It was the ring that made the biggest splash in the reality TV world, a massive emerald cut diamond flanked by two more step cut diamonds. Worn by none other than Kim Kardashian, who feted her own “royal” wedding to NBA player Kris Humphries with a multi-part wedding special on E!, three separate Vera Wang wedding dresses, and an insane amount of fanfare. If that doesn’t spell true love we just don’t know what does. The baller proposed after a few months of courtship (on camera, in what we’re sure was only one take) and the two planned a lavish wedding over the next 90 days.
We all know what happened next, as recent internet history is imbued with jokes about their 72 day marriage (really, it took you that long to figure out it was a sham, Humphries?) The Kardashian press machine went into high gear with Kim and momager Kris Jenner re-filming old episodes to better fit the divorce narrative they were constructing. All of this backfired when legions of loyal reality tv fans realized it was fake and then watches for the next two years as the messy divorce proceeded.
We’ve covered Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring, wedding day jewels, and ensuing conundrum about both. We wondered if Kim would keep or sell her ring, discussed the legality of doing either of those, and even made her an offer for $1 million should she choose to sell the ring.
Kimmy, it would seem, lost the ring in the divorce proceedings, as a remarkably similar 16 carat Loraine Schwartz engagement ring is now up on the auction block for Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York. The ring in question is an I colored VS1 16.21 carat rectangular emerald cut with 1.8 carats of trapeze cut diamonds on either side, signed L.S. and presented in a pink wood Lorraine Schwartz case. The takeaway here? Kim was probably really pissed when she found out the diamond wasn’t D Flawless.
Due to the prestigious auction house’s respect for client privacy, no one has been able to confirm that the ring in question did indeed belong to Kim Kardashian. But really, how many Lorraine Schwartz rings with near exact specifications and almost identical appearance are there? Nonetheless those that show up just a few months after the infamous divorce was finalized?
To add insult to injury (we’re really not sure who’s), the ring that was estimated to have cost Humphries around $2 million is now estimated to go for somewhere between $300,000 – $500,000. Granted, the rumors swirling around Lot 194 will likely garner a much higher hammer price. But still, Humphries will be taking a loss – he should have taken us up on our offer!