After months of trying to catch a glimpse of it from grainy paparazzi photos, fans finally have a good look at Hailey Baldwin‘s engagement ring from Justin Bieber, and it’s even more stunning and sparkly than you’d expect.
The model appears on the September cover of Vogue México, and her enormous diamond ring is front and center in the photo. In the black-and-white shot, Baldwin is seen resting her head on her arm, with her hand casually draped in front of her, allowing a full view of her oval-shaped stone and 18-karat-gold band.
While this is the first time we’ve seen the ring up close, we do know a few things about what went into the selection process.
“[Justin] had certain design elements that he wanted and he had certain expectations, and I think we delivered,” Jack Solow, of New York City–based Solow & Co. Inc. Diamond Jewelers, who designed the ring, previously revealed. “It was about the diamond. I think he knew very well what Baldwin wanted in a ring, but he wanted it very much to be about a very special diamond. He left it in my hands to try and select the most beautiful diamond for someone like Hailey.” The singer was also adamant that the ring have an 18-karat-gold band, which Solow speculated was important to Baldwin.
The design process reportedly involved a series of phone calls and back-and-forth photo exchanges. After only a few weeks, the custom piece of jewelry was ready for Bieber’s proposal. “Like any other young man, he said, ‘Wow, it’s gorgeous,'” Solow said. “There was one moment when he looked into the diamond and I said, ‘What do you see inside that diamond?’ He goes, ‘I think I see Hailey’s face,’ so that was kind of cute.”