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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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lynn on

This love struck hefa, Please. She is so desparate to have a man that a monkey could have proposed. He is smart because she is a gold mine and why not milk her for all she is worth. He will get annoyed with her immature ways like the others.

mama on

I would have preferred a 5 carat diamond, flanked by rubies in a high cathedral setting. Now THAT would have been pretty while at the same time incorporating her birthstone.

Carol on

CONGRATULATIONS TO JESSICA FOR FINDING A MAN WILLING TO MAKE A COMMITTMENT ……….EVEN FOR THE SECOND TIME!!!

Jemma on

I have to say I am not a fan. My biggest issue is with the yellow gold. It just looks tacky to me. Rubies are gorgeous, but to me this is just a ruby ring…not an engagement ring.

Melissa on

I personally think the ring is gorgeous, I love gem stones. Mine is a 5ct.cushion cut African Amythest (deep purple) in a gold antique setting crested with 4 more carats of white diamonds. And its beautiful! Hats off to you Eric!!!

Brandie on

How long do you think this marriag is going to last. She is a mess and no one can be married to her for long

Crystal on

I love Jessica, but it does seem like this happened for all the wrong reasons. And I’m sorry but the ring is tacky, I don’t care how big it is. Jessica you should of stayed with Nick.

Nameless on

YOU PEOPLE ARE BRUTAL. I CAN’T NAME ONE OF HER SONGS BUT SHE SEEMS LIKE A DECENT PERSON. SHE HAS BEEN PUT THROUGH THE RINGER ENOUGH WHEN IT COMES TO INSULTS, NO?

ERIC IS MORE LIKELY TO HAVE CONSIDERED POSTPONING HIS PROPOSAL THAN ANNOUNCING IT…BECAUSE THEY LIKELY KNEW WHAT SO MANY PEOPLE WOULD SAY ABOUT THE TIMING. BUT SHOULD THEY SERIOUSLY POSTPONE THEIR OWN HAPPINESS BECAUSE OF WHAT OTHERS THINK?

LACHEY SEEMS LIKE A GOOD GUY. HE IS DOING JUST FINE. SIMPSON SEEMED SINCERELY HAPPY FOR HIM AND HE HAS WISHED HER THE VERY BEST SO PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO MOVE ON.

I DON’T LIKE HER GENRE OF MUSIC BUT GIVE THE GIRL A BREAK.

SCM on

What a joke!! Seriously, did they not think that this would look desperate. Not to mention the ring is one of the ugliest I have ever seen? I am sure Vanessa’s is much better.

Becca on

I think her ring is gorgeous! I love rings that are designed from the heart. They’re more meaningful. I hope Jessica and Eric have a fantastic life together.

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