PW Reader Ring: Stacey & Ryan!

Stacey's ring!

Stacey’s ring!

The couple: Stacey Frisco and Ryan Stefan from Northeast Philly and Fairless Hills.

The ring: My ring is a white gold Verragio ring from their Venetian collection. I had looked at so many engagement rings on Pinterest and always found myself falling in love with the Verragio designs.

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PW Reader Ring: Kristin & Zachary!

Kristin's ring!

Kristin’s ring!

The couple: Kristin Reiley and Zachary Safris from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a morganite center stone surrounded by diamonds and set in white gold.

I had done some ring research, knowing we’d probably get engaged soon and that I wanted something different. I came across morganites and thought they were gorgeous, and that they also had a great meaning to them. I found a jeweler I loved—SamNSue out of Hawaii—through Instagram, and that’s where Zachary ended up getting my ring.

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PW Reader Ring: Audrey & Johnny!

Audrey's ring!

Audrey’s ring!

The couple: Audrey Johnson and Johnny Caputo from Philly.

The ring: My ring is actually Johnny’s grandmother’s white-gold engagement ring with additional diamonds added to it. He went to Helzberg and also a small local jeweler to put the ring together.

I knew he was planning to propose because he didn’t keep the ring planning a secret entirely; he had also asked me to show him what I’d prefer, style-wise. But I had no idea when it was coming.

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PW Reader Ring: Crystal & Christopher!

Crystal's ring!

Crystal’s ring!

The couple: Crystal Hayes and Christopher Casazza, Philadelphia.

The ring: I wish I could take any measure of credit for my ring, but it was all my fiance! He has a classic and slightly vintage style that is definitely reflected in my ring, which is more than I could have ever dreamed up myself.

The center diamond is Old European cut, which is very hard to find these days, so he traveled back to Michigan (where he’s originally from) to find the perfect stone with an estate jeweler, Joseph DuMouchelle. He then went to D’Antionio & Klein (on Jewelers Row in Philly) to have the setting custom made. The stone is beautifully set in a split shank with a diamond halo made of white gold. As a nod to the Art Deco era that I love, he also had hand engraving done on the top and underneath of the setting, so I see a lovely etched pattern whenever I look at my hand.

Of course, I wondered how he was able to create such a unique piece of jewelry that I swoon over on a daily basis without ever discussing the topic with me … Turns out he enlisted the help of my best friend and co-worker months in advance to consult on the process!

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PW Reader Ring: Megan & Kyle!

Megan's ring!

Megan’s ring!

The couple: Megan Whitmore and Kyle Bachmann, Northeast Philly.

The ring: My beautiful engagement ring is a white-gold radiant cut diamond in a halo setting. To me the ring is a classic look with a twist, since it’s neither a round-cut diamond nor a princess-cut diamond with a halo. Radiant cuts are a combo of the brilliance of the round cut but with a square shape.

Kyle did have an idea of the kind of ring I wanted, because I always hinted that I wanted a halo in my setting—but as far as the center stone shape, that was all him! (Unless he had been peeking at my Pinterest board.)

Kyle did his homework before buying. He shopped and talked with many jewelers in the Philadelphia suburbs and in Center City. He finally decided on purchasing the ring from Barsky on Jewelers’ Row.

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PW Reader Ring: Alyssa & Tom!

Alyssa's ring!

Alyssa’s ring!

The couple: Alyssa Koscelansky and Tom Mahoney from Collegeville.

The ring: My ring is a beautiful cushion-cut diamond with a halo on a white-gold band with smaller cushion-cut diamonds down the sides. My fiancé picked it all by himself at Steven Singer Jewelers; he was so in love with it from the moment he saw it he knew it would be perfect for me.

We never once went ring shopping before because I knew that he wanted to surprise me when the time came, and even though I kind of hinted to him some different designs, I knew that whatever he would choose would be perfect. And I’m so happy that he did pick it out all my himself, because it makes it that much more special to me. It’s so sparkly and perfect for me.

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PW Reader Ring: Kristina & Joe!

Kristina's ring!

Kristina’s ring!

The couple: Kristina Herb and Joe Rahusen, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is rose gold, with a princess-cut diamond (or a “damn near perfect” cut, as my fiancé puts it!). He definitely did his homework before deciding on a ring, and ended up getting it from a wholesale jeweler in New York.

He never once asked me what kind of ring I would want, but got a lot of help from my wonderful sister, who did know exactly what type of ring I wanted.

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PW Reader Ring: Laura & Christopher!

Laura's ring!

Laura’s ring!

The couple: Laura Fitzpatrick and Christopher Houck from Bridgeport.

The ring: My ring has three square-shaped diamonds set in white gold. I had always envisioned a heart-shaped diamond for my engagement ring. Chris knew this, only because naturally, I had made hints over the years.

But when Chris was ready to take the step into picking out my ring, he didn’t feel that a heart shaped was “me.” He chose my ring strictly because he knew it would look great on my finger, and he was right! He even offered to take me back and exchange it for a different ring in case he had gotten it wrong, and of course, I said no way! The fact that he chose something that he loved made me love it more!

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PW Reader Ring: Kelly & Neil!

Kelly's ring!

Kelly’s ring!

The couple: Kelly Appino and Neil Otte of Philadelphia

The ring: My ring is a cushion-cut solitaire with pave diamonds on a white-gold band. And it’s all the way from San Francisco!

Neil’s parents live out there, where he was able to connect with a wonderful jeweler, Amir Mozaffarian. Neil and I had looked at rings, and he had a few hints as to what I wanted: a very thin and dainty diamond band, with a cushion-cut diamond. Neil was able to work with Amir through phone calls and pictures emailed back and forth to create my perfect ring!

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PW Reader Ring: Nicole & Benjamin!

Nicole's ring!

Nicole’s ring!

The couple: Nicole Chiaravalloti and Benjamin Gray of Lindenwold, NJ.

The ring: My Neil Lane ring has a 14k white gold twisted band with diamonds all along the band. The center diamond is princess cut, surrounded by a halo of diamonds.  I showed Ben what I wanted and he remembered.

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