Ben and Lauren split up a year after getting engaged on The Bachelor. Ben proposed in 2016 with a $95,000 rock.
"The center stone is a square-cut diamond surrounded by a halo of tiny diamonds," a source told E! News at the time. "The total number of carats is 4.6. It's set in platinum and was hand-crafted and designed by Neil Lane."
Neil Lane, of course, has a long-standing relationship with The Bachelor franchise. He designs all the engagement rings and gets major promotion for his brand.
"ABC, or the production company, called me a number of times over a few years and they talked about being involved in a show called 'The Bachelor,'" he told StyleCaster last year. "And truthfully—I know this is kind of weird to say since I’m so involved in Hollywood—but I don’t watch that much TV. I had definitely heard of it, but I didn’t really know the significance of it. And so I turned it down."
He continued, "I guess it went on like that for a couple of seasons, and then one time I got a call and they asked me again would I participate, and I still hadn’t really watched it, but one of my assistants said, 'You know, that’s really a popular show—you might really have fun doing it.' And so I said yes."
So perhaps it's no surprise that Neil Lane ends up with the rings from failed Bachelor engagements. E! News confirms that when a couple breaks up, the ring is returned to producers. They then give it back to the designer.
"There's some rule, after a certain number of years, you get to keep it anyway," host Chris Harrison said last year. "But after months ... it goes back." StyleCaster reported that the ring is returned if the couple splits within two years.
Since Ben and Lauren sadly didn't last that long, Neil Lane should soon get his ring back. After delaying their wedding, Ben and Lauren announced on Monday that they had split for good.
"It is with heavy hearts that we announce our decision to go our separate ways," they told People in a statement. "We feel fortunate for the time we had together, and will remain friends with much love and respect for one another. We wish nothing but the best for each other, and ask for your support and understanding at this time."
Ben and Lauren did not reveal a reason for the split. But there was clear tension between them on their reality show, Happily Ever After.
"I know that they have struggled with the show and then kind of continuing on and doing their reality show and kind of where the show stopped and then where life began," Chris Harrison told Mario Lopez after hearing about the split. "So I know they were fighting through a bunch of stuff."
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