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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SouthSider1 on

So she bought her own ring? Why does that not surprise me.

Gina007 on

I’m just hoping she gives up alcohol while she’s pregnant :)

jovan lucarelli on

she bought her own ring lol

boohoobytch on

looks cheap and tacky like its owner so in theory, it’s perfect

ReineBrille on

A ring with 5 carats of diamonds for $55,000? They cannot be very high quality stones despite what the store owner says.

LOL! on

Krps, lighten up and think before YOU type, you judgemental jerk.

guest on

This won’t even last as long as the Kardashian atrocity, I bet.

Snooki having a baby doesn’t seem right at all. This poor kid will be used for attention and money.

Beverly B. on

How about not inundating us with “news” about this classless, talentless human being any more? I’d rather read about people who have actually accomplished something for a change, rather than being famous for bad behavior.

Amy on

Who honestly cares? Snookie’s 15 minutes of fame ended right around the time the Kardashian’s did. I don’t foresee this as a long marriage either, she’s just a greedy gal! “if the diamond’s not big enough, he can take it back” Seriously??? When did a proposal turn into it being ALL about the size of the ring??? It’s about a commitment to spend your lives together……..Man, get her off my tv and my screen, I’m sick of these idiots

Tia Loftee on

She bought her own ring.

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