wish her all the best, and truly hope this works out for her.

Annie on

Each to their own. Only in the U.S. do engagement rings have to be all diamonds and look like you have to beat the Jones’s. Rubies of this quality are sometimes harder to come by than diamonds, and therefore are more valuable. It is a gift from the heart, something which a few of you could not relate to, as you appear to be missing that one vital organ. Not very classy of you girls, if I may say so. Congratulations to the Happy Couple!

L.C. on

I like it and if each stone is five carats it must be something else in person. Its different. Good for her, hope she finds happiness.

Kathy on

Looks like a bug with wings spread for take-off. I like unique stones but this setting isn’t very pretty. Not a nice engagement ring. :)

Sandra on

Wow, people here are truly miserable. Someone just got engaged and all you can do is spout hatred. Its a beautiful ring and if he put thought into it I’m sure Jessica is thrilled. I wish them well.

BECKY WRIGHT on

JESS HOW PRETTY i love it!!!!!!!!!

skuttlebut on

Does anyone not remember her engagement ring to Nick? Exact same concept…..2 pear shaped diamonds on both sides of a big solitare stone. I’m just sayin’

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