James Packer’s $13.2M engagement ring for Mariah Carey breaks record
James Packer’s $13.2 Million Engagement Ring for Ex-Fiance Mariah Carey Has Been Named the Most Expensive Celebrity Jewelry in History
Australian billionaire James Packer and pop superstar Mariah Carey retired in late 2016 after a whirlwind romance.
And the engagement ring the 54-year-old casino mogul gave to the Without You singer, 52, has now been voted the most expensive celebrity jewel of all time.
The 35-carat diamond ring cost James a whopping AU$13.2 million (USD$10 million) when he asked the question, according to DC Jewelry†
James Packer’s $13.2 million engagement ring for ex-fiancée Mariah Carey has been named the most expensive celebrity piece of jewelry in history. (Pictured in NYC on May 14, 2016)
The ring also generated a total of 62,760 Google searches, research shows.
One of Mariah’s business executives is said to have “quietly” sold the ring to an LA jewelry store in 2018 for AU$2.78 million. New York Post reported.
Her publicist told Page Six at the time: “Mariah has been very vocal lately about her choice to move on in her life surrounded by positivity.
The 35-carat diamond ring (pictured) cost James a whopping AU$13.2 million (USD$10 million) at the time he asked the question, according to DC Jewelery
“You have to leave behind emotional and material baggage, including an old engagement ring from an ex-boyfriend.”
A source added that “a confidentiality agreement has been signed” between Mariah and the jeweler, meaning details of the ring’s sale may never be confirmed.
Mariah Carey’s PR people are desperately trying to keep the story from the press and have threatened to sue the jeweler if he reveals her name, the insider said.
One of Mariah’s business executives is said to have “quietly” sold the ring to an LA jeweler in 2018 for AU$2.78 million (USD$2.1 million), the New York Post reported.
The New York Post also quoted a source “from Carey’s camp” as contesting the alleged $13.2 million price tag on the ring.
They also insisted at the time that Mariah didn’t sell the ring because she was having financial difficulties — highlighting her “multiple homes,” extensive music catalog, and “successful tours and residencies.”
Mariah became engaged in January 2016 to James, a Sydney-born casino mogul, after a whirlwind romance lasting less than a year.
Mariah became engaged in January 2016 to James, a Sydney-born casino mogul, after a whirlwind romance lasting less than a year. (Pictured in Los Angeles on January 28, 2016)
But in October 2016, it was revealed that they had split amid rumors that James, who was married twice, had “reserves” about Mariah’s reality TV career.
The wealthy businessman later told the Australian newspaper that their short-lived relationship was a “mistake” for both of them.
Mariah is now dating 39-year-old dancer Bryan Tanaka, and James is in a long-term relationship with socialite Kylie Lim, who is in his early 40s.
In October 2016, it was revealed that they had split amid rumors that James had been married twice and had “reserves” about Mariah’s reality TV career