SOURCE: The Jewelry Exchange

April 27, 2005 09:45 ET

Diamond Engagement Ring From the Jewelry Exchange Seen on ABC Television's "Extreme Makeover" Show

Contestant's Boyfriend Was Offered a Free $15,000 Ring From One of the Major Mall Jewelry Stores, but Declined Because He Preferred a Ring He Purchased for Only $3000 From the Jewelry Exchange

TUSTIN, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 27, 2005 -- Mary Maher's world was changing. When she was selected to appear on the hit network program "Extreme Makeover," she had no idea how dramatically her life would alter. Housed in a luxurious home in the Hollywood Hills, Mary was transformed -- with a personal trainer, a rigid diet, and an array of cosmetic surgeries and dental procedures performed by some of the best hands in the business.

But the biggest change in Mary's life came when her boyfriend Chris showed up unexpectedly at a show taping and asked Mary for her hand in marriage.

Of course, Chris needed permission from the show producers to enter the set, and after hearing about his plan to propose to Mary, they decided to work this real-life event into the show.

Chris was told that arrangements could be made to provide him with a free diamond engagement ring worth $15,000 from one of the show sponsors -- a large jewelry store chain with locations in malls across the country.

Chris considered the offer, but preferred to give Mary the ring he recently purchased at the Jewelry Exchange for only $3000. Chris said that he loved the quality of the diamonds and the tremendous value he found at the Jewelry Exchange.

"I turned down the free ring because I did my research," Chris stated. "Nobody compared with the prices, service and selection at the Jewelry Exchange. So I decided to buy my ring at the Jewelry Exchange, instead of accepting the free one."

The ring Chris purchased has a round 1-carat diamond, surrounded by several baguette and accent diamonds, set in 18k yellow gold. A similar ring can be purchased from the Jewelry Exchange's website, at www.jewelryexchange.com.

The Jewelry Exchange is one of the nation's leading direct diamond importers and jewelry manufacturers. By making most of the jewelry they sell, maintaining low margins, and buying diamonds in huge volume direct from the source, the Jewelry Exchange is able to offer pricing that is typically up to 80% less than the competition.

The company is also unique in the industry in that their salespeople are not on commission. As Chris observed, "They really let me take my time. I felt like I was the only person in the store."

The Jewelry Exchange is owned by Goldenwest Diamond Corporation, and has been operating for over 25 years: doing business as The Jewelry Exchange in Tustin, CA; Villa Park, IL; Redwood City, CA; Sudbury, MA; Dallas, TX; Tampa, FL; Renton, WA; and Greenwood Village, CO; The Jewelry Factory in Norristown, PA; Bethesda, MD; Hackensack, NJ; Livonia, MI; and North Randall, OH; and as The Jewelry Source in Houston, TX.

For more information please call 1-800-441-0715, or visit the website at www.jewelryexchange.com.

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