PW Reader Ring: Heather & John!

Heather's ring!

Heather’s ring!

The couple: Heather Cicala and John Powell, from Marlton.

The ring: My setting belonged to my great-grandmothers, and dates back to 1914. The ring had been given to my mom when my great-grandmother passed away, and she took the diamond out and made it into a pendant. One night when we were discussing rings, my mom brought out the setting for me to see, and I knew from that moment it would mean the world to me to have such meaning attached to such an important event in my life.

The setting itself is platinum, but since it’s almost 100 years old, it was very tarnished. So John took it to Sydney Rosen in Philadelphia and worked with David there to choose the right diamond for the setting. They also polished it, and it looks brand new! You would never know how old it actually is.

The proposal: We had planned a trip to Europe to visit Italy, Austria and Germany. We had been dating for about a year and a half, but we had been friends for about four, so we had been discussing our future plans a lot. I was really hoping he’d take the opportunity to pop the question and make our engagement story really special.

We arrived in Venice and after a long travel day got to our hotel, freshened up and went out exploring. We walked everywhere that day! We finally came across the famous Rialto Bridge overlooking the beautiful Grand Canal. I was in heaven, and focused merely on taking as many pictures as I could.

I was in awe of how beautiful Venice was, and turned to ask John a question. He replied with, ” I have a question to ask you too.” I felt my heart drop into my stomach at that very moment as he got down on one knee in front of hundreds of people and asked if I would marry him. How could I not say yes to that? He couldn’t wait to get the ring on my finger (I think we had only been in Venice about two hours) because he was so nervous carrying it around with him.

The band: I think I will probably either get a white-gold or platinum band with a few small diamonds in it to match the engagement ring.

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