Mariah Carey and James Packer became engaged on Thursday, Jan. 21. After Packer popped the question, he presented Carey with a 35-carat engagement ring estimated to cost $7.5 million. That’s chump change for the billionaire who is the fourth richest person in his native Australia. According to People magazine on Friday, Jan. 22, Mariah already had a huge collection of diamonds, but the latest addition is one that is bigger than any she already had. So, what does her engagement right look like?
Vogue described Mariah’s engagement ring to be one designed by Wilfredo Rosado, who has been a friend of Carey for more than 25 years. Therefore, he knew her taste and could design a ring that she would love. Rosado worked 12 hours a day for two weeks to come up with the design and construction. He worked with an army of craftsmen that included measurement specialists and an expert well versed in the handling of such a large stone. Rosado wanted to design a ring that could not be measured up to. He said, “It was about mixing simplicity with volume, which is very difficult to do … It’s an epic ring for an epic time in her life.” The designer said he knew Mariah would love it because they have the same taste. He wanted to create a statement piece for her to represent new beginnings. He concluded that the engagement ring for Mariah was the most challenging piece of jewelry he has ever designed.
So far, Carey’s engagement ring is the biggest diamond of any celebrity in history, according to Celebuzz. The Elizabeth Taylor Diamond Ring, known as the Krupp, given by Richard Burton was 33.18. It was the biggest engagement ring in history until now. The late actress also had a 30-carat engagement ring when married to husband Michael Todd. Paris Hilton was given a 24-carat canary diamond ring by then-fiance Paris Latsis in 2005. Kim Kardashian has a 20.5-carat Lorraine Schwartz solitaire. Lisa Vanderpump of the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hill” has a 20-carat ring. Christina Aguilera’s now-ex-husband Jordan Bratman gave her a 20-carat engagement ring. Beyoncé ring is a $5 million 18-carat diamond in a setting designed by Lorraine Schwartz. Heidi Klum had a 10-carat cushion-cut canary yellow diamond from Lorraine Schwartz. Gabrielle Union has a $1 million, 8.5-carat cushion-cut ring from Jason of Beverly Hills. Tom Cruise gave Katie Holmes a 5-carat, oval-shaped diamond.
The engagement ring Mariah Carey received from Nick Cannon was a $2.5 million, 17-carat, emerald-cut pink diamond designed by celebrity jewelry Jacob Arabo. Prince William popped the question to Kate Middleton with a stunning sapphire and diamond 18-carat ring originally owned by his late mother, Princess Diana.