"I Was Blown Away By His Choice": Hoda Kotb Gushes Over Her Sizable Diamond Engagement Ring

Date November 26, 2019

Hoda Kotb is finally going to be a bride — her boyfriend of six years, Joel Schiffman, proposed to her with a sizable engagement ring. During Today's morning show, the co-anchor said:

I have to tell you something that a friend of mine, a friend of ours, asked me to let you guys in on a secret. I'll give you her initials. Her initials are Hoda Kotb, and she's engaged.

She then pulled out her hand from under the desk where she had been hiding her ring. Though the couple has two little girls together via adoption, they decided to make their relationship official only now.

Hoda Kotb's engaged!

Hoda Kotb's engagement ring appears to feature a massive radiant-cut bezel-set stone, surrounded by a halo of pavé sapphires. The jewel's band is also covered in pavé diamonds. She adorably described the design:

The diamond part is square and around it, it looks like a stop sign. And it’s blue on the edge. Sapphires? I don’t know. But I love it. He put it on and I was blown away by his choice, but I have to tell you I know so little about rings. I just don’t.

Luckily to Hoda Kotb, her partner Joel Schiffman consulted her friend, jeweler Jennifer Miller, who helped create the perfect design.

What touched me so much about this ring is that he thought about it. And he thought about what I might like. He went to [Miller] and they were sharing things back and forth unbeknownst to me. He was giving her ideas.

The meaning behind the engagement ring is what matters most for Today's co-anchor.

It’s a beautiful ring, don’t get me wrong. If it was anything I would have been 1000 percent equally as happy — but the fact that he cared over the course of months to try to figure it out — I just assumed if it ever were to happen that he would have gone to a store and bought one. It’s beautiful. He knows I don’t care. He really does know that. But he said it was important for him to choose. And he did.

The reality star said that Joel proposed during their vacation" while they were having "a little dinner on the beach," telling her, "Be my wife."

He said some beautiful things. My heart has literally been pounding. I was totally shocked. He had a good poker face.

People's reactions

@Pat Russ Humphries:

Beautiful ring!

@Trinta McGaughey Cox:

Beautiful ring and beautiful couple!

@Judy Jo Billman:

Her ring is Gorgeous! So happy for them

@Gracie Lupo:

Love her, she has a beautiful ❤️! Congratulations and much happiness to all of you! Your ring is stunning!

It seems to us like Joel Schiffman prepared himself step-by-step — maybe, that's why it took him 6 years to pop up a question. Anywise, we're extremely happy for Hoda and her husband-to-be!

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