Real Housewives of Orange County Star Gretchen Rossi showed off her engagement ring with her fiancÃ© Slade Smiley to Life & Style Magazine, but reports are suggesting that Gretchen’s ring is recycled! It has been reported that Gretchen’s 4-carat fancy yellow diamond ring has been worn by Slade’s former fiancÃ©, Jo de la Rosa! As seen on RHOC Season 1; Jo’s ring was a canary diamond surrounded by smaller diamonds on a platinum band.
Last year Gretchen was seen numerous times wearing a canary yellow diamond ring. For example, in November of last year, Gretchen attended an appearance on Twin Cities Live sporting a canary yellow engagement ring on her left ring finger. (See photos below.)
Here’s a trip down memory lane: Season 1 of RHOC, a photo of Jo de la Rosa wearing a canary diamond engagement ring. I have to admit, I was curious, so I looked back at my Season 1 RHOC DVDs to see what I thought. While these images are hard to see clearly; Gretchen and Jo’s rings look very similar, but the bands are different. RealityTea found the image of the ring in the box, and it was shown on Episode 1 of Season 2 as Slade was talking about how he and Jo had called their engagement off, but explained she had moved back in with him.
UPDATE: Gretchen and Slade are crediting Newport Jewelers for designing their engagement rings, and there’s new information about whether Gretchen’s ring is recycled!Â According to Daniel Arik, ofÂ Newport Jewelers, Gretchen has been a longtime client and friend. “Newport Jewelers is very excited for Gretchen and Slade and couldn’t be more pleased to have designed this everlasting symbol of their love,” Arik told The Newport Patch.
According to Daniel Slade’s ring isÂ made of black gold encased with black diamonds, according, and has the letter â€œGâ€ inscribed four times, which stands for God, his two sons and Gretchen.
After Gretchen proposed she and SladeÂ went back to Newport Jewelers a few days later where they collaboratively designed her “four carat round fancy yellow diamond center stone set in 18k white gold.” Rossi’s center stone is surrounded by an additional five carats of “round brilliant diamonds and a trillion diamond on either side.”Â Her engagement ring also includes inscribed letters, â€œSâ€ and â€œGâ€ on either side representing the couple’s first names, Arik said.
According to RealityTea, ‘The stones inÂ Gretchen’sÂ current ring are the same as the ones inÂ Jo’sÂ ring and her “go to jewelers” redesigned the “four carat round fancy yellow diamond center stone set in 18k white gold,” to change the orientation of the center stone. If you look at the previous rings, the canary diamond is set vertically, but is now set horizontally. Otherwise it is the same exact stone layout.’
Do YOU think this is a coincidence or is Gretchen’s ring the same one Slade gave to Jo?
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