Australian billionaire James Packer and pop superstar Mariah Carey called it quits in late 2016 after a whirlwind romance. And the engagement ring the casino mogul, 54, gave to the Without You singer, 52, has now been named the most expensive celebrity engagement ring of all time.
The 35-carat diamond ring cost James a whopping AU$13.2million (USD$10million) at the time he popped the question, according to DC Jewellery. James Packer’s $13.2million engagement ring for ex-fiancée Mariah Carey has been named the most expensive item of celebrity jewellery in history. The ring also generated a total of 62,760 Google searches, research shows.
One of Mariah’s business managers is said to have ‘quietly’ sold the ring to an LA jeweller for AU$2.78million, the New York Post reported in 2018. Her publicist told Page Six at the time: ‘Mariah has been very vocal recently about her choice to move forward in her life surrounded by positivity.’
‘That requires leaving emotional and material baggage behind, including an old engagement ring from an ex-boyfriend.’A source added that ‘a confidentiality agreement was signed’ between Mariah and the jeweller, meaning details of the ring’s sale may never be confirmed.
‘Mariah Carey’s public relations people are desperately trying to keep the story from the press, and have threatened the jeweller with litigation if he discloses her name,’ the insider said. The New York Post also quoted a source ‘in Carey’s camp’ who disputed the ring’s alleged $13.2million price tag.
They also insisted that Mariah, 48, was not selling the ring because she is experiencing financial difficulties, highlighting her ‘multiple homes’, extensive music catalogue and ‘successful tours and residencies’.
Mariah got engaged to James, an Australian billionaire and casino mogul, in January 2016 after a whirlwind romance of less than a year. James proposed with a 35-carat diamond ring, according to E! News, which first reported on the couple’s surprise engagement.
In October 2016, it emerged they had separated amid rumours that twice-married James had ‘reservations’ about Mariah’s reality TV career. Later, the wealthy businessman told The Australian newspaper that their short-lived relationship was a ‘mistake’ for both of them.
Mariah is now dating her younger backing dancer, 39-year-old Bryan Tanaka. James is now dating Kylie Lim, 40.