Kim Kardashian recently showed off a gold ring which was noticeably placed on her ring finger, and the photo has fueled speculation that she and Kanye West are preparing to wed in a commitment ceremony.
The reality TV star, who is said to be 15 weeks along in her pregnancy, shared the photo of her left hand on social networking site Instagram. The ring in question bears West's "K W" initials, evidently in honor of the rapper. However, a friend claims that he has not yet officially proposed, according to HollywoodLife.com.
"Kim like to keep ya'll guessing and unless Kanye keeping his mouth shut, I don't think they're engaged," a source told Hollywood Life.
The couple, who has been dating for one year, will reportedly exchanged vows and wedding rings in an unofficial wedding ceremony to mark their undying love. The pair cannot yet legally wed because Kardashian, 31, is still legally married to NBA star Kris Humphries.
"Kanye is very traditional. He'd have liked to marry Kim now they are having a baby but with Kim still married to someone else, there is not much he can do," a source told The Sun U.K.
"It won't be official like a wedding because Kanye wants that to be extra special when the time comes," the source continued.
The unofficial wedding will reportedly take place in Malibu followed by a lavish reception, which will take place at a private beach mansion in Malibu.
"They will still exchange rings they just won't wear them on their wedding fingers. One of Kim's friends is lending them his [$11 million] Malibu beach mansion and the entire bash will take place there," the source explained. "It'll be a lot more low-key than a wedding."
Kardashian and West were photographed shopping for rings at renowned Beverly Hills jewelry store Cartier on Jan. 31. A store recently employee described the rings which most appealed to the pair, according to HollywoodLife.com.
"Kim has great taste and loves many of our pieces, such as this one, our Cartier d'Amour solitaire paved with diamonds. It's a really exquisite engagement band, and of the finest diamonds you could buy," a source said.
"I showed her a few other ones from a set of different collections," the employee continued. "She was more interested in this one (the Cartier d'Amour solitaire paved with diamonds) and making some adjustments to it. Kim wants her piece to be custom, something out of the ordinary, and we're certainly happy to accommodate her."