Gretchen Gets A 9-Carat Engagement Ring
Yes, it's true, O.C. Housewife Gretchen Rossi proposes to longtime love Slade Smiley.
And in true Rossi style, she did things her way -- by being the one to propose.
Only 9 carats will do. Naturally.
According to designer Dany Arik of Newport Jewelers in Newport Beach, Calif. it was a collaborative process.
“We both put our heads to it and designed it together," he told Celebuzz.
Rossi's new bling has a 4-carat fancy yellow diamond center stone and 5 carats of surrounding diamonds.
For a whopping total of 9 carats of big bling!
“She wanted to go off of the design of her previous engagement ring,” Arik said. “She walked into the store and I had a ring and she just knew what she wanted when she saw it. So we put together elements from six or seven rings and made one ring.”
And there were even more surprises in store, like the fact that Smiley, 44, had no idea what she had up her sleeve.
According to Arik, his ring was completely designed by the 34 year old reality star, and made of rhodium with gold in the center and black diamonds on all corners.
“Slade’s not a flashy guy so she wanted it to be subtle. He’s into black diamonds so we worked with that," he said.
And on his newest accessory she engraved four G’s, some of which stand for his 12-year-old son Grayson, Gretchen and god, Anik said.
“She told me she was going to propose,” he added. “I was surprised, but she doesn’t do anything by the books -- that’s my favorite part about her.”
Anik, who’s known Rossi for years since designing rings for her family, knew this time would come where they'd be ready for "I do."
“I knew he was going to propose a year ago, but it wasn’t the right timing,” he said. “She obviously loves Slade and now was the perfect time."
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