Chris Soules presented Whitney Bischoff with a 4-carat Neil Lane engagement ring featuring 115 individual diamonds

By Brittany Talarico
March 10, 2015 03:57 PM

When it came time to pick out the engagement ring for his future wife, Bachelor Chris Soules didn’t have any hesitation.

“He had certainty about the girl, and he had certainty with the ring,” jeweler Neil Lane, who designed the stunning 4-carat engagement ring, tells PEOPLE. “Once he weighed the options and mulled it over, he made his decision and he was certain.”

Courtesy Neil Lane

The ring Soules chose for fiancée Whitney Bischoff is a handmade diamond-and-platinum design featuring an emerald-cut diamond surrounded by 20 round brilliant-cut diamonds, accented by two tapered baguettes and further set with 92 smaller round diamonds. (That’s a total of 115 stones!)

“This particular ring has the strength of the emerald-cut diamond, which is a very sophisticated, beautiful stone, but then we have a sweetness with the little flourish of diamonds around the central diamond, which makes it feminine,” explains Lane.

The Bachelor and Bachelorette‘s go-to jewelry designer says Soules was drawn to all the intricate details of the ring, as well as the shape of the center stone.

“He knew that this ring took a lot of thought, and he liked that,” Lane adds. “He loved the rectangular cut of the diamond. Maybe it reminded him of the field!”

The stunning sparkler features high-clarity and high-color diamonds, and according to Lane is a perfect fit for the future Mrs. Soules.

“This ring really fits her,” he says. “She has a strong personality, but there’s a huge feminine part to her, and there’s a sophistication to her too. She likes detail – you can see it in her dress and you can see it in her style.”

And while Soules did seem a bit nervous while picking out the ring, Lane says it was more the anticipation at the thought of marrying the 29-year-old fertility nurse rather than any doubts about his choice.

Courtesy Neil Lane

“He was super excited,” Lane says. “He talked about her in such a glowing way. He just could see being with her. The guy was totally in love. He was effervescent about it.”

For more from our exclusive interview with Chris and Whitney, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday. What do you think of her gorgeous sparkler? Share your thoughts below.

Courtesy Neil Lane


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