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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Jon on

Love the PHOTOS, what a lovely story, these two are made for each other, I’m so happy for them!

Jeanine on

22….I think he needs to find someone a little older!!

SARAH on

AAAWWWW, THEY ARE SO SWEET!!

RENEE on

I think they are a stunning looking couple! So happy for them!

monica on

Awesome job on the ring Jake!!!!!

Meredith on

The ring looks like Bellas from Twilight!

Kim on

She is only 22?! Come on Jake!

Mimi on

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Mimi on

LOL! He is doesn’t know ANTHING about diamonds! Colorless diamonds are the best and those would be graded D E F, with D being the best. In that regard, he did great. However, an SI1 clarity ring is really bad. It’s got so many inclusions that it’s not even eye clean, let alone what it would look like under a loop. He should have gotten a VS2 or higher in clarity.

Laura on

Good for him… hope she really IS “the one”.

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!

bono on

Who cares about the cut, clarity or grading the dang diamond, is it really that important!
Any blind person can see that that ring is absolutely gorgeous and the fact that he put alot of effort into picking the right one for her is what matters.
Get a life diamond graders!!!!

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Mimi on

@Leslee, I don’t care if you trust me. There’s a reason that Tiffany & Co has the reputation they have. Facts are the facts and I’m not going to argue with you any more.

Mimi on

I don’t care for the ring either, I’m so sick of halos. Too flashy and busy for my taste. I hope they’re very happy though.

Xena on

What a gorgeous ring, so romantic and delicate, much more beautiful than the 10+ carats million dollar ring Jolie is wearing.

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Traylor on

Good going Jake….. Your Tampa Tailgating friends are sooooo happy for you and Lacey. The ring is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!! Same parking lot as last time June2nd.. Come see us again and bring Lacey.

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Laura Romero on

LOVEEE every bit :)

Dea on

Such a happy occasion and such negative comments…whatever happened to being happy for this beautiful couple and appreciating the fact they shared this with his fans? Comments about her age? The “kind” of ring” REALLY?? I bet they are happier and last longer than any older person with that “perfect” ring! Wishing them both many years of love, happiness and joy!

Audrianna Woody on

sooooo cute!!!! :)

adrienne on

Congrats to them!

Lacey is actually only 20, not 22.

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Kat on

Awww… they look so cute together!! I am happy for them.

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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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Lisa S on

Hope he doesn’t cheat on her while on the road. People see it everyday with musicians. Is she like 12 yrs old or what? Oh, 22 never mind. Cute girl.

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Jennifer on

LOL…do the math people, he proposed in April and the baby was born on Thanksgiving…she was a few months preggo when he “spontaneously proposed.” At least he had the decency to marry his baby-mama…so many today don’t. What’s he supposed to do, come out and say, “Well, I’m a huge country star and I wasn’t ready to settle down with a wife and kids but I knocked her up so I’m doing the right thing.” LOL. I’m not hating on them, they are cute together, but she’s WAY to young and quit pretending this wasn’t because she was pregnant. What girl – whose fiance is a wealthy country star – wouldn’t have a HUGE romantic wedding? They did a quiet family thing…sorry romance lovers, but I think this is all about the bun she had in her oven. Smart move Lacey, “land” that guy by getting knocked up, THAT always works out in the long run.

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