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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Lisa on

What’s a Snooki?


I really dont like the ring
looks cheap to me nothing special really
I bet snookie paid for the ring her self

milan on

cheap looking
nothing special about this ring
I bet snookie paid for here own RING !!!!!

frankc354 on

the ring looks just as fake as she does

Felicia on

my engagement ring and 2 wedding bands (one on top, one on bottom) were 7 grand all together, and there stunning. And the only reason we even had that money to spend was that fact it was won money. But spending 55 grand…. I can think of at least a hundred things I’d rather buy with that amount of money!

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