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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Tina on

I’m happy for her. Hope it works out. As for the ring? A ruby for an engagement ring? Nah! I could see if the center stone was a diamond, flanked by rubies. But the main stone a ruby? Doesn’t look like an engagemnt ring. I hope she didn’t make a mistake and assume it was an engagement ring. And for those who mentioned ruby being more expensive than a diamond. NOT! Diamond is the most precious stone. Diamond and ruby of same size? Diamond is more expensive.

Lisa on

For all of you saying ‘not my style’, well, did you consider he wasn’t proposing to YOU? As long as Jessica loves the ring, that’s all that matters!

meggy on

i agree, looks like something out of a cracker jack box. as samantha said in SATC, “wrong ring, wrong guy!”

K on

I agree that white gold or platinum would have been a better setting, the yellow gold competes with the ruby. I’m a big fan of colored stone engagement rings, I have a diamond flanked by sapphires, but not this style for the stones.

It is a bit tacky she had to jump out with her engagement. Very ‘look at me’. The length of the courtship just seems to be bad news for the long term…..

darlene on

Diffinitely not my taste. As far as rubies being far more expensive then diamonds, FLH, that depends on the cut and quality of the ruby. Diamonds can also be far more expensive then a ruby depending on it’s cut and quality. This ring just isn’t attractive to me. I love to how People is releasing story after story on Jessica and her engagement and ring. The whole timing seems to me to grab the thunder away from Nick and Vanessa and it seems to be working. Willing to bet though she’ll be divorced way before Nick and Vanessa.

Angie on

Good luck to them both. She deserves happiness.

Boston on

It is hard to believe that people have such miserable things to say. This poor girl has been abused by the press and she continues to press on. For all of you who have negative things to say because it is not a “traditional” diamond, she had a diamond the first time around and it didn’t save her marriage. I think that it is nice that he is trying to give her something that is unique to her and to them. A ruby is extremely romantic and rare, I bet that she is thrilled that he put so much though into it. This girl deserves to be happy and I hope that she has found happiness with this guy.

Choyce2020 on

Glad Jessica & her BF love the ring, personally
I would have preferred an classically adorned
4-5 karat diamond ring. Diamonds have a re-
markable, sparkle to them that most precious
stones can’t be compared to (granted it must be
a high quality Grade A,B,C,D,or E.) Well, to
each his/her own.

Lisa on

Everybody deserves happiness, why can’t people just be happy for Jessica. She Is a beautiful person. Good Luck, and God Bless.

HKG on

I think it would have been a lot prettier- and less cracker-jacky if it had been set in white gold or platinum… I do love the idea of colored stones in the engagement ring. Though my center stone is diamond, it is flanked on either side with trillion-cut sapphires… and I get so many compliments on it… even five years later. =)

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