PW Reader Ring: Stephanie & Steven!

Stephanie's beautiful ring!

Stephanie’s beautiful ring!

The couple: Stephanie Ubele and Steven Krawulski, from Northern Liberties

The ring: My pear-shaped ring with an invisible setting is from Barsky Diamonds—Nate Barsky definitely worked his tail off to make my ring just right. I’ve always wanted a pear and was so happy that my fiancé listened!

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PW Reader Ring: Lauren & Jeffrey!

Lauren's ring! Photo by Tara Beth Photography.

Lauren’s ring! Photo by Tara Beth Photography.

The couple: Lauren Schott and Jeffrey Sheehan, from Philadelphia

The ring: My ring is white gold with an oval diamond center stone, and six diamond side stones coming to points on the right and left.

I knew I wanted an oval or emerald cut, but it was ultimately Jeff’s choice! I had tried on some rings while we were in Las Vegas the summer before our engagement, but I could never have imagined such a beautiful choice! Jeff actually got it while on vacation in the Cayman Islands with some of his friends. He chose the center stone first, and paired it with this setting to make it a one-of-a-kind ring.

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PW Reader Ring: Alex & Josh!

Alex's ring!

Alex’s ring!

The couple: Alex Dalgliesh and Josh Pardue from Newtown Square.

The ring: My ring is a round, brilliant-cut diamond set in four prongs with a pave 14-karat white-gold band. My fiance, Josh, picked it entirely on his own. He won’t make any big purchase without becoming an expert on what he’s buying, and this was no exception! He learned everything there was to know about diamonds (including which “C” was most important to him!) before selecting the center stone, and then he picked out a matching band. His attention to detail was spot on —it’s exactly what I had always wanted: elegant and classic, with a lot of sparkle!

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PW Reader Ring: Katie & Franc!

Katie's ring!

Katie’s ring!

The couple: Katie Sieckman and Franc Marmero, Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a radiant-cut diamond with a French-cut diamond pave band. It’s perfect and I love the thought that went into it.

Franc and I have been together for almost 10 years now, and the last time we were in a jewelry store together was about three years ago. I always thought I wanted a halo, something more antique in style, but when I put it on my hand I just knew it wasn’t me. I also knew I wanted something that was not set too high, and either a plain or diamond band, but didn’t see anything that really made up my mind.

Fast forward a few years, and Franc started visiting jewelers. After going to multiple places, he ended up at Barsky on Jewelers’ Row, working with Nathan Barsky to find just the right ring. He’s an engineer, and nothing less than perfect will ever do, and I have since heard that he was once in there for about five hours designing, planning, asking women in the store to try it on and tell him how it felt, etc. Plus, it took him months to find a diamond he was happy with. (After giving it to me, he couldn’t wait to tell me this whole story and all the details.)

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PW Reader Ring: Christina & Rob!

Christina's ring!

Christina’s ring!

The couple: Christina Pagano and Rob Grundlock, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is an oval-cut solitaire set with six prongs on a white-gold band. For my birthday last winter, Rob took me to brunch at Talula’s Garden and then afterwards, took me to Jewelers’ Row to look at rings. We agreed from the start what type of ring we both liked, and what we were looking for. Of course, from that day on I began looking for signs of a ring box in his pocket!

Rob actually ended up using a private jeweler to get the ring, and while it is not one of the ones we looked at, it is perfect and exactly what I had hoped for!

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Here’s How to Announce Your Engagement With Philadelphia Wedding (and Show Us Your Ring!)

Gina & Michael

Gina & Michael

We’ve been inviting you for quite a while now, dear readers, to share a shot of your engagement ring and your proposal story with us so we can feature it on the blog for our Monday-morning installments of PW Reader Ring (which, please still do! We love seeing your bling and hearing your stories!)—but we also wanted to be sure and direct your attention to another celebratory piece of our website: Engagement announcements!

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PW Reader Ring: Angela & Rob!

Angela's ring!

Angela’s ring!

The couple: Angela Sciumbata and Rob Cairns, from Reading.

The ring: My ring is 14-karat white gold with a center stone of Morganite, with diamonds going down either side of the band and two of them directly underneath the center stone.

It was custom-designed by Rob with the help of Belden’s Jewelers—I only helped select my center stone! I knew Morganite was the stone I wanted because of its rarity and beauty, and because the meaning behind the stone is love.

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PW Reader Ring: Alyssa & Zachary!

Alyssa's ring!

Alyssa’s ring!

The couple: Alyssa D’Angelo and Zachary Beerger, from Roxborough.

The ring: My ring is 14-karat white gold with a matte finish, with six smaller diamonds on each side of the main stone and two “secret” diamonds along the side of the band. Zach got it made by Bendi Jewelers in Manayunk. He worked with the Sammi, the owner, to create it and kept it a secret from me for five months!

It was a total surprise. We had never gone ring shopping, and I had never shown him an example of a ring I would like. One night, we were watching TV and a commercial for Kay Jewelers’ chocolate diamonds came on, and jokingly, Zach asked if I would ever want one of those for an engagement ring. I freaked out and yelled, “Chocolate diamonds are the worst idea ever!” Then he asked what I would like in a ring to, which I replied that I would want something classic and timeless, something dainty and maybe even a little bit antique looking. That’s all the advice he ever got from me.

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PW Reader Ring: Tricia & Jon!

Tricia's ring!

Tricia’s ring!

The couple: Tricia Brophy and Jon, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a white-gold band set with turquoise stones and a sparkly diamond solitaire. Because I’m a wedding photography, I have seen many beautiful rings, and always felt that I wanted something different than a diamond. Colors were always just more appealing to me for my own personal ring.

A few months before we were engaged, I told Jon I thought I would like turquoise. I have always loved turquoise, and when I looked into the meaning I kept seeing that it represents luck, happiness and trust. Without me knowing, Jon ended up contacting a jeweler in New Mexico and worked with him directly to design my ring. When I saw it, I definitely felt like it was made for me and made me change my mind about not wanting a diamond!

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PW Reader Ring: Lindsay & Andy!

Lindsay's ring!

Lindsay’s ring!

The couple: Lindsay Docherty and Andy Rachlin, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a sparkling round diamond in a low-profile halo setting on a thin band of white gold with diamonds running down the sides.

Because I’m a wedding photographer, I have seen hundreds of rings, so Andy knew that I had definite preferences and that the best way to find them out was by going with me to look.

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