PW Reader Ring: Melissa & Jason!

Melissa's ring!

Melissa’s ring!

The couple: Melissa Zaffin and Jason Bender, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a sapphire center stone surrounded by 88 carefully placed diamonds set in rose gold. We had gone shopping together and I described the stone and metal I preferred. Shelley at Philly’s Harzin Jewelers helped Jason design this ring–I love that it is custom design and very unique to my personality!

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PW Reader Ring: Jessica & Rob!

Jessica's ring!

Jessica’s ring!

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!

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PW Reader Ring: Caiti & James!

Caiti's ring!

Caiti’s ring!

The couple: Caiti Becker and James Ferguson, from West Chester.

The ring: My ring has one round diamond with a halo of small diamonds set in white gold, with diamonds that go around the top half of the band. I hinted a bit about the cut I wanted, and then James went on his own to Benari Jewelers. He picked the ring out himself, and it’s exactly what I wanted!

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PW Reader Ring: Hope & Nick!

Hope's ring!

Hope’s ring!

The couple: Hope Jones and Nick McGrath from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring features the center stone from my mother’s three-stone engagement ring set in yellow gold, with faceted baguettes on either side. She offered it to me during our first discussion about my possible engagement to Nick.

I had grown up completely mesmerized by her ring, and had noticed that in recent years she had only been pulling it out to wear for special occasions. I was more than happy to take it off her hands. I was so thrilled I could hardly contain my excitement when talking about the project.

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PW Reader Ring: Stacey & Ryan!

Stacey's ring!

Stacey’s ring!

The couple: Stacey Frisco and Ryan Stefan from Northeast Philly and Fairless Hills.

The ring: My ring is a white gold Verragio ring from their Venetian collection. I had looked at so many engagement rings on Pinterest and always found myself falling in love with the Verragio designs.

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PW Reader Ring: Kristin & Zachary!

Kristin's ring!

Kristin’s ring!

The couple: Kristin Reiley and Zachary Safris from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a morganite center stone surrounded by diamonds and set in white gold.

I had done some ring research, knowing we’d probably get engaged soon and that I wanted something different. I came across morganites and thought they were gorgeous, and that they also had a great meaning to them. I found a jeweler I loved—SamNSue out of Hawaii—through Instagram, and that’s where Zachary ended up getting my ring.

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PW Reader Ring: Audrey & Johnny!

Audrey's ring!

Audrey’s ring!

The couple: Audrey Johnson and Johnny Caputo from Philly.

The ring: My ring is actually Johnny’s grandmother’s white-gold engagement ring with additional diamonds added to it. He went to Helzberg and also a small local jeweler to put the ring together.

I knew he was planning to propose because he didn’t keep the ring planning a secret entirely; he had also asked me to show him what I’d prefer, style-wise. But I had no idea when it was coming.

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PW Reader Ring: Crystal & Christopher!

Crystal's ring!

Crystal’s ring!

The couple: Crystal Hayes and Christopher Casazza, Philadelphia.

The ring: I wish I could take any measure of credit for my ring, but it was all my fiance! He has a classic and slightly vintage style that is definitely reflected in my ring, which is more than I could have ever dreamed up myself.

The center diamond is Old European cut, which is very hard to find these days, so he traveled back to Michigan (where he’s originally from) to find the perfect stone with an estate jeweler, Joseph DuMouchelle. He then went to D’Antionio & Klein (on Jewelers Row in Philly) to have the setting custom made. The stone is beautifully set in a split shank with a diamond halo made of white gold. As a nod to the Art Deco era that I love, he also had hand engraving done on the top and underneath of the setting, so I see a lovely etched pattern whenever I look at my hand.

Of course, I wondered how he was able to create such a unique piece of jewelry that I swoon over on a daily basis without ever discussing the topic with me … Turns out he enlisted the help of my best friend and co-worker months in advance to consult on the process!

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PW Reader Ring: Megan & Kyle!

Megan's ring!

Megan’s ring!

The couple: Megan Whitmore and Kyle Bachmann, Northeast Philly.

The ring: My beautiful engagement ring is a white-gold radiant cut diamond in a halo setting. To me the ring is a classic look with a twist, since it’s neither a round-cut diamond nor a princess-cut diamond with a halo. Radiant cuts are a combo of the brilliance of the round cut but with a square shape.

Kyle did have an idea of the kind of ring I wanted, because I always hinted that I wanted a halo in my setting—but as far as the center stone shape, that was all him! (Unless he had been peeking at my Pinterest board.)

Kyle did his homework before buying. He shopped and talked with many jewelers in the Philadelphia suburbs and in Center City. He finally decided on purchasing the ring from Barsky on Jewelers’ Row.

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PW Reader Ring: Alyssa & Tom!

Alyssa's ring!

Alyssa’s ring!

The couple: Alyssa Koscelansky and Tom Mahoney from Collegeville.

The ring: My ring is a beautiful cushion-cut diamond with a halo on a white-gold band with smaller cushion-cut diamonds down the sides. My fiancé picked it all by himself at Steven Singer Jewelers; he was so in love with it from the moment he saw it he knew it would be perfect for me.

We never once went ring shopping before because I knew that he wanted to surprise me when the time came, and even though I kind of hinted to him some different designs, I knew that whatever he would choose would be perfect. And I’m so happy that he did pick it out all my himself, because it makes it that much more special to me. It’s so sparkly and perfect for me.

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