After All This Time, Chris Harrison Didn't Go To Neil Lane

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After All This Time, Chris Harrison Didn't Go To Neil Lane

When Chris Harrison officially left The Bachelor in June of 2021, he really left. Ties were cut, alliances were forged, and, apparently, jewelers were left in the dust. After decades of hooking up young lovers with extravagant engagement rings by Neil Lane on The Bachelor, Harrison went to a totally different jeweler when it came to proposing to his now fiancée, Lauren Zima, and it feels like it really is the end of an era.

On Monday, Oct. 25, Harrison and Zima announced their engagement with matching Instagram posts showing what definitely looks like a Bachelor finale-worthy proposal. Harrison is down on one knee, a vast mountain scene behind them. But, this isn't The Bachelor. ABC cameras were (as far as we know) not present, and the diamond on Zima's finger was designed by McClave Jewelers, not our beloved Neil Lane. According to a post by McClave Jewelers, Harrison designed the ring with Charles McClave, as he recounted in a comment on the post. "As soon as I knew I was going to propose to @laurenzima I knew there was only one man to call to help me choose the perfect diamond and personally design the ring and that's my friend Charles 'Nip' McClave," he wrote.

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If you're wondering when Neil Lane's soul left this body, it was when Harrison said there was "only one man to call" for an engagement ring. I guess those decades of weird on-screen friendship means NOTHING to a man who was publicly disgraced for wondering if celebrating the antebellum south was "not a good look" all the way back in 2018. As if not choosing Neil Lane to design his ring wasn't clear enough, Harrison made his split from The Bachelor world even more clear in his caption, writing, "I love you @laurenzima The next chapter starts now." Seems benign, but any Bachelor fan can tell you that not using the word "journey" to describe his relationship is a cardinal sin.

I guess Harrison's Bachelor journey really has ended for good.

Image: ABC/Craig Sjodin

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