Britney Spears and her new fiancé, Sam Asghari, took to Instagram recently to announce their long-awaited engagement by showing off her new diamond engagement ring. The ring, a timeless round brilliant cut diamond solitaire weighing 4 carats, set in a custom platinum mounting by Roman Malayev of Forever Diamonds NY, has been dubbed The Lioness, Asghari’s nickname for Britney. Although the exact cost has not been disclosed, a ring of this size in the quality fit for The Princess of Pop herself is worth at least $150,000 USD.
According to Malayev, the ring design is the product of months of conversations with Asghari; the idea was to create a custom mounting that would highlight the natural diamond as the star. On the surface, the ring may look like a classic solitaire, but a closer look shows its modern twist: by using the cathedral shank to mount a minimalist basket which holds the diamond, the ring gives off a floating effect. There are also smaller diamonds set on either side to add subtle detail to the platinum shank, and even diamonds set in the gallery of the ring that can only be seen by Britney.
Around since 1981, Forever Diamonds NY is a family-owned diamond house that focuses on creating personalized shopping experiences for its clients. “Every designer I spoke with about the ring was amazing with great ideas, but I just clicked with Roman—we really connected on the design, and he was as excited as I was to make it special,” Asghari said in a statement. “That’s why I chose him.” According to JCK, during the top-secret design process, Forever Diamonds NY assigned the couple code names—John and Jenna—to ensure their privacy.
The flawlessness of the finished ring is evident in the gleeful glow the couple is sporting while announcing their big news. It is also a testament to the effectiveness of picking and designing a diamond engagement ring as a couple. It can truly be an unforgettable experience that yields your own new classic.