PW Reader Ring: Maura & Derrell!

Maura's ring!

Maura’s ring!

The couple: Maura Burns and Derrell Thompson, from Conshohocken.

The ring: My ring is a princess-cut solitaire diamond with platinum prongs on a white gold band. Derrell picked it out from Kay Jewelers. He knew I wanted something simple and classic, so he passed on some options with multiple diamonds and went for the style he knew I’d like best.

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PW Reader Ring: Kathleen & John!

Kathleen's ring!

Kathleen’s ring!

The couple: Kathleen Beyer and John Politsky from Moorestown.

The ring: My ring is the Tacor Dantela ring in white gold with a round brilliant stone in the center with diamonds all around it.

John picked out the ring. I told him once that I loved the designs of the brand Tacori for their vintage look, but that he didn’t have to get the brand, just that I loved all the styles. (I had gone and looked and showed my best friend what I liked, then she secretly contacted him and said she’d help him if he wanted.)

He got the ring from Golden Nugget in Philly. They are so great there.

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PW Reader Ring: Amy & Tom!

Amy's ring!

Amy’s ring!

The couple: Amy Bloomfield and Tom Curry, Northeast Philly.

The ring: My ring is a round solitaire diamond on a 14-karat white-gold band. Tom designed it through Blue Nile. We dated for six years prior to getting engaged so he knew exactly what I was hopping for: a timeless engagement ring that I would cherish forever! He has similar taste when it comes to rings, and after a ton of research and shopping around, he was set on this style.

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PW Reader Ring: Sara and Justin!

Sara's ring!

Sara’s ring!

The couple: Sara Kessinger and Justin Rosenbaum

The ring: The gorgeous center diamond in my ring is a fourth-generation stone passed down from my fiancé’s great-grandmother to his grandmother to his father to him! The stone is a miners-cut diamond—the pre-cursor to today’s cushion, and it’s set in white gold with a halo of diamonds.

What really blows my mind is that this stone was very likely cut by hand. My fiancé worked with a local family friend, Stephen McCarthy Goldsmith in Newtown Square, to reset the stone in my dream setting. He took me shopping to get an idea of what I liked, but never told me he had his grandmother’s diamond! It was such a wonderful surprise and the most beautiful way to be welcomed into his family. I think about Dora and Rosalind Rosenbaum every time I look at my hand.

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PW Reader Ring: Christina & Mike!

Christina's ring!

Christina’s ring!

The couple: Christina Climaldi and Mike Glogowsk, from Sewell.

The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut center stone set in white gold and surrounded by pave diamonds. And my fiance let me fully design the ring! This was so special, because I love jewelry.

I saw the ring of my dreams years ago at Cartier. It was a pave halo setting, and the entire underside of setting was covered in pave, as well—no metal was showing from any angle, just pave! I loved this look and we couldn’t find a setting like this anywhere.

After visiting countless jewelers, we decided to work with a CAD specialist and designer at Barsky in Philadelphia. We picked the diamond, and then I got to customize the entire ring around the stone.

I approved the final design, but Mike went to pick the ring up himself. The jeweler did a big reveal for Mike and he got to see the final product. I didn’t get to see it until the big day, which was a total surprise!!

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PW Reader Ring: Nicki & Tim!

Nicki's ring!

Nicki’s ring!

The couple: Nicki Notarianni and Tim Kianka from Fairmount.

The ring: My ring is a miner’s cut diamond with a square halo surrounding it. It is set on a delicate, platinum thin band of diamonds. Holding up the main diamond is an intricate design of diamonds, resembling a crown. A miner’s cut diamond catches an unbelievable amount of light and it always seems to be sparkling.

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PW Reader Ring: Jennifer & Bill!

Jennifer's ring!

Jennifer’s ring!

The couple: Jennifer Gladney and Bill Frysinger from Northeast Philadelphia

The ring: My ring has three princess-cut diamonds set in white gold. Bill got the ring at Kay Jewelers. I had absolutely no idea he had any plans for proposing, but most of my family knew. He even took my dad with him to help pick out the ring, as they are very close.

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PW Reader Ring: Alexandra & Joe!

Alexandra's ring!

Alexandra’s ring!

The couple: Xan Weitzel and Joe Zimatore from Philadelphia

The ring: My ring is a radiant-cut canary diamond set in white gold, which is something I’ve always wanted. My father gave my mother a canary diamond for their 20th wedding anniversary, and I have always wanted something different just like hers.

Joe did some research and discovered that my mother’s ring was from a local jeweler in Haddonfield. Unfortunately, he also found that this jeweler, Stephen Wisely, had moved to Colorado recently—but that didn’t stop him from reaching out.

Stephen flew into Philadelphia to show Joe some canary diamonds and help design the ring. I am in love with everything about this ring and it means so much that he designed everything himself.

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