Courtesy Neil Lane; Inset: ABC
When single dad Tony Pieper got down on one knee during Monday night’s
Bachelor Pad 3
finale and proposed to fellow contestant Blakeley Jones, it was a show-stopping happy ending for the once unlikely pair.
In front of a giddy live audience, Jones, a 34-year-old esthetician whose heart was broken earlier in the season by Pad finalist Chris Bukowski, was all smiles when Pieper surprised her with a 2.5-carat Neil Lane diamond ring.
“Blakeley was totally shocked and so happy,” Lane tells PEOPLE exclusively. “All Tony wanted to do was please her and give her the ring of her dreams.”
The handmade cushion-cut sparkler, surrounded by 98 smaller brilliant-cut diamonds and set in platinum, reflects Pieper’s heartfelt description of his fiancé.
“Tony spent a lot of time figuring out what she’d like — something elegant, cool, sexy and with both a fashion-forward feel and with a bit of a past, a vintage vibe,” says Lane, who handcrafted the ring in less than three weeks time. “He knew she wanted a cushion-cut diamond and had always dreamed of a ring with a halo of diamonds around the center stone, so we created that for her and she loved it.”
As for Pieper, 30, he told Lane he fell hard — and fast.
“Tony was clearly smitten and said he knew the first time he met Blakeley he was in love with her,” says the celebrity jeweler. “He could just tell she was the girl of his dreams.” Tell us: Do you love Jones’s engagement ring?