If you haven't seen Mariah Carey's engagement ring yet, throw on some shades or prepare to be blinded, because IT'S HUGE. 35 carats, to be exact. Nope, we didn't forget a decimal—that's two whole carats larger than Elizabeth Taylor's colossal stone from Richard Burton. Not that we're surprised. When you have five Grammy awards under your belt and your boyfriend is Australian billionaire James Packer, you can pretty much expect a rock worthy of a diva.
The brains behind the jaw-dropping diamond? Jewelry designer and Carey's longtime friend Wilfredo Rosado. "I took the standards super high, and I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to," Rosado told Vogue, calling it "the most challenging piece of jewelry I've ever designed."
Packer plans to engrave the back of the band at a later date, said Rosado, but no matter what he decides to write, the ring certainly speaks for itself: "I really wanted to create something for her that was about new beginnings," Rosado said. "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."
The couple met last year in Aspen. By June 2015, they had embarked on a whirlwind romance that featured romantic getaways to Italy and, of course, a romantic proposal. The businessman reportedly surprised the singer in her hometown, New York City, with a dinner at Eleven Madison Park. There, surrounded by her closest friends, the businessman popped the question.
We like to imagine Carey's response was something like, "We belong together." And once she saw the ring, well, we have to believe that she let out a few celebratory high notes. We know we would! After all, this will be the third marriage for both, so the duo is due for a happy ending.
In fact, today it's Mariah Carey on repeat. Congratulations to the happy couple and their sweet, sweet fantasy come true!