PW Reader Ring: Christina & Mike!

Christina's ring!

Christina’s ring!

The couple: Christina Climaldi and Mike Glogowsk, from Sewell.

The ring: My ring has a cushion-cut center stone set in white gold and surrounded by pave diamonds. And my fiance let me fully design the ring! This was so special, because I love jewelry.

I saw the ring of my dreams years ago at Cartier. It was a pave halo setting, and the entire underside of setting was covered in pave, as well—no metal was showing from any angle, just pave! I loved this look and we couldn’t find a setting like this anywhere.

After visiting countless jewelers, we decided to work with a CAD specialist and designer at Barsky in Philadelphia. We picked the diamond, and then I got to customize the entire ring around the stone.

I approved the final design, but Mike went to pick the ring up himself. The jeweler did a big reveal for Mike and he got to see the final product. I didn’t get to see it until the big day, which was a total surprise!!

The proposal: I knew it was coming, but didn’t know what he had planned. Mike worked with my best friend to figure out the perfect day.

He had a car pick me up, and I didn’t know where we were going or what we would be doing. The car took me to the Shofuso garden (a gorgeous Japanese garden in Philadelphia). He surprised me there in a suit with the ring of my dreams and even had a photographer there to capture the moment!

We then went to dinner at Del Frisco’s (our favorite restaurant). When we got home, Mike had planned a surprise engagement party with the help of my best friend! It was the most amazing day of my life!

The band: I’ve been having trouble with this one … Everyone seems to think a matching pave band would look best, but I like something with a little more pizzaz.

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