EXCLUSIVE: Ben Higgins and Lauren Bushnell Show Off Massive $100K Engagement Ring, Reveal What's Next!
By Antoinette Bueno
Lauren Bushnell is one lucky lady.
Not only did the 25-year-old flight attendant accept a romantic proposal from Bachelor stud Ben Higgins on Monday night's finale, she also got to take home a stunning Neil Lane custom engagement ring. The incredible bling is the largest engagement ring in either Bachelor or Bachelorette franchise history, and worth close to $100,000.
The Art Deco ring is set with a central radiant cut diamond, and surrounded by over 240 round and baguette cut diamonds, the famous jeweler tells ET about the special design. The total diamond weight comes out to approximately 4.25 carats.
But, according to Higgins, the cost of the ring had nothing to do with his choice.
"I chose not to ask," the 27-year-old software salesman tells ET exclusively about the staggering price tag. "You know, I picked this because it just stood out to me. Really, when Neil and I sat down to talk, he said, 'What ring catches your eye first?,' and this one did."
"And it was also the one that I felt most comfortable with, like, holding in my hand," he adds. "And it was like, 'This has to be it.'"
Now that the show has ended, Bushnell and Higgins are eager to start their lives together. Higgins plans to go back to work at the same company, while Bushnell will relocate to Denver, where her new fiance is based.
"I'm still a flight attendant, so that's in the plans, but the great thing about my job is that it's so flexible," Bushnell says. "So, the opportunity to fly and potentially do something else on the side -- which has always been, you know, it has been a dream of mine to eventually own my own business or something like that -- but right now, I am going back to work and focusing on our relationship and moving to Denver."
The attractive couple also definitely wants children.
"Eventually, yeah," Bushnell says about the timing. "We both want a family, and it's something that we talked about early on, when we met, and I want three kids, two [or] three. ... I don't know how soon that's going to take place, because we also want to enjoy life together."
"But it's nothing that we're scared of. We can handle it," Higgins adds.
And good news for all Bachelor fans -- the pair doesn't rule out having a televised wedding.
"We don't really know what opportunities that lie ahead of us, so I think it's something that we both are open to," Bushnell says. "At the end of the day, we just want to get married and have a wedding with our families and friends there to celebrate, so, whether it's on TV or not, I don’t know if we've given it much thought."
"It would cut the cost of a wedding videographer that's for sure," Higgins cracks.
"You know, it kind of goes back to the whole thing -- there is one main goal for me now, and that's us, and I think right now, Lauren and I being together is my main concern," Higgins explains. "I don't think adding too much more to that right now is the right thing."