See the Engagement Ring Joey Graziadei Proposed to Kelsey Anderson With (Exclusive)
See the Engagement Ring Joey Graziadei Proposed to Kelsey Anderson With (Exclusive)

The Bachelor star Joey Graziadei made sure he chose an engagement ring that could only be on his new fiancee Kelsey Anderson’s finger.

The Season 28 host exclusively tells PEOPLE that while he mentally practiced the act of getting down on one knee to ask for the hand of a mystery bride-to-be many times, he knew for quite some time which hand he hoped to hold.

“I’ve never held anyone else’s hand, I want that known. [Hers] was the only hand I ever held,” Joey tells PEOPLE exclusively about his proposal to Kelsey, which just happened on Monday night’s season finale.

Kelsey’s engagement ring from Joey.

Courtesy of Neil Lane

So when Joey, 28, was choosing the ring he was going to propose to her with, he says he knew it just had to fit her hand – and luckily the couple discussed the type of cut Kelsey liked best , before he chooses it.

“She explained that because she thinks she has longer fingers, which I think are beautiful, she likes the longer cut because she thinks it looks more feminine on her hand,” says Joey. “I think she can wear anything on her arm and it will look beautiful.

Joey Graziadei and Kelsey Anderson with her engagement ring.

Yuri Hasegawa; Courtesy of Neil Lane

To align with what Kelsey, 25, wanted — and with the help of celebrity jewelry designer and bachelor The nation’s favorite Neil Lane – Joey chose an Art Deco-inspired ring that features an emerald-cut center diamond flanked on either side by two shield-shaped side stones. The three diamonds in the center of the ring are set on a platinum band set with 18 brilliant-cut diamonds, all stones totaling approximately 4 carats.

Kelsey and Joey in The Bachelor.

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Lane tells PEOPLE that it was important for Joey to find a ring that captured Kelsey’s “radiance, uniqueness, joy and sentimental nature,” especially because he “lighted up” just as he talked about how special his fiancée is.

“He shared that all the jewelry she wore on a daily basis had sentimental value, including a piece from her late mother, so he didn’t take the ring choice lightly,” Lane tells PEOPLE exclusively. “He also revealed that he had a crush on Kelsey for a while.”

Neil Lane and Joey.

Courtesy of Neil Lane

The jewelry designer who has designed dozens of rings for bachelor Nation, tells PEOPLE that the ring’s shield-shaped diamonds are significant because they represent the couple “protecting” each other.

Kelsey tells PEOPLE she only knew Joey was thinking about her when he picked out the ring as soon as she saw it.

“I saw the ring and I was like, ‘Yeah, this will always be me,'” she says, adding, “I think it’s stunning and I never want to take it off again.”

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Kelsey’s engagement ring.

Courtesy of Neil Lane

Joey and Kelsey got engaged on Monday’s season finale The Bachelor after Daisy Kent, the other finalist, self-eliminated.

Before getting down on one knee in Tulum, Mexico, Joey poured his heart out to Kelsey, asking her to stay by his side forever.

“Kelsey, we had the experience of our lives,” he told her on the beach. “I am reminded of how proud we must be of how strong a relationship we have built in such a short period of time. I knew early on that there was something different about you and I just wanted to learn more. Whether you’re walking the streets of Ronda or seeing New Orleans through your eyes, and even just experiencing the beauty of Tulum, everything we do is just enjoying each other and at times it seems easy.”

Joey proposes to Kelsey.

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Joey acknowledged the struggles he and his bride-to-be faced this season, but told her he knows they’ll work it out in the end because he loves her.

“There’s something about you, you have this infectious energy that makes me smile,” he continued. “It’s a feeling I’ve never had before. I know that we have built a very strong flame during that time and the only reason I know that flame will never go out is because you are in my life.”

He then got down on one knee and proposed with the Neil Lane Couture diamond ring he’d picked out, and Kelsey said yes.

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