The couple: Dana Ritchie and Robert Colona, Mount Ephraim.
The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut diamond set in rose gold with a diamond halo. Bobby worked with our friend Dave to make it; he grew up in a family jewelry business in Philadelphia and makes rings as a hobby.
I think it’s safe to say that Juba Lee Young and Amanda Preslar stole the show on Monday night’s episode of The Voice: Not only did the singing duo from Tulsa land a spot on Team Pharrell, but they also made history with the show’s first-ever on-stage proposal.
After getting two chairs to turn during their Blind Audition, the couple was asked how long they’ve been singing together (18 months) and whether or not they were married (not yet). Juba then dropped to one knee, pulled a ring from his pocket and asked a very surprised Amanda to marry him. Her reaction—plus the reactions of the couple’s families and the unsuspecting coaches—is so so sweet. Behold:
As far as creative, thoughtful proposals go, this guy hit the nail right on the head: Justin Lebon and now fiancée Michal Ott are avid Monopoly players, and when Justin decided to pop the question last year, he found an awesome way to incorporate their favorite game into the proposal.
The couple: Jamie Mulhare and Michael Podgajny, Philadelphia.
The ring: My ring has a pear-shaped diamond nestled into a white-gold vintage setting with six prongs and four delicately placed diamonds on either side. I fell in love with the pear shape because of my mother’s engagement ring and knew that I wanted a ring that reflected her style and our relationship. I also love that the cut is unique!
Michael and I talked about a pear-shaped ring for a long time, so he definitely was well informed that a pear was the cut to go with! He, too, liked the idea that not many women of our generation had that such a vintage look.
Originally, I had been pretty set on the idea of a simple, thin gold band to accent the diamond, but that changed when my friend/future sister-in-law and I stumbled into Barsky’s to “look around” one Saturday morning. As we were about to walk out, we decided to look at a pretty vintage setting that caught my eye and then everything changed! I was in love. She communicated the excitement to Michael and he took it from there, putting his own taste into the chosen setting.
The couple: Jessica Murphy and Shea McGivney, from Wilmington.
The ring: My ring belonged to my grandmother on my mom’s side, and it features a solitaire set in white gold, flanked by two small diamonds.
My grandmother was one of the most important and influential people in my life, and when she passed away years ago, I knew that I wanted to wear this as a tribute to her. I clued my mom and dad into this so they could pass it on when the time was right … And I believe I told my fiance about it as soon as I knew he was the one! I phrased it as if he won the lottery: “Guess who doesn’t have to buy an engagement ring?”
The sparkler Tanner chose, though, is unlike any of the others we’ve seen on the show—it’s an emerald-cut diamond in an east-west setting (this style seems to be growing in popularity) surrounded by 12 round brilliant-cut diamonds. It’s really pretty, and much simpler than the elaborate rings Lane usually designs for the franchise.
The couple: Brittany Schneider and David Warner, from Philadelphia.
The ring: The center stone of my ring is is a round Hearts and Arrows cut diamond, which are precision cut to feature perfect symmetry and maximum sparkle. It’s set in a white gold band with a halo of smaller diamonds, withpavé diamonds on the band. Together and with the help of our jeweler, Michael Gilman, my fiancé and I custom designed my ring at Safian & Rudolph on Jewelers’ Row here in Philadelphia.
Thank you, Julianne Hough, for causing a serious case of engagement ring envy: The professional dancer/actress just revealed the first close-up photo of her gorgeous (and massive!) oval-shaped sparkler—which her hockey player boyfriend proposed with last week—and we’re totally in love with it.
The six-carat stunner, which was designed by Lorraine Schwartz, is very similar in style to one of our favorite celebrity engagement rings of all time: the one Ryan Reynolds gave to Blake Lively. Hough teased the ring’s reveal on Instagram today, posting the below shot which directs eager fans to her blog post about the proposal. Check it out here.
I literally emitted a pained Eeeeeee as I read this story, and then heard my female colleagues make all matter of the same noise when I IMed it around to them: It’s about a boy named Matthew who decided to propose to his girlfriend Kayla while they were vacationing with her family in North Carolina.
The whole group had gone out to dinner when Kayla spotted Matthew’s mother; when she turned around to ask him why she was there, he was already on his knee.
Matthew opened the ring box, and before he could even say anything—before Kayla even really got a look at it—it seemingly leapt from the cozy confines of its box onto the dock where they were standing, through the crack, and then into the dark waters below.
The couple: Jessica McAllister and Rob Fisher, from Philadelphia.
The ring: My ring is a yellow gold with a solitaire oval diamond and pave diamonds around the band. He picked the ring out himself, though went in knowing that I an oval diamond and a yellow gold band. I didn’t send him too many hints on what I wanted, though, because I didn’t want him to think I was being a crazy girlfriend!