Joanna Gaines is the the queen of upgrading.
She and husband Chip, the duo behind the hit HGTV show "Fixer Upper," work their magic to turn old, drab spaces into swoon-worthy homes. But there's one treasure she's content with leaving exactly as is.
The story goes that on the day of their engagement, Chip took her to a shopping center near where his parents grew up. They visited a jeweler, Billy Holder, a friend of Chip's dad from high school who had designed her ring.
The jeweler mentioned he would need some time to create the custom piece, so he let Gaines leave with a big, glitzy, fake diamond. The newly engaged couple then went off to celebrate the good news with family and friends, but no one was fooled by the temporary bauble.
"It’s funny to me that, even way back then, they all seemed to realize that a flashy ring just wasn’t my style. They expected to see me wearing something a little subtler, a little smaller, a little more classic maybe," Gaines wrote.
Shortly after, the jeweler completed the ring and it was off to the wedding chapel for this cute couple.
However, 12 years, four children and a hit TV show later, Chip wanted to give his wife the gift of upgrading her stone to something more substantial.
"That’s supposed to be every girl’s dream, right? But I looked him in the eye, and I said, 'I’m sorry, but no. This is the original diamond I picked, and it’s perfect just the way it is,'" wrote Gaines.
She continued, "It wasn’t a 'perfect' diamond, but it was perfect for me. I felt bad that Billy wasn’t going to make the big sale he was hoping for that day, but I don’t ever want to replace that diamond or that ring. To me, my ring is part of our story."
All we can say is, "Awww!"
This story was originally published on Oct. 2, 2016.