Meet Christopher & Briana | MiaDonna’s featured Celebrity Couple!

Meet Christopher & Briana | MiaDonna's featured Celebrity Couple | The Proposal & Ring Everyone LOVES a LOVE STORY!

?Here is Christopher & Briana’s?

I met Briana, my future wife, back in college in Southern California. A mutual friend of mine, Trevor, introduced us at a country club called Incahoots. Briana and I got to talking and instantly hit it off. We danced all night, exchanged numbers and immediately started texting each other. After several exchanges via text message, we decided to go out on a date. The date went well and we decided to start seeing each other a bit. Unfortunately, I was not really willing to settle down completely so our time together quickly came to an end.

This actually led to the beginning of our friendship. This was a companionship that developed over 2 years that has now become the base of our relationship.

The stars aligned two years later. We found our paths crossing again as we were both single and decided to try dating again. This time the result was much different. Our friendship ended up taking our relationship to a level, which it had not reached before. Realizing that I had a great thing on my hands, I decided to commit and make Briana my girlfriend.

Our love story has never been a traditional one in any sense. We have so much fun together and are always up to some type of adventure. We never take ourselves seriously and live out the laugh often motto in life. Also, as I am a pilot, the world of Southern California has shrunk to a short hour flight to anywhere.

With any strong and proven relationship there are tests and trials, which either make or break you, and ours is no different. The best test that we faced was my application and eventual hiring into the United States Air Force (Air National Guard) as a pilot on the C-130J Hercules.

Meet Christopher & Briana | MiaDonna's featured Celebrity Couple | Their LOVE story

This trial put huge strains on our relationship and really made us see if we had what it took to make it the distance. I would often leave for several weeks at a time to do various testing or attend schools for the military that would prepare me to join the USAF.

In summer of 2012, I got the call that I was going to leave to officer school in Alabama at Maxwell AFB. I started talking to my parents and friends, and they all asked what our plans were as a couple as these next few years were going to be hard, as anyone who has ever tried a long distance relationship knows.

I started thinking and realized, I cared for Briana more than just a girlfriend and I wanted to commit to spending the rest of my life with her. So I planned out the engagement and started looking for rings.

I immediately talked to my stepbrother who had recently gotten engaged and asked him how he went about it. I had never been a fan of the small jewelry chains and their pricey questionable rings, and was looking for other alternatives. My stepbrother mentioned this company called MiaDonna, and told me about the process he had of designing his own ring. This was something that interested me very much. I talked to Briana about my stepbrother getting a MiaDonna diamond and what her feeling was about it. We both instantly agreed that MiaDonna’s values were aligned with ours.

The more I started researching mined diamonds, we realized that we didn’t feel comfortable spending that much money on something with such a dishonest backstory.

When we found out MiaDonna’s diamonds are conflict-free and made in the United States, our choice was sealed. The icing on the cake, however, was that MiaDonna gives back to the community.

I knew that Briana wanted a certain design to her ring, so I began designing my own custom ring to make it look perfect to what I thought she wanted. One day in the middle of drawing out the ring, I was looking through the hundreds of selections, and I stumbled upon the exact ring that I was designing – Petals!

I immediately got in contact with MiaDonna, and the customer service was OUTSTANDING. I came from a customer service background, working at Disneyland for over 5 years, and this customer service was above and beyond! They worked with me week in and week out getting the perfect ring and diamond, and made sure it arrived in time for the perfect proposal! I couldn’t imagine using anyone else for our special moment in time.

When LOVE meets MARRIAGE…

Chistopher’s perfect proposal!

I always told Briana that no engagement was going to happen until after I was done with my initial pilot training. This happened to be over 18 months. She didn’t like it, but understood it. I could see she was getting frustrated with it since we had been dating officially for almost 2 years. This was all part of my plan!

After I got back from officer training in Alabama, and initial flight screening in Colorado, I set the plan in motion. I knew that I was leaving for pilot training around the start of December, and I would spend the year and a half on the road and out of state.

