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In the early 2000s, it was impossible to escape “Bennifer”. The faces of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez were featured on tabloid covers and television screens, with photos showing the couple snuggling up on hotel terraces, stealing kisses from restaurants and taking romantic yacht rides.
If this all sounds incredibly familiar to you, it’s because celebrity history is repeating itself – they seem to be a couple again and seem to be retracing their most photographed moments.
For those in need of a recap, the couple got engaged in 2002 after igniting their romance on the set of “Gigli.” But they ended their relationship two years later, just days before the wedding. While it’s unclear exactly when Bennifer started dating again, Affleck was pictured visiting Lopez’s house in April of this year, shortly after she and Alex ‘A-Rod’ Rodriguez announced that their four-year relationship has ended.
With Bennifer’s nostalgia at an all-time high after the singer and actress shared a birthday Instagram post of them kissing, some Twitter users wondered what happened to the ring in 6.1-carat pink diamond that Affleck had initially offered him.
Jennifer Lopez showing off her engagement ring at a “Gigli” press conference. Credit: Vera Anderson / WireImage / Getty Images
After their engagement in 2002, the Harry Winston pink diamond became one of the most recognizable celebrity engagement rings of all time. Other celebrities quickly followed suit, with Nick Cannon offering Mariah Carey a 17-karat pink diamond ring in 2008, and Ryan Reynolds asking Blake Lively with a 12-karat ring in 2012. The Diamond Trend rose goes beyond engagement rings. , too – in February, rapper Lil Uzi Vert had his forehead pierced at $ 24 million 10 carats – although he has since removed the gem.
According to Sally Ryder, founder of Ryder Diamonds and Diamond Marketplace, Lopez’s ring went against the trends of the time. In the 2000s, Ryder said, the market turned to white diamond “solitaire” engagement rings, which feature a single stone set on a ring.
“In my experience, the one carat solitaire was the ring to have,” she said in a phone interview. “The classic six (prong) solitaire Tiffany & Co. was the engagement ring of your dreams.”
Instead, Affleck’s choice of emerald cut and pink hue was unusual – especially since pink diamonds weren’t “all we knew” in the early 2000s, Ryder said. .
Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck at the premiere of “Daredevil”. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images
At the time, Lopez confirmed his engagement to Affleck in an interview with Diane Sawyer, describing how he asked the question after filling his family home with candles and covering the floor with a “rose petal quilt.” With her song “Glad” in the background, Affleck read her a love letter and revealed the ring to her – but said she was so upset that she initially couldn’t bring herself to look at it.
“He took the ring out, but I didn’t want to look at the ring because I could tell it was pink,” she told Sawyer. “And I was just like, ‘It can’t be pink on top of that.’ It was just too much for me to handle. “
When she did finally watch, Lopez said it was “the most gorgeous thing” she had ever laid eyes on – which is a praise, considering it was her third ring to watch. engagement.
Ryder identified Lopez’s center stone as an “intense fancy” pink diamond, a term used by gemstone experts to describe stones with a strong, saturated color – a quality that increases their value. She estimated Affleck probably paid around $ 2 million for the ring in 2002, and said it would likely cost her at least $ 6 million today.
A close-up of the “CTF Pink Star”, a 60-carat hot pink diamond that sold for $ 83 million in 2017. Credit: Murat Unlu / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
Over the past decade, major auction wars have erupted around gigantic pink diamonds in auction houses. In 2017, the record for the most expensive polished stone was broken by a 59.6-carat pink diamond, renamed “CTF Pink Star”, purchased for $ 71.2 million. The following year, an 18.96-carat diamond known as the “Pink Legacy” sold for $ 50 million, an auction record for the price paid per carat for a pink diamond.
The value of Lopez’s ring could skyrocket as the Argyle diamond mine in Australia, which previously produced over 90% of the world’s pink diamonds, ceased production last year. That is, if she still has it.
Much to the delight of Bennifer fans everywhere, there’s a good chance she will, according to her former publicist Rob Shuter. He told Access Daily in May: “As far as I know Jen has never returned the ring.”