Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger clearly forgot to consult the Hallmark list of traditional and modern anniversary gifts when he surprised his wife of one year, Avril Lavigne, with a 17-carat emerald-cut diamond set in platinum.
While Hallmark recommends a first anniversary gift of paper (traditional) or a clock (modern), Kroeger decided on a diamond ring that was even larger than the dazzling 10-carat pear-shaped engagement ring he presented to the “Complicated” singer in 2012.
This past Thursday, Lavigne revealed the ring on Twitter with a captioned photo of her and Kroeger. On Lavigne’s left hand is a diamond that covers much of her petite ring finger. In the tweet, she breathlessly wrote, “I still can’t believe my 1 year anniversary gift. 17 carat emerald cut. Wow. I love my hubby.” Lavigne has 16.3 million followers on Twitter.
The ring’s value could range from several hundred thousand dollars to several million dollars, depending on the color, cut and clarity of the diamond.
The Twitter post was later taken down, presumable because the pop-punk singer was caught out of character when she gushed over her new jewelry.
In August of 2012, Kroeger proposed to Lavigne with a vintage-style platinum engagement ring featuring a 10-carat pear-shaped center stone accented on each side with specially cut half-moon-shaped diamonds totaling an additional 4 carats. The ring’s estimated cost was $350,000. The couple married in the South of France in July 2013.
The 29-year-old diva said that her relationship with Kroeger, 39, started as a simple song-writing collaboration, but quickly turned into something much bigger.
The couple had been dating for only a month when Kroeger popped the question at a recording studio. According Lavigne, she had been making a scrapbook filled with cute stickers and Polaroid photos recounting her time in the studio. On one special day, she walked into the facility and caught Kroeger adding a photo to the book.
“He had taken a photo of himself holding a ring box,” said Lavigne. “He put the Polaroid in my scrapbook along with a sticker that said, ‘Will you marry me.’ It was really romantic.”
We can’t wait to see how Kroeger tops himself for the couple’s second anniversary.
Photo top: Twitter/Avril Lavigne