Christmas is a little over a week away and the celebrity engagements keep on coming. The latest A-lister to become betrothed during the holiday season is chart-topping singer-songwriter Kelly Clarkson, who tweeted the announcement to her 2.4 million Twitter followers.
On Saturday, the first-ever “American Idol” winner shared the news that she was officially engaged to her boyfriend of nearly one year, Brandon Blackstock. “I’M ENGAGED!!!!! I wanted y’all to know!! Happiest night of my life last night! I am so lucky and am with the greatest man ever :),” tweeted the singer.
She followed up the first tweet with a second about her new engagement ring designed by Beverly Hills-based jeweler to the stars, Johnathon Arndt. “It’s a yellow canary diamond with diamonds around it and Brandon designed it with Johnathon Arndt! They did an amazing job!” she wrote, adding, “I can’t wait to make Brandon’s ring with Johnathon as well!”
Clarkson didn’t announce the carat size of the center diamond, but it appears to be radiant-cut and larger than 5 carats. It is surrounding by round white diamonds and is set against a diamond band in white metal, most likely platinum.
The Beverly Hills designer made headlines with another canary yellow diamond in January of 2010 when he was credited as the designer of former “American Idol” Carrie Underwood’s engagement ring, which featured a round flawless yellow diamond center stone framed with smaller white diamonds, and accented with a diamond band. That ring was estimated at 5-plus carats and valued at approximately $150,000.
Clarkson’s new fiancé has a music-industry pedigree. He is the son of Clarkson’s manager, Narvel Blackstock, and the stepson of country music star Reba McEntire. Clarkson told People magazine that her love for Blackstock has had an unusual influence on her songwriting: “I’m trying to write a tough song and it is coming out like butterflies and rainbows,” she said.
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