PHOTO: See Randy Houser's 300-Diamond Engagement Ring!

08/23/2011 at 06:00 PM ET

Randy Houser Engagement Ring
Courtesy of King Jewelers; Inset: Alicia Katy Photography

When country singer Randy Houser proposed to fellow singer-songwriter Jessa Lee Yantz, he did it with a stunning diamond ring.

But that was just the beginning of the jewelry’s journey.

After Yantz said yes, Houser took the bauble back to Nashville-based King Jeweler, where he bought it. Then, together with jeweler David King, Houser and Yantz customized the ring with additional diamonds to reflect the bride-to-be’s style. The completed piece is composed of almost 5.5 carats of brilliant-cut diamonds (totaling more than 300 stones!) set in 18-karat gold with a double diamond halo.

“The complexity of a handmade ring of this degree was a great challenge, but the creative input and passion from both Randy and Jessa helped us create something not only gorgeous and brilliant, but tasteful and timeless,” King tells PEOPLE.

“Custom designing the ring for Randy and Jessa was an enjoyable and creative process,” adds the jeweler. “Randy is such a cool, laid-back guy who really loves her so much, and Jessa is an artistic young woman with an amazing eye for design, which made the process really fun and easy.” Tell us: What do you think of the customized ring?

–Rennie Dyball

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Ruby on

Looks like it came from a gumball machine. And just so they know, a big diamond does not mean a great marriage. Good grief. People are losing their homes and these yahoos spent probably $1,000,000 on an engagement ring.

Jennifer on

I bet this ring was perfect before he added to it! there are just a few too many diamonds for me. But all that matters is that she likes it.

tammy paxton on

That ring is amazing!!!

Ashley on

The ring is most definitely stunning! But, people need to remember that the ring doesn’t make the marriage..

Jamy on

So…. he proposed but hadn’t bought the ring?

vcio on

In a time where the economy hasn’t recovered, people are losing Social Security, part of the world are in serious turmoil like Libya, we consider 300 anddiamond engagement rings news? I consider it to be another over the top display of excess in a time when people need more substance, less style. Shame on People and shame on them both.

DONNA on

Stunning, just beautiful….. It is a little on the large side but I think he did a wonderful job in designing it….. She is a very lucky gal…..

jb on

That’s ridiculous!! Another example of conspicuous consumption! It would be so much nicer if he had presented her with a decent size ring and they then donated the remaining amount to help those in need. Shame on them.

karla on

The clairty and cut look to be very clear and brilliant. The surrounding diamonds set the background for beautiful center cut flair.
Looks like it would retail for about 78,000.
Congrats even though I dont know these people from Adam.

JAMTX on

Oh yes, feed Africa and get the world out of debt. How does one know these people do not already give a portion of their money to charity? Are these people supposed to give all their money away to the poor? It’s all relative. I suppose others could give up their internet and use that money to feed the poor….not sure why these people are supposed to solve the world’s problems??

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