EXCLUSIVE: The Story Behind Jessica Simpson's 'Romantic' Ruby Ring!

11/15/2010 at 02:40 PM ET

Jessica Simpson's Engagement Ruby RingCourtesy Neil Lane; Inset: Chance Yeh/Sipa

When it came to picking out the perfect engagement ring for Jessica Simpson, beau Eric Johnson knew it had to be truly special. “Eric wanted the most romantic, beautiful, special ring for Jessica,” celebrity jeweler Neil Lane tells PEOPLE exclusively. The result? A three-stone Lane sparkler with a large central ruby — over 5 carats! — flanked by two pear-shaped diamonds, also more than five carats. While the ruby just so happens to be Simpson’s birthstone, the gem “represents love,” says Lane. “The ruby is a stone of love and it is the most romantic gem and it’s very rare and very, very special.” Sources tell us Simpson was “totally surprised” by the proposal and thrilled by the ring. Nice work, Eric! ––Elizabeth Leonard

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Kenton on

Looks like something outta Cracker Jacks.
Whatever, dude, I think they’re doing this to one up her ex. Well, dude knows how to play games.

Brittany on

I am a traditional girl at heart. I think it was a great idea, but not for an engagement ring. Not my taste sorry.

Danielle on

I love unique engagement rings. Nothing says it has to be all diamonds. Look at the royals. They give colored stones. I think it is beautiful.

Natalie on

I am trying to be nice. So, I will just say…not my style. ( I will also say that I do no know a woman whose style is anyway associated with a pear shaped diamonds). Damn! I was going to be nice….

FLH on

Expensive, given that rubies are far more expensive than diamonds… curious as to how he paid for such a ring..given he hasn’t drawn a salary for a few years….

ann on

Lets see how long this one will last….she is a HASBEEN so maybe he will marry her and take her away…..they are not a good looking couple!

Momof2 on

I have to agree with the previous post that unfortunately the ring does look like it come out of a Cracker Jack box. Perhaps the ring would make a nice special occasion gift for a birthday or Valentine’s Day, but not for an engagement ring.

bell on

Just saying (and maybe it looks different in person) but the setting looks faulty, almost fake.

Rachel on

I think it is a great idea!! My engagment ring is a pink sapphire!! I love it!!

Anna on

I just love rubies! But the colour of the stone matches better with whitegold or so. I think it is a classic romantic ring.

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