Bethenny Frankel’s latest engagement ring could be worth over a million if it’s real

Bethenny Frankel’s divorce from Jason Hoppy was finalized this week after eight years. She was only with him for two years and the details that came out about him made it seem like he was an emotionally abusive partner. That doesn’t mean I find Bethenny sympathetic as a person because she is generally awful, but I had sympathy for her situation. Right after her divorce was finalized, Bethenny got engaged to her on-again boyfriend, Paul Bernon. Bethenny hasn’t been on Real Housewives of New York since 2019, but she’s clearly still thinking about it. She timed the announcement of her engagement to coincide with the season 13 trailer of the show. Petty, but that’s Bethenny. I wanted to talk about the fact that this ring is valued at over a million – if it’s real. Bethenny was seen wearing it on a vacation before she announced her engagement. Here’s the story from Page Six.

On Tuesday, Page Six confirmed Frankel’s engagement to boyfriend Paul Bernon, days after the former star of “The Real Housewives of New York,” 50, hit the beach wearing a massive diamond ring that’s estimated to cost seven figures.

“It looks like she wore a three-stone ring that features a huge 8- to 10-carat emerald-shaped center stone set with two smaller emerald accent diamonds we estimate to be around 3 carats total,” Apeksha Kothari, chief operating officer at, told Page Six Style on Tuesday.

“If it’s a real, natural diamond, I’d estimate its retail value at up to $1 million for a natural emerald-shaped diamond ring of that size,” Kothari added. “And if not … probably under $5,000 as a good fake.”

[From Page Six]

Some of you schooled me that Bethenny regularly carries fake Hermes purses that look convincing to most people, so I would bet that this ring isn’t real either. She has the money to buy it and that’s not shade really. My engagement ring from 2004 is moissanite because I wanted larger stones and think moissanite is just as pretty as a diamond. It’s only 2.5 carats and it wasn’t exactly cheap, but it was a hell of a lot cheaper than a diamond ring. I think Bethenny’s ring looks kind of gaudy but I know a lot of women like this style, especially if it’s a real diamond, which I truly doubt. It’s unclear if it’s even her engagement ring, but she’s wearing it on her left hand. I wouldn’t be surprised if she got it herself and then orchestrated a proposal.

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  1. Hell Nah! says:

    I’m sorry but this woman screams TACKY at all angles.

  2. Watson says:

    I don’t see them walking down the aisle. If they do I give it 2 years tops. Bethany is…a lot.

  3. Midge says:

    How could anyone stand being in the same room as her for any extended period of time, let alone marry her?

  4. SusieQ says:

    That ring is…a lot. And incredibly tacky! I think it’s so easy for diamonds to end up looking ridiculous when they’re past a certain carat.

    • Wiglet Watcher says:

      I have a solitary cocktail engagement ring and I’ve heard so many people say how tacky the size is when you go above x amount of carats. They’re not tacky imo. And it reads better from a distance or on certain fingers.
      The woman is tacky. The ring looks fine.

      Sometimes with diamonds the better the quality the more it appears fake and that’s why you think it’s tacky? Because it looks like costume jewelry quality?

      • liz says:

        A lot of it is the old-school, old-money idea that if you’ve got it, you don’t need to flaunt it. And if you are going to wear the big jewels, wear them for the “right” occasions. Pulling out the over-the-top cocktail ring at the once-a-year benefit auction is acceptable, but the engagement ring that is worn every day should be more subtle. No judgment, just an explanation of some people’s attitude.

  5. MsIam says:

    Run, Paul whoever you are, run! Lest you too end up in Tox-enny’s meat grinder!

  6. Stef says:

    She’s such a tacky, mean-girl person with a holier than thou complex. I can tolerate her in small doses only, especially that voice. Yikes!

    The ring isn’t my choice but I hope she has found happiness for herself and her daughter.

  7. Leigh says:

    It might be an unpopular opinion but I see no point in wearing stones that expensive. I might feel differently if I was born with millions of dollars but even if I came into lots of money I still wouldn’t spend it on something as pointless (and in my opinion, pompous) as jewelry. I wear my wedding band that’s white gold and that’s it. To each their own though, if a person has the means and inclination and it makes them happy then go for it. I just can’t see the point.

    • salty says:

      i have an friend that has a fake made like her engagement ring. most of the time her actual ring is in the safe…that way if the fake gets lost or stolen it’s not a heartbraking loss

  8. whateveryousay says:

    The ring looks awful.

  9. MegJ says:

    She’s an idiot, after finally getting a divorce she’s going to tie herself to another man and go through it all again. Money doesn’t buy you commonsense.

