All About Jake Owen's Fiancée's Engagement Ring -- and That Spontaneous Proposal

04/18/2012 at 09:30 AM ET

Jake OwenCourtesy Justin Wysong

Ladies, this is why you marry a musician.

When country star Jake Owen recently presented now-fiancĂ© Lacey Buchanan with an engagement ring, “I told her, ‘The sparkle is never going to go away in that ring, and I don’t want our sparkle to ever go away either,'” he tells PEOPLE. “‘On your darkest days, I want you to look at it and see that there’s a glimmer of light in it. I want it to always remind you of the possibilities of our relationship.”

Owen, 30, designed the ring with Lizzy Raye Jewelers in Atlanta, and he had a classic look in mind. So the singer selected a 2.5-carat oval-cut diamond set in platinum with a “little bitty halo around it” and small diamonds on the band. “I want that ring to be timeless,” he says. “When my mom saw it, she said, ‘That looks like something Princess Diana would wear.’ I was so excited to give it to her.”

He got a lesson in diamond selection in the process, too. “I think the color is E color, E/SI1,” he says proudly. “I know all of it. No inclusions! You can always go bigger with less clarity, but with hers I really wanted it to be bright white, sparkling.

“I’m pretty spontaneous about a lot of things but that,” he continues, “look, she’s the most unique, amazing person I’ve ever met and I needed something on her finger just as unique as she is.”

Speaking of spontaneous, Owen’s proposal was exactly that.

He and Buchanan had talked about getting married, and Owen asked her father for permission, but on the day of his hometown show — at his old high school in Florida — “I only had one song left to play and it was ‘Don’t Think I Can’t Love You,'” he recalls. “I wrote it a long time ago about my family and my dad and mom had been married for 30 years. I just saw [Buchanan] out there, my family, and I was like, forget the ring, screw it, this is like the perfect place to do it.”

Even though he didn’t have the ring in hand just yet, Owen brought Buchanan, 22, on stage and proposed, making a joke about not having the rock yet, since it worked with his song lyrics. “The line in there is, ‘Girl, I can’t buy you a big diamond ring.’ So I kinda played it off as a joke. I was like, ‘But it’s coming, I promise.'”

Jake Owen Engagement Ring
Courtesy Justin Wysong

An added bonus? “Because I asked her on stage, I have videos so we’ll always be able to relive that moment,” he says. “It seemed like it went by in an instant. I didn’t even remember if she said yes to me or not, it happened so fast! She had no idea. It was pretty cool to watch that happen.”

Owen hits the road this summer with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw on the Brothers of the Sun tour. And when he performs his new single, “The One That Got Away,” he’ll surely note the irony of the title. Offstage, “I got her,” he says happily. “She didn’t get away this time.”

–Rennie Dyball

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Leslee on

@Mimi

You are correct about color grading of a diamond but off on the clarity. An SI1 diamond does have inclusions as do VS and VVS but SI inclusion are eye clean without a loupe. Inclusions are not all of one variety, a feather is different than a carbon spot and different than a crystal. How each has effect on the refraction will differ, especially given the cut and the location of the inclusion.

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Mimi on

@Leslee: Tiffany only sells diamonds color grade D E F G H I and nothing less than a clarity grade of VS2. I’ve got a Tiffany and trust me SI1 clarity and lower is junk! I’m just saying…

Stacey on

Hold Cow! She looks like Julianne Hough!!! They are so cute together. Her ring is beautiful!! I love seeing all my fave country stars love stories. A BIG congrats to them. I wish them all the best.

Stacey on

HOLY***

Nichele on

Good for them! She’s a beautiful girl, and it’s clear that he’s head over heels for her.

And to those of you saying that 22 is too young or that he’s too old for her, I’ll say this: Although 22 IS fairly young, it all depends on the person. My mom was 23 when she married my dad (22 when they met), who was 33, and they’ve now been married for nearly 30 years. So it can work.

Leslee on

@Mimi

Sorry, I don’t trust you because you are incorrect. You are using the Tiffany marketing as your standard, rather than what the industry uses to grade and select diamonds. What one does with a stone is more important than minor flaws only seen by a loupe. I trust people that are trained by the GIA over Tiffany salespeople.

Trina on

That is soooo amazingly sweet. love tells no age, and plus, its not like she’s 18 or something :) I really wish them the best, and they make a picture perfect couple. They are both so cute!

Hannah on

I am 8 years younger than my husband. I was 21 when we got married and we will celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2 months.

Congrats to the lovely couple!

monica on

@ JEANINE & @ KIM

My mom was married at 21 to my dad, they just celebrated their 35th Wedding Anniversary this March! Ya’ll need to stop being haters and be happy for them!

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