Realty show queen, Kim Kardashian.
A close-up of her humongous ring from Kanye.
In late October of 2013, Kim Kardashian began flashing a humongous 15 carat cushion cut diamond engagement ring from rapper Kanye West. He collaborated with favorite celebrity jewelry designer Lorraine Schwartz on the ring’s design. Ms. Schwartz described the stone as the "perfect cushion cut diamond". The diamond has Flawless clarity
and D color
! It also is a type IIa diamond - the most valued and purest type of diamonds. (They contain no nitrogen atoms, or just a minute amount, which makes the color more outstanding. Only about 1% of all diamonds in the world are type IIa.)
Kanye wanted the diamond to appear as if it were floating above his beloved’s finger. (As if a rock that big could ever look like it was floating!) That's why the pave' band is so delicate.
It seems three times is the charm for the curvy reality television show queen when it comes to marriage. In addition to the amazing engagement ring, Kanye’s proposal began with an impressive, over-the-top proposal event. Rumor has it Kanye spent upwards of 3 million dollars to put the whole gala together. (A mere drop in the bucket compared to the rumored 7 to 8 million he spent on her engagement ring.)
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at a basketball game.
On October 21, 2013, her 33rd birthday, Kanye rented the entire AT&T Park, stadium of the San Francisco Giants, for the gala event. Just family, close friends and a 50-piece orchestra were in attendance in the stadium that is big enough to accommodate over 40,000 people. Kim though the gala was for her birthday alone. But Kanye surprised her with his marriage proposal. He asked her to marry him over the Jumbotron. Like her engagement ring, he likes everything to be BIG!
Baby North holding Kim Kardashian's Engagement Ring
Kim and Kanye announced the birth of their first child, daughter North, four months prior to the lavish engagement event. It would seem this marriage will be more than a publicity stunt. That was the media accusation in 2012 when Kim’s second marriage to Kris Humphries ended after just four months. Shortly after her divorce, Kim was seen out on the town with Kanye. They tied the knot in May of 2014 in Florence, Italy.
Here are the specifics on Kim Kardashian’s ring:
- Center Stone: 15.00 carat cushion cut diamond, Flawless clarity, Type IIa (very rare), D color
- Accent Stones: Pave set diamonds adorn the band and gallery.
- Metal: Platinum
- Ring Estimated Cost: $7 to 8 million
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