The Perfect Ring for the Perfect Surprise: A Verragio Engagement Story

Five years down the road, what started as Codi Johnson and Daniel Kenshol’s teenage romance recently took a turn for the serious when Kenshol presented Johnson with a custom designed Verragio engagement ring.

“I fell in love with the Paradiso 3041P but I liked the scroll look of some of the other rings.  Until then I had never really saw a ring that truly caught my eye. I knew I wanted a solitaire but I also wanted something unique.”  Johnson said.  “And after visiting a local dealer we found out they could combine the two looks I love into my dream ring.”

The couple, who originally met in high school, weathered a two year long-distance relationship, only to be separated again for about six months while Kenshol trained for the State Police Department.

“It was while he was in police academy that I found Verragio’s Facebook page and immediately fell in love,” Johnson said.  “We had been dating for 5 years and everyone was wondering and waiting for him to finally propose.  Especially me.”

During a recent getaway this past September, Johnson was a proposal was on the way, but the trip was cut short when Kenshol was entered into a shooting competition.

“I couldn’t say no, because it was what he really wanted,” Johnson said.  “I took pictures and enjoyed watching him take first place in one of the challenges.”

That following Monday, home on her lunch break, Johnson found Kenshol, who works nights, wide awake and waiting.

“He kept asking if I had a good weekend and if I would change anything. I assured him I had a great time, and when I turned back he was on his knee in our kitchen and asked, ‘are you sure you wouldn’t change anything about this weekend,’” Johnson remembered.  “When I saw he had a ring box in his hand I blurted out, ‘are you kidding me right now?’ His response, of course, was ‘will you marry me?’”

In the box was what Johnson describes as the perfect ring; the Paradiso 3041R, customized with Insignia scrollwork inside of the band, and one more sentimental adjustment.

“One night while Dan was getting ready for work, I had mentioned it would be nice to incorporate a blue sapphire into my ring to show my commitment to him and his career; blue is a universal color of law officers,” Johnson shared.  “Being a Law Enforcement wife is not easy, but I wanted him to know I will always support him.”

With two Princess cut Sapphires set into the band under the center, it was exactly what Johnson was looking for: a unique solitaire ring.

“I am so proud of my ring and I get compliments all the time, and it is even more special because it is the only one like it,” Johnson said.  “And the ring has even more meaning because it is something we designed together.  Thank you Verragio.”

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Is the 3rd Time a Charm for Paul McCartney?

Paul McCartney is hoping the 3rd time is a charm next month, when he plans to exchange wedding rings with his fiancée, Nancy Shevell. 

Shevell, Vice President of a family-owned transportation conglomerate, first began dating the former Beatle in 2007, shortly before his well-publicized divorce from Heather Mills was finalized in 2008.

Although McCartney is set to wed a confirmed New Yorker, the couple, who first announced their engagement this past May, the musician recently posted bans at the Westminster Register Office in London, which means they could marry as soon as next month.

Posting the bans is an old law that requires all couples to give at least a 16 day notice before they marry, at which they have up to a year before they must re-post.

The Marylebone Register Office, as it is commonly known, is the same venue where McCartney tied the knot with his first wife, Linda McCartney, in 1969.  The couple remained happily married until she passed away from breast cancer in 1998.

In 2002, McCartney took a second chance on love, and married former model, Heather Mills in a lavish million-dollar ceremony.  The couple had a daughter, Beatrice, in 2003, but the two soon separated in 2006, amid a public and contentious divorce.

But it seems McCartney is ready to take the plunge again and since May of 2011, Shevell has been seen sporting an enormous Round diamond engagement ring, reportedly worth around $650,000.  And although the couple has not announced an exact date, the ceremony is expected to be small family affair.

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Verragio Trunk Shows | Reis-Nichols Jewelers in Indianapolis, Indiana

Verragio Trunk Shows Update: Please join us to see our latest engagement rings and wedding bands at the Reis-Nichols Jewelers Trunk Show in Indianapolis, Indiana.

This exciting event will be held at:

Reis-Nichols Jewelers
Fashion Mall Commons
Across from Keystone at the Crossing 3535 E. 86th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46240-2425
(317) 255-4467

Friday, September 23rd: 10AM – 7PM
Saturday, September 24th: 10AM – 5PM

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http://www.reisnichols.com/engagement/designer-collection/verragio

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Verragio Trunk Show | Jubilee Fine Jewellers in Ottawa, Ontario – Canada

Verragio Trunk Shows Update: Please join us to see our latest engagement rings and wedding bands at the Jubilee Fine Jewellers Trunk Show in Ottawa, Ontario – Canada.

