See the $1 Million Ring Knicks Star Amar'e Stoudemire Proposed With

06/04/2012 at 04:00 PM ET

Amar'e Stoudemire Engagement Ring
Courtesy Shayan Afshar; Inset: Matt Baron/BEImages

When New York Knicks Captain Amar’e Stoudemire proposed to his longtime girlfriend Alexis Welch in Paris on Saturday, it seemed like things couldn’t get more romantic — until he pulled out the $1 million ring.

While overlooking the Eiffel Tower, Stoudemire surprised the mother of his three children with an 8.5-carat radiant-cut custom diamond ring designed with Los Angeles-based celebrity jeweler Shayan Afshar.

With a setting of 3.5 carats of flawless diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, “It was important for Amar’e that the ring was classic but modern at the same time,” Afshar tells PEOPLE. “He wanted to ensure that the setting complemented the stone rather than take away from it.”

Stoudemire poured his heart into the design and details, explains Afshar, who flew to New York to meet with the NBA star to discuss ideas before they began the design. “Alexis was the inspiration,” Afshar says. “He was looking for a minimalistic setting and he wanted her to love it. We played with a few options.”

The reaction to the final design said it all. “We rushed to finish up the ring so that he could take it with him to Paris,” Afshar says. “And Amar’e texted me to say it was perfect.”

–Jennifer Garcia

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Sherri on

GORGEOUS. STUNNING. AMAZING. Lucky girl :)

Denise Smith on

Finally! I wonder how many more children she had to have before he finally married her!

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Sarafina on

Minimalistic setting? I’d hate to think what his version of NOT minimalistic is…

Liz on

I agree with everyone who said that the ring is anything but minimalistic! At any rate, congrats to the engaged couple!!

Ashley on

Dang, you could feed all of Africa with that bling!

Jessica on

Very pretty. But I certainly wouldn’t call this a “minimalistic setting”

Joyce on

Yeah, if this is minimalistic, what’s the wedding ring going to look like? Plus, only white gold…not platinum? Really? I mean, if you’re gonna spend $1 million why not go platinum? But good luck to them! Hope we aren’t hearing about a divorce in a few short years.

Lily on

Sorry, but I find it slightly tacky, but then again, I won’t be wearing it and I guess they all have certain criteria of status…….

Gigi on

I see the angry, ring-less women are out in full force. The ring is gorgeous, the couple is gorgeous. Now go deal with your low-budget problems.

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