Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 14, 2015
How does a royal actor get engaged to an American beauty queen? He proposes with a customized, specially designed royal blue sapphire and diamond engagement ring.
The Tudors and Reign star Torrance Coombs proposed to his longtime girlfriend, former Miss USA Alyssa Campanella, privately at home in Los Angeles last month. The couple have been dating since 2010.
Coombs currently stars as Sebastian on the CW’s Reign. Campanella was Miss USA 2011 and is currently a fashion and food blogger for The A List blog, for which Coombs is also the photographer.
In 2011, Coombs attended Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants to watch Campanella compete. Campanella won the Miss USA crown and brought back the title to California for the first time in 19 years. While she was the reigning Miss USA, Campanella traveled the world and worked with charities including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and spoke on behalf of the Love is Louder movement.
Despite their hectic work schedules, they have developed a love of their work and lots of traveling between cities to be with each other while maintaining their long-term and, at times, long-distance relationship. When the idea of marriage arose, Coombs choose INTA Gems & Diamonds in Los Angeles and worked with its Creative Director Peter Young to secretly design his true love’s ring while he was filming Reign; Young also designed the Miss California USA Legacy Crown that Campanella wore when she was Miss California USA 2011.
Young said, “I was very cognizant to make sure that the symbolism was portrayed in the delicate details of Alyssa’s ring. She has very petite hands so I wanted her to feel comfortable wearing her ring on a daily basis while having powerful symbols of love and royalty from British, French, American and Canadian history.”
When custom designing a ring at INTA Gems & Diamonds, Coombs first decision was to choose the center gemstone. He knew Alyssa was an aficionado of British and French royal history and wanted to incorporate the royal blue color aspect into her ring. Coombs chose a round shape sapphire for the eternal circle symbolism. The sapphire is surrounded by a soft halo of white diamonds in a cushion shape frame to give the ring brilliance, sparkle and contrast.
Young said, “Both Princess Diana and Kate Middleton’s blue sapphire and diamond halo ring is beautiful. We were definitely inspired by their ring, but Torrance and I wanted to make sure that the Royal Alyssa Ring was specially designed to suit Alyssa’s own style. So, it’s petite, delicate and has it’s own personality.”
Historical elements are incorporated into the ring. From the side profile of the ring, there are special features including a fleur de lis filigree in the side gallery. The English translation of "fleur-de-lis" is "flower of the lily."
Traditionally, it has been used to represent French royalty, and in that sense it is said to signify perfection, light, and life. There are also hand engraved waves that flow in the hand-engraved platinum setting, to symbolize Campanella and Coombs’ current home of California. There is also filigree wire work in the sides of the ring that represent waves as well. At certain angles, you will see that the fleur de lis also becomes shining curling waves.”
For a finishing touch of the Royal Alyssa Ring is set a natural pigeon-blood red ruby on the inside platinum ring shank. The ruby serves several design and emblematic purposes. Young said, “The red ruby is a symbol of Torrance’s love for Alyssa. The ruby touches her skin and goes directly to her heart.” Moreover, incorporating red into the ring helps integrated the red and white colors of the Canadian flag, since Coombs is from Canada. The proposal and the customized Royal Alyssa Ring truly encompass all aspects of Torrance and Alyssa's love for each other, and falls short of nothing for this American Queen.
Torrance Coombs is a Canadian actor. He is known for his role as Sebastian (Bash) in the CW drama series Reign and Thomas Culpepper in The Tudors. He was nominated for Outstanding Actor in a Drama TV Series at the 2014 Monte-Carlo Television Festival for his role in Reign. Reign is an American historical fantasy romance television series following the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots, living in France which is televised both in the US and worldwide. http://www.torrancecoombs.com/
Alyssa Campanella is a former beauty pageant titleholder who won the 2011 Miss USA pageant, an American blogger, fashion model. She was named the first runner-up in the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant while representing New Jersey and represented California in the 2011 Miss USA pageant. As Miss USA, she represented the United States in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil, in September 2011, where she finished in the top 16. She is currently a fashion and food blogger for The A List. http://www.the-a-list-blog.com
Peter Young is the Creative Director of INTA Gems & Diamonds and a second generation family jeweler. He has designed jewelry pieces for celebrities such as music icon Prince, Survivor Million Dollar Winner: Yul Kwon, and Sarah Hyland from ABC’s Modern Family. INTA Gems & Diamonds’ jewelries have graced Hollywood's red carpets in the Grammy's, Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards. INTA Gems & Diamonds has the distinct honor of being the official crown jeweler of Miss California USA. http://www.intagems.com
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Photographer: Krissy Gimenez