PW Reader Ring: MaryKate & Ryan!

MaryKate's ring!

MaryKate’s ring!

The couple: MaryKate Mela and Ryan Purdy, Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is deco-style, with a European-cut round diamond surrounded by 18 smaller diamonds and set in platinum. It was purchased at an estate sale and then resold Fishtown Jewelers, which is right down the street from my house. I went in one day to get a watch battery, and just saw it there—I wasn’t even looking—and fell in love with it.

Ryan was still stationed in Hawaii for the Navy at the time, after having been deployed several times. At the end of his active duty when he moved to Philadelphia, he remembered that I had liked it, went in and made a deposit, and proposed one month later.

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PW Reader Ring: Chiara & Alex!

Chiara's ring!

Chiara’s ring!

The couple: Chiara Brunori and Alex Mandel

The ring: My ring is an emerald-cut diamond on a channel-set round diamond band in white gold. It even has a beautiful fleur-de-lis in the setting underneath the center stone, which makes it even more special because of the detail.

Alex picked the ring out own his own, but did get some suggestions from a good friend who works at Golden Nugget Jewelers,where the ring was purchased. We did go once to look at rings, which is when I decided I really loved the classic elegance of an emerald cut; something that will never go over of style! (And then from the time we looked at rings to the time that Alex proposed I definitely dropped more than subtle hints about my dream ring.)

I couldn’t be happier with my engagement ring, and it fits my personality perfectly!

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PW Reader Ring: Ashley & Dave!

Ashley's ring!

Ashley’s ring!

The couple: Ashley Piotrowski andDave Skinner from Philadelphia.

The ring: The round center stone was my aunt’s, who lost her fight to breast cancer about four years ago. When Dave and I started talking about getting engaged, my cousin graciously offered the diamond to us. My aunt and I were extremely close, so it means the world to me that I not only get to wear her diamond every day, but that she is such a huge part of our lives going forward.

I had helped Dave pick out the setting, which is by Simon G, a few months ago at Golden Nugget Jewelers. I wanted something that would really put the center stone on a pedestal and showcase it.

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PW Reader Ring: Brittany & Dale!

Brittany's ring!

Brittany’s ring!

The couple: Brittany Casee and Dale Schlegel from Northeast Philly.

The ring: My ring is a diamond solitaire in a white-gold cathedral setting with a twisted shank. It also has a hidden infinity symbol and small diamond on each side.

The ring is custom designed from Steven Singer Jewelers—I think of it as a beautifully classic style with a slightly modern twist! We had gone ring shopping once before and Dale had made note of what I liked and had this made incorporating all of those ideas.

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PW Reader Ring: Jaclyn & Greg!

Jaclyn's ring!

Jaclyn’s ring!

The couple: Jaclyn Rosenberg and Greg Rubin from Elkins Park.

The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut center diamond with a diamond halo, set in a white-gold band with diamonds. It’s everything I could want and more!

My sister and I went ring shopping a few months before I got engaged, and I absolutely fell in love with this ring at Steven Singer Jeweler. Little did I know that my fiancé was going back there with my sister a few days later to get a ring—but he upgraded it with a bigger center stone than the one I originally saw! While I never left him hints, my sister knew exactly what I wanted and he was smart enough to use that when he decided to shop for a ring.

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PW Reader Ring: Christine & Dustin!

Christine's ring!

Christine’s ring!

The couple: Christine Sweeney and Dustin Steerman, from Manayunk.

The ring: My ring is a Henri Daussi Signature cushion-cut with a diamond halo on a diamond band from Benari in Newtown Square.

When my fiance and I looked at rings together, and this one was by far my favorite and stood out from all the others I tried on! About a month later, Dustin went back and purchased the ring to surprise me with during his proposal.

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PW Reader Ring: Michelle & Michael!

Michelle's ring!

Michelle’s ring!

The couple: Michelle DiIorio and Michael Hennessey from Manayunk.

The ring: My ring is a princess-cut diamond solitaire in a cathedral setting.  The band is white gold and has diamonds across it, making the solitaire diamond pop even more! The ring is exactly how I described it to him: my dream ring!

Mike is a teacher and has the summers off. So one summer day, he traveled back to his hometown during to go to his family jeweler, Murphy Jewelers in Hamburg, and I had no idea he even went, because he travelled there and back before I even returned from work!

Although he knew exactly what I wanted, his parents met him at the jeweler each time he went and helped him choose the perfect ring. It too him two different trips to pick it out!

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PW Reader Ring: Kathleen & Greg!

Kathleen's ring!

Kathleen’s ring!

The couple: Kathleen Tower and Greg Celano from Voorhees.

The ring: My ring is a diamond solitaire set in a platinum band with five smaller diamonds on each side—it looks like it came straight off my Pinterest board.

My dad’s best friend is a jeweler—Terrone Jewelers in Brick, NJ—so from the moment Greg and I first discussed getting married, he knew he had to go there for the ring. It made the most sense to me for him to go to someone we can trust—neither of us knew anything about diamonds! Greg secretly drove up to Terrone Jewelers and spent several hours learning about diamonds and picking out the perfect one to create my ring.

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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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