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-fiancé 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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Ashley on

OMG that was a great night with watching him propose here in Vero. No one expected it and I got it all recorded!!!! :) Congrats to him and Lacey

Sara on

Who cares if she is 22? My mom was 19 when she married my father, and he was 28. They were married for almost 41 years and madly in love when she passed away from cancer. To this day, my dad adores my mom. Age is just a number. Clearly, this couple is crazy for one another.

Congrats Jake and Lacey. Beautiful pics and ring!

Amy Logan on

She’s not even 22! I think its funny they have to lie about her age. She’s 20. A baby. And the fact that Jake is rushing an engagement and a wedding….I think that shows his maturity level. Love isn’t a race. There’s no finish line. Her birthday is August 7, 1991. Not even 21 yet. They both need to grow up….clearly.

Tammi on

Jake, my friend wishing you & Lacy much love & happiness always, you deserve it!!

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K Horton on

Another wealthy entertainer marrying a young model. She’ll pop out a few kids and in less than 10 years we’ll be reading about the divorce. Yes, she is too young. To all you people who’s parents have been married for a long time, they didn’t live with all the stress, travel, etc. that these two will. I do hope this marriage lasts a lifetime, but I seriously have my doubts.

Phyllis Greiner on

You deserve nothing but the BEST. It sure looks like you got it. If she is as genuine as she looks. Beautiful. I am sure she knows how lucky she is.

cc on

Since when is she 22 years old?? Get the article right. She was barely 16 when she did the 1st video and I think she just turned 20. That would be the day that I let my daughter at 16 do a video with a guy 10 years old than her, undressing her in the back of a truck. What a crib robber!!

carissabronson on

I would think she would have to be 18 to be in the video considering that scene. I doubt a record label would allow a minor to be cast. I also saw an article from 2010 where she says that she is 20. Don’t really understand why everyone finds the need to criticize them!

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