updated 6/1/2011 4:47:31 PM ET 2011-06-01T20:47:31

NEW YORK, June 1, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Jewelry Information Center (JIC), the consumer education arm of Jewelers of America (JA), today unveiled the Top 10 stories in its 2nd Annual Ultimate Proposal Contest – a nationwide search for the ultimate proposal story. Through June 20, 2011 at 12PM EDT, America can vote to determine the "ultimate proposal story" at www.JIC.org/proposalcontest . One vote per day, per person per email address is permitted.

The winner will receive a Grand Prize package, valued at near $10,000, which includes platinum and diamond rings by MaeVona, courtesy of Platinum Guild International; and a seven-night cruise for two to the Caribbean on Norwegian Cruise Line. The Top 10 Finalists won pearl necklaces by Imperial.

"The Ultimate ProposalContest reveals that a little creativity, planning – and finding the perfect ring – can make any proposal an 'ultimate' proposal," says Amanda Gizzi, spokesperson for Jewelry Information Center.

More than 700 people from across America entered their proposal stories in the Contest, which launched at www.JIC.org on April 4, 2011. The Top 10 Finalists have proposals that range from sentimental to adventurous but all exhibit the thoughtfulness, creativity and planning required to create an "ultimate" proposal.

The Top 10 Proposal Stories Include:

  1. "A Cryptic Proposal," by Shannon Mason:
    A visit to an antique shop reveals a cryptex that has a proposal message locked inside
  2. "Blue Monday," by Nicole Williams:
    A long-distance relationship travels to the next level after an in-flight proposal 10,000 feet in the air
  3. "Extra, Extra, Read All About It," by Nicole Hughes:
    A fiance breaks the news with a cover article in the University paper
  4. "Just a Quick Stop in Spain," by David Magana:
    An international trip makes a detour in Spain for a proposal in a town with special meaning
  5. "Long Distance Relationship Goes the Distance," by Piper Ingraham:
    A romantic adventure takes a girl half-way around the world for a surprise proposal in Canterbury, England
  6. "Loot for a Lifetime," by Avery Harrison:
    A hunt for hidden treasure on the ocean floor reveals an engagement ring
  7. "Pilgrimage," by Erik Lautier:
    A proposal in front of the French Opera House where his grandfather first met his grandmother
  8. "Setting Sail," by Austin Dias:
    A perfectly coordinated proposal with the help from friends, a sailboat and the wind
  9. "The Amazing Proposal Race," by Ryan Davies:
    An intricate scavenger hunt through San Diego leads a girl to a candlelit proposal in the park

  10. "Ultimate Christmas Present," by Dan Burg:
    Hand-made boxes reveal scenes from their relationship, culminating in one from their future: the proposal

Sponsors of JIC's Ultimate Proposal Contest include Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company; Onewed.com; and Platinum Guild International, USA. JA Retail Members are the exclusive Participating Retailers of JIC's Ultimate Proposal Contest.

Amanda Gizzi




About Jewelry Information Center

Jewelry Information Center's website, www.JIC.org, is the online source for fine jewelry and watch information, trends and shopping tips. Visit www.jewelers.org and www.JIC.org for more information.

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