This touching tale has a twist ending!

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
January 05, 2018
Chip and Joanna Gaines
Credit: HGTV

Every engagement ring has a story. Chances are, if you're a Southerner, it has about seven. There's the ring's history, the setting, the diamond, how you were asked, the post-engagement toast...the list goes on and on.

Well, for the most heartwarming tale with all of these threads wrapped into one, the one-and-only Joanna Gaines has us covered. In a book excerpt from The Magnolia Story posted on, the HGTV star recalls how her proposal went down. It all started when, after dating for a year, Chip told Jo they were going to see a private concert—a four-hour drive away.

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Always one to have a trick up his sleeve, Chip proceeded to take his beloved Jo to a shopping complex in the area from which his parents hail. On bended knee, he popped the question, Jo said yes, and the rest is straight out of a Southern fairy-tale: Rather than present Jo with a ring, Chip had taken Jo to a shopping center that was home to a very special jewelry store. The owner, Billy Holder, was a family friend, and Jo would now get to design her own engagement ring.

Joanna Gaines Engagement Ring
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"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," Joanna wrote in their book. "Twelve years later, we had the opportunity to invite Billy Holder out to the farm for our anniversary party," she later continued. "So Billy showed me all of these beautiful diamonds and told me I could have my pick. 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.'"

If that's not a Southern state of mind, we don't know what is.