Former reality star Lauren Conrad took to Instagram on Sunday morning to post a snapshot of her classic engagement ring from fiancé William Tell. It was captioned, simply, “Best surprise ever.” The ring features a 3-carat round brilliant-cut diamond in a four-prong setting on a timeless, unadorned band.
On her official web site, the 27-year-old star of Laguna Beach and The Hills wrote, "I am very excited to share with you guys that William and I got engaged over the weekend. I am beyond thrilled!"
The Instagram filter makes it difficult to tell whether the band is made of yellow gold, rose gold or platinum. In any case, jewelry expert Shari Fabrikant of Robert Fabrikant Inc. told HollywoodLife.com that she estimates the round center stone weighs about 3 carats. Assuming that the diamond is of VS2 clarity and has a color grade of G, the ring would be worth approximately $50,000, she said.
HollywoodLife.com commented that the ring’s design is consistent with Conrad’s classic sense of style — a style that she parlayed into a successful career in fashion design. She is also a best-selling author.
Conrad’s new fiancé is a former band member who is now attending law school at the University of Southern California. The 33-year-old Tell previously played rhythm guitar for piano rock band Something Corporate before leaving the group to pursue a solo career. Conrad and Tell have been dating since Valentine’s Day 2012.