Gretchen Gets A 9-Carat Engagement Ring

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After four years together, it looks like Gretchen Rossi and Slade Smiley are ready for even more blissful years, only this time as husband and wife.

And in true Rossi style, she did things her way — by being the one to propose.

The Real Housewives of Orange County star asked for Smiley’s hand in marriage on April 14 – and of course this fashion designer can’t just have any ring on her finger.

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!

And Rossi, who confirmed the happy news with In Touch, was actually inspired by her first engagement ring, which she holds close to her heart. As seen on the popular reality show, Rossi was previously engaged to Jeff Beitzel, who passed away after losing his battle cancer in 2008. Smiley was also previously engaged to former RHOC star Jo de la Rosa.

“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.

When designing the rings, fashion designer Rossi wanted to add her own special touches. So she was sure to engrave a “G” and an “S” into her ring to symbolize Gretchen and her hubby-to-be.

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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