Ashlee Simpson's Engagement Ring: Get All the Scoop (and Exclusive Photos) From Neil Lane Himself

01/14/2014 at 05:59 PM ET

Ashlee Simpson engagement ringCourtesy Neil Lane

When it came to creating an engagement ring for Ashlee Simpson, her love, actor Evan Ross, was not messing around. “He took it very seriously and it was a wonderfully intense process,” says L.A. jeweler Neil Lane, who worked closely with Ross, 25, over the last month to design a one-of-a-kind ring on a tight deadline.

“Evan was really, really sweet and he was looking for something beautiful, a unique ring that said everything: love, romance, beauty, character. He didn’t want anything traditional,” Lane says. After going through an array of design options, Ross spotted a ring from Lane’s vintage archival collection that had a marquise-cut diamond surrounded by small rubies, with an elongated navette style and vintage aesthetic. “When he saw it, his eyes widened and that was it,” says Lane. “But that was only the beginning.”

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Ashlee Simpson engagement ringCourtesy Neil Lane

Ross wanted to blend in design elements to evoke a more contemporary feel, so the two pored over sketches and traded ideas. Ross even consulted Simpson’s mother Tina (whose other daughter, Jessica, also has a Neil Lane engagement ring). “He wanted to do the right thing. This is a young fellow in love,” says the celebrity jeweler, who created a delicate diamond sleeve into which the original ring fit. “His taste level is exquisite and he wanted to make sure it was a perfect ring for his love.”

The new five-carat ring, set in platinum and gold, now boasts 140 white diamonds accented with small rubies. “Evan was blown away when he saw it!” says Lane, who admits it was a nail-biter getting it done before Ross and Simpson, 29, headed off to Hawaii last weekend. “It was non-stop until the last minute when Evan picked up the ring last Friday, but it was worth it. It’s one of the most beautiful rings I’ve ever done.” The verdict from Simpson? Says Lane, who spoke with Ross following the proposal, “She was overwhelmed! Oh my God, they are so in love.”

What do you think of the ring? Do you want a nontraditional ring for your engagement? Weigh in below!

–Elizabeth Leonard

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mrsmass on

How much does Neil lane pay People to talk about the fug rings that are always on here?

heather on

Are you sure this isn’t a prototype for this year’s superbowl ring?

Sarah on

the edges are going to be a pain- I had a ring that had triangle ends and kept cutting my finger…

I’m not overly in awe of the ring myself, but good for her if she likes it, each to their own

Liz on

I have to say I actually like it. It’s different than the same old boulder every other celebrity has.

Andrea on

Tacky just like the woman wearing it! Nothing beats a classic princess cut with simple diamonds on the side. These celebrities spend so much money on tacky rings only to divorce 3 months later. This won’t last!

Marsha on

I actually like it although it’s not my style. I would never wear it but it is very beautiful.

What does this kid do for a living besides have a famous mother?

Nic on

It looks like a blinged out class ring – yuck!

dustin on

beautiful ring!! so happy for them both!!

Stephanie on

It’s tacky. Just because someone has a ton of money..does not mean they have taste…

Moira on

I actually like the ring, just not as an engagement ring. I would wear it as a fashion ring since it’s certainly an interesting/unique piece. However, I suppose all that matters is that Ashlee likes it. So good for them!

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