Mariah has moved on to BIGGER and better things since nasty break up with ex Nick Cannon. The beautiful singing diva is now engaged to her boyfriend James Packer. The two met at a movie premier in Aspen and begin dating last summer. The billionaire businessman popped the question last night with a enormous 35-carat custom designed platinum and diamond ring. I know you’re thinking what? 35-carat? yes you read absolutely correct 35-Carats! Thats Beyoncé and Kim Kardashian engagement rings COMBINED. It’s a couple of notches up from Elizabeth Taylor famous 33 carat diamond ring from her 5th husband Richard Burton.
James had none other than amazing jewelry designer Wilfredo Rosado who’s also a very close friend of Mariah’s of over 25 years to create this one of a kind beauty. “I took the standards super high, and I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to,” says Rosado. The design and construction took two weeks and an “army of craftsman” that included measurement specialists and an expert well versed in the handling of such a large stone. “What is really most interesting about the ring are the proportions—the stone is so large, but we were able to create a beautiful balance with the overall simplicity of the design,” says Rosado. “It was about mixing simplicity with volume, which is very difficult to do.”Rosado also added on only two other (relatively) small, tapered baguettes on both sides of the center stone, he says after having conversations over the years with Carey about the styles she prefers that helped him with creating her perfect piece. “She obviously has a strong point of view about what she likes,” Rosado says. “We have the same taste, and when it came down to it, I really wanted to create something for her that was about new beginnings. 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. (Was that shade Mr Rosado? lol) But it is epic. It’s an epic ring for an epic time in her life.” Such an amazing friend he is for keeping her wants and desires first.
Rosado wasn’t alone in making the decisions on this master piece. Rosado says, “We really only had just over two weeks to pull it off, working 12 hour a days, and I consulted with James about the ring three different times during the process”. “He wanted to create something very rare and very beautiful around this diamond he chose, and I followed his lead.” Rosado also says that he also left a small empty space on the backside of the band, as the soon to be hubby said that he wanted to eventually engrave a special sentiment to Carey. ( A million heart eyes lol )
James may have directed the designer but Rosado still felt a little creative pressure on a personal level. “This was the most challenging piece of jewelry I’ve ever designed,” he says. “I wanted to create the most gorgeous ring for my dear friend, but I also wanted to create the most stunning ring for one of the most iconic divas of our generation. I also wanted to make a ring that was perfect, in all the technical ways a ring should be. For me, it was super stressful. I didn’t want to fail her.” Im sure Mimi was more than floored with her new piece of jewelry, not for just its size and it being a one of one, but also for the sparkling new future it represents. Cheers to “ New Love And A New Beginning”! Congratulations Mimi