Paris Hilton's 20-carat engagement ring is up there with Ciara's, Beyoncé's, and Serena Williams', which means it's, big, bold, and crazy expensive. But as massive as the stone is, the story behind its creation is about a lot more than extravagance. Us Weekly caught up with the jewelry designer that the socialite's fiancé, Chris Zylka, enlisted to help turn his vision into a $2 million reality.
Hilton's pear-shaped diamond, set in a platinum split-shank halo band, was created by jeweler Michael Greene, but its design was dreamed up by Zylka. "Chris and I sketched out exactly how he wanted it," Greene explained. "He knew exactly what he wanted. They have similar taste. He's extremely attentive to her—when she makes little comments, he remembers them."
The designer also revealed that actor's choice of diamond cut had everything to do with Hilton's family. "Paris's father gave her mother a pear-shaped stone—she loves the shape and elegant look. I think it's about a bond with common style and memories," he said.
According to Greene, after Zylka picked up the completed ring at Greene's Beverly Hills studio, he went straight to his bride-to-be's father. He "was shaking," said Greene, both with excitement over finding the perfect ring, "and, of course, about going straight to see Rick." His nerves were quickly assuaged, though, since both his future father-in-law and girlfriend of two years said yes. Zylka proposed in Aspen, Colorado, which is a special place for the couple, the designer explained. "They both love the mountains and snow. He wanted to make the moment magical," he said.
Hilton reportedly found the moment—and her incredible engagement—more than magical. "She was stunned, super excited, and blown away by the ring," the jeweler said. "She called and said it couldn't have been better. She got her 'dream ring.'"