When country star Chris Lane dropped to one knee and proposed to Bachelor alum Lauren Bushnell this week, he knew one very important thing for sure (aside from his love for Bushnell, of course): that he had picked out the right ring.
The pair had gone ring shopping five months ago “just for fun,” and Lane made sure to pay special attention to which sparkler caught her eye. (In a recent Brilliant Earth survey, a reported 77 percent of respondents said they would prefer to go engagement ring shopping together.)
“Watching her try on rings, I learned she loves emerald-cut diamonds,” he told People. “I even heard her say that was the exact kind of ring she wanted. Thankfully she made it pretty easy to pick out!”
Bushnell, 29, knew that she wanted “something simple” with “a solitaire and dainty band,” and that’s exactly when Lane got for her.
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I can’t stop smiling 😭 I feel so incredibly blessed that every misstep, mistake and heartache has led me to you. I couldn’t be happier to call you mine, forever. The journey was well worth it. Thank you Christopher Eric Lane for softening my heart and making it whole. Never going to stop telling you how much I love you and I will hold onto you forever and ever! Lauren Lane has a nice ring to it 💍 PS he wrote me a song 😭 I linked in my bio for y’all. I can’t stop listening or looking down at my hand 😍 thanks @people for covering 💕
According to Kathryn Money, VP of Strategy & Merchandising for Brilliant Earth, Bushnell’s ring was a dazzling 3.5 carat emerald-cut diamond set on a delicate, diamond-accented band, reflective of Bushnell’s down-to-earth personality.
“The elegant simplicity of the ring’s design allows the gorgeous center diamond to be the focal point,” she tells The Knot, adding, “Emerald cut engagement rings are becoming increasingly popular, and many celebrities including J.Lo and Jennifer Lawrence have recently opted for this particular diamond shape. Elongated diamonds—including emeralds, elongated cushions and ovals—create a flattering look as their shape lengthens the wearer’s finger.”
Money estimates that the ring likely cost between $60,000 to $80,000 (depending on the quality of the diamond itself), and as compared to Bushnell’s previous engagement ring, from Bachelor star Ben Higgins, more suits her personality. (Higgins’ ring for Bushnell was a whopping 4.25 carat Art Deco-style ring with a radiant-cut center diamond surrounded by over 240 round and baguette cut diamonds.)
“Chris is the most thoughtful person,” Bushnell told People. “He clearly put so much time and thought into not only the song, but also making sure everyone I love most was surrounding us in that moment. Holding each other, hearing the song for the first time and then seeing him get down on one knee is a moment I’ll never forget. Watching the video back was almost just as emotional as the proposal itself— I still get teary-eyed even thinking about it. Seeing all of those memories in one place and then reliving the best day of my life is pretty special!”
The couple have been friends for several years, but only began to spend time romantically last fall, and made their relationship debut on the red carpet at November’s BMI Country Awards in Nashville, Tennessee.