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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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sophie on

unfortunately, they are not no-names, but reality stars who make a lot of money. spending it like that won’t keep it around long, because (i hope) jersey shore won’t be airing for the next 30 years. but MTV and appearances are where that money has come from- i’m sure they are easily millionaires at this point. ah, america.

Heath on

Isn’t he a coach right now trying to be a teacher? How did he afford a 5 carat ring?

Kristin on

Are you frickin’ kidding me?!?!? HOW does a kid his age and a student, no less, afford this? Three letters: MTV. Such a waste of money when there are so many worthwhile things that money SHOULD have been spent on, like your kid’s future? Or is MTV going to pay for that, too? So very sad, and I’m worried about our future!

Meems on

From what I’ve read Jionni runs his own lucrative ATM business and that is why he seems like such a wet blanket on the show, he is very much into his work and a conservative guy. I don’t think he would have spent that much if he couldn’t afford it. And if you’re dumb enough to think she is like you see on tv you shouldn’t watch “reality”… This girl is actually very smart and was going to be a vet tech before she found “fame”… I say work it while you can because obviously after she has the baby there’s no more summers in the same type of shore house.

C on

Um, how did he pay for this???

Arizona on

Krps:
I was not contradicting myself, I was merely stating that for $55,000, the ring looks cheap. I myself, have one ring. Its a gold band and I didn’t force my husband to spend a lot of money because I didn’t care about the ring, I was focused on celebrating our relationship. So maybe you should think before you type. It was my opinion on the particular subject, and your comment was rude.

mrsmass on

he probably didn’t pay for it, she probably did. she did say she would tell him no if he got her a small ring, so i guess she had to bankroll it herself. not sure why he would want to marry this pig in the first place.

MM06840 on

I am sure she paid for her own ring herself LMAO

heather on

Big rings that cost a ton of money are a TOTAL WASTE to me. As is a giant wedding that cost a fortune.

hahahaha on

When’s the reality show about it? Haha.

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