All About Snooki's 5-Carat Engagement Ring

03/08/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Snooki Engagement RingCourtesy B&B Jewelers; Inset: Sonia Recchia/WireIm

At the end of last year, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi took then-boyfriend Jionni LaValle to B&B Jewelers to pick up her birthday present from her dad — a set of diamond bangles — but she also pointed out her favorite engagement ring settings while they were in the store. What she didn’t realize at the time was that her beau of a year and a half was taking notes.

“She wanted something very nice, something that’s gonna be timeless and with diamonds all around,” Ben Bekdas, the store’s owner, tells PEOPLE. “And that’s what he actually got her.”

Bekdas says that LaValle, 24, came back after that initial visit with specific ideas for the ring, and collaborated with the store’s staff until they came up with the perfect design: an eternity band containing two carats of diamonds and a central 3.2-carat princess-cut stone set in platinum — estimated at around $55,000. Last month, LaValle picked up the ring (first seen on RumorFix.com) and later proposed to Polizzi, 24, who is expecting their first baby.

“They’re phenomenal stones,” says Bekdas. “And it was all custom-built the way they asked for it.”

–Lesley Messer

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Sammi on

Not as tacky as I expected! Nice choice

Your mom! on

Please tell me what he does that he can afford this ring? This makes me think MTV paid for this ring and it’s gonna be another Kim and Kris production!

Arizona on

This ring looks cheap…Also why can’t women celebrate the relationship and forget about expensive, flashy rings. Its about the commitment and the love you have for one another. They only care about how much the men spend, and if its not enough, they b*tch… People like her is what’s wrong with this nation.

Jon on

Eh, the ring is ok!

krps on

Arizona, you said:
This ring looks cheap…Also why can’t women celebrate the relationship and forget about expensive, flashy rings. Its about the commitment and the love you have for one another. They only care about how much the men spend, and if its not enough, they b*tch
So you first say the ring looks cheap, and then you go off on women for only caring about an expensive flashy ring….so you just contradicted yourself since your first sentence judged the ring as not being expensive enough for your taste. Think before you type.

Tracy on

What a waste of perfectly good diamonds!

Molly on

$55,000 would have been a nice start to the baby’s college fund or a downpayment on a home. I realize she’s banking on her fame now, but down the road good investments will be worth more to this young family than a fancy ring.

S Miller on

Just something else to fight over in the divorce the way I see it.

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Nire on

How does a no name 24 year old afford this? Please, I’d really like to know. No disrespect, I honestly want to know.

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