PW Reader Ring: Fran & Anthony!

Fran's ring!

Fran’s ring!

The couple: Fran Burns and Anthony Berry, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a circular solitaire surrounded by a bunch of small diamonds in a double halo; it’s more than I would’ve ever imagined. Anthony went to our friend and jeweler, Chris at Gem Crafters, and they designed the ring together based off of a picture he and I had seen years ago.

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PW Reader Ring: Jamie & Michael!

Jamie's ring!

Jamie’s ring!

The couple: Jamie Mulhare and Michael Podgajny, Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring has a pear-shaped diamond nestled into a white-gold vintage setting with six prongs and four delicately placed diamonds on either side. I fell in love with the pear shape because of my mother’s engagement ring and knew that I wanted a ring that reflected her style and our relationship. I also love that the cut is unique!

Michael and I talked about a pear-shaped ring for a long time, so he definitely was well informed that a pear was the cut to go with! He, too, liked the idea that not many women of our generation had that such a vintage look.

Originally, I had been pretty set on the idea of a simple, thin gold band to accent the diamond, but that changed when my friend/future sister-in-law and I stumbled into Barsky’s to “look around” one Saturday morning. As we were about to walk out, we decided to look at a pretty vintage setting that caught my eye and then everything changed! I was in love. She communicated the excitement to Michael and he took it from there, putting his own taste into the chosen setting.

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PW Reader Ring: Jessica & Shea!

Jessica's ring!

Jessica’s ring!

The couple: Jessica Murphy and Shea McGivney, from Wilmington.

The ring: My ring belonged to my grandmother on my mom’s side, and it features a solitaire set in white gold, flanked by two small diamonds.

My grandmother was one of the most important and influential people in my life, and when she passed away years ago, I knew that I wanted to wear this as a tribute to her. I clued my mom and dad into this so they could pass it on when the time was right … And I believe I told my fiance about it as soon as I knew he was the one! I phrased it as if he won the lottery: “Guess who doesn’t have to buy an engagement ring?”

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PW Reader Ring: Brittany & David!

Brittany's ring!

Brittany’s ring!

The couple: Brittany Schneider and David Warner, from Philadelphia.

The ring: The center stone of my ring is is a round Hearts and Arrows cut diamond, which are precision cut to feature perfect symmetry and maximum sparkle. It’s set in a white gold band with a halo of smaller diamonds, withpavé diamonds on the band. Together and with the help of our jeweler, Michael Gilman, my fiancé and I custom designed my ring at Safian & Rudolph on Jewelers’ Row here in Philadelphia.

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PW Reader Ring: Melissa & Jason!

Melissa's ring!

Melissa’s ring!

The couple: Melissa Zaffin and Jason Bender, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a sapphire center stone surrounded by 88 carefully placed diamonds set in rose gold. We had gone shopping together and I described the stone and metal I preferred. Shelley at Philly’s Harzin Jewelers helped Jason design this ring–I love that it is custom design and very unique to my personality!

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PW Reader Ring: Jessica & Rob!

Jessica's ring!

Jessica’s ring!

The couple: Jessica McAllister and Rob Fisher, from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring is a yellow gold with a solitaire oval diamond and pave diamonds around the band. He picked the ring out himself, though went in knowing that I an oval diamond and a yellow gold band. I didn’t send him too many hints on what I wanted, though, because I didn’t want him to think I was being a crazy girlfriend!

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PW Reader Ring: Caiti & James!

Caiti's ring!

Caiti’s ring!

The couple: Caiti Becker and James Ferguson, from West Chester.

The ring: My ring has one round diamond with a halo of small diamonds set in white gold, with diamonds that go around the top half of the band. I hinted a bit about the cut I wanted, and then James went on his own to Benari Jewelers. He picked the ring out himself, and it’s exactly what I wanted!

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PW Reader Ring: Hope & Nick!

Hope's ring!

Hope’s ring!

The couple: Hope Jones and Nick McGrath from Philadelphia.

The ring: My ring features the center stone from my mother’s three-stone engagement ring set in yellow gold, with faceted baguettes on either side. She offered it to me during our first discussion about my possible engagement to Nick.

I had grown up completely mesmerized by her ring, and had noticed that in recent years she had only been pulling it out to wear for special occasions. I was more than happy to take it off her hands. I was so thrilled I could hardly contain my excitement when talking about the project.

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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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