PW Reader Ring: Chiara & Alex!

Chiara's ring!

Chiara’s ring!

The couple: Chiara Brunori and Alex Mandel

The ring: My ring is an emerald-cut diamond on a channel-set round diamond band in white gold. It even has a beautiful fleur-de-lis in the setting underneath the center stone, which makes it even more special because of the detail.

Alex picked the ring out own his own, but did get some suggestions from a good friend who works at Golden Nugget Jewelers,where the ring was purchased. We did go once to look at rings, which is when I decided I really loved the classic elegance of an emerald cut; something that will never go over of style! (And then from the time we looked at rings to the time that Alex proposed I definitely dropped more than subtle hints about my dream ring.)

I couldn’t be happier with my engagement ring, and it fits my personality perfectly!

The proposal: Alex proposed to me in the Piazza at Schmidts in Northern Liberties. We live about a block from there, and he lured me there one night by having a close friend text me that she wanted to meet me after work for drinks.

As soon as we got into the center-ish area of the piazza, he told me he had a question for me, and then got down on one knee: It was so cute, and I was so surprised! When people question whether I was really surprised or not I tell them about my outfit: leggings and a long shirt with no makeup, and my nails were not even painted! If I knew what was going on, I would have had on my favorite outfit, and gotten a manicure!

The band: We haven’t looked at bands yet, but I will definitely opt for something very sparkly. People often ask me if I will get one that will match the band on my engagement ring, and I do not think so. I think I will get something that coordinates with the ring, but doesn’t perfectly match. Ideas are totally welcome!

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