He is one of the richest sports stars in the world, and it seems Rory McIlroy has let the ring do the talking when it comes to showing how much his new fiancee means to him.
The Irish golfer and his wife-to-be Erica Stoll confirmed the news this week when the American beauty stepped out sporting a massive diamond on her ring finger.
And the Herald can reveal that the oval cut diamond is worth an estimated €600,000 – more than double the estimated price of the engagement ring presented by Rory to former fiancee Caroline Wozniacki.
McIlroy and Danish tennis ace Caroline parted ways in May last year, five months after the golfer popped the question with the “cushion-cut, halo-style” sparkler during a New Year’s Eve fireworks display in Sydney.
It was reported at the time of the split that Rory (26) wanted the tennis star to keep her engagement ring after ending their relationship.
Dublin-based diamond expert Seamus Fahy told the Herald that he would value the “four carat” diamond ring worn by Caroline at €250,000.
Meanwhile, an oval cut diamond like Erica’s could net a price of more than half-a-million euro.
“The oval one is worth more,” said Mr Fahy, who owns Voltaire Diamonds on King Street South.
“I would value the five carat ring at about €600,000.
And it seems Rory opted for a popular style,with Mr Fahy confirming that oval diamonds are the cut of choice at the moment.
Former world number one Rory, who’s worth more than €400m, is said to have gone down on bended knee during a trip to Paris.
The current number three has made no secret of the fact that he’s head over heels in love with the beautiful Florida native, who he has been dating for nearly a year.