  10. Giddy says:

    I would have been truly surprised if Bethenny had chosen a ring that I admired or lusted after. I guess it’s nice to know that some things don’t change.

  11. Lunasf17 says:

    She just seems so irritating and shallow. Also whatever she is doing to her face is just …. not great. I don’t get the appeal to men (other than $$$). She always seems high maintenance and grating. Also I had one of her skinny girl margaritas at like an Applebee’s probably 12 years ago when I was in college and I remember it tasted like pure chemicals. I do not understand how that brand can still be a thing. Not to mention the name is stupid and fuck diet culture. I just hate the fact that she’s capitalized on diet culture which is so toxic for women. F that

    • BearcatLawyer says:

      I had the margarita at a charity event years ago, and I agree: it was absolutely horrible. After two sips, I dumped it and got a real drink. I have no idea how Skinnygirl is still in business, unless their market base is women with no taste buds.

  12. Leskat says:

    Who is their right mind would actually spend $1 million on a ring? At some point and size, the ring looks fake anyway. There’s no way this ring is actually worth that price, it looks like glass.

  13. Bunny says:

    If she allows the ring to be photographed from the top, it’ll be pretty easy to tell if it is real or not. Nothing sparkles like a diamond; the way the light refracts is different. For example, Moissanite sparkles tend to have more colours in them. Diamonds tend to have more white light In the sparkle.

    No shame in Moissanite, but she’s fake as anything.

  14. lucy2 says:

    I love the emerald cut style, but that thing is way too big and looks ridiculous. Shrink it down to about 1/3 of that and I’d love it.

  15. Stellainnh says:

    Why is she getting any press? She is nothing but wasted air.

  16. Lena says:

    What I can’t understand if it was real why would she be wearing it to the beach? Then again I know JLo’s big honking ring is real and I cringe at the pictures of her going to the gym with it on.

    • Seraphina says:

      I don’t understand that either. Lost my wedding band at the beach because it was loose when in the water so I gave it to my husband for safekeeping. And he lost it 🙁

      • Lex says:

        The jeweller told me never wear my diamond ring to the beach. He said the people with metal detectors have a field day due to the number of people who lose rings in the water/sand.

  17. Lauren says:

    I mean as a formerly married person I am aligned with the idea of permanent engagement without the wedding stuff ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ it means I always have an out and I won’t have to pay alimony again if I decide to leave… maybe she will go that route but unlikely for Bethany.

  18. Merricat says:

    Nothing real about her, I’ll wager, including the ring.

  19. Jess says:

    It’s a little big for my taste but to each their own! I can’t believe she’d even consider getting married again after what she went through with Jason. I think they were both emotionally abusive and brought out the worst in each other.

    I have a 2 carat solitaire and I don’t like wearing it, my husband never asked me or any of my friends or family what I wanted, I would’ve preferred a fake diamond, the industry is all bullshit and I hate that I have a ring that’s part of it, probably a conflict diamond 🙁

    • Nic says:

      I showed my partner pictures of what I wanted because I didn’t want him to do the same. Also I wanted a morganite stone in the middle because I love the soft pink color. He struggled a little with it being a “cheaper” stone and not a diamond, but I pointed out that I’m the one wearing it so who cares what other people think as long as I like it.

  20. ChloeCat says:

    She looks old enough to be Paul’s mother.

  21. Seraphina says:

    When I watched her on the show, se really seemed like an awful person. She has hustle, but that’s about it.

  22. LaurenS says:

    A show ring for a showmance. Won’t last even if they make it down the aisle.

  23. Alice says:

    I think I am the only one here that genuinely likes her. She is pretty abrasive and not easy to be around but she has a good heart. She does good work with B Strong and seems like a good mother. Relationships aren’t easy for everyone. I also had difficult parents and can relate to alot of her outbursts and behavior. At least its real which is more than I can say about most ‘celebrities’.

  24. Shanaynay says:

    I thought they broke up in the fall?

  25. Silent Star says:

    I think the idea of wedding rings is pretty weird to begin with, but these ridiculously expensive ones only make me feel even more icky, as though that is the price you pay to get your bride.

  26. Elizabeth says:

    I would never want a “real, natural” diamond sold today, knowing the abhorrent labor practices involved in mining them and the general razzmatazz of the industry. I do buy antique jewelry.

  27. JustBitchy says:

    Bethenny – Sad story with a bad eating disorder. Poor kid. And she won’t actually get married if by chance she does I hope she has an iron clad pre-nup.
    Google Amazon Kim Khardashian ring and that’s what I think she got.

  28. TeeMajor says:

    everything about her is dreadful and that ring does not disappoint.
    hideous and fake looking. pitiful