How It Feels to Be the Gal With the Most Popular Engagement Ring on Pinterest
How could we pass up the opportunity to talk to the bride with the most popular engagement ring on Pinterest? After her sparkler went viral, we tracked down Sylvia Billone to get all the juicy details. Sylvia explained how she chose her solitaire and customized it with a jeweler Steven A. Knight and her then-fiancé. Of course, she also revealed what it's like to find out that not just any of your Pinterest photos are going viral, but The Ring is going viral. That's a pretty big effin deal for a girl who used Pinterest to plan her own wedding.
Unsurprisingly, Sylvia says she felt "very honored" the moment the re-pins ticked off at 104,000. We aren't surprised so many users are attracted to the rose gold bands highlighted by such gorgeous diamonds (which Cosmopolitan compared to Lauren Conrad's delicate ring). When you scroll through a few of Sylvia's wedding photos, you'll understand exactly why we hung on her every word as she broke down the design and gave us tips for taking photos of our own special piece.
It All Starts With a Dream Ring . . .
"I knew exactly what I wanted but had a hard time finding one that contained all the elements I was looking for. Finding a solitaire engagement ring may sound simple, but I was very specific in what I wanted for the prongs, band width, mounting height, non-tapered, and non-cathedral style, which is why I ended up gathering multiple photos that contained pieces of what I was looking for and had them combined."
Rose Gold Was a Must
"I wanted something that was timeless, so no matter what the trend was it would still remain a classic style, and I find beauty in the simplicity of a solitaire. Choosing rose gold did put a modern and trendy twist on it, but I chose that because it complements my skin tone best, and regardless of whether it stays in style for the years to come, I will always love my choice!"
The Customization Process All Began on Pinterest
"I used Pinterest a lot to gather ideas for what I was looking for, but wasn't able to find exactly what I wanted in local stores. That's when we decided to look into having it custom made, so we went to see [jeweler Steven A. Knight at The Jewellery Judge] and sat down to discuss my ideas. I gave them the photos that specified what I was looking for and they had a custom mold made to create it. Beyond that, I didn't see the final product until my now-husband proposed and it ended up being perfect!"
The Moment Sylvia Knew She Had Become Pinterest-Famous
"Shortly after our wedding, I took the photo that I uploaded to Pinterest for fun, to see how many re-pins it would get. After reaching almost 104,000 I received a message from the Daily Mail asking to feature my photo. When I saw the article they wrote I was definitely very surprised to find out that it was the most pinned ring on Pinterest! I thought it was super exciting and couldn't believe there was an article about it. After the first article came out, it starting showing up on more sites and ended up being aired on NBC's Today Show. Having been a bride that used Pinterest to help plan my own wedding, I felt very honored to have the top pinning ring!"
The Perfect Method For Taking a Photo of Your Engagement Ring
"Taking a photo of your ring in a bright room with indirect sunlight makes the diamond really stand out! Of course, having nice scenery in the background or wedding-related items enhances the prettiness!'
Advice For Brides-to-Be Who Want a Custom Ring
"There are definitely a ton of different options out there, so it's best to take your time and look through pictures online, go into some jewelry stores, narrow down what you do and don't like, and try to find what would make you the happiest to wear on your finger forever! If you find that you keep going back to a particular style, then that's probably the one for you, and if there are specific elements you're looking for, just be sure to make those clear to the jeweler if it's being custom made."
Sylvia’s Second Choice Engagement Ring
"At one point, I considered having small diamonds on the engagement ring band, but the more I saw pictures of plain solitaire bands I loved how the diamond just stood out so much against the gold. When I have seen anyone with a plain solitaire in person it always catches my eye how much the diamond is being showcased on its own. By pairing it with a wedding band that has more detail, I found it to be the perfect combination."