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Brandy, Quentin Richardson Are Engaged

07/29/2004 at 10:00 AM EDT

Brandy, Quentin Richardson Are Engaged
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Singer Brandy and NBA star Quentin Richardson are engaged, PEOPLE has learned exclusively.

The Chicago-born L.A. Clippers guard, 24, surprised the Mississippi-born former Moesha star, 25, at a private reception at L.A.'s Century Club attended by both of their families and close friends on Tuesday.

Sweetening the surprise: rose petals decorating the club – and a diamond ring totaling 11 1/2 carats valued at $1 million.

Jeweler Jason Arasheben spent months designing the unique ring – and finished it only 30 minutes before the proposal.

"It was a total surprise for her," says Arasheben, who has designed custom-made jewelry for the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Michael Jackson.

The couple have been dating about nine months. "He is a great guy for her," Brandy's mother, Sonja Norwood, recently told PEOPLE. "I can see the happiness in her."

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