Exclusive: All About Blakeley Jones's 'Dream Come True' Engagement Ring

09/11/2012 at 11:00 AM ET

Bachelor Pad 3 Engagement RingCourtesy Neil Lane; Inset: ABC

When single dad Tony Pieper got down on one knee during Monday night’s Bachelor Pad 3 finale and proposed to fellow contestant Blakeley Jones, it was a show-stopping happy ending for the once unlikely pair.

In front of a giddy live audience, Jones, a 34-year-old esthetician whose heart was broken earlier in the season by Pad finalist Chris Bukowski, was all smiles when Pieper surprised her with a 2.5-carat Neil Lane diamond ring.

“Blakeley was totally shocked and so happy,” Lane tells PEOPLE exclusively. “All Tony wanted to do was please her and give her the ring of her dreams.”

The handmade cushion-cut sparkler, surrounded by 98 smaller brilliant-cut diamonds and set in platinum, reflects Pieper’s heartfelt description of his fiancĂ©.

“Tony spent a lot of time figuring out what she’d like — something elegant, cool, sexy and with both a fashion-forward feel and with a bit of a past, a vintage vibe,” says Lane, who handcrafted the ring in less than three weeks time. “He knew she wanted a cushion-cut diamond and had always dreamed of a ring with a halo of diamonds around the center stone, so we created that for her and she loved it.”

As for Pieper, 30, he told Lane he fell hard — and fast.

“Tony was clearly smitten and said he knew the first time he met Blakeley he was in love with her,” says the celebrity jeweler. “He could just tell she was the girl of his dreams.” Tell us: Do you love Jones’s engagement ring?

–Elizabeth Leonard

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Big Whoop on

I think it’s gaudy but after Chris treated her so badly, she deserves happiness. I wish them the best.

Sarah on

What a dumbass. I hope he got the ring for free. Otherwise he completely overpaid for the Neil Lane Ring. A 2.5 carat ring with 98 stones on the halo
And band means it is a boring 1 carat with 1.5 carats of tiny diamonds. Yawn.

Julie on

So happy for Blakely and Tony! They are so cute togehter. Welcome to Oregon Blakely. I grew up in Beaverton, Tony’s hometown and I know she will do great hear. I hope she loves it as much as I do! Hope to see you around some day!

mj on

The proposal was so lovely to see and their love is obvious and true. But no; I don’t like this ring. It’s such a common setting these days and the halo is just to make the center diamond appear larger than it is.

Caroline on

I know all the bachelor/bachelorette engagement rings are always made by neil lane but they always look exactly the same!

bonnie mcafee on

Being it is a Neil Lane ring which is the provider for all of the Bachelor and Bachelorette rings, I have to think either the Neil Lane did the ring either as a favor for Tony or at a discount for the advertising. Not to take anything away from the ring. It is exquisite.

Guest on

You guys are getting a lot of facts wrong. First, you incorrectly said she had her heart broken by Chris. The other day you had a whole article about the winner, Nick, but got his last name wrong.

Way to go, Nick!

Bonnie on

Who wouldn’t like a rock like that! Unfortunately Blakley could’t take the relocation well at all & went back home from what I hear. I thought all she wanted was “cable TV”. She should have thought that relocating would take time & patience, that she doesn’t seem to have! Too bad for Tony. He was so taken by her. I thought for sure it would last. Blakley has looked a gift horse in the mouth! What a crazy fool not to do her best to make it with a devoted guy like Tony! After all, she said he made her feel like she could be herself! Obviously the true self came out in her really fast because she left!

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