Holiday Weekend in Aspen Nets 20-Carat Engagement Sparkler for Socialite Paris Hilton

Socialite and former reality star Paris Hilton couldn't be more pleased with the 20-carat pear-shaped diamond engagement ring she received over the holiday weekend from actor Chris Zylka. The hotel heiress called the $2 million sparkler a "dream ring" and the "most beautiful thing I have ever seen."

The couple seemed to be on top of the world, literally, when Zylka proposed to Hilton on the Aspen, Colo., mountaintop with gorgeous snow-washed vistas in the background.

In a video posted to Instagram, Zylka is seen going down on one knee and opening a ring box in front of a smiling Hilton. Then, in a playful twist, she grabs the box from his hand, crouches down to kiss him, pops up to a standing position and places the ring on her own finger.

Celebrity jeweler Michael Greene told Entertainment Tonight that Zylka began his ring shopping about five months ago. The actor had remembered that Hilton mentioned on a number of occasions how much she loves her mother's pear-shaped diamond.

“And when Chris came to me that was his request,” Greene told People magazine. “The pear shape really jumped out for him and ultimately for her. He did some fishing, but in the end it was all him.”

The pear-shaped diamond is set on a platinum split-shank band and is framed by a halo of smaller diamonds weighing slightly less than 2 carats.

On Tuesday, the 36-year-old delighted her 17.5 million Twitter followers and 7.9 million Instagram fans with photos from the mountaintop proposal.

She captioned one pic, "I said Yas! So happy & excited to be engaged to the love of my life. My best friend & soulmate. Perfect for me in every way. So dedicated, loyal, loving & kindhearted. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world! You are my dream come true! Thank you for showing me that fairytales do exist."

Greene told People that Zylka, 32, was giddy when he saw the finished ring for the first time.

Noted Greene, “When he came to pick it up and opened up the box he literally started shaking. He said, ‘I can’t stop shaking.’ It was like taking a good size man and bringing him down to a boy size giggle. He’s a super nice guy.”

“Paris is the most beautiful and incredible woman both inside and out,” Zylka told People. “I feel like the luckiest man in the world to be marrying my dream girl. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives together.”

Credits: Images via Instagram/ParisHilton.

Howard Cohen