All About Paul McCartney's Art Deco Engagement Ring!

05/11/2011 at 10:00 AM ET

Paul McCartney Engagement Ring
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All you need is love … but a dazzling ring sure doesn’t hurt. When Paul McCartney proposed to his girlfriend, New York businesswoman Nancy Shevell, he wanted a ring that was “very special, different and rare,” says celebrity jeweler Neil Lane, who worked with McCartney, 68, on picking out the perfect sparkler. “He was very excited and very serious about finding the right one because he wanted something truly exceptional.” McCartney’s choice? A rare 5-plus carat diamond art deco ring from Lane’s archival collection. Set in platinum with a flawless round, central diamond, the ring has strips of black onyx along the sides. “It has a beautiful vintage feel to it,” says Lane. “Very romantic, elegant and glamorous but with a bit of cool glitz and rock and roll.” As for how the proposal went over with Shevell, 51, Lane says, “They’re thrilled and totally in love.” Fun fact: “[McCartney] was walking around with the ring for weeks and he said it was burning a hole in his pocket!” Lane says. “But he was waiting to pop the question at the right moment. They’re truly happy together!” For all the details on the couple’s engagement, check out the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.Elizabeth Leonard

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Liz on

I love Art Deco and the ring is stunning!

Jessica freeman on

Very nice choice! You can’t go wrong with Neil Lane!

Jon on

I like The PHOTOS, The Ring is so pretty! Also, I’m glad Then WWE Superstar, Hacksaw Jim Duggan, survived Kidney Cancer back in 1998!

Jon on

I wish Hugh Laurie the best with his new Album! Also, I hope The 8th Season of House isn’t his last?

Darian on

Very pretty ring!

Janet on

I love this ring, it’s gorgeous, elegant … perfect! I wish Paul much happiness with this lovely lady, she is gorgeous, elegant and perfect for him too, in my opinion!

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Becky on

The ring is gorgeous. But, check out the gold and turqoise bracelet. It is stunning.

Dee on

Oh Paul. Still cute after all these years. Can’t you just seem him all excited and goofy picking out that ring? And god, what a ring. Look, we all know it’s the relationship that counts, not the ring, but it really is sweet when a man (or woman) takes so much time to pick out something special for their partner.

Ed T on

Want to find out if she’s the one? Take her crusin down Route 66 !

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