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See the “vintage-inspired” engagement ring Gerry Turner gave to Theresa Nist (exclusive)

During Thursday’s finale of “The Golden Bachelor,” Turner proposed to Nist with a handcrafted princess-cut ring designed by the franchise’s go-to jeweler, Neil Lane.



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Golden Baccalaureate Gerry Turner chose an engagement ring for Theresa Nist that matched their fairytale love story.

The first of the franchise Golden Baccalaureate proposed to the second great love of his life during Thursday’s season finale, and Nist, 70, said an emphatic “yes” to the 72-year-old widower. When Turner got down on one knee, he presented his fiancée with a beautiful Neil Lane ring that spoke of the incredible journey they took to find love again after both losing their spouses.

“Symbolism is so important,” Turner exclusively told PEOPLE. “It was like, the minute she put it on, again, it was like, ‘Oh, my god, this is this joyful happiness that I want to feel, that I want everyone to way.'”

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Turner chose a princess-cut diamond ring accented with two baguette-cut diamonds, and further set with 128 small round brilliant-cut diamonds for a total weight of 3.15 carats. The ring was made and hand-signed by Lane, who revealed to PEOPLE why this ring’s design was so different from past engagement rings he’s designed for Bachelor national winners.



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<p>The famous famous jeweler noted that <em>The Golden Bachelor</em> “brought a lot of people closer together” with its honest depiction of finding a second chance at love later in life.  For Lane, that made making Nist’s ring even more special.</p>
<p>“I think maybe we lost the meaning of a ring for a while, and now we have two people who really…that meaning of the ring, even though it’s a little piece of jewelry, it embodies their affection, their future, their lives together,” he says. “It’s deeper in a way…maybe it’s a different depth.”</p>
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<p>Choosing a princess-cut ring with its square stone and intricate layers seemed especially appropriate for Turner and Nist’s relationship.</p>
<p>According to Lane, the “sparkle” of the “vintage-inspired” ring attracted Turner because it reminded him of the Nist.</p>
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<p>“The design, the elegance, it’s not simple, but it looks very elegant and simple on top first.  But then when you hold it aside, you see how complex it becomes,” Lane told PEOPLE.</p>
<p>He continues: “Diamonds sparkle everywhere.  He (Turner) remarked that this was how he saw Theresa.  Elegant.  I wouldn’t say simple but easy.  But when you get closer, there is such depth.  There is such heat.  There are so many things in the ring.  There are so many things in his life.  There were so many details.  I think that’s what really attracted him, the amount of detail and the attention.</p>
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<p>Luckily, Nist is in love with her engagement ring — and incredibly happy to finally be able to wear it now that America knows she received the final rose.</p>
<p>“It was beautiful, absolutely beautiful,” she said of her ring.  “I can finally wear it.  It has been such a long time.  They took that away from me so quickly.  It’s beyond beautiful.  Beyond, beyond.  So pretty.  I love it.”</p>
<p>Related: Golden Bachelor Gerry Turner Reflects on Some ‘Failures’ While Trying to Date After His Wife’s Death (Exclusive)</p>
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<p>For Nist, the ring is very special because it is her first diamond ring.  When she first married her childhood sweetheart, Billy, in 1972, she was given a simple gold ring as her husband prepared to leave for the Vietnam War.</p>
<p>She adds: “There was no diamond ring.  There was a gold wedding ring, which I have.  So yes, there was no diamond ring.  So it’s brand new and amazing.</p>
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In the final, Turner found himself choosing between Nist and Leslie Fhima. However, he already knew the financial services professional had his heart. Although he says he really meant it when he told Fhima and Faith Martin that he loved them at the time he said it, he also knew there was only one woman which he couldn’t live without after first telling Nist he loved her in the fantasy. following.

“The first time I seriously told him I loved him. It was almost an announcement of enthusiasm,” he shares. “I said it three times in a row: ‘Theresa, I love you. I love you I love you.’ And I say, “And I’m going to ask you to marry me.” I don’t know if you’re going to say yes, but I’m going to ask you. So for me, when I got to the last episode and the engagement was about to happen, I was very sure that she was my person, 100% confident.

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