PW Reader Ring: Lindsay & Jeff

PW-reader lindsayThe couple: Lindsay Grindrod and Jeff Showmaker, Horsham

The ring: I am completely in love with my ring! While Jeff and I had talked a lot about getting engaged and what I liked (we’ve been dating for over six years, since I was 17), he completely took me by surprise.

The ring is a platinum setting with a princess cut center stone and a platinum border directly around the stone. It sits low in a cushion cut halo of diamonds and the band is curved with diamonds as well.

Jeff chose the ring himself with no help from friends, brothers, or even our moms. I didn’t expect something so intricate and detailed, it’s very art deco—the perfect mix of modern and vintage. He said he was inspired by the British romance novels I love to read.

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PW Reader Ring: Deirdre & John

Deirdre's ring!

Deirdre’s ring!

The couple: Deirdre McCarthy & John O’Kane, Philadelphia.

The ring: This is a vintage platinum ring with a round European-cut diamond with two baguettes on either side, and smaller round diamonds on the ends of those. It’s has the original setting and baguettes—the only thing it got was a good cleaning.

This ring belonged to my paternal grandmother and was then passed on to my dad, who used it to propose to my mom. After 25 years, she decided to keep it safe and they bought her another ring.

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PW Reader Ring: Ann Marie & Sean!

Ann Marie's ring!

Ann Marie’s ring!

The couple: Ann Marie Kavanaugh and Sean Carlin

The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut center diamond surrounded by a diamond pavé halo set on a white-gold split-shank diamond band.

Sean and I never went ring shopping in the five years we’ve been together, so the ring (and the proposal) was a complete surprise! He chose to custom design my engagement ring with Benari Jewelers.

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PW Reader Ring: Mallory & Greg!

Mallory’s ring!

The couple: Mallory Bonsall and Greg Adams from Thorndale.

The ring: The ring was Greg’s grandmother’s engagement ring. According to his mother, I was the only girlfriend of his that she approved of. She jokes that if it had been any other girl, she would have had a different ring.

When Greg’s grandmother passed away last year, Greg inherited the gorgeous ring. It is a gold band with a white gold setting, and has a round-cut diamond and two smaller diamonds on either side. Greg and I never went ring shopping, and clearly we never needed to. The ring is perfect for me!

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PW Reader Ring: Danielle & Paul!

Danielle's ring!

Danielle’s ring!

The couple: Danielle Rotellini and Paul Burgan from Galloway in South Jersey.

The ring: My ring has a diamond surrounded by a diamond halo and all set in white gold and it sparkles like crazy! Paul got it at Zales—I had given him previous ideas, but he chose the ring all on his own.

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PW Reader Ring: Amanda & Carlos!

Amanda's ring!

Amanda’s ring!

The couple: Amanda Landel and Carlos Lopez from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a gorgeous white-gold diamond ring by Neil Lane for Kay’s. The amount of diamonds on this ring sparkle so beautifully in the sunlight!

Carlos completely picked the ring out himself without having any idea what I wanted. We never went shopping for a ring together, nor did I leave any hints around. (I had a few rings I loved on Pintrest, but he has no idea what that is, let alone how to search on it for my dream ring.) And yet, the ring he picked out for me is a combination of the three rings I loved.

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PW Reader Ring: Dalia & Westley!

Dahlia's ring!

Dahlia’s ring!

The couple: Dalia Gonzalez and Westley Rhodes from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is an old miner diamond with two color-changing sapphires on either side of it, along with a ruby. The colors actually change! Sometimes they’re rosy and peachy and other times they’re a deep green and mint. There are diamonds along the side, as well, all set on a gold band.

West sent the designer at Mociun in Brooklyn an email to talk about creating a custom piece. She works with people from all over—so any guy who knows his lady needs a little something different can reach out to her!

They worked together over email. He sent her photos of my jewelry, and they talked about my clothes, different things I like, and my style. She sent him photos of different diamonds and gems under different lighting, and once he picked out the ones he liked, she sketched out some layouts for him. He picked one. She invoiced. And soon he had a ring.

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PW Reader Ring: Kierstin & Justin!

Kierstin's ring!

Kierstin’s ring!

The couple: Kierstin Quinn and Justin Siegal, Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is white gold and features a circle-cut diamond with a diamond cushion halo and emerald-cut baguettes. It was custom-designed around Justin’s grandmother’s diamond by his friend Kevin Feiner on Jeweler’s Row in Philly.

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PW Reader Ring: Kirstin & Damian!

Kirsten's ring!

Kirsten’s ring!

The couple: Kirstin Knudson and Damian Del Pizzo from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is white gold with a round diamond and diamonds down both sides of the band. Absolutely timeless and beautiful. After he proposed, he told me that his mother wanted me to have the stone from her beautiful engagement ring. He got it set at his family’s jeweler in his hometown of Sarasota, Florida.

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PW Reader Ring: Gretchen & John!

Gretchen's ring!

Gretchen’s ring!

The couple: Gretchen Murphy and John Amen from Lansdowne.

The ring: My ring is a round, brilliant-cut diamond set in four prongs and micro-pave diamonds. John says he picked the setting to enhance and show off the center diamond. It is beautiful!

John and I had done a little looking around at rings before, but most of the time, it was at outrageous things that we could never afford. However, from that, he knew what kind of style I liked, and so he worked with a friend who is a jeweler in his family’s businesses and figured out what he wanted to get me. (The ring is from Cozzi Jewelers in Havertown.) He even had his uncle give him the money upfront because he knew that if I saw that his savings account had been drained I’d know he was going to propose soon soon! He just gave it back to him right after we got engaged.

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