All About The Bachelor’s Engagement Ring
By Devorah Isenberg , Thursday, March 15, 2012
Ben and Courtney’s relationship is real! At least, so says Neil Lane, the celebrity jewelry who created the custom engagement ring that the Bachelor, Ben Flajnik, used to propose to the last girl standing, Courtney Robertson, on last night’s finale of the popular and controversial show, The Bachelor.
After Ben was left broken-hearted on last season of The Bachelorette, the show runners offered him the opportunity to try his luck again at reality-show romance, and invited him to be the Bachelor of the year. Then, in a shocking twist, Ben proceeded to eliminate one “nice girl” after another, finally ending up with Courtney, who audiences perceived as a “villain” for the way she trash-talked the other contestants, spent time with Ben after hours, and pursued the “title” with relentless determination.
But all that was for the cameras, says Neil Lane. Compared to last year, “Ben was more mature and quite honest about the soul-searching he’d done and how he had found someone that he dearly loved in Courtney,” Lane told People magazine. The celebrity jeweler has outfitted the ring fingers of everyone from Kristen Bell to Nicole Richie to Jessica Simpson, and also has an affordable line of celebrity-inspired engagement rings, available at Kay Jewelers.
Normally, Bachelors on the show choose their engagement ring from a small collection put together by Lane and the show’s producers. But this year, Ben decided to kick it up a notch by meeting with Lane personally to custom design an engagement ring that would represent his and Courtney’s relationship. He chose a trendy cushion-cut diamond weighing over 3 carats for the center stone, and had it accented with a halo set with 96 round diamonds in a platinum setting. The intricate flower-and-lead design etched on the ring was Lane’s idea, he explains that it “represents their organic and natural love that will always bloom.” The ring has three tulip leaves engraved on the side—symbolizing the couple’s past, present and future together. The price tag on this vintage inspired diamond engagement ring? $50,000.
On last night’s season finale of The Bachelor, set in pristine Zermatt, Switzerland, Ben brought his family out to meet the last two contestants—Lindzi and Courtney—and give him their opinions. Ultimately, he revealed that he’s always had a special feeling towards Courtney—and not only because she’s a model! After breaking the news to Lindzi, he took out the ring and proposed to Courtney right there on the ski slope.
Neil Lane, who has seen hundreds of couples propose, claims that this is the real deal. “After Ben finally proposed, they were inseparable and glowing, like love puppies,” Lane told People. “They seemed very much in love.”
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