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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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Yvette on

Congratulations to them! The ring is lovely and unique. People seem to forget that yellow gold is timeless. Every celebrity feels the need to have a enormous diamond ring with a halo setting to make it seem even larger. For many, it is just one big competition, instead of a symbol of two people in love. Jessica’s ruby and diamond ring sets her apart. By the way…it isn’t anyone’s business how he paid for the ring!

christine on

WOW, what a bunch of judgemental BOSSY people you are. If you DON’T CARE about what Jessica is doing THEN WHY ARE YOU READING YOU MORONS???

I think the ring is LOVELY! I have a yellow citrine in my engagement ring and I get numerous compliments for having something different from the norm. To me, diamonds look cheap and fake.

LYNDY on

OMG!!!!!!!! YOU ALL NEED TO GET A LIFE…. SORRY YOUR SO UNHAPPY WITH YOUR LIVE…. THE RING IS BEAUTIFUL JUST LIKE HER… AND YOU ALL KNOW IT…. TRY GETTING A LIFE. AND HOW DID HE PAY FOR IT IT’S CALLED A SAVINGS ACCOUNT……. RUDE PEOPLE

Dorothy on

He probably spent tons of money for this ring but it looks cheap and unpolished. Kenton was right on the money-something out of Cracker Jacks box.LOL

WehoWilly on

Why are all you,’Bitter Betty’s’ hate’n on J.S. and her ring?! So J.S. is being an Individual… she and E.J.
are thinking ‘out of the box’ with this engagement ring… after all, it is a 5 carat Ruby with 5 carats of Diamonds! And it is J.S. birthstone! And she’s the one who probably picked it out! Chill People! So Judgmental! I’ll bet you ‘Traditionalist’s’ are the ones who ALSO deny equal rights to same sex marriage! Petty,Petty,Petty!!! Get Over It! ”The times,they are a changin”… Open your mind… accept diversity… because if you keep wearing blinders and refuse to embrace change,you’re going to be left behind and remain un-enlightened.
Her ring suits her… it’s beautiful… it is their token of Love for one another… HATE-ers!

XXX on

BET SHE PAID FOR IT HERSELF.

shotgunwedding? on

Oh Please…Jess is engaged…no that wasn’t planned at all to one up her ex…lets face it shes not over him and her parading around with every guy she can to try to make him jealous is lonely and pathetic…grow up and the ring would look better by far in a platinum or white gold setting.

Toni-Ann on

I remember reading an article when Jesica and kick were first engaged…..it stated that she was not thrilled by her “five carat pear shaped diamond.” Apparently, she wanted something fancier…I wonder how shw really feels about this one. I was a fan of hers and rooted for her marriage to Nick Lachey. I became engaged to my husband of five years shortly after her show aired. Marriage isn’t something to be taken lightly…it needs to be worked on every single day. How can you divorce your wife less than a year ago and propose to another woman? Hollywood makes no sense and has no morals. I truly hope she knows what she is doing this time.

Prairie on

Congratulations. All the best. The ring is lovely. Enjoy a life of wedded bliss.

aefs on

Natalie – I have a pear-shaped diamond engagement ring surrounded by 2 emeralds. I have gotten countless compliments over the past 13 years of marriage. Keep in mind that everyone has different tastes.

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