See the Engagement Ring LeBron James Splurged On

01/03/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

LeBron James Engagement Ring
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What a pair — and what a pear! LeBron James proposed to longtime girlfriend Savannah Brinson on New Year’s Eve, and over the weekend, the lucky lady flashed her brand-new bling: a pear-shaped diamond flanked by two glimmering baguettes.

James — whose salary will top $16 million this season — popped the question during a celebratory dinner at SL nightclub at the Shelborne hotel in South Beach. The couple’s children, LeBron Jr., 7, and Bryce, 4, were on hand to celebrate with mom and dad, too.

“It was so sweet to watch,” a rep for Remy Martin V, who hosted the dinner, tells PEOPLE. “Everyone is extremely happy.”

The party, co-hosted by Heat teammate Dwyane Wade and his girlfriend Gabrielle Union, was also a belated birthday celebration for James, who turned 27 the day before. Heat star Chris Bosh (who tied the knot lavishly in July) and Queen Latifah were also on the guest list of 60 friends and family members.

“A person like myself always needs a great sidekick and a person you can rely on no matter the circumstances. And she’s that,” James told Harper’s Bazaar of Brinson in 2010. “She’s got my back, and I love her for that.”

–Kate Hogan, with reporting by Linda Marx

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Sojourner Marable Grimmett on

Beautiful couple! Congratulations!

TH on

A beautiful ring for a beautiful girl! Love them

guest on

How sweet! I’m glad they waited until they felt right!

Ok on

@ Truth, I bet you do not take care of your kids. They have been living as a family in the same house. So enough, it is just a ring. I am willing to bet their relationship has lasted longer than your marriage.

Born Here on

THe kids weren’t planned. Trust me. So he waited 8 years to see how she’d play him. Ever hear of a condom dumb dumb.

Shawn on

It won’t last. He could not Cleveland, why should he commit to her. Hope he treats her better than he treated Northeast Ohio when he leaves.

DJ on

Did he call her a sidekick? wow…ok…

Truth on

@ OK: My wife and I have 25 years of marriage and 2 happy kids almost through college. And that’s not “just a ring” it is a life-long commitment. Something they should have had the character to make before they or anyone else brings into the world what is truly a life-long obligation_for the “parents”, or the society that too often has to bear it for them

Lasse Jaakola on

It’s not the size of the ring or the value. I hope that his marital union doesn’t go the way of the LA Lakers star, Kobe Briant. She will surely come out ahead. Too bad for Kobe. Having gone through a divorce myself, it isn’t pretty, especially if kids are involved.

Stacy on

Oh wonderful…wish them much happiness!

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