This would mean I would Christmas and miss her 25th birthday, so I told her we would have to do a “fancy date” night before I leave to celebrate those special dates before I left. She always loves when I surprise her with those fancy dates. So we set our date for November 16th 2012.

The plan was officially in motion. She always mentioned that she wanted to get engaged around friends and family. With that plan in mind, I sent out a Facebook invite to all of our friends and family for a “Commissioning Party/Briana’s 25th birthday party.” This was going to be a surprise to everyone else as well.

Aviation has always been a huge part of our relationship and the military was now very quickly becoming a part of it as well. I talked to my friend who has a hangar full of classic aviation memorabilia and a location big enough to hold several people. A classic airplane was also flown out to stand as the backdrop for the engagement.

Meet Christopher & Briana | MiaDonna's featured Celebrity Couple | Classic Plane

The night of November 16th came and I picked Briana up at her house in our fancy clothes, and blindfolded her immediately as she got into the car so she wouldn’t know where we were going. As we got closer to the hangar, I “stopped for gas” which was really a ploy so I could change into my dress blues for the engagement.

I got into my blues and we arrived into the hangar, surrounded by 50 of our friends and family. Briana was still blindfolded when I walked her in. Telling her she couldn’t take off her blindfold until I gave her the Christmas/birthday present I had for her.

As we walked her into the hangar, my mom started playing her favorite song -Train’s “Marry Me.” Immediately my hands started shaking a bit, as I finally saw all of our friends and family. Briana started to get an idea that maybe something wasn’t quite what it seemed.

I walked her in and placed her back facing the crowd so all she saw when she took off the blindfold was myself and the airplane behind me. Once in position, I told her to take off her blindfold and she saw that I was now not in my fancy dress, but in my dress blues. She immediately started crying, and my whole speech that I had planned in my head was immediately reduced to a few short words that had nothing to do with my initial plan. The nervousness was overwhelming and unlike anything I had ever felt before. This was it.

At that point I dropped to one knee and brought out the beautiful ring from MiaDonna.

Meet Christopher & Briana | MiaDonna's featured Celebrity Couple | The Proposal

She immediately fell in love and it was EVERYTHING she wanted. It was a perfect moment in time.

Since then she has gotten so many compliments about the ring. It truly was the perfect fit for her and she is so in love to this day.

Recently when my friend, Trevor was planning on getting engaged, he was going through the same issues I went through. I told him all about MiaDonna and he found the same amazing experience that I had.

MiaDonna is an AMAZING company and anyone who is thinking about getting engaged is crazy not to check out the beautiful rings and excellent customer service that is provided by the family at MiaDonna.

BONUS: Christopher captured their perfect proposal on video!

The magic happens at about 2 minutes 40 seconds…

 

CONGRATULATIONS Christopher & Briana!

THANK YOU for sharing your love story with us!

 


 

Do you want to be a featured couple at MiaDonna.com?

From time to time we will add a new Featured Couple and we would LOVE for it to be you! Being the Featured Couple includes a blog post on you and your partner with your picture and testimonial as well as a highlighted testimonial on our testimonials page. Please send us your images, videos, suggestions, kind words, etc… We know you have a great love story to tell and we want to hear it!

There are 3 ways you can do a testimonial for MiaDonna and Company OR The Greener Diamond.

1. Call us and leave a voicemail 
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2. Send us an email

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Upload your video to YouTube.com or Vimeo.com and send us the link.

Get creative, but please remember to include:
1. Your first name (and your partners)
2. If and what you purchased at MiaDonna & Co.
3. Your message 
4. Your images and/or videos

We look forward to hearing from you!


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Categories: Blog Home, Celebrity Engagement Rings, Engagement Rings, MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid® Rings, MiaDonna® Engagement Ring Video's, Uncategorized Tags: , ,

Do you take this Engagement Ring ‘Till Death Do You Part’?

In honor of All Hallows’ Eve we thought it would be spook-tacular to share some of MiaDonna’s edgier Engagement Ring and Wedding Set designs featuring dark and vampy details… 

  • Black Diamonds

  • Blood Red Rubies

  • Fire Opals

  • ‘Mysterious’ Alexandrite

Do you take this Engagement Ring ‘Till Death Do You Part’?

