Mariah was born in Huntington, NY to an African American father, an aeronautical engineer, and an Irish mother, a vocal coach and opera singer. Mariah’s mother was cut off from her family for marrying a black man, and her family struggled in their community due to their ethnicity. Her parents divorced when she was 3.
Mariah excelled in music, art, and literature and began writing and composing songs in High School. After High School, she moved to Manhattan and worked as a waitress by day, and wrote songs and sang at night. She completed a four song demo tape, which was rejected by one music label after another.
With the help of her friend, Brenda K. Starr, her demo tape was given to Tommy Mottola of Columbia Records. Her career soon took off, she married Tommy Mottola, and the rest is history.
Mariah has sold more than 200 million records wordwide and is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time.
With a net worth of over $500 million, Mariah is a great philanthropist and has donated her time and money to many organizations including the Fresh Air Fund, Camp Mariah, a camp for inner-city youth, Make-A-Wish Foundation, and many other charities.
The boyfriends of celebrities Mariah Carey, Kim Kardashian, and Blake Lively, give the saying “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” a whole new meaning. Ranging from several hundred thousand dollars to $10 million dollars, you won’t believe these breathtaking engagement rings when you see them!
When Mariah Carey’s boyfriend, James Packer, decided to propose, he certainly didn’t hold back on the ring he put on her finger. The stunning emerald-cut diamond engagement ring weighs a whopping 35 carats, but that’s not all. Packer helped designer, Wilfredo Rosado, custom design the perfect ring for Mariah Carey. In fact, the design process took an entire two weeks because he wanted it to be absolutely perfect.
According to Vogue, Rosado, claimed this was “the most challenging piece of jewelry he’s ever designed… I wanted to create the most gorgeous ring for my dear friend, but I also wanted to create the most stunning ring for one of the most iconic divas of our generation.” The stunning custom-made engagement ring cost a shocking $10 million dollars! But, would we expect any less from a billionaire? See for yourself!
Kanye West went all-out when creating the perfect ring for girlfriend, Kim Kardashian. The gorgeous rock that he chose weighs an incredible 15 carats and could barely fit in the hands of baby, North West. But – the size isn’t all the matters with this rock. Kanye didn’t get anything but the best for his soon-to-be wife. The diamond is graded a D-Flawless, according to E! News, which is the highest color and clarity you can get on the scale created by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA).
Apparently, West stayed up throughout the night to correspond with jewelry designer, Lorraine Shwartz, trying to perfect each and every angle of the ring.
Clearly, he did an impeccable job – just look at that rock! His vision was to create a ring where the diamond appeared to be “floating,” and it seems as though he did just that. Kim Kardashian’s extraordinary engagement ring cost a whopping $8 million dollars – coming in right below Mariah Carey’s.
Actor Ryan Reynolds went for a unique flare when he created Blake Lively’s remarkable oval-shaped diamond engagement ring. While her stone may appear smaller than that of Kim Kardashian’s or Mariah Carey’s, don’t let that fool you. While the diamond is large, weighing 7 carats, it’s color is what really makes the ring unique. Reynolds chose one of the most rare gems to put in the center of Lively’s ring – the pink diamond. Not only that, but it’s graded as a Flawless stone, too! The rose gold setting that holds the diamond perfectly accents the its’ light pink hue, with many pave-set smaller diamonds to bring out a spectacular sparkle.
He also worked closely with jewelry designer, Lorraine Shwartz, who happens to be a close friend of Lively’s. Together, they were able to create her one-of-a-kind dream ring.
According to many sources, the ring could have cost Reynolds close to $2 million dollars (as originally, they believed the ring could weigh 12 carats). However, there has been some debate over the actual carat weight of the diamond. If it is, in fact, seven carats, an article on E! states that the ring is more likely to have cost several hundred thousand dollars, as opposed to a couple million.
Celebrity Engagement Rings
All three of Lively, Kardashian, and Carey’s rings are exceptional, there’s no doubt about that! When you hear about a celebrity engagement, you can be sure that the ring-to-come will be extravagant. It’s not every day you get to see a 35-carat diamond engagement ring, after all.