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.
via: Getty ImagesHer 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.
via: Getty ImagesAfter 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.
via: Getty ImagesThe 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.
The singer's so-called "obsession" with Harajuku culture did not end there...Since then, the star has had a "Harajuku Lovers" line of fragrances, made up of 6 scents and a Harajuku Mini fashion line, which was sold in Target.
However, the singer still insists that she doesn't regret using the Harajuku girls.During an interview with TIME in 2014, Stefani admitted that she didn't regret hiring or featuring them, despite the backlash. “There’s always going to be two sides to everything. For me, everything that I did with the Harajuku Girls was just a pure compliment and being a fan… Seriously, that was all meant out of love," the star said.
The star's "offensive" Instagram post caused quite a stir, too.wild Africa" themed SS16 collection during an episode of The Voice.
It didn't go down well with fans...Instagram user wrote, "You know I had really hoped it was a fluke, that the first image I saw last night was a one-off. It's really unfortunate that nothing was learnt from the video fiasco @gwenstefani. You should, in my opinion, be using your celebrity as a platform and mentoring new artists against cultural appropriation in this day and age. "There're so many other ways to be creative than to take very recognizable pieces of other cultures and exploit them."
But there's another reason why Stefani manages to grab headlines...
via: Getty Images... Her love life.
Stefani has been dating singer Blake Shelton for 5 years.
It was love at first sight...
4 years into their relationship, a source revealed the pair were planning a long-term future together.
The couple are clearly smitten with each other.
And finally, last week, Shelton finally put a ring on it...
via: Getty ImagesBecause it's been announced that the couple are now engaged!
The big news comes just weeks after Stefani told Extra that she thought it was "pretty cute" when people referred to Shelton as her husband.
via: Getty Images"Do you know how many people say my 'husband' about him?" she said, referring to Shelton. "I guess we're just together." Well, now he really will be her husband.
The couple made their engagement Instagram official today with an adorable post.
via: Getty ImagesAnd reactions to the happy news came pouring in.