Credit: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images for BET Photo: Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union at the BET Awards

Since Gabrielle Union and Dwyane Wade announced their engagement in December, we haven’t been able to stop staring at Gabrielle’s gorgeous ring — otherwise known as 8.5 carats of sparkly perfection.

And this week, Gabrielle opened up about her ring and engagement when she stopped by Live! With Kelly and Michael — and how at first, she thought Dwyane ’s proposal was a joke!

“I asked for tube socks, and this is what I got,” Gabrielle joked sheepishly when Michael asked her to show off the ring. Funny, because if we asked for tube socks, we are pretty sure we’d actually get tube socks.

“Him and the boys planned it completely, as a family,” Gabrielle said of Dwyane’s proposal, which included his sons Zion and Zaire and his nephew, Dahveon. “And we were just gonna spend the day together, have a little quality time, went to brunch, I’m clueless. D’s like, ‘Do you wanna put on any make-up?’ I was like, ‘No.’”

“We were going from there to our house, which is under construction, so I’m dressed to go to a construction site, not for anything exciting,” the Think Like a Man star continued. “So we do a little tour of the house, me and D are upstairs, the boys are downstairs, and the boys say, ‘We wanna do a presentation for you!’”

And this is where it gets good. Have your “aww” ready!

“So me and D turn around, and they’re like, ‘Okay, now!’” Gabrielle said. “And we turn back around, and they’re holding signs that say, “Nikki, will you marry us?’”

But don’t get excited for Gabrielle’s big “yes” moment quite yet — at this point in the proposal, she wasn’t convinced it was the real deal.

“But the thing is, they ask me all the time,” she said. “So I was like, ‘oh, this is embarrassing, now they’ve made signs.’ So I turn to D, and I’m like ‘Oh, here we go,’ and he’s down on one knee … and he’s like, ‘Will you marry us?’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, you’re serious!’”

Phew! We’re so glad that story had a happy ending — although we have to admit, we’d take that ring, even if it was a joke proposal.

Source: Live With Kelly and Michael