In a final bid to move on from her ex, Mariah Carey has quietly sold the outrageously large diamond engagement ring given to her by Australian billionaire James Packer.
The ring, though originally valued at $10 million US, was reportedly sold for $2.5 million to a Los Angeles-based jeweller. Though if you’re hoping to find the name of said diamond dealer to gawk at (or perhaps buy) the ginormous stone, you’ll likely come up empty handed. According to Page Six, the jeweller signed a confidentiality agreement, so he couldn’t hawk the 35-carat ring as the Mariah Special in his storefront window.
Packer and Carey’s relationship was a rather quick do. They announced their coupling in 2015 with a highly publicized Mediterranean cruise. Ah, to be rich and in love…
Then, by October 2016, they’d sailed right into the Port of Splitsville.
“Mariah has been very vocal recently about her choice to move forward in her life surrounded by positivity,” her publicist said in an interview with Page Six. “That requires leaving emotional and material baggage behind, including an old engagement ring from an ex-boyfriend.”
Ain’t that the truth. Anyone who’s been through a divorce will tell you that getting rid of the ring that once acted as a symbol of eternal love is an important step in moving forward.
That said, a 35-carat diamond is a whopping gem and an incredibly spectacular piece of jewellery. Still, you’ve got to think that Mariah has at least a couple more like it kicking around the house.
We can only speculate what the pop star will do with her new-found $2.5-million, but in true over-the-top Mariah fashion, buying a small island or gifting herself an even more extravagant rock to add to her jewellery box are both highly plausible options.