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EXCLUSIVE: All About Nicole Richie's Engagement Ring

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When Nicole Richie fessed up during a Monday taping of the Late Show with David Letterman (airing on Friday, February 19) that she and Joel Madden were engaged, all eyes immediately fell on the stunning sparkler on her left hand. So what’s the low-down on Richie’s engagement bling? The handmade, round diamond ring is over four carats and is the work of celeb jeweler Neil Lane. “Nicole wanted a beautiful, special ring and wanted to be intimately involved in the design,” Lane tells PEOPLE exclusively. So over the last month, Richie and Lane poured over options and collaborated on the design, with Lane finishing it up just last week in time for Richie’s Letterman appearance. “Nicole was lovely and wonderful to work with on it! We designed it together,” says Lane. As for Madden’s input, well, he left it all to the bride-to-be, says Lane. “Joel just wanted her to have her dream ring.” –-Elizabeth Leonard