Jeweler Neil Lane chats about the reality star's diamond-and-platinum sparkler, valued at $60,000

By Kate Hogan
August 02, 2011 08:30 PM

Courtesy Neil Lane

When it came to finding the perfect engagement ring, Ashley Hebert wasn’t messing around. In fact, celebrity jeweler Neil Lane hadn’t even met this season’s
when she began sharing ideas for her dream design.

“Ashley had cut-outs from magazines and pictures she’d downloaded from the Internet of rings she’d dreamed about,” says Lane, who collaborated with her before hand-making six ring options for Hebert’s suitors, Ben Flajnik and J.P. Rosenbaum, to choose from when vying for the final rose. “I understood what her fantasy princess ring was all about. It had to be delicate but have a presence and she wanted a central stone with diamonds on the band — a ring with a romantic feel that sparkled.”

And Rosenbaum’s winning pick? A 3.5-carat, central cushion-cut sparkler accented with 162 small, hand-set diamonds around a platinum band. “It has a vintage, 19th-century romantic feel, with soft edges, but with a contemporary look,” Lane says of the ring, valued at around $60,000. “Whichever way Ashley moves her finger, she sees sparkles.”

And, as Lane tells it, a whole lot of fireworks. “Once J.P. proposed and put the ring on her finger, they were inseparable,” he says. “They were kissing, laughing, hugging, more hugging, more laughing, and they couldn’t stop looking at the ring — and at each other.”

–Elizabeth Leonard

Bachelorette Ashley Hebert Engagement Ring

Courtesy Neil Lane