Looks like the third time's the charm for Emily Maynard, who accepted the proposal of Utah entrepreneur Jef Holm – and an 88-diamond platinum engagement ring – during the season finale of The Bachelorette. The show scored a television audience of 9 million viewers.
Scene from The Bachelorette finale on Sunday night.
Holm got on one knee and presented the lovely and beautiful Maynard with a dazzling engagement ring valued at $68,000. The ring by designer Neil Lane features a 2.5 carat emerald-cut center stone framed by small round diamonds, which also encircle the band.
Maynard had been courted by 25 men during the show's eighth season, and the dramatic final two-hour episode followed the North Carolina single mom as she narrowed her search to two finalists: Holm and race car driver Arie Luyendyk.
Fans of The Bachelor/The Bachelorette franchise on ABC may remember that it was Maynard, who was the object of Brad Womack's affection on Season 15 of The Bachelor in March of 2011. On that season's finale, Maynard accepted Womack's proposal – and a different Neil Lane-designed engagement ring valued between $50,000 and $90,000 – but the romance quickly fizzled. That platinum ring had a cushion-cut center stone set in a split-shank halo motif.
Flashback to The Bachelor finale from March 2011.
Maynard was also briefly engaged in 2004 to racecar driver Ricky Hendrick before he tragically passed away.
What's next for Maynard and Holm? They announced that they will be heading to Africa to do some charity-based work to help others less fortunate. "I'm going to take Emily to Africa with my company People Water and build wells," Holm told USA Today.