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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Jamie on

Hate to say it but that is not a very pretty ring. I also find it funny how soon after Nick’s news she has her own. Rush much….

jj on

Does Eric have a job?

Carol on

Hey Jessica, Don’t listen to all these haters. I think the ring is beautiful. All that matters isthat you love each other. I think it was great that he made it so special. People who can think outside the box, are the best. I am so happy for you. I have been saying for years that everyone should just leave you alone and stay out of your business. Best of luck in the future!

Lisa on

she just seems so desperate! She left Nick, but was jealous of him dating, but she has been “in love (lust)” with so many guys….. slow down….

BECKY WRIGHT on

JESSICA IAM SOOOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU AND ERIC ENJOY! THE RING IS VERY PRETTY!IAM A HUGE FAN!GOOD LUCK!

Lisa on

looking at the ring, and imagining how huge it must be, looks like one of the gaudy rings on QVC or HSN!

Susan on

I am not a fan of the ring, but if she’s happy, it doesn’t really matter. I do think the timing of the engagement is very strange…one week after Nick announces his engagement? Hmmm…..

jo on

News Flash people…nobody cares what you think about the ring…it’s not yours…if it’s not your taste, so what…it’s not going on your chunky fingers, so save the critiques for the real pros…the ones who received it…

Rach on

I guess she paid for her own engagement ring, as I’m sure he has no money since he hasn’t worked in a while. I heard from other gossip pages that she foots the bill for everything they both do. I’m sure she is desperate enough to pay for her own engagement ring as well. She is pathetic!! Another divorce in the works for sure!!! Good for Nick for getting rid of this trainwreck.

Cathy on

Congratulations to the couple, best wishes.

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