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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kristina on

man, people can’t be happy for her! Let her live her life and be happy. we don’t know them and it’s not our place to judge her. Because she is engaged about the same time as her ex, she has to be in competition with him? Why can’t she just be a woman in love who wants to marry? everyone else can move on, why can’t she? I think the story behind the ring is romantic, however not a fan.

Lynne on

Don’t care for the ring. A tad gaudy for my tastes, but then again so is Ms. Simpson.

Jessica on

In reply to a comment made-granted, her ring is not all that traditional and those 3 stones together just dont work (at all)-Pear shaped rings are beautiful, and very vintage. They run in my family and I also have an amazing pear shape ring. Everyone has their own taste in diamonds and style is personal. Dont be so quick to knock the Pear…

Kim on

I love it!!!! Who says engagement rings have to be diamonds thats nothing more than debeers running up the price of them. My husband gave me a 3k Tanzantie( more expensive than a 3k diamond)surrounded by diamonds as an engagement ring and I couldnt be happier or prouder of it! go ahead ladies who want diamonds try and insure them, you wont get half of what whomever paid for them!

Jon on

I like The PHOTO, that’s nice to hear!

Laura on

My first marriage ended in divorce so when I became engaged again I wanted something a little different then the traditional solitaire. We did a art-deco antique looking thing…and I really liked that just like our relationship, it wasn’t traditional.

Good for Eric for having the guts to do his own thing.

jada on

Wow…talk about caddy women…are some of you jealous ??
Shame on some of you !!
You are going marry the man not ring !!

Lovely on

I think Eric did a great job by picking out a different ring….This is her second time getting married why get white diamond ring again. Who knows different color ring different luck this time….Wish ya’ll both the best :) of happiness!

redheadgrrl on

And! Ruby is her birthstone since she’s a July baby. I would have wanted it in white gold or platinum though!

jill on

The ring sort of looks like a bug.

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