If you are a modern bride who casts off the “traditional” diamond solitaire and white wedding for something more unique – something more YOU – we hope to inspire you with hauntingly beautiful designs. 

We think you will agree that these rings are TO DIE FOR!

Do you take this Engagement Ring Till Death Do You Part | Black Diamonds | miadonnadiamondblog Do you take this Engagement Ring Till Death Do You Part | Rubies | miadonnadiamondblog Do you take this Engagement Ring Till Death Do You Part | Fire Opals | miadonnadiamondblog Do you take this Engagement Ring Till Death Do You Part | Alexandrite | miadonnadiamondblog

One of the best parts about an Engagement Ring or Wedding Set is that you get to show it off everyday…why not have fun with it and choose something that speaks to your personal style or love story. Let the MiaDonna team help you find your perfect Engagement Ring – individually hand crafted just for you! 

Do you take this Engagement ring till death do you part | Made for eachother | Etsy Silhouetteweddings


 

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Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Categories: Blog Home, Engagement Rings, Lab Created Gemstone Jewelry, MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid® Rings, Wedding Ring Sets Tags: , , , , ,

MiaDonna’s FRIDAY FAVORITE | Nichole’s Pick!

TGIF!

I am excited FRIDAY is finally here, because this week’s FAVORITE MiaDonna item was chosen by ME! 

MiaDonna FRIDAY FAVORITE |Nichole's Pick


 

Nichole’s pick this week is…
THE ELLISE | Wedding Set

I knew from the moment I started working at MiaDonna that I wanted to trade in my diamond wedding set for one of MiaDonna’s Diamond Hybrid® wedding sets, like Anna-Mieke I wanted to be confident I was not wearing a conflict diamond and with the beauty and affordability of the Diamond Hybrid® I could have the GORGEOUS wedding set I had always dreamed of. 

I chose the 3.0ctw Ellise Wedding Set, because I wanted an attention getting, statement wedding set – that not only told my personal love story (past, present and future), but was also a conversation starter.

I love working for MiaDonna and I am proud to represent the mission each day – there is nothing better than getting to share about MiaDonna with anyone who asks “Where did you get your GORGEOUS wedding set?”!

MiaDonna FRIDAY FAVORITE | Nichole's Pick | Ellise Wedding Set


 

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Contact us by phone toll free at 1-866-996-9642 or email info@miadonna.com. In addition, Live Chat is available during most business hours.


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Friday, October 24, 2014

Categories: Blog Home, MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid® Rings, MiaDonna Reviews, Uncategorized, Wedding Ring Sets Tags: , , ,

MiaDonna’s NEW Portland, Oregon Showroom – schedule an appointment!

Now you can drool over MiaDonna’s Man Made Diamond Engagement Rings in person! 

The MiaDonna & Company showroom is officially open in America’s Greenest City, Portland, Oregon. If you live in the Pacific Northwest or plan on visiting anytime soon – we would LOVE to meet you! 

MiaDonna's Portland Oregon Showroom 

Do you secretly obsess over the rings at MiaDonna.com or stalk us on social media to see the latests styles?

Let us spoil you!

Shown by appointment only, MiaDonna’s personal shopper’s time and attention is devoted especially to you while you are here.

We are certain you will feel at home cozied up to the fireplace, enjoying a glass of champers and discussing (or trying on) your dream Engagement Ring.

*TIP: Bring along friends or family members to view along with your or help choose the design you have always envisioned.

MiaDonna's Portland, OR Showroom | Come visit us - Schedule a one-on-one appointment!

If you LOVE seeing pictures and videos of MiaDonna jewelry, imagine what it would be like to see our handcrafted Engagement Rings, Wedding Ring Sets, Man Made Diamonds and Diamond Hybrids in person!

Who wouldn’t want to try on this BEAUTIFUL Heirloom Engagement Ring…

 …while enjoying a glass of champagne in our NEW Luxury Showroom!

