Chip and Joanna Gaines have been married for over 14 years and have five kids together— and, not to mention, they’ve risen to fame hand-in-hand, growing their own incredible empire in Waco, Texas. Despite their fame, they’ve managed to stay humble and rooted in their values as a family, and they are probably the least flashy celebrities out there.
In fact, in their new book “The Magnolia Story,” Joanna shared that she’ll never upgrade the original ring Chip proposed to her with.
According to Joanna, Chip proposed and immediately took her to a jewelry shop that was owned by a family friend of Chip. Then, he told her she was going to design her own ring:
“I was able to pick out a nice round diamond and a beautiful, antique-looking platinum setting. I had a blast sitting there with Billy, designing the perfect ring. Chip just sat there, patiently observing every second of it. After we finished designing, Billy said he would need some time to work on the ring, so he gave me a substitute to wear for the time being, just for fun. It was a great big, gaudy fake diamond that he’d put together so I would have something to show off to my friends and family.”
12 years later, Chip surprised Joanna again by telling her she could redesign and upgrade her ring, but she declined.
“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,'” she said. “It wasn’t a “perfect” diamond, but it was perfect for me. … I don’t ever want to replace that diamond or that ring. To me, my ring is part of our story.”