We’ve been inviting you for quite a while now, dear readers, to share a shot of your engagement ring and your proposal story with us so we can feature it on the blog for our Monday-morning installments of PW Reader Ring (which, please still do! We love seeing your bling and hearing your stories!)—but we also wanted to be sure and direct your attention to another celebratory piece of our website: Engagement announcements!
The couple: Angela Sciumbata and Rob Cairns, from Reading.
The ring: My ring is 14-karat white gold with a center stone of Morganite, with diamonds going down either side of the band and two of them directly underneath the center stone.
It was custom-designed by Rob with the help of Belden’s Jewelers—I only helped select my center stone! I knew Morganite was the stone I wanted because of its rarity and beauty, and because the meaning behind the stone is love.
The couple: Alyssa D’Angelo and Zachary Beerger, from Roxborough.
The ring: My ring is 14-karat white gold with a matte finish, with six smaller diamonds on each side of the main stone and two “secret” diamonds along the side of the band. Zach got it made by Bendi Jewelers in Manayunk. He worked with the Sammi, the owner, to create it and kept it a secret from me for five months!
It was a total surprise. We had never gone ring shopping, and I had never shown him an example of a ring I would like. One night, we were watching TV and a commercial for Kay Jewelers’ chocolate diamonds came on, and jokingly, Zach asked if I would ever want one of those for an engagement ring. I freaked out and yelled, “Chocolate diamonds are the worst idea ever!” Then he asked what I would like in a ring to, which I replied that I would want something classic and timeless, something dainty and maybe even a little bit antique looking. That’s all the advice he ever got from me.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.