MiaDonna's Portland Oregon Showroom | Schedule an appointment

Did you know MiaDonna has a GORGEOUS selection of accessories too?

Visit the MiaDonna showroom to check out our earrings, pendants and right hand rings – perfect for anniversary gifts, bridal jewelry, bridesmaid’s gifts or a little something sparkly to add to your personal jewelry collection. 

MiaDonna's Portland OR Showroom | Diamond Pendant | Bridal Accessory, Anniversary Gift 

Don’t wait…Visit MiaDonna’s PORTLAND, OREGON showroom today!


 

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Contact us by phone toll free at 1-866-996-9642 or email info@miadonna.com. In addition, Live Chat is available during most business hours.


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Categories: Blog Home, Engagement Rings, Events, Green Eco Friendly MiaDonna, MiaDonna® Engagement Ring Video's, Uncategorized Tags: , ,

MiaDonna FRIDAY FAVORITE | Andrew’s Pick!

Looking to get a guy’s perspective?

This week’s FRIDAY FAVORITE was chosen by MiaDonna’s FAVORITE guy …and General Manager, Andrew!

MiaDonna FRIDAY FAVORITE | Andrew's Pick


Andrew’s pick this week is…

THE MARILYN | Accented Wedding Set

Andrew has a great eye for style, so it is no wonder he chose a classic design like the Marilyn Accented Wedding Set. 

The Marilyn Wedding Set features a delicate diamond accented engagement ring and matching diamond wedding band. The gorgeous engagement ring is customizable with your choice of MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid®, Man Made Diamond or Lab Created Gem center stone and both the engagement ring and wedding band are accented with recycled natural diamonds going approx. 3/4 around the shank. 

MiaDonna FRIDAY FAVORITE | Andrew's Pick | Marilyn Accented Wedding Set 


 

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Contact us by phone toll free at 1-866-996-9642 or email info@miadonna.com. In addition, Live Chat is available during most business hours.


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Thursday, October 16, 2014

Categories: Blog Home, Man Made (grown) Diamonds, MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid® Rings, Uncategorized, Wedding Ring Sets Tags: ,

Unique Celebrity Three Stone Engagement Rings

 

Unique Celebrity Three Stone Engagement Rings

We love the suggestion of celebrity style…

Draw inspiration from your favorite stars, but add a twist to make it uniquely your own.

Check out these uniquely detailed Celebrity Three Stone Engagement Rings and see which MiaDonna Engagement Rings we think pair perfectly.

 

Jessica Biel | MiaDonna Custom Design

Jessica Biel’s vintage inspired engagement ring from now hubby Justin Timberlake was crafted from white gold with black rhodium plated details – aside from the large cushion cut center stone, this unique design also features two aquamarine side stones in honor her birthday.

This gorgeous Custom Wedding Set can hold its own next to Jessica’s vintage inspired design – featuring a Radiant cut Diamond Hybrid center stone in a vintage “frame” style halo with two round bezel set side diamonds – shown with coordinating vintage inspired diamond wedding band.  

Jessica Beal | Unique Celebrity Three Stone Engagement Rings

Adele | Carma Three Stone Engagement Ring

Adele rocked this over the top yellow diamond stunner on her engagement ring finger at the Brit Awards in 2012 – causing a stir of rumors that she was engaged to then boyfriend Simon Konecki. Fast forward to today and Adele and Simon are happily married…turns out this wasn’t her actual engagement ring rather it was on loan – featuring a 7.41-carat yellow diamond and two rare 1.58-carat diamonds.

We chose this over the top Carma Engagement Ring modified to feature a 3.0ct Asshcer cut Yellow Diamond Hybrid to stand up next to Adele’s oh-so-gorgeous-not-so-engagement ring. This ring is just like Adele’s voice – bold and beautiful!

Adele | Unique Celebrity Three Stone Engagement Rings

Mena Suvari | New Arrival Three Stone Ring

Mena Suvari’s engagement ring from Simone Sestito features an 8.6-carat cushion cut center diamond, in a three-stone setting accented by many, many more diamonds. 

