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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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Andrea on

Snooki’s following in Jessica Simpson’s foot steps… she too bought her own ring … This marrige will never last … she is just a train wreck …

andrew on

I believe the most commonly used way to spell (carat) would be with a K, like Karat. Snooki must of wrote this article.

jiboko on

I rather see $55k going toward 2 vehicles or buying a house. I have very nice diamond ring but I stopped wearing it about 15 yrs ago. Now I have tattoo on middle finger which is much simple and unique.

Joan on

Im with all the folks who want to know how he can afford this ring? At 24 I was still eating Ramen and Kraft Mac and Cheese. $55,000 was an impossible sum to me at that age. MTV had to have foot the bill.

peacebeme on

I am so curious what he does for a living! I figure she has to have more money than him…wonder how he afforded it.

Raindrops on

Stop Hating. No need to be jealous.

She got her’s her way and you got yours your way.

Ha ha ha ha

Tara on

Waste of money in this uncertain economy. Better to save and buy a moderate ring.

SILLYMAN MICHAELS on

LOOKS LIKE THIS JUNKY RING CAME FROM WALWART,I HAD A BETTER LOOKING RING THAT I GOT FROM A BOX OF CRACKER JACKS

Angie on

I just found out JS is all fake and they use a script so doesnt suprise me if MTV paid for the ring.

victory on

Nicole must have paid for that $55,000.00 ring herself, I can’t imagine this young guy she is marrying can afford a 5 carat ring. My 27 year old son is a banker and he just proposed to his girl. All he could afford is 1 carat, very good quality, and she cried when he gave it to her. Real love isn’t pushing your partner to financial ruin over a ring.

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