The beautiful and elegant Eva Longoria delighted her two million Instagram followers on Sunday with a romantic photo announcing her engagement to Jose Antonio Baston. The image shows the couple embracing during their visit to Dubai — and prominently reveals Longoria’s impressive ruby-and-diamond engagement ring.
A close-up view of the ring, although a bit blurry, seems to show a sizable ruby center stone surrounded by clusters of white diamonds in a white gold or platinum setting.
Longoria cleverly captioned her photo, “Ummmm so this happened….#Engaged #Dubai #Happiness.” The 40-year-old actress and former Desperate Housewives star also included a photo of her and her fiancé enjoying a champagne picnic before riding camels into the desert.
The choice of a ruby instead of a more traditional diamond is expected to spark the public’s interest in more colorful, non-traditional engagement ring center stones.
Of course, Longoria is not the first celebrity to favor a ruby engagement ring. Sisters Ashley and Jessica Simpson proudly wear ruby-and-diamond engagement rings from designer Neil Lane. Ashley got hers in 2014 (above, left) and Jessica got hers in 2010 (above, right).
And Princess Kate wears the world’s most famous non-traditional engagement ring — the sapphire-and-diamond stunner previously owned by Prince William’s mother, Princess Diana.
Longoria and Baston, who is nicknamed “Pepe,” were in Dubai to attend the Global Gift Gala at the 2015 Dubai International Film Festival.
The new bride-to-be is clearly smitten by her new fiancé. She captioned the photo above, “No words for this handsomeness! @globalgiftfoundation #GGFDUB15.”
In 2014, she told Parade magazine, “You know, in general, I’m attracted to humor and intellect in a man.” When asked if Baston did, indeed, have those qualities, she said, “Sure. Let me tell you, I’m very lucky in my life.”
Longoria has been dating Baston since 2013. The handsome 47-year-old is the president of Televisa, Latin America’s largest media company.
Sunday’s proposal likely came as a surprise to Longoria, who only a year ago said in a interview that that she believed that “marriage and kids are not on the horizon.” She was previously married to actor Tyler Christopher from 2002 to 2004 and to NBA star Tony Parker from 2007 to 2011.
Credit: Instagram.com/evalongoria. Simpson rings courtesy of Neil Lane. Kate Middleton ring via Facebook/Kate Middleton.