The three stone beauty that we think pairs most perfectly with Mena’s ring is this split shank, diamond encrusted, three stone Princess cut design. This ring is a highly anticipated new addition to the MiaDonna Three Stone Ring collection. Contact one of our fantastic personal shoppers for more info on this design. 

Mena Suvari |  Unique Celebrity Three Stone Engagement Rings

Anna Paquin | Charisma Wedding Set

Anna Paquin’s engagement ring from True Blood co-star Stephen Moyer is truly unique – the dark and vampy design features a 1.5ct Moonstone, which is said to represent passion and love. We love the unique side details on Anna’s solitaire design – giving the appearance of a three stone ring without distracting from the beauty of the center stone. 

We also love the interesting side details of MiaDonna’s Charisma Engagement Ring – featuring a butterfly design with diamond accents. Like Anna’s ring, the center stone is the main focus of this unique engagement ring design, however it is all about the details which make this design so special and unique.  

Anna Paquin | Unique Celebrity Three Stone Engagement Rings

Nikki Reed | Aurora Vintage Three Stone Ring

Ok, so we know that they have called it quits, but this unique three stone ring deserved a ‘shout -out’ on our list…

Twilight star Nikki Reed and (now ex) husband of America Idol fame Paul McDonald co-designed Nikki’s unique three stone platinum and yellow gold engagement ring – featuring more than 3 carats of diamonds and lots of gorgeous antique inspired details. 

MiaDonna’s Aurora Three Stone Engagement Ring pairs perfectly with Nikki’s design – featuring intricate vintage inspired engraved scroll work and a twisted shank design. While this ring might not be custom, the unique details make it one-of-a-kind.

Nikki Reed | Unique Celebrity Three Stone Engagement Rings

If you can’t get enough celebrity style, MiaDonna has even more Celeb Inspired Engagement Rings for you to love!


Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Categories: Blog Home, Celebrity Engagement Rings, Engagement Rings, Man Made (grown) Diamonds, MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid® Rings, Wedding Ring Sets Tags: ,

MiaDonna’s FRIDAY FAVORITE | Jaime’s Pick!

This week’s FRIDAY FAVORITE was chosen by one of MiaDonna’s FAB Personal Shoppers, Jaime!

MiaDonna FRIDAY FAVORITE | Jamie's Pick


 

Jaime’s pick this week is…

THE FROST | Pavé Wedding Set

“When I started working at MiaDonna, the Frost Wedding Set was one of the first designs that really jumped out at me!  I love the split shank, the pave set side stones and the trellis designed prong head. 
 
My husband and I had been married 9 years and my wedding set was a mess –  sadly I didn’t take very good care of it. While I was in training, I would sit at home on the MiaDonna website to familiarize myself with all of our rings and show my husband some of my favorites.  
 
Little did I know he was actually trying to find out which one to get for me!  I was surprised with the Frost Wedding Set crafted with a Cushion Cut 1.5ct Center Stone and 2 wedding bands on New Years and I love it!”
~ Jaime
 

MiaDonna FRIDAY FAVORITE | Jamie's Pick

 


 

Make it yours…

Jaime’s Frost Wedding Set has a GORGEOUS Cushion cut Center Stone – however this design is fully customizable to accommodate YOUR favorite Center Stone shape! 

FRIDAY FAVORITE | Jaime's Pick | Frost Engagement Ring

 


 

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Posted by Nichole Lawrence on Friday, October 10, 2014

Categories: Blog Home, Engagement Rings, MiaDonna Diamond Hybrid® Rings, Uncategorized, Wedding Ring Sets Tags: , ,

 

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Our Man-Made Diamonds (also known as Lab-created Diamonds) are produced using the most scientifically advanced methods to create results that are optically, physically, and chemically identical to a natural diamond, without the conflict or price of traditional diamonds. Our Man-Made Diamonds are produced in a laboratory setting that simulates the earth's natural growing environment. Our Diamond Hybrids®, on the other hand, are constructed from a non-precious crystal core that is infused with a form of Lab-Created Diamond to create the realistic natural beauty you expect.

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