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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Julie on

That is not one pretty ring at all. Ugh. Would look better with a Silver or Platinum band than gold.

Terry on

Wow, Ann, what a sweet and classy girl you must be, vicious much?

lucy on

I think it is sad that people can’t say anything nice. It just shows how miserable you people are in your own lives so lets feel sorry for you. Not two people who just got engaged!

TM on

Honestly…look at all you haters. Who cares if the ring is not your taste, who cares how close the proposal was to her ex’s. All you drama lovers have WAY to much time on your hands. Congratulations on happiness!

Ally on

It’s funny how people get so wrapped up in the ring and not the sentiment behind it. Seems like he went out of his way to pick out something special, which should be all that matters. My fiance found me a beautiful natural sapphire ring flanked by two diamonds. It’s not something I would have picked out myself, but it’s so much more special because I know how hard he worked to find something so unique.

Serena on

to each their own …everyone has their own taste and style. Happy for Jessica that she has found love again!

Regarding the comment about a ruby being more expensive than a diamond … that is false. A diamond is the most expensive and next in line is the blue sapphire.

Sweets on

I wish them all the best, who cares about what other people have to say NEGATIVE people reap negative things get a life and leave them alone. The ring is beautiful and if they are happy who care’s what anyone has to say about it.

rene on

is her ex a has been? she has been supporting him for all theses yrs. she is a business woman who has her own line of shoes, purses etc.when they broke up they both lost their careers.she has more money than he has.

joanna on

Same week as her X hubby, wow She just couldn’t
stand it.

jan on

I wish she were taking it slower….this whole relationship seems strange. Where does he get his money? He couldn’t make it in the NFL… The ink isn’t even dry on his divorce papers and he can cough up a ring like this???? This whole courtship and engagement seems hurried and a little haphazard. She seems like a sweet girl, I hope he isn’t using her for his own gain, but I have a gut feeling that he is…..I wish her dad would talk to her and ask her to slow this down. This whole thing has an odd “feel” to it….

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