PW Reader Ring: Heather & John!

Heather's ring!

Heather’s ring!

The couple: Heather Cicala and John Powell, from Marlton.

The ring: My setting belonged to my great-grandmothers, and dates back to 1914. The ring had been given to my mom when my great-grandmother passed away, and she took the diamond out and made it into a pendant. One night when we were discussing rings, my mom brought out the setting for me to see, and I knew from that moment it would mean the world to me to have such meaning attached to such an important event in my life.

The setting itself is platinum, but since it’s almost 100 years old, it was very tarnished. So John took it to Sydney Rosen in Philadelphia and worked with David there to choose the right diamond for the setting. They also polished it, and it looks brand new! You would never know how old it actually is.

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PW Reader Ring: Jodie & Albert!

Jodie's ring!

Jodie’s ring!

The couple: Jodie Saueraker and Albert Riccelli, III, Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a family heirloom on Ccelli’s mother’s side. The original white-gold ring had a blue stone in it, which he had removed and replaced with a round diamond, and he also added small diamonds on the sides. (His mother then had the original blue stone set into a necklace for my “something blue” to wear at the wedding!) He took the original ring to DeBear’s & Co. Jewelers in Sewell to rework it into my engagement ring.

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PW Reader Ring: Lisa & Jon!

Lisa's ring!

Lisa’s ring!

The couple: Lisa Visco and Jon Getz from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is white gold with a round, brilliant-cut center stone surrounded by a square halo of diamonds with an antique Fleur De Lis-inspired design on each side that contains one larger diamond several smaller diamonds.

I originally wanted an antique ring and had been obsessing over a few online. But Jon, the smart, always realistic man that he is, suggested I go try them on before we purchased one. I’m so glad we did. We went to Koser Jewelers in Lancaster, and they showed me some antique rings. They just didn’t sparkle like the new ones, and I realized I wanted a ring that no one else had worn before.

Knowing I wanted something unique and that I loved the romantic feel of antique rings, the jeweler showed me this one, and I instantly fell in love. I tried on a few others and we left the store with a few ideas. After visiting some other jewelers that day, Jon and I both realized this was my ring. We raced back to the store before closing with Jon’s mom (I needed another woman with good taste to confirm my decision) and Jon took it from there.

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PW Reader Ring: Paige & Chris!

Pagie's ring!

Pagie’s ring!

The couple: Paige Layng and Chris Stein, Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring has a center diamond surrounded by a diamond halo and set in white gold. The center diamond is from my grandmother’s 1953 engagement ring, and Chris had the ring made by personal jeweler Ian Bralow in Marlton.

Since August, Chris had been secretly meeting with Ian at my parent’s house to look at setting options. After seeing a few different styles, Chris described to Ian what he was looking for (we had never looked at rings but when he asked me casually what I liked a few months before, I had half-jokingly told him I just wanted something sparkly and blinged-out!), and a week or so later, Ian called to say he had found the perfect setting. They met up again, and designed the perfect ring. He nailed it with this one … it’s the ring of my dreams!

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PW Reader Ring: Kimberly & Matthew!

Kim's ring!

Kim’s ring!

The couple: Kimberly Velardi and Matthew Zuccarello, of Hammonton, NJ and New Hyde Park, NY.

The ring: My gorgeous engagement ring has a radiant-cut center stone with a white-gold double-shank band, featuring 16 round, brilliant-cut stones for the halo and 32 additional round, brilliant cut stones along the double shank band.

I had never tried engagement rings on, so last year around this time I took my mom to a local jeweler just to try some on. I wasn’t really sure what shape or setting I wanted, but after this visit we took a few pictures that I eventually shared with my fiancé when he began asking me what kinds of rings I would like. He designed my ring with the help of his friend and Long Island jeweler Dennis Mole.

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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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