PW Reader Ring: Deirdre & John

Deirdre's ring!

Deirdre’s ring!

The couple: Deirdre McCarthy & John O’Kane, Philadelphia.

The ring: This is a vintage platinum ring with a round European-cut diamond with two baguettes on either side, and smaller round diamonds on the ends of those. It’s has the original setting and baguettes—the only thing it got was a good cleaning.

This ring belonged to my paternal grandmother and was then passed on to my dad, who used it to propose to my mom. After 25 years, she decided to keep it safe and they bought her another ring.

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PW Reader Ring: Ann Marie & Sean!

Ann Marie's ring!

Ann Marie’s ring!

The couple: Ann Marie Kavanaugh and Sean Carlin

The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut center diamond surrounded by a diamond pavé halo set on a white-gold split-shank diamond band.

Sean and I never went ring shopping in the five years we’ve been together, so the ring (and the proposal) was a complete surprise! He chose to custom design my engagement ring with Benari Jewelers.

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PHOTOS: Our 10 Favorite Non-Diamond Engagement Rings From Etsy

Maybe he'll pop the question with this stunner.

Maybe he’ll pop the question with this Aquamarine stunner.

If you thought Pinterest was dangerous, well, we’re here to remind you about Etsy.

After all, the e-commerce site, known for its plethora of handmade and vintage goods, is an equally enticing rabbit hole, oftentimes sucking you in so deep that you completely lose track of time—and since here, you can actually load up your cart with the pretty things you see, how much money you’ve managed to drain from your bank account. It’s addicting, people, so we take full responsibility if the rest of your day after reading this post is spent shopping the site.

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VIDEO: Dude Proposes to Girlfriend Mid-Skydive; Acts Like He Dropped the Ring

One time, there was a proposal in which the guy, who was flying a private plane just before popping the question, acted as if the plane was going down as a nice little prelude to asking his girlfriend to spend the rest of her life with him. It was horrible, and watching it still makes us mad for her.

This is not that bad, for sure—but this guy would probably find the jokester pilot pretty funny. This guy, who decided to propose mid-skydive with his girlfriend, acted like he dropped the ring about a second after pulling it out as they hurtled towards the earth. Besides the fact that she probably felt like she was going to barf for the rest of her time in the air, though, we think this one’s kinda funny. And sweet, since no diamonds were actually harmed in the making of this proposal—and since she said yes.

RELATED: Video: Dude Pretends Private Plane Is Going Down During Proposal 

To read about—and watch!—more proposals, go here

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PW Reader Ring: Mallory & Greg!

Mallory’s ring!

The couple: Mallory Bonsall and Greg Adams from Thorndale.

The ring: The ring was Greg’s grandmother’s engagement ring. According to his mother, I was the only girlfriend of his that she approved of. She jokes that if it had been any other girl, she would have had a different ring.

When Greg’s grandmother passed away last year, Greg inherited the gorgeous ring. It is a gold band with a white gold setting, and has a round-cut diamond and two smaller diamonds on either side. Greg and I never went ring shopping, and clearly we never needed to. The ring is perfect for me!

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VIDEO: Dude Valiantly Saves Girlfriend from 7 Minutes of Burpees By Proposing During Their CrossFit Class

So I especially enjoyed this proposal because 1) I just so happen to have a friend who met her fiance at CrossFit 215 in Philly and that delights me and 2) burpees drive me into a very particular kind of rage, so I can very much relate to this girl’s hatred of them—and how extra awesome this surprise proposal must have been when she thought she had seven minutes—seven minutes!—of them to slug through.

JP here decided to propose to Amanda during the same 5:30am class where they fell in love—specifically during a loooong string of burpees, which he specially arranged to have happen during the class. Well, very nicely, he didn’t make her go through a lot of them before his plan went off—involving, of course, a little Bruno Mars. Take a look.

To read about—and watch!—more proposals we love, go here

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PW Reader Ring: Danielle & Paul!

Danielle's ring!

Danielle’s ring!

The couple: Danielle Rotellini and Paul Burgan from Galloway in South Jersey.

The ring: My ring has a diamond surrounded by a diamond halo and all set in white gold and it sparkles like crazy! Paul got it at Zales—I had given him previous ideas, but he chose the ring all on his own.

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Win This Ultimate Proposal Contest and Get $5,000 Worth of Platinum Bling from a Philly Jeweler 



The Jewelry Information Center—which, as they describe it, is the consumer education arm of the Jewelers of America (the largest national association for fine jewelry businesses)—is launching, for the fifth year in a row, their national Ultimate Proposal Contest. This time around, though, they’re stamping it as the Platinum Edition.

As the name might suggest, the contest this year is centered around the pretty, durable metal—and the prize is seriously sweet. Here’s how it works:

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PW Reader Ring: Amanda & Carlos!

Amanda's ring!

Amanda’s ring!

The couple: Amanda Landel and Carlos Lopez from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a gorgeous white-gold diamond ring by Neil Lane for Kay’s. The amount of diamonds on this ring sparkle so beautifully in the sunlight!

Carlos completely picked the ring out himself without having any idea what I wanted. We never went shopping for a ring together, nor did I leave any hints around. (I had a few rings I loved on Pintrest, but he has no idea what that is, let alone how to search on it for my dream ring.) And yet, the ring he picked out for me is a combination of the three rings I loved.

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PW Reader Ring: Dalia & Westley!

Dahlia's ring!

Dahlia’s ring!

The couple: Dalia Gonzalez and Westley Rhodes from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is an old miner diamond with two color-changing sapphires on either side of it, along with a ruby. The colors actually change! Sometimes they’re rosy and peachy and other times they’re a deep green and mint. There are diamonds along the side, as well, all set on a gold band.

West sent the designer at Mociun in Brooklyn an email to talk about creating a custom piece. She works with people from all over—so any guy who knows his lady needs a little something different can reach out to her!

They worked together over email. He sent her photos of my jewelry, and they talked about my clothes, different things I like, and my style. She sent him photos of different diamonds and gems under different lighting, and once he picked out the ones he liked, she sketched out some layouts for him. He picked one. She invoiced. And soon he had a ring.

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