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Updated Nov 05, 2021
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Paris Hilton's engagement ring has long been a buzzworthy topic as each sparkler she's received has been equally impressive. However, Carter Reum's choice of engagement ring for the Hilton family heiress took a sweeter and unexpected turn. Reum, a venture capitalist, worked closely with jeweler Jean Dousset to create the perfect engagement ring for the Beverly Hills-based reality star.
"The one key element of this ring was that Carter was heavily invested [in the process] so that he could add as much sentiment as possible in the idealization and crafting of the ring," Dousset tells The Knot in an exclusive interview. "His focus was on how many details and personal touches, big and small, that he could add to the ring to represent how much he loves Paris. We tend to mostly work with sentimental clients that want to create and present an engagement ring full of symbols." Below, learn more about Paris Hilton's engagement ring by Dousset, as well as her wedding plans with Carter Reum.
Paris' ring was designed by French jeweler Jean Dousset, the great-great-grandson of Louis-François Cartier. (Watchmaker Louis Cartier started his namesake company in 1847; today, the family name is reputable for designing with the finest craftsmanship.) As Hilton is an heiress known for accessorizing in head-to-toe diamonds, her engagement bling had to accurately reflect the socialite's brand and empire.
"It is a three-stone ring design with an emerald-cut center stone, featuring baguette-cut and trapezoid accent diamonds," says Dousset. "The design of the ring derives from a combination of classical and Art Nouveau era influences. The geometric shapes of this ring are befitting to resemble the structure of the Grand Palais in Paris." (The destination, of course, holds value for both the designer and recipient of the ring. "It's the city where I am from, and of course, the wearer of the ring's namesake," Dousset says.)
The Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées was designated a historic monument in 1900 and is arguably one of the most renowned museums and landmarks in Paris. "Its vaulted glass ceiling was designed to draw the maximum amount of light when large crowds were gathered, as electricity had yet to be invented," explains the jeweler. "The design is drawn from my desire to relegate the precious metal as a supporting role and maximize the ring's beauty from all points of view, so we used a special tension setting to align the diamonds seamlessly, without metal."
Shop the Style of Paris Hilton's Engagement Ring
Hilton's custom engagement ring style has been a trending design among the most stylish celebrities. For example, Jennifer Lopez's engagement ring from former fiancé Alex Rodriguez and Kim Kardashian's massive Lorraine Schwartz sparkler from Kanye West are both similar in style. Hilton's 20-carat emerald-cut diamond ring from Reum is valued to hover at around $2 million. Shop various dupes below.