Kim Kardashian’s First Engagement Ring Was Already Quite The Stunner!
Kim Kardashian’s wedding ring was originally a 15-carat dazzler from famous jeweller Lorraine Schwartz. Thoughtful Kanye chose to propose on October 21, 2013, which was Kim’s birthday. He went all out by shutting down San Francisco’s AT&T Park for the proposal, hiring a live orchestra and inviting her close friends and family.
The park was lit up with the letters “PLEASE MARRY ME”, and Kanye sealed the deal with the glorious cushion-cut diamond. Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring cost an estimated $USD2-million (or $AUD2.8-million), which Kim shared to her millions of followers on Instagram with a one-word caption: “YES!!”
The Second Kim Kardashian Wedding Ring: Bigger, Shinier, And Way More Expensive
The Kim and Kanye wedding took place in France with the first ring on Kim’s hand, but Kanye couldn’t resist spoiling his wife a second time. On September 27, 2016, Kanye presented Kim with an even more impressive ring from Lorraine Schwartz. Made with a 20-carat emerald-cut diamond with an estimated price of $USD5-million (or $AUD7-million), the diamond was so flawless and clear that it was considered one of the rarest in the world.
Kim revealed the cute story of how Kanye gave it to her, sharing the details in an interview. “So I was sleeping and he woke me up in the middle of the night and said, ‘Babe, babe! I got you something from Adidas.’ And I said, ‘OK, I’ll get the shoes in the morning, babe, I’m sleeping.’ …And then he put the Lorraine Schwartz box on my pillow…and I woke up! He said, ‘You know I just did that big Adidas deal, so I got you something from Adidas.’” As a sweet inside joke between the couple, Kanye had the word ‘Adidas’ engraved inside the ring.
What Happened In Paris? The Kim Kardashian Robbery Story That Shook The Public
Kim had been sharing pictures and stories with her Snapchat and Instagram followers featuring her usual OOTD with the new wedding ring. Kim was known for her incredible jewellery collection worth millions of dollars, so it hardly surprised her followers that she was flaunting the huge rock!
This social media spree continued as she went to Paris in October 2016 to support her supermodel sister, Kendall Jenner. Kendall was walking for Paris Fashion Week for the first time in her career. Kim and Kourtney were staying in a private room at the No Address Hotel for the week. On October 3, Kourtney, Kim, and stylist Simone Harouche returned to their room to get changed. Kourtney and Simone were going out, but Kim stayed behind to work on her computer.
The succeeding events were narrated by the horrified Kim at 4:30 a.m. on October 3, in a police report filed with French authorities. Kim stated, “I heard a noise at the door, like footsteps, and I shouted, asking, ‘Who’s there?’ No one answered. I called my bodyguard at 2:56 a.m. Through the door, I saw two people arrive, plus the night man who was tied up.”
Kim described her traumatic experience, as five robbers proceeded to restrain her. “They grabbed me and took me into the hallway. I was wearing a bathrobe, naked underneath. Then we went in the room again and they pushed me on the bed. And, it was this time, they tied me up with plastic cables and taped my hands, then they put tape over my mouth and my legs.”
After they bound Kim, the robbers left with two cellphones, a box filled with an estimated $USD6.7-million (or $AUD9.56-million) worth of jewellery, around €EUR1,000 (or $AUD1,593.13), and Kim’s second wedding ring. They even stole her purse, leaving her with nothing but her luggage.
Where Is The Ring Now? Were The Jewellery Thieves Ever Caught?
Sadly, even after Kim Kardashian filed the police report, the stolen ring was never recovered. Ten people were charged as suspects for the robbery. The suspected ringleader, Aomar Khedache, claimed that he had difficulties finding buyers for the ring because it was too recognisable, leading him to pass it to an unknown third party.
Only one piece has been recovered from the haul: a diamond-encrusted cross worth €30,000, which one of the robbers dropped in their haste to escape. The cross was found by a passerby several hours later. The police suspect until today that some of the stolen pieces were sold in Belgium.
Did Kim Get A Replacement?
After the horrific incident, Kim was noticeably more discreet about posting her bling on social media. This decision had a lot to do with the suspects admitting that seeing all the pictures of her jewellery was a reason why they robbed her. She even said only a few months after the robbery, "I truly don’t know if I’d ever feel comfortable, I truly don’t know if I’d ever wear real jewellery again.”
Despite this, Kim was seen in September 2018 with a diamond engagement ring. It’s not known what carat the new ring is, where it’s from, or if Kim or Kanye decided to have the new one made. Maybe Kim didn’t have a new one made at all and simply went back to wearing her first ring again. Hopefully, with Kim’s wariness from the robbery and her newly beefed-up security team, no one will try to steal from her again.