STARGAZING: Kanye West and Kim KardashianOctober 24, 2013
Everything about the proposal was over the top, as the rapper gathered many of Kardashian’s friends and family in San Francisco and rented out the entire AT&T Park stadium (yes, where the baseball Giants play). On the electronic scoreboard in centerfield was this simple, emphatic request flashing over and over: “Pleeease Marry Meee!!!”
A 50-piece orchestra, which was assembled on the field, played Lana Del Rey’s “Young and Beautiful” while West asked for Kardashian’s hand.
Celebrity jeweler Lorraine Schwartz, who is reportedly a close friend of the Kardashian family, designed the platinum ring. If you’re getting a feeling of déjà vu it’s for good reason. Kardashian’s previous engagement ring from pro basketball player Kris Humphries was also a Schwartz design.
A rep for Schwartz told E! Online that West was involved in the design process every step of the way. “He had a vision from the beginning. He looked at a lot of stones and he wanted only the best,” said the rep. “He and Lorraine emailed back and forth, and stayed up nights discussing how he wanted it to be. He wanted the diamond to look like it was floating on air.”
A Kardashian insider, who has seen the ring up close, said the design is traditional and the metal is minimized so the diamonds can take the spotlight.
Famously, Humphries was awarded Kardashian’s previous engagement ring as part of a divorce settlement and sold it earlier this month for $749,000 at a Christie’s auction. That ring featured a 16-carat center stone with an I color and VS1 clarity.
During the divorce proceedings, a Kardashian family insider told Radaonline, “Kim only gave [it] back after she got [pregnant] with Kanye’s baby and boasted, ‘Kris can have the ring back because Kanye is going to give me a flawless diamond engagement ring that makes my previous ring look like [a] Cracker Jack prize!’”
It turns out the belittled “Cracker Jack prize” is slightly larger than West’s selection, but if the new ring is, in fact, colorless and flawless, it is far more valuable than Humphries’ ring.
We’re certain that the made-for-primetime San Francisco engagement extravaganza will be shown on the Kardashian’s reality show, “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
Besides her famous 72-day marriage to Humphries in 2011, Kardashian was also married in 2000 to music producer Damon Thomas. The couple was divorced in 2003. Kardashian and West began dating in April 2012 and welcomed their first baby, North, in June of 2013.