After falling in love with two women this season, Bachelor Ben Higgins will finally hand out his final rose on Monday night’s season finale. Ben revealed on the Women Tell All that he is happily engaged, and fans can’t wait to see his romantic proposal and the enormous Neil Lane engagement ring he gives his rumored bride-to-be, Lauren Bushnell.
How much is the future Mrs. Higgins’ diamond ring worth, and is it the biggest engagement ring in the history of the Bachelor and the Bachelorette?
Ben gets dressed for a big goodbye.https://t.co/LPUUZ9K2z5
— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) March 12, 2016
Last week during the Women Tell All, Ben told host Chris Harrison that he is in love and would “marry the girl he picked tomorrow” if he could. Although chances are slim that viewers will see a live wedding on the After the Final Rose special on Monday night, they won’t be able to miss Lauren Bushnell’s stunning Neil Lane engagement ring.
Us Weekly‘s insiders state that before the 27-year-old software salesman proposes to Lauren, he has to tell JoJo Fletcher goodbye. Their break-up scene is said to be “devastating” and Ben was “brought to tears.”
Hours later, he proposed to Lauren Bushnell who was “nervous” but didn’t know at that time that Ben was in love with JoJo as well. Ben reportedly got down on one knee and presented her with what Hollywood Life states is a sparkling 4-carat emerald cut diamond engagement ring with an estimated value of $90,000.
“The engagement ring features an emerald-cut center stone with a halo accented with baguette diamonds…it is hand-set in platinum.”
While ABC has not shared a photo of the actual ring Ben gives Lauren, Glamour suspects that this close-up screen grab from the Bachelor season finale preview video is the ring that Ben gives Lauren.
If Lauren Bushnell’s engagement ring is valued at $90,000, it is not the biggest ring in history of the Bachelor franchise. According to WetPaint, the $150,000 ring that Jef Holm gave Emily Maynard on the Bachelorette Season 8 was the most expensive ring ever presented in a Bachelor or Bachelorette proposal.
Desiree Hartsock’s ring was another whopper of a diamond at 3.70 carats and the most recent Bachelorette, Kaitlyn Bristowe is still sporting a 3.5-carat diamond stunner that is estimated to be worth $100,000.
Ring designer Neil Lane tells People that the ring Season 19 Bachelor Chris Soules picked for Whitney Bishoff weighed in at a total of 4-carats, with a 3-carat center stone surrounded by 20 diamonds and another 95 in the band. The ring, said to be worth approximately $90,000, went back to ABC when the couple split just a few months after Chris proposed.
Bachelor Winner Whitney Bischoff’s Gorgeous Engagement Ring from Chris Soules: All the Exc… http://t.co/dXKVkABau1 pic.twitter.com/dBDrzumnsc
— SpilltoJill (@spilltojill) March 10, 2015
According to Glamour, Season 10 Bachelorette Andi Dorfman received a 3-carat oval diamond engagement ring from her final pick, Josh Murray, but their relationship didn’t last long enough for her to keep the $72,000 dazzler.
One of the least expensive engagement rings given out (and returned) in past seasons was the 2.72-carat ring Jake Pavelka gave Vienna Girardi on the Bachelor Season 14. The Bustle states that it was worth approximately $50,000 and only stayed on Vienna’s ring finger for three months.
Only one Bachelor in the past 19 seasons got married to the girl he proposed to. Sean Lowe presented Catherine Giudici with a 3.15-carat Neil Lane diamond engagement ring on the Season 17 finale. The $75,000 ring is still on Catherine’s finger — the couple got married on TV in and are expecting their first baby early this summer.
Will Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell make it to the altar and beat the odds? Find out in the coming months how their relationship fairs with all of the media attention that will surround them after the Bachelor season finale airs on Monday, March 14 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
[Image via Lauren Bushnell Instagram]