James Packer Talks Buying Mariah Carey’s $10 Million Engagement Ring
Mariah Carey’s filthy-rich boyfriend, Aussie businessman James Packer, has popped the question after only 7 months of dating. Naturally, Mariah said yes…and now that James and jewelry designer Wilfredo Rasado are opening up on details about the 10 million dollar, 35-carat diamond and platinum engagement ring…it’s easy to see why:
As Vogue reports:
Packer called on jewelry designer Wilfredo Rosado, a friend of Carey’s for more than 25 years, to create the showstopping 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 craftsman” 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.”
Well, he isn’t lying about the ring being epic…
But when you link up with a billionaire, you expect the best, right??
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