updated 08/03/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/06/2012 AT 9:30 AM ET
“I had no input,” she tells Marie Claire in the September issue cover story, of her 18-karat Neil Lane bauble, hand-cut in the late 1800s.
“I saw it online at one point and thought it was really pretty. I just love that it’s old and has a story. And I’m happy because it doesn’t look like anything else I wear.”
Cyrus, 19 – whose engagement was announced by PEOPLE on June 6 – has no reservations about her decision to tie the knot, but notes that she isn’t walking down the aisle soon.
“Life is too short not to be with the person you want to be with,” she explains. “I don’t really care about the wedding or the piece of paper as much as I do the promise we’ve made to each other. And we want to have a long engagement.”
“Liam and I have a really good relationship,” she says. “Neither of us is super jealous. We know each other and would never do anything to hurt each other.”