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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nick on

felt compelled to write, THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A GOOD FUTURE INVESTMENT IN TODAYS ECONOMY, thank you…

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Dave on

Snooki Kardashian

Mike on

This dude makes that kind of money? doing what?

AuntieBigDigs on

OMG!!!!! Maybe he works!!! What is it anyones business where he got the money to pay for her ring??? And if you don’t care about a nice ring and a nice wedding that is your deal…Why do they have to bend to your liking…And as far as a college fund…I’m sure they will deal with that in their own time. You people need to stop trying to push your lifestyle on others…Good Grief…

Andrew Shapiro on

Its like putting a wedding dress on a PIG.

Andrew Shapiro on

It is amazing how a show can take 8 people all with not a whole brain between them and make them famous and rich. Now if they can only teach them how to speak that would be really amazing.

me2u on

this is a joke. I came get a huge CZ that looks just as nice, nice try lol.

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victor zeller on

I am totally sure MTV paid for the ring. How else would this guido get the money to buy it, not unless he is connected to the Mafia.

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