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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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d deee on

not all people with money are well known. you keep asking how he can afford something like this, really. my husband paid close to that for my ring, he isn’t famous. and our marriage is about love. any ring he would have put on my finger would have put a smile on my face.

cbsirote on

Like every1 else said what does Snookie’s other half do for a living to pay $55,000 for a ring. I bet ya she paid for it because he’s a nobody.

Arizona on

Julie- I wasn’t putting you in a category. If your husband chooses to buy you a ring on his own thats fine. My sister’s husband bought her a gorgeous ring, and I didn’t peep about it. All I was trying to say was that many celebrities and women who are with wealthier men, demand an expensive ring. I believe Snookie said once that if her boyfriend didn’t buy her a huge ring, she would say no, try again. My point was…and for anyone else who wishes to criticize me… that a marriage isn’t about material objects, its about love and that these women are ruining the sanctity of marriage. Just because you choose to have a beautiful ring doesn’t mean you’re in a category with Kim Kardashian or Snookie… Ugh

Jennifer Aniston on

Snooki is the prototypical Democrat woman.

Buck on

I predict this marriage will not even last as long as the Kardashians. These people are all shallow and self serving. They do it for the publicity.

susan on

All I have to say is where did HE get the $55K to pay for it? If that kid is dishing out 55K for a ring, then obviously my husband and I are not doing something right!

Ryan on

That ring is weak. Only 55K for such a “Big” Star. It’s obvious a cheap rock at 3.2 should be alot more that that.

sweet_thing on

He may have had the ring custom designed but she paid for it.

cindy on

how is she even able to reproduce?! she makes me sick!

dr procto on

Goodness, all the snarky comments about Snooki! No matter what one thinks of her, she is obviously smarter than the rest of us, or she wouldn’t be enjoying the fame and fortune that she is. Maybe she is an object of ridicule, but she can take that all the way to the bank. Pay me enough money and you can laugh at me all day, and I will still have the last laugh.

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