Not a week has gone by since Vanessa Minnillo started flashing her huge Asscher-cut engagement ring from Nick Lachey, and that wily Jessica Simpson goes and one-ups her with her own ring finger news – namely, a ruby red engagement rock from her beau of six monhts, Eric Johnson.
Another ‘shocker’? Simpson’s ring comes from celebrity designer, Neil Lane, who seems to have a monopoly on newsworthy engagement rings these days. And this one is a real tongue-wagger.
Here’s the blingy backstory:
“Eric wanted the most romantic, beautiful, special ring for Jessica,” Lane tells PEOPLE. The result? A three-stone Lane sparkler with a stunner of a central ruby flanked by two pear-shaped diamonds – each stone weighing over 5 carats. Estimates put the ring at around $100,000, (which is a bit less than the rock Vanessa got. But who’s counting?)
While the ruby just so happens to be Simpson’s birthstone (she was born in July), 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.”
Stealing the spotlight from your ex? Also special.
Who’s dreaming of a ‘red’ Christmas? You know who you are! Here are a few affordable buying options:
Still not sold? Click here to see the other singing celeb who recently got hitched with a ruby on her ring finger.
Don’t worry – I refuse to subject you jewelry hounds to a diatribe about the ridiculous Jessica Simpson weight gain controversy. It’s called “fluctuation” people. Deal with it.
Let’s focus on the positive, now, shall we?
Tony Romo’s main squeeze helped announce the 44th Academy of Country Music Awards nominations yesterday at the Ford Theater in Nashville, and she showed up looking beautiful in the genre’s favorite accessory – big ol’ jewelry.
Gi-normous earrings have made a regular showing on the red carpets lately, and Jessica’s bejeweled tear-drop danglers could outshine any of them. Also front and center was a long black and gold beaded chain necklace that added a splash of sparkle to her LBD and “Bad-Sandy” in Grease leather blazer.
But Simpson is no stranger to fashion. Her retail empire has a cult following among fashionistas (check out this confessional from Glamour blogger, Tracey Lomrantz), and she just announced an expansion of her jewelry offerings with a new line called Cactus Flower.
According to WWD, Cactus Flower jewelry will feature bright colors and Swarovski crystals with a beachy vibe inspired by Saint-Tropez. And recessionistas will be happy to know the line is available in department stores like Dillards and Macys and has pricepoints ranging from $18-25.
Take that Carrie Underwood!
In the meantime, Simpson is bringing her newly stiffened upper lip to New York’s Madison Square Garden tonight where she continues her tour with Rascal Flatts.
Bring on the bling, sister! And leave the high-waisted jeans at home this time. Just a thought…