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Mariah Carey’s 35-carat engagement ring stuns

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Friday, January 22, 2016, 3:51 PM

Mariah Carey gets engaged to James Packer on January 21, 2016, and shows off her huge engagement ring. Photo courtesy TMZ, do not crop out watermark. Courtesy TMZ.com

Mariah Carey gets engaged to James Packer on January 21, 2016, and shows off her huge engagement ring. Photo courtesy TMZ, do not crop out watermark.

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Carey shows off her 35-carat diamond.

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Mariah Carey shows off her 35-carat ring after getting engaged to James Packer. 

This pop princess just became the queen of rock.

Mariah Carey got engaged for the third time Thursday to casino billionaire James Packer who proposed to the 45-year-old singer with a $ 7.5 million 35-carat diamond ring.

The stunning sparkler is around the same size as both Beyonce’s and Kim Kardashian’s engagement rings combined, and even trumps Elizabeth Taylor’s famous 33-carat diamond she got from Richard Burton in 1968.

Packer tapped jewelry designer Wilfredo Rosado, a close friend of Carey’s, to construct the jaw-dropping emerald-cut stone before popping the question Thursday night in New York.

“This is the most challenging piece of jewelry I’ve ever designed,” Rosado told Vogue. “I wanted to create a ring that could not be measured up to.”

The flawless design took two weeks, 12-hour days, and an “army of craftsman” including a measurement specialist and an expert in handling large stones.

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 Elizabeth Taylor’s 33-carat Asscher cut Krupp Diamond.

Rosado let’s the rock shine by including only two small tapered baguettes on each side of the center stone.

“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,”Rosado, who consulted with Carey’s Australian billionaire beau on three occasions during the process, said.

Kardashian’s ring may be smaller, but it appears to look just as big due to a similar round solitaire cut.

“If it’s a more shallow cut, the diamond might appear to have a larger surface area,” says diamond expert Kristen Trustey of Forevermark. She added that a halo cut can also make a stone look bigger.

Carey’s rock is blinding compared to the average engagement ring, which costs $ 5,978 and is 1.6 carats, according to “The Knot 2015 Jewelry and Engagement Study.”

The singer’s marriage to Packer, 48, will be her third time down the aisle, after previous nuptials with Tommy Mottola and Nick Cannon.

Carey now leads the carat club, but will her love — like the famous de Beers slogan — be forever?

The evidence is unclear, based on these famous entertainment industry baubles:

Celebrity couple: Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

The rock: 33-carat Asscher cut Krupp Diamond .

Estimated value: $ 8.8 million.

Relationship status: The couple married in 1957 and got divorced a little over a year later.

Celebrity couple: Beyonce and Jay Z.

The rock: 18-carat Asscher-cut diamond designed by Lorraine Schwartz.

Estimated value: $ 5 million.

Relationship status: Married for seven years.

Celebrity couple: Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.

The rock: 8.5-carat diamond by Neil Lane.

Estimated value: $ 4 million.

Relationship status: Divorced in 2014 after 10 years of marriage.

Celebrity couple: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

The rock: 15-carat Lorraine Schwartz square diamond.

Estimated value: $ 8 million

Relationship status: Married for two years.

Celebrity couple: Amal and George Clooney.

The rock: 7-carat emerald-cut diamond set in platinum.

Estimated value: $ 750,000.

Relationship status: Married for two years.

Celebrity couple: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt.

The rock: 16-carat emerald cut ring by Robert Procop.

Estimated value: $ 500,000.

Relationship status: Married for two years.

Celebrity couple: Kate Middleton and Prince William.

The rock: 12-carat sapphire surrounded by 14 diamonds.

Estimated value: $ 500,000.

Relationship status: Married five years.

Celebrity couple: Hannah Davis and Derek Jeter.

The rock: 4-6-carat diamond set in platinum.

Estimated Value: $ 150,000 – $ 200,000.

Relationship status: Engaged for two months.

Celebrity couple: Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

The rock: 10.5-carat emerald-cut diamond by Cartier.

Estimated value: $ 4.06 million.

Relationship status: Married for 26 years. When Kelly died in 1982, Rainier never remarried.

Celebrity couple: Paris Hilton and Paris Latsis.

The rock: 24-carat white gold ring

Estimated value: $ 4.7 million.

Relationship Status: Broken up.


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