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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PW Reader Ring: Tamara & Thaddeus!

Tamara's ring!

Tamara’s ring!

The couple: Tamara Bashenko Thaddeus (TC) Felsberg.

The ring: My ring is white gold with a twist band and a cushion-cut diamond with a diamond halo.

About a year and a half ago, we went to Sydney Rosen along Jewelers’ Row in Philly, and TC ended up picking out this gorgeous ring for me to look at. He kicked me out of the store so he could talk to the owner, but in the end, he said that he wasn’t purchasing the first ring we found, and that we should keep looking.

A year and a few months later, when he proposed to me, I opened the box to the same beautiful, breathtaking ring that we found all that time ago. He secretly bought it that day we were in there. I was speechless.

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PW Reader Ring: Tricia & Don!

Tricia's ring!

Tricia’s ring!

The couple: Tricia Quirk and Don Schexnayder, from Havertown.

The ring: My ring is a solitaire round diamond on a split shank band with diamonds. Don and I went shopping together to pick out my engagement ring, which is very nontraditional—however, it was the best decision we’ve made.

It was a great experience: I liked hearing his thoughts on rings and styles, and he was relieved to not be on his own to pick out a ring. I completely changed my mind from what I originally wanted, but when I tried on my ring, I said, “This is Mrs. Schexnayder!”

When we were picking out the center stone, we saw stone with a small black dot in it, and Don said, “It’s like a dimple in your diamond!” My nickname for Don years ago was Donny Dimples, so I knew that was our stone. Rachel from Benari Jewelers in Newtown Square was fabulous and we couldn’t be happier with what she put together for us.

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PW Reader Ring: Gina & Michael! 

Gina's ring!

Gina’s ring!

The couple: Gina Osborne and Michael Kapusta from Quakertown.

The ring: Michael designed the ring completely on his own. After seeing my love for designer Anna Sheffield‘s work, he wanted to one-up it and create something all his own—a pear-shaped center diamond, with two smaller pears on the sides, set in subtle rose gold to go with my skin tone. He went to the same jeweler his family has been going to for years, Koehler’s in Lansdale. He didn’t even realize while he was designing it that my mother also has a pear-shaped diamond—which makes it so sentimental to me!

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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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