Why Joanna Gaines refuses to upgrade her engagement ring

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This Fixer Upper star is sooo not interested in fixing up her engagement ring. In her opinion, her special sparkler is perfect just the way it is! HGTV's Joanna Gaines just revealed the super sweet way the engagement ring on her finger (from her Fixer Upper co-star and hubby, Chip Gaines) came to be — and why there's nothing in this world that could get her to change it. See all the photos here.

It's not unusual for couples to give their engagement rings a bit of a spruce to celebrate an anniversary or the fact that they're no longer young and broke. (Wedding planning is expensive, y'all...) But although Gaines has made her career overhauling real estate properties, you won't catch this design expert upgrading her engagement ring. "I was able to pick out a nice round diamond and a beautiful, antique-looking platinum setting," she says of her original sparkler in an from her new book, The Magnolia Book, as told to Cosmpolitan.com. After her future hubby Chip proposed, he whisked her away to a nearby jewelry store, where the jeweler was there waiting to help the couple customize a beautiful engagement ring for Joanna.

PHOTOS: Stunningly unique engagement rings to gawk at

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Stunning, unique styles of engagement rings

Platinum iolite diamond ring, $4,100, Cathy Waterman available at Oak Gem

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Style gr210-4, pink sapphire etched bezel 18K gold ring with a satin finish, $3,500, Adel Chefridi

"Trinity de Cartier" aquamarine and diamond 18K white gold engagement ring, price upon request, Cartier.
"Ludo" yellow gold engagement ring, $1,760, Digby & Iona

Style TR3D259, "Embrace" platinum 4.3 carat rough diamond engagement ring, $39,000, James Allen

"Mosaic" ring set in 18K white gold ring with pear-shaped natural diamond and side diamonds, price upon request, Megan Thorne
"Annalise" platinum and diamond engagement ring, $13,000 (center stone not included), Erica Courtney

Round-cut engagement ring with pavé diamond band, price upon request, David Yurman

"Grace" 18k gold setting with white diamonds center three carat stone CTW 4.0., $8,500, KiraKira

Style R784, "Kelsey" 18 karat yellow gold rose-cut pink sapphire and diamond ring, $4,500, Donna Distefano
"Adonis Rose" diamond engagement ring with a platinum band and bezel-set marquise diamonds plus approximately 0.7 carat pavé diamonds, price upon request, De Beers
Style R00870003, 18k white gold slice diamond engagement ring, $6,900 (center stone not included), L'Dezen Jewellery
Style 28057S, Vintage Collection ring with 2.62 carats of blue sapphires and diamonds set in 18kt white gold, $10,700, Kwiat
Style 10048, "The Crest Ring" four prong-set round brilliant-cut diamond with pavé diamonds set in white gold, price upon request (center stone not included), De Beers
Style 104YC-C, "Dewdrop Cluster" ring in 18K yellow gold with brilliant and old mine-cut diamonds, $8,500, Megan Thorne
Style 35404, vintage hexagon-shaped engagement ring set in platinum, $3,125 (center stone not included), Monique Lhuillier Fine Jewelry available at Blue Nile
Style K150R65RWR, Pirouetta Collection hand-engraved rose and white gold engagement ring, $3,630 (center stone not included), Kirk Kara
Style FJB045, "Allison" bridal ring featuring a marquis flower halo with prong-set round diamonds and a round diamond pavé band set in 18K white gold, 28 round diamonds, 0.23 TCW, 1 round blue sapphire, 0.005 TCW, 1 carat center stone, $2,840 (center stone not included), JudeFrances
Style 10039, "The Stream Ring" four prong-set round brilliant-cut white gold engagement ring with pavé diamonds, price upon request, De Beers
"Atreyu" diamond engagement ring, $1,180, Digby & Iona

Style R816, "Princess" 22-karat yellow gold, pink sapphire, and diamond ring, $6,900, Donna Distefano

"Lauren" platinum engagement ring with two pink diamonds placed on the side of the setting, $10,500 (center stone not included), Erica Courtney
Style WR1013, "Renaissance" cable engagement ring, $9,200, David Yurman

Style TR3D688, "Covet" yellow gold 4.7 carat rough diamond engagement ring, $18,000, James Allen

"Riley" platinum and diamond engagement ring, $11,000 (center stone not included), Erica Courtney
"Westley" engagement ring, $1,160, Digby & Iona
Style 110YC-R, "Scalloped Bezel" ring with ribbed scallop shank 18K yellow gold with brilliant diamonds, $6,800, Megan Thorne

Style 28068, Vