18-Carat Yellow Diamond, Colorful Florets and a Big-Eyed Surprise Highlight Holly Madison’s Awe-Inspiring Engagement Ring

Holly Madison is living the dream. On Sunday, high atop the Ferris wheel at the Electronic Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas, the former Girls Next Door star received a gorgeous and awe-inspiring 18-carat yellow diamond engagement ring from her romantic long-time beau, Pasquale Rotella.


Designed by celebrity jeweler Alan Friedman with an assist from Rotella, the Art Nouveau-inspired engagement ring features a mammoth cushion-cut yellow diamond center stone surrounded by delicate florets of yellow and pink diamonds. Tiny golden leaves complement a white gold shank that has the texture of tree bark.


To make the ring even more special, Rotella worked with the jeweler to ensure that Madison’s love for owls was integrated into the design. Madison said that an engraved likeness of the nocturnal bird is cleverly hidden in the rose gold between two of the florets. (We’re having trouble finding it in the photo, above.)


“I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful or magical proposal!” Madison wrote in her blog.

The 33-year-old former model starred with Hugh Hefner in the E! reality show The Girls Next Door from 2005 to 2009. Madison and Rotella have been dating since the fall of 2011 and the couple had their first child, Rainbow Aurora, in March of this year.


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