When it comes to getting married, “The One” can refer to more just than your significant other. The term is also one that can be used describe the symbol that seals the deal: the engagement ring. Every bride wants her ring to be unique (a big reason many even get them custom-made), yet, in most cases, she’s usually not the one picking it out, being forced to trust that her partner knows her well enough to know her personal tastes and style.
Needless to say, when it comes to The Bachelor, that can likely get a litttttle tricky, considering, as Vanessa Grimaldi recently told People, “We’re still in the process of getting to know each other outside Bachelor world.” Still, if social media is any indicator, Viall seemed to do just fine by Grimaldi, with the newly engaged 29-year-old flashing her new bling at every given opportunity and dubbing it, “Big, like my personality.”
The Neil Lane 3.75 carat rock is beautiful, to be sure, with its round-cut center diamond, baguette-cut side diamonds, and 164 surrounding diamonds, it’s easy to see why Viall chose it. “I just closed my eyes and envisioned her beautiful face,” he told People of his pick. “I knew immediately which one was perfect for her.”
As Claudia Oshry pointed out on Instagram, it was apparently “perfect” for someone else too, having already been picked out for another Bachelor nation bride: Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher. The ring appeared to be one and the same as the stunner Robby Hayes chose to propose with, should she have picked him.
Oshry’s suspicions turned out to be right on the money, as People exclusively confirmed Grimaldi’s new sparkler was one and the same as Hayes’ pick for Fletcher. But… how?
As Neil Lane himself explained to the mag, “I bring six rings, and over the years, over the nine years, some are the same, some have changed settings or are re-designed, and some are totally new.” He doesn’t think the news should get Grimaldi down, however, or make her see the ring in a different light.
“The most important thing is for a ring to speak to the particular man and to the woman he is in love with,” he said. “If a ring doesn’t speak to one person, then it wasn’t meant to be. If that particular ring wasn’t meant to find a home with JoJo, but rather spoke to Nick and Vanessa, then that’s the way it should be. It’s found its home.”
Well said, Lane. Well said.
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