A jewelry expert has weighed in on Gwen Stefani's engagement ring, and he has valued it at an eyewatering sum of money...
Last week, Gwen Stefani broke the happy news that she and her partner, Blake Shelton, were engaged.Her Instagram post was adorable, to say the least, but one jewelry expert had her eye on her ring and it is apparently worth a lot of money.
Now, the star began her career as the lead singer of No Doubt.
via: Getty ImagesShe burst into the mainstream music scene as the lead singer of the SoCal rock band, who went on to produce several hits including "Don’t Speak," "Spiderwebs," and "Just a Girl."
But, in 2004, Stefani ended up parting ways from her band to kick-start her solo career.After splitting from the band in the early '00s, the singer embarked on her solo career that skyrocketed her to pop-stardom, seeing her release popular hits such as "Hollaback girl" and "Sweet Escape."
The move certainly paid off.
But, throughout her career...In spite of her successes, she hasn't fallen short of controversy either.
For instance, earlier on in her career, the singer was seen sporting a sacred, religious symbol in several music videos.Throughout the '90s, in many of No Doubt's music videos, the singer can be seen wearing a bindi. Bindi's are worn by South Asian women for religious and cultural reasons, however, the singer continued to wear the decoration as a fashion accessory for her "distinct" aesthetic, ex-Stefani-fan, Wanna Thompson, wrote in an article for Vice.
The singer has also received backlash for her "Harajuku girls" backup dancers.
via: Getty ImagesIn 2005 and 2006, Stefani was slammed for appearing with a silent group of Asian-American women, whom the singer called her “Harajuku Girls," after a group of women that she met in the Harajuku district of Japan.
The group regularly featured in the star's music videos and accompanied her to promotional events.The singer raised eyebrows when, in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, she called the "Harajuku Girls" an "art project" and reportedly renamed each of them — "Love," "Angel," "Music," and "Baby" after her new album title.
Though the singer justified herself by saying that she was simply embracing the Harajuku culture, others were not so sure...
via: Getty ImagesAsian-American comedian, Margaret Cho, criticized the singer for the cultural appropriation of Harajuku culture. At the time, Cho compared the singer's Harajuku Girls to "blackface", while a 2005 Salon article about the Harajuku Girls accused the singer of "fawning" over Harajuku culture in her lyrics.