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I Created A Magical Elven Ring That Turned My Girlfriend Into My Fiance
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I Created A Magical Elven Ring That Turned My Girlfriend Into My Fiance

Hey, pandas! My name is Dovas, and I’m the editor at Bored Panda. I’d like to tell you the story of how I made an engagement ring to propose to Elena, the love of my life!

I wanted to do something truly special – and something that would provide us with a story to tell to our children and grandchildren. Because I like to sculpt wood and clay, I decided to, in one way or another, create a ring of my own design. Eventually, I found a jeweler who agreed to take anything I’d make out of wax and cast it in gold! Read on to see the ring and how I made it (and how I kept it a secret from her).

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Here’s the piece of wax that I started with:

I kept my tools in a box that I could pack and hide quickly if she came home

We both love the outdoors, so I knew it’d have a nature theme

I’ve never made something so small, so I worked slowly – it took me more than 40 hours!

I had to work with a magnifying glass to see what I was doing

I used a camera lens blower to remove dust and scraps of wax

All finished – time to bring it to the jeweler’s

After casting it in gold and adding a green tourmaline gemstone… It looked like this! Success!

The stone has a deep evergreen color, but burns with a brilliant forest-green when it catches the light

Now for the box… after all, presentation is key

I’ll paint the panels and then add a second layer of wood over them

For my first time painting since elementary school, I don’t think I did too bad!

I covered the inside with paper that I marbled with green, blue, yellow and purple watercolors

I invited Elena out for a walk in the woods near our apartment…

Luckily for me, she said yes!

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VirginiaSu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is so beautiful! I can't believe you made everything yourself! The ring, the box, even the paper the ring stands in.

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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing!! She's a very lucky (& very pretty) girl!

KyraBachmakova
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a beautiful ring! I also like the desert picture a lot - it looks amazing!

AleksandarKočbašli
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

such a beautifull act... I wish u a happy life together.

CharissaYu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing idea & presentation. Love it!

SharonBaldwin
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are one in a million! Sweet jesture and a cool story to tell your children. You set the bar high for other guys. Congrats!

LizHancock
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, if every guy paid this amount of attention and effort into an engagement ring I think you'd easily put the diamond industry out of business. Kudos to you. http://www.onlinediamondbuyingadvice.com/

AinsleySuntjens
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can I hire you to make my engagement ring?

ThomasNorris
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful work, something to be remembered and handed down.

KarlieRose
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congratulations and wonderful work!

LilyBautista
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome! Congratulations to both of you~

AislinnGraves
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow. Beautiful ring and what an amazing story to tell your children. :) May you have a long and happy marriage. :D

NatalieBlenkhorn
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome! Elena is a very lucky woman! Congratulations.

VikiBanaszak
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's a beautiful ring and I love the box. A great keepsake.

LunaIndigo
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So adorable! And beautiful, your hard word certainly paid off

DebraBrooksKapellakis
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is a beautiful ring and a heart warming story about how it was made and it's box. Bravo.

AnnBrookens
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's beautiful. She is a lucky girl to have a guy who cares so much!

GabyDomanais
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh. my. gawds. YOURE AN AMAZING BOYFRIEND- er... fiance? XD :D

MichaelRowley
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very nice. You have put every wholesale jeweler to shame. Well done.

MichaelRowley
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very nice, and as a side note, you have put every wholesale jeweler to shame. Well done.

BhaskarNatarajan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's just awesome. We've all heard the stories of the groom taking great pains to buy a 2 carat solitaire ring but this is priceless...

ToriHeart
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My heart just melted a little

HanneKennedy
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She got green eyes _ the perfect match - congratulations :-)

DanielleDelaney
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This ring would mean more to me than the cliche diamond ring that most females wish for. And your girl is beautiful!!

CulpaMea
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is sooooooo awesome and romantic! Afcorse she said yesss!!

purpletalk
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

a great man had a self created give to his love one... salute

Yoka
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How beautiful!!! Creative and romantic! Great job! Congratulations!

DiegoBelli
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

you sir are a true craftsman, and your wife to be looks Brighter than the Sun wearing the ring blessed be all romantic people in love :]

ScottMoore
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

INSPIRING!! Glad she said Yes, too! :)

DoreeneStern-Castro
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That.........is...........INCREDIBLE! And a work of art from the heart!

ShahrulRedzuan
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wow. can make a movie out of this

MaryFurey
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful ring and story. Blessings to you both.

wandabha
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing work of art. Very romantic . Congratulations and wishing you both a happy life together

wandabha
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Truly a work of art. Very romantic . Congratulations. Wishing you both a happy life together

EvaAiken
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow! What a lucky girl. It is a masterpiece, both the ring and the box. Very Beautiful.

P.BruxFHell
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congrats!! Such a thoughtful gesture!!!

JudithScull
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My daughter is a jeweler with Lagos. I know how intensive the work is to produce a ring like this. It is exquisite. She is very blessed.

GlynisLailann
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Words fail me. I have this old fantasy that someone would do something like this for me & it never happened. Someday my prince will come ...

Wondersense
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great idea :) Congratulations!

MaryKavanagh
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think I just got something in my eye!

BoglárkaLázár
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It goes so well with her. And she is beautiful!

MonicaAlina
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So beautiful the entire "story ". Congrats !

PegaSuske
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

congratulations!!!! lovely!!! both the ring and wife ;)

PeteB
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Umm, she has it on her right hand...friend zone?

