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Lee DeWyze's Engagement Ring: Inspired by a 'Phantom'

08/08/2011 at 03:00 PM ET

Lee DeWyze Engagement Ring
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Their engagement was right out of a fairytale — he popped the question on a private yacht under a fireworks-filled sky at Disney World — and the engagement ring Lee DeWyze gave to girlfriend Jonna Walsh has its own whimsical story, too.

“I knew Jonna was a fan of Phantom of the Opera, and the ring in the play,” DeWyze tells PEOPLE of a circle-cut engagement ring seen in the musical. “I went looking for one that was similar and I found one — the Tiffany Embrace ring — that was perfect.”

Before purchasing the 1.5-carat bauble, he showed it to Jonna’s sister, who gave him the green light. “Everything was good,” he says. “I bought the ring two months ago and I was waiting for the right time to ask. I figured out how to do it, and once I knew the date, I decided this was going down.” The engagement, which took place on July 16, went off without any major hitches — except for the fact that it almost didn’t happen!

Jonna, who wasn’t feeling well, tried to beg off making the trip. Luckily, her now-fiancé convinced her otherwise. “I said, ‘No, no, we should go,’” he recalls, laughing. Getting down on his knee as their boat circled the resort’s lagoon, he spoke from the heart. “I had a speech prepared but it all went out the window so I just asked her,” he says. “She started crying and I said, ‘Is that a yes?’”

–Lorenzo Benet
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sheila on

I loved him on American Idol and I am so happy for him now. They are a beautiful couple.The only thing better would have been to have met my daughter..lol.. Be blessed Lee!!

Bobbi Stel on

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Ana on

So nice, that he didn’t feel the need to sell his soul for an outrageous, over the top ring. Nice job Lee!

Lauren on

Buying a ring from Tiffany’s is so idiotic. Seriously…22K for 1.5 carats? ARE YOU SERIOUS? I just don’t get it. Their diamonds aren’t harvested from the moon, people. They jack up the price because of the name on the box…such a waste of money!

Madeline on

Wow Lauren, you’re a bitter, little nitty aren’t you?

Angela on

Jealous much Lauren?

Mimi on

Lauren, ha, ha, ha I went directly to Tiffany’s website too and that is the price they have listed. I have 3 stackable, diamond eternity bands from them and although they are outrageously priced, they are gorgeous.

Deborah on

It is actually pretty and delicate….I am so tired of seeing 12 carat diamonds

Lauren on

No. It’s called being an informed consumer. My ring would have cost 3x the amount had my husband gone to Tiffany’s. For the same size and clarity. They are notorious for charging an insane premium because there are lots of dumb people who will flush an extra 5-10K for nothing but the name on the box.

Maro on

Are you kidding me 1.5??? my boyfriend got me a bigger one than that and I am not famous and we didn’t spend anything like that price!!! Anyway, I never heard of these people. LOL

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