All About Snooki's 5-Carat Engagement Ring

03/08/2012 at 09:00 AM ET

Snooki Engagement RingCourtesy B&B Jewelers; Inset: Sonia Recchia/WireIm

At the end of last year, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi took then-boyfriend Jionni LaValle to B&B Jewelers to pick up her birthday present from her dad — a set of diamond bangles — but she also pointed out her favorite engagement ring settings while they were in the store. What she didn’t realize at the time was that her beau of a year and a half was taking notes.

“She wanted something very nice, something that’s gonna be timeless and with diamonds all around,” Ben Bekdas, the store’s owner, tells PEOPLE. “And that’s what he actually got her.”

Bekdas says that LaValle, 24, came back after that initial visit with specific ideas for the ring, and collaborated with the store’s staff until they came up with the perfect design: an eternity band containing two carats of diamonds and a central 3.2-carat princess-cut stone set in platinum — estimated at around $55,000. Last month, LaValle picked up the ring (first seen on and later proposed to Polizzi, 24, who is expecting their first baby.

“They’re phenomenal stones,” says Bekdas. “And it was all custom-built the way they asked for it.”

–Lesley Messer


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Lydia Shay on

Right! A 24 year old kid from East Hanover NJ still going to school buys a $55,000 ring. Snooki is scamming once more – maybe she didn’t buy it – but she paid for it….Oh yeah…

mystic on

let me guess she brought it herself beacuse th does not have that kind of money

joebecca on

yeah, cuz all the commenters are so above this girl just living her life.. Shame on all of you!! I hope she makes it just to shut you all up. Don’t people have lives of their own anymore?? Trolling blogs is the new “living” I suppose. I bet all you haters coulnd’t even afford a 5,000 ring but you can talk about how much something should cost and if someone deserves it?? Why don’t you go look in the mirror. “Judge not, lest thee be judged”.


Anita on

A 1 carat diamond is around $4k so not sure what the $55k is about. the title says the ring is 5 carat and the article says 3.5 carat so who really knows what the ring is set for. I am sure the ring is beautiful but how would he afford to pay for a $55k ring? Either the show paid for it or she paid for her own ring.

Genius on

I am of the firm opinion that people who don’t live the Lavish lifestyles of these celebrities ALWAYS have complains & negative comments. If you were that fortunate where money was NO object believe me you would probably do WORSE than the wealthy people YOU knock.. All the negatives comes down to 1 thing. you are all saying “”GEZZZ I WISH I HAD MONEY LIKE THAT…..leave folks alone…THEY GOT IT LIKE THAT, Their KIDS college TUITION will be paid the mansions will be BOUGHT….&They will still have billions left over…

Rasputin on

Now if she could buy some class with that ring it would be an improvement to her crassness.

Susan on

Lovely ring but, how could he afford it ?????

amiedee on

first off its beautiful. these people talking about it are probably mad there spouse didnt get or didnt recieve a ring like this. if their marriage dont work its none of our business. they’re happy an thats what truly matters, not the COST or how he paid for it.why do you care? uhh people disgust me!!! congrats

laughable on

“it was all custom-built the way they asked for it” THEY, meaning she designed and payed for her own engagement ring.

Deborah McCabe on

$55,000 seems like a good but WHO paid for it? Did Snooki buy her own ring? I am getting weary of the priorities of the young. What is wrong with getting married, establishing yourselves, buy a home and THEN get pregnant. All these people are doing things backwards. Committ first to the relationship then have a baby.

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