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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me on

Snooky paid for his plane ticket to Italy. No way that he can afford a $55k ring.

Julie on

Arizona- not all women are like that. My husband bought me and engagement ring and said that if later on I wanted a bigger diamond that I could trade it in. I told him that I would never do that because he bought it for me and picked it out himself. I haven’t all this time that I have been with him, I have never complained about it as you have so put it. I would appreciate it if you didn’t put all of us women in that category.

IMO- I don’t like the look of it (but I am not the flashy type either). If they can afford that kind of ring more power to them (although I wish that they would have saved that money for their child).

yuck on

It is not classic, a princess cut for an engagement ring is trendy, tacky and just what one would expect from this useless individual.

jones on

How can he afford this unless he had help (from his parents, her or someone else)? I thought I read somewhere he was a student? He could have gotten her a nice, less costly ring and they could have made a down payment on a house or started a 529 for their baby.

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Penny Ford on

Can someone please tell me how he is affording this ring? Yes, it is very beautiful, but, seriously..if it wasn’t big enough she wasn’t going to accept it…WHATEVER!!!

guest on

Your mom!, I was wondering the same thing.

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Carrie on

Nire: My husband read an article about the Jersey Shore cast, Mike “the situation” gets $30,000 to appear at clubs, etc. So, unfortunately I think these people make more money than they should. Snooki maybe bought the ring, maybe Joinni’s family has alot of money. We don’t really know. It’s ridiculous really. My heart goes out to the people in Henryville, IN who lost all their memories, homes, lives…may God give them strength while Snooki porks up and rolls in all her money..

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