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Ashlee Simpson's Engagement Ring: Get All the Scoop (and Exclusive Photos) From Neil Lane Himself

01/14/2014 at 05:59 PM ET

Ashlee Simpson engagement ringCourtesy Neil Lane

When it came to creating an engagement ring for Ashlee Simpson, her love, actor Evan Ross, was not messing around. “He took it very seriously and it was a wonderfully intense process,” says L.A. jeweler Neil Lane, who worked closely with Ross, 25, over the last month to design a one-of-a-kind ring on a tight deadline.

“Evan was really, really sweet and he was looking for something beautiful, a unique ring that said everything: love, romance, beauty, character. He didn’t want anything traditional,” Lane says. After going through an array of design options, Ross spotted a ring from Lane’s vintage archival collection that had a marquise-cut diamond surrounded by small rubies, with an elongated navette style and vintage aesthetic. “When he saw it, his eyes widened and that was it,” says Lane. “But that was only the beginning.”

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Ashlee Simpson engagement ringCourtesy Neil Lane

Ross wanted to blend in design elements to evoke a more contemporary feel, so the two pored over sketches and traded ideas. Ross even consulted Simpson’s mother Tina (whose other daughter, Jessica, also has a Neil Lane engagement ring). “He wanted to do the right thing. This is a young fellow in love,” says the celebrity jeweler, who created a delicate diamond sleeve into which the original ring fit. “His taste level is exquisite and he wanted to make sure it was a perfect ring for his love.”

The new five-carat ring, set in platinum and gold, now boasts 140 white diamonds accented with small rubies. “Evan was blown away when he saw it!” says Lane, who admits it was a nail-biter getting it done before Ross and Simpson, 29, headed off to Hawaii last weekend. “It was non-stop until the last minute when Evan picked up the ring last Friday, but it was worth it. It’s one of the most beautiful rings I’ve ever done.” The verdict from Simpson? Says Lane, who spoke with Ross following the proposal, “She was overwhelmed! Oh my God, they are so in love.”

What do you think of the ring? Do you want a nontraditional ring for your engagement? Weigh in below!

–Elizabeth Leonard

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Nom on

It is magnificent.

Huh? on

I’m probably showing my age, but who is this guy, and how can he afford a ring like that?

Jan on

I agree with the Superbowl comment. What were they thinking.

Karen on

Where will her wedding band fit with that big of a ring? I guess they do a 2 in one? Her engagement will be her wedding?

anaiulia on

i actually love the ring. they seem absolutely adorable together. congrats to them.

Jillie on

I’m sure they could care less what all you people think.

shawna on

Come on people… This ring looks as though it is antique ..eight of John Jacob Astor’s mistress finger! It’s a beautiful ring and nothing new as far as design. A tweak or two of something old and something new…so glad he can afford it.

Camera on

And what kind of wedding band could one begin to put with that ring?

Dee on

I only have one thing to say to Mr Ross. Iron-clad pre-nup dude .

heather on

Jillie, the saying is “couldn’t care less.”

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