It¡¯s the bling that¡¯s blinding fans around the world.
Justin Bieber put careful thought into planning fianc¨¦e Hailey Baldwin¡®s engagement ring, says the man behind the diamond, Jack Solow, a private jeweler based at New York City¡¯s family-run jewelry store Solow & Co.
¡°Justin did have a hand in selecting the diamond because I sent videos to his team,¡± Solow tells PEOPLE. ¡°I know him through [his manager] Scooter Braun. When it came time to find a ring, Justin asked Scooter and said, ¡®I¡¯m ready to pop the question¡¯ and he said, ¡®There is only one place to go, ask Jack.’¡±
Solow, who is best friends with Braun¡¯s father, designed engagement rings for Braun and his entire family and was honored to help the singer find the perfect stone for Baldwin.
¡°In the end, Justin wanted something that would gracefully accentuate Hailey¡¯s beautifully-shaped hands. We settled on an oval stone that was just exceptional in its length and grace. Look at her hands ¡ª she¡¯s exquisite,¡± says the jeweler, who had a ¡°few weeks¡± to make the custom diamond sparkler, which is somewhere between 6 to 10 carats.
¡°Justin gave this a lot of thought. When I saw him, I think he was very happy about what we did together. He was in a very good head space for the decision he was making,¡± Solow recalls.
¡°I showed him all the details and all the intricacies like I would give any other 25-year-old boy who would come to the office to buy an engagement ring,¡± he says. ¡°He seemed really excited. He was looking inside the diamond with the [jeweler¡¯s] loupe, and said ¡®I think I see Hailey¡¯s face.¡¯ ¡±
While Bieber and Baldwin celebrated their engagement in the Bahamas after he proposed on July 7, Solow also honored the couple¡¯s relationship milestone back in the States.
¡°We made $5,000 donation to her grandmother¡¯s breast cancer charity, the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Fund, out of respect for the couple and to mark the moment,¡± he says.
A source previously told PEOPLE how ¡°Justin picked out the ring before they flew to the Bahamas, adding, ¡°He took Hailey on a special trip to propose. She didn¡¯t know.¡±
Two days after the proposal in the Bahamas, Bieber officially confirmed his engagement to Baldwin in a loving tribute on Instagram Tuesday.
Although some fans were initially skeptical about Bieber¡¯s relationship and quick engagement to Baldwin, as they reconciled just months after the pop star called it quits again with on-off flame Selena Gomez, an insider previously told PEOPLE the romance is the real deal.
¡°This is not a joke to him. He proposed because he truly feels Hailey is the love of his life,¡± the insider said. ¡°He had a rough time last year, but he worked very hard to change and find more meaning in his life. Hailey couldn¡¯t make him happier.¡±