Go big or go home. The identity of Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay’s mystery fiancé was finally revealed on ABC’s season 13 finale on Monday, August 7, and with that, a deluge of new details. The final rose recipient and winner, Bryan Abasolo, followed tradition and joined celebrity jeweler Neil Lane for a consultation. In the final moments of Monday night’s episode, the Miami-based doctor dropped to one knee and proposed to Lindsay with a brilliant pear shape ring.
“I intended to do this [only] once in my life when Neil Lane came to the door,” Abasolo tells The Knot and other reporters. According to the chiropractor, Lane presented seven pieces, and one specifically caught his attention: a pear-shape diamond set within a halo of 80 round-cut diamonds. The 3-carat piece, designed and signed by Lane, is set on platinum and diamond.
“I couldn’t be happier with how the ring turned out,” Lane tells The Knot exclusively. “I gave Bryan a variety of cuts to choose from, but he was instantly drawn to the delicate pear shape. Bryan and Rachel have a chemistry like fireworks. He knew that her dream ring needed the sparkle to match, and he lit up when he saw the final design.”
Abasolo was prepared to choose because the couple had already discussed Lindsay’s preferences before his sit-down with Lane. “She definitely had a list for me,” he says. “I spotted the ring right away.” The Bachelorette adds, “Bryan flat-out asked me what I wanted my ring to look like. He added his own little flair to it too.”
That element was the added sparkle surrounded the center stone. “What sealed the deal was the halo of diamonds around the ring,” Abasolo adds. “Our second encounter at the mansion… I told Rachel that she’s so easy to talk to. Every single guy would walk away thinking [he] would get a rose. It was a tribute to Rachel’s genuineness… It really is like she has a halo on top of her head. She has an aura about her.”
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Lindsay previously dropped hints about her fiancé, and her ring. “I just wanted bands. Just a stack of bands,” Lindsay said to USA Today at the Men Tell All taping last month. “And they said, ‘No, no, no, Neil Lane is not going to do that!’ So I said, ‘Okay, fine! I’ll pick a cut!’ And so I picked pear shape, which is something I really like and from there, ‘the one’ ran with it.”
In the interim leading up the finale, the Bachelorette sported a thin gold band for public appearances, and jokingly referred to her future husband as “Jerome” on social media. She said goodbye to her finalist, Peter Kraus, before the day of the proposal to give her full attention to Abasolo. “I wanted that proposal to be all about Bryan,” Rachel says. “I wanted it to be our day. And I wanted him to be the focus.”
The now-public pair will fly out to Texas later this week to spend quality time with the Lindsay family, followed by a trip to Miami to meet with his loved ones. “The families haven’t met yet,” Abasolo says. “We’re going down in a couple days to Dallas and we’re going to have dinner with her parents. And we’ll go to Houston and meet with her extended family. And then we’re going to fly to Miami and meet my friends and family.”
The two are planning to marry in late 2018 or early 2019. They would like a winter wedding.