Mariah Carey is currently rocking the holy grail of engagement rings — and Wilfredo Rosado, the designer behind the exquisite, 35-carat diamond opened up about how James selected the one-of-a-kind, ‘very rare,’ creation for his lady love.
2016 is definitely going to be a good year for Mariah Carey! The songstress, 45, must be feeling lucky in love — especially after her billionaire boyfriend, James Packer, 47, popped the question on Jan. 21 in NYC, as he put a Wilfredo Rosado engagement ring on her finger. Mariah has, quite arguably, the most amazing celeb engagement ring we’ve ever seen. In fact, weighing in at 35-carats, it’s actually even bigger than Elizabeth Taylor‘s iconic, 33-carat sparkler from Richard Burton! The designer behind the gorgeous creation opened up about the special way James picked out the ring for Mariah, as he enlisted Wilfredo for the job because the designer has been friends with Mariah for over 25 years.
So, how does one go about crafting such a stunner? “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,” Wilfredo told VOGUE. “He wanted to create something very rare and very beautiful around this diamond he chose, and I followed his lead.” James even left a blank space inside the band so he can have it engraved for Mariah down the line.
Wilfredo was designing the ring for his close friend, so he wanted to make sure it was perfect — and since he has had multiple conversations with Mariah over the years about her style, he was definitely the right man for the job. “I took the standards super high, and I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to,” he told the mag. “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. It was about mixing simplicity with volume, which is very difficult to do.”
Honing in on her taste was definitely one of the most important factors. “She obviously has a strong point of view about what she likes,” he continued. “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. But it is epic. It’s an epic ring for an epic time in her life,” he said.
James obviously did a good job enlisting the esteemed designer — and Mariah’s beaming smile was proof of it!
Do you love her major bling?