Mariah Carey is officially engaged to her boyfriend, James Packer. The Australian billionaire businessman, whom she met at a movie premiere in Aspen and started dating last summer, popped the question last night with a colossal 35-carat diamond and platinum engagement ring, seen here . Yes, we said 35 carats—just about the same size as both Kim Kardashian West’s and Beyoncé’s engagement rings combined. ( See article celebrity most expensive wedding rings) It’s even a couple of points up from Liz Taylor’s famously spectacular 33 carats courtesy of Richard Burton.
Packer called on jewelry designer Wilfredo Rosado, a friend of Carey’s for more than 25 years, to create the show stopping ring.
“I took the standards super high, and I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to,” says Rosado.
The design and construction took two weeks and an “army of craftsmen” that included measurement specialists and an expert well versed in the handling of such a large stone.
“What is really most interesting about the ring are the proportions—the stone is so large, but we were able to create a beautiful balance with the overall simplicity of the design,” says Rosado. “It was about mixing simplicity with volume, which is very difficult to do.”
Rosado included only two other (relatively) small, tapered baguettes on either side of the center stone, a look that he says he devised after having conversations over the years with Carey about the styles she prefers.
“She obviously has a strong point of view about what she likes,” Rosado says. “We have the same taste, and when it came down to it, I really wanted to create something for her that was about new beginnings. I wanted to give her something super sophisticated and something that took away all of the embellishments that a lot of people use when they design engagement rings these days. But it is epic. It’s an epic ring for an epic time in her life.”