This exciting event will be held at:

Jubilee Fine Jewellers
50 Rideau Street
Ottawa, Ontario – K1N 9J7
Click here for directions

Phone: (613) 238-1886
Toll Free: (800) 967-1112

Thursday, September 15th: 10AM – 5PM
Friday, September 16th: 10AM – 5PM
Saturday, September 17th: 10AM – 5PM

http://www.jubileejewellers.com/

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Verragio Trunk Show at Jubilee Fine Jewellers

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Venetian-5007W | Venetian Collection by VERRAGIO

Here is one of our recent additions to the Venetian Collection. Venetian-5007W is the matching wedding band to go with Venetian-5007CU, Venetian-5007P and the Venetian-5007R engagement rings.

Venetian-5007W - Matching wedding band to Venetian-5007 engagement ring

Wedding Bands by Verragio: Venetian-5007W

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Paradiso-3007P | Engagement rings from the Paradiso Collection

This heavy-duty beauty is one of most popular designs; click ‘Like’ if you agree.  The Paradiso 3007P takes the traditional three stone design concept and reimagines it into some spectacularly modern, thanks to the scrolling design for which the collection is known for.  Featuring a Princess cut center diamond, and two slightly smaller yet matching Princess sides, which are contrasted by the Round cut diamonds set into the shank.  The beautifully scrolling detail inside of the band, not only sparkles with small Round cut diamonds, but helps to keep the ring from slipping around your finger.  Functional and fashionable, but  what do you think?

Paradiso-3007P | Verragio Engagement Rings

Engagement rings by Verragio: Paradiso-3007P

PARADISO-3007P engagement ring from the Paradiso Collection, featuring the Lumino Set center and sides with 1.50Cts of round & princess cut diamonds.

Available in Gold and Platinum.

 

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Insignia-7045 | Engagement rings from the Insignia Collection

INSIGNIA-7045 engagement ring from the Insignia Collection, featuring 0.55Ct. of round brilliant diamonds to enhance a round center.

Insignia-7045 engagement ring from Verragio

Engagement rings by Verragio: Insignia-7045

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Engagement Rings by Verragio: Insignia-7049D with a Sapphire Center

Here’s one of our popular style re-imagined in a new way with a round cut Sapphire center in honor of all those September babies.

This custom Insignia 7049D engagement ring features a round Sapphire center set into a halo of smaller round diamonds, two side round diamonds, complete with their own halos, and round diamonds on the shank to add an extra bit of sparkle. Like it?

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Verragio Trunk Shows | Denney Jewelers in Springfield, Illinois

Verragio Trunk Shows Update: Please join us to see our latest engagement rings and wedding bands at the Denney Jewelers Trunk Show in Springfield, Illinois.

Saturday, September 10 · 10:00am – 8:00pm

This exciting event will be held at:

Denney Jewelers
2901 Wabash Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62704
Phone: (217) 787-0500

http://web.denneyjewelers.com/bridal/verragio/
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Verragio Trunk Shows: Denney Jewelers in Springfield, Illinois

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‘The Golden Eye’ goes up for Auction

A large ‘Fancy Intense Yellow’ diamond, known as The Golden Eye, will be put up for auction this September, starting at a minimum bid of almost a million dollars.

The internally flawless diamond, weighing in at 43.51 carats, is believed to be one of the largest flawless yellow diamonds in existence, according to the Associated Press, who spoke with Jenny Lynch from the company Bid4Assets.

‘This is the largest and most valuable diamond that we have auctioned in our company’s 12-year history,” Lynch, a spokesperson for the company that will be conducting the auction, said.

And although the diamond is sure to generate international interest, there has already been a fair amount from the United States, with 9,000 page views online already, according to Lisa Black, coordinator for the forfeiture unit in the Marshals Service’s northern Ohio district.

However, the rectangular brilliant cut diamond will come with a pretty sizable price tag; with a starting bid of $900,000, all subsequent bids must increase by an increment of $110,000.  In fact, there is a $180,000 refundable deposit required just to view the diamond while it is on display in Ohio.

Offici

als have not released the appraised value of the diamond, but believe that it could be worth millions, despite its original origins remaining a mystery.

Engagement rings and wedding bands from the Verragio Collection

Diamond Engagement Rings by Verragio

The Marshal Service has not been able to determine the mine of origin, but has confirmed that it has no connection to any famous or historic diamond.  However, Tom Moses, a senior vice president with the Gemological Institute of America that graded the diamond, said it is likely The Golden Eye came from southern Africa, due to its strong color.

The diamond, once owned by boxer Mike Tyson, will be up for auction beginning September 6th, with some proceeds going to the federal government and some to state and local agencies that helped in the investigation that led to the diamond.

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