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Georgia Bulldog Linebacker Surprises Girlfriend With a Post-Game Proposal on the 50-Yard Line

After tricking his girlfriend into believing that she was simply participating in a post-game “Senior of the Week” celebration, middle linebacker Jake Ganus pulled out a ring and proposed to Peyton Thomas on the 50-yard line after Georgia’s 52-20 throttling of South Carolina on Saturday.

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Ganus had been planning the proposal for months with the help of his head coach, teammates, family and the University of Georgia Athletic Department. The ruse was that Ganus had been named “Senior of the Week,” an honor that allows for photo ops on the enormous “G” logo at midfield of the 92,000-seat Sanford Stadium.

To add extra credibility to the story, the girlfriend of sixth-year offensive tackle Kolton Houston texted Thomas to affirm that she participated with her boyfriend the year before and the experience was a lot of fun. In a press conference after the game, Ganus admitted that there is no such thing as “Senior of the Week.”

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Ganus had told his coach and teammates that he would only go through with the proposal if the Bulldogs were victorious. On Saturday, as he came off the field with five minutes to go and his team well ahead, he started to get very, very nervous.

“I’m like, ‘Oh man. I’ve really gotta do this,’” Ganus told dawgnation.com. “My stomach started getting in knots, people started coming up to me, nudging me like, ‘Alright man, alright.’”

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When the moment of truth arrived, the 6’2″ Ganus was on his game. With the ring box hidden in his left hand, he proudly escorted his girlfriend to the center of the big “G.” She said she was a little suspicious when a throng of photographers came along.

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“All of these cameras were following us, and I was kinda freaking out because I didn’t know what was going on,” Thomas told Bleacher Report. “He grabbed my hand and started telling me how much that he loved me, and I started crying because I knew what was happening and it hit me all at once.”

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Then the strapping 230-pound defensive dynamo, still wearing football gear, settled down on one knee and proposed to the girl he’s loved since their high school days in Chelsea, Alabama.

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Of course, she said,”Yes.” The couple embraced and were greeted at midfield by friends, family and the rest of the Bulldog football team, a group of guys Ganus calls his “brothers.”

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The halo-style engagement ring seems to be designed in white gold or platinum and features a round center stone and a diamond-accented split-shank band.

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The romantic moment has become a sensation on television, the internet and social media.

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“I didn’t really expect it to turn out like it did, go viral and all that,” Ganus told dawgnational.com. “But it’s crazy. I just wanted to do something special for her and it turned into something a lot more.”

“His family was in on it, my family was in on it, coach [Mark] Richt was in on it, the players were in on it,” Thomas said. “I had no idea.”

The couple is planning a July 2016 wedding.

Screen captures via Vimeo.com; Twitter/JakeGanus; Twitter/PeytonThomas; Twitter/GeorgiaBulldogs; Instagram/JakeGanus_51; Instagram/PeytonThomas.

 

‘Sunrise Ruby’ becomes the highest-selling ruby ever, hammer price of $30 Million

The 25.59-carat, pigeon-blood-red “Sunrise Ruby” completely blew away all estimates and records yesterday when it sold for an astounding $30.4 million at a Swiss Auction.

A close-up of the gorgeous, record-breaking Ruby ring. Courtesy Sothebys.com

A close-up of the gorgeous, record-breaking Ruby ring. Courtesy Sothebys.com

Sotheby’s described The Sunrise Ruby — Lot 502 of the May 12 sale — as a superb and extremely rare ruby and diamond ring by Cartier. The cushion-shaped ruby is set between two shield-shaped white diamonds weighing 2.47 carats and 2.70 carats, respectively.

A grading report by Gübelin states that the ruby is of Burmese origin and exhibits a well-proportioned cutting style.

Notes the report, “Its vivid but saturated color, poetically referred to as pigeon blood red, is due to a combination of well-balanced trace elements in the stone, typical and characteristic for the finest rubies of Mogok.”

The Ruby ring examined before being put up for auction last night. Image courtesy of Sothebys.com
The Ruby ring examined before being put up for auction last night. Image courtesy of Sothebys.com

The Sunrise Ruby easily eclipsed initial investor’s estimates of a hammer price between $12-18 million, soaring past the necessary $25 million mark to become the most expensive gem that wasn’t a diamond ever sold.

“Something like this ruby is rarer than even once-in-a-lifetime. This is a millennium piece,” said Chief Designer Koorosh Daneshgar, owner of Wedding Bands & Co. “The beauty of the stone, how perfectly it’s cut…it’s something that can only be described as flawless. It is as much a work of art as it is a gorgeous stone.”

“This is exactly the kind of feeling you want when you design a ring as well – something that can’t be found anywhere else, that is flawless. You want your own work of art, like this stone, which will be worth more than $30 million. With the right amount of creativity, skill and care, it will be priceless.”

One of the beautiful ruby pieces designed by Koorosh Daneshgar.
One of the beautiful ruby pieces designed by Koorosh Daneshgar.

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From the desk of Koorosh: Surprises and Engagements

Chief Designer and CEO of Wedding Bands & Co. Koorosh Daneshgar speaks of an experience he recently had during a family outing, and how important it is to make a strong impression with your proposal:

“This past weekend, my family and I visited the Chicago Conservatory in Garfield Park. If you’ve never been before, the Conservatory is a large greenhouse, filled  and surrounded with thousands of beautiful and exotic plants from all around the world. It’s truly a breathtaking experience, and I highly encourage you to visit sometime. It was very relaxing to walk around with nature, observing and becoming inspired by it. 

Chief Designer Koorosh Daneshgar poses at the Conservatory
Chief Designer Koorosh Daneshgar poses at the Conservatory

What was interesting, however, was what I found inside one of the greenhouse rooms proper. After following the spiraling path through the building, one comes upon a small waterfall-turned-wishing well. It was filled with coins, of course, but what really got to me was the fact that the coins were arranged, rather than randomly tossed. I’ll let this video I took speak for itself.”

 

“It’s simple, but unforgettable. Engagements can be big and flashy or small and private, and anywhere in between – but the important thing is that they are memorable. You only get one chance, after all! To me, the proposal is just as important as the ring you’re trying to wow your partner with. You need to be creative like this person, you need to have the kind of touch that makes that moment truly your own. It needs to be something that you’ll look back at for years to come. After all, the ring can always be changed or upgraded later – but you only get one chance for your partner to say ‘Yes!'”

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