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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realitychic on

Wow,just wow. ALl this hate when you could be somewhere else & having fun with something or someone you really like.
I am thrilled for Jessica & seeing the meaning behind RUBIES for engagement rings & the thought that went behind this ring & why the date was possible chosen(please go to sweethazards.com) but believe it or not there is a lot of feeling went into this ring & it could not possibly be frm a display case & not made since NICK got engaged. ERIC had this in mind & 11/11 means something to the two of them.
Why not be happy for everyone & wish them well on there futures together.
Jessica is a special young woman with an open heart & compassion for all. She wears her heart on her sleeve.
The hate & ridicule directed at this young woman boggles my mind that so many people sit & dwell on it or spend time with it.
People there is a message being given out there to stop BULLYING so please think about it. STOP BULLYING BECAUSE YOU THINK IT IS ENTERTAINING. IT”S NOT.

Jenn on

I like unique engagement rings also, so I think it’s interesting. This will definitely set her new engagement ring apart from her last one.

Sky on

Crackerjack box – really! Valentine gift? This is not a garnet. Are you guys all 12 yo? Rubies that are good quality (and not made in a laboratory), are rare and are far more expensive than many diamonds. Much more unique also for this purpose.

It is stunning and significant. My birthstone is a diamond and I would much rather have a ruby.

I commend Eric for his great taste and the thought and intention he put into choosing it.

Sounds like a good one, Jessica, don’t push this guy away.

robefan on

I hope she has a good pre-nup because this aint going to last long!

Ruby on

Well I think you are all VERY rude to this beautiful couple!! I for one love Jessica and whatever her fiance’s name is. The ring is the most beautiful thing I’ve seen in forever! I think I will go to the mall and buy myself a knockoff version right now!

Stacy Gekiere on

I also have a July birthday and have rubies in my wedding band, love ’em. I’d love a big red engagement ring.

Cyndi Rodabaugh on

Now thats what I call a Engagement Ring !!!! WOW he is a keeper Jess – He really put a lot of thought into this ring for you !! Im Very Happy for you both – May God Bless You Both FOREVER !!!!!!

Katalina on

Although I would have choosen a different shape for the diamonds the ruby is an excellent pick. Good job!

anna on

My engagement ring, which I received 15 years ago, is also a Ruby flanked by diamonds. I think it is beautiful!

Larissa on

I do not believe that the people speaking negative are haters! From the time she divorced Nick she has went through more bad relationships and loved loved these men. I actually felt sorry for her she was looking for love and it actually became annoying. With her record with men I do feel she is rushing into this and i truly believe she wanted to takem the attention away from Nick. Nick showed that the divorce was not his fault he is capable of having a long term relationship and then take the next step. He is a mature man who she regrets listening to her father to let him go.
She has always wanted to marry before Nick and it will either be this wont work out or he will make sure she is down that aisle before Nick. She needs to grow up. If u notice nothing from the family just a little something from her obessed dad.

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