TinaCampbell
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That is beautiful and the box is also great work... lucky girl!!

ZygnetSamillano
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Your effort is priceless. :) I just want to know though, about how much did it cost you all in all?

LubomilaTerziyska
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congratulations! This is more then incredible! I wish you very happy and bright family life!

MysticHorses
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Brilliant, so thoughtful and personal

ValentinaPeteva
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing!i love the fact you designed yourself and put all the effort rather just going and bying it!Wish you all the best!!

SusannaVesna
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG, ur like the best boyfriend ever! Congratulations to both of u!

AnanyaHaider
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh my god... feel like crying..... its so pretty and your fiance is even prettier... MASHALLAH!!! may Allah bless you both.... :D

AnanyaHaider
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

would you please marry me ?????? welll....i wont if u wouldn't get me one of your hand-made ring... and ... ooh oh with a box...... :P :P

ManonGm
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful, also the box! i just wonder, is the stone not falling out of the ring if it' just wax inside? I mean, does it stick to the gold?

Noor
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love this. Also that you made your own box. This just adds to the fact that you made it yourself!!

KerryKozak
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congratulations to you both. Fantastic ring design and superb presentation - great art.

KerryKozak
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congratulations to you both first, and you did an amazing job of design for both the ring and the box. Great paint job - how beautiful.

AngelaWard
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow congrats ! What a talent! If you put as much effort into your marriage as u did the purposal it will be a strong healthy one!

SaraVillicaña
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You must have a great capacity of loving. May you be very happy!

GracieLopez
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congratulations! Beautiful ring, beautiful story, and beautiful fiancé!

RobinKern
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So very romantic and beautiful!

RicKolseth
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

From one jeweler to another: nice design!

WilliamYauwry
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No wonder she said yes!! 40 hours job on the ring alone? You sir, must really love her!! Have a wonderful life together.. ^^

TojoMelville
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

very clever, pretty and romantic....will you marry me? PS Why is she wearing ring on the right hand?

VladmirMarakov(VladmirM)
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this effort leaves me speechless... what a beautiful creation!

sctntxtn13
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You should start taking orders for rings

CoryNess
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Perfect! You put SO much thought and time into an unforgettable gift and memory!

RebeccaFreeman-Obrien
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congratulations! She's beautiful and so is the ring and the story!

AshleighWilling
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How amazing and unforgettable and what a beautiful memory , complete with how to pics. The wax one was gorgeous too!

ElleceBill-Schmitz
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so lovely and so romantic! What an awesome thing for you to do! I know Elena was thrilled!

heysooz
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing! She's a lucky, beautiful girl...she looks so happy; congratulations!

DarylJackson
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So much more meaningful since you hand made it yourself. You are very ingenious. I LOVE the ring. Great job. Happy marriage to you both.

JaneMary
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

But the author of that ring, it is easily visible that you have to treat candidasis. Treat it seriously.

JaneMary
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congratulations, it is pretty and done by yourself, precious art!

Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pretty ring and my big congratulations that you did it alone! But it is easily visible on hands you have to treat systemic candidasis.

AdeleThomas
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful ring, beautiful story :)

LeonieBrok
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sir, would you teach my future husband how to do this? I haven't met him yet but this is just the perfect way to get proposed to

PascaleMarchand-Grésy
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

gorgeous! the ring, the box, and elena's eyes! You both are very lucky...

EmeseKozma
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You brought back the hope to me that there are real guys out there who are so amazing, caring and loving.

ReneeParkman
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Gorgeous ring AND one of a kind....just amazing!

LiliMazlum
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh so a lucky girl!!, congratulations! you made a great job!

NguyenKien
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Does she dare say no! you are real man. You deserve it man!

RytaPower
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She is very blessed to have such a caring partner. Lovely ring and presentation. Thank you for sharing.

BobDee
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautifully done, both of you.

ImaElise
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

My fiance worked with a jeweler to make mine, he is not as artistic as you, but it is something I will treasure forever.

MaryellenJaynes
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what a beautiful ring and what a lovely story. Congradulations

LeahJ
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think he's lucky he made it the right size, imagine proposing with a ring that doesn't fit! I commend you sir.

BoredPanda Staff
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Thank you! One thing I didn't have pictures of was how I sneakily stole one of her rings for the jeweler to measure :D

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herrvorragend
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She looks like her: http://www.shaunaparmesan.com/about/

VirginiaSu
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this is so beautiful! I can't believe you made everything yourself! The ring, the box, even the paper the ring stands in.

Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing!! She's a very lucky (& very pretty) girl!

KyraBachmakova
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a beautiful ring! I also like the desert picture a lot - it looks amazing!

AleksandarKočbašli
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

such a beautifull act... I wish u a happy life together.

CharissaYu
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazing idea & presentation. Love it!

SharonBaldwin
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are one in a million! Sweet jesture and a cool story to tell your children. You set the bar high for other guys. Congrats!

LizHancock
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, if every guy paid this amount of attention and effort into an engagement ring I think you'd easily put the diamond industry out of business. Kudos to you. http://www.onlinediamondbuyingadvice.com/

AinsleySuntjens
Community Member
7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Can I hire you to make my engagement ring?

ThomasNorris
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Beautiful work, something to be remembered and handed down.

KarlieRose
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7 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congratulations and wonderful work!

LilyBautista
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Awesome! Congratulations to both of you~

AislinnGraves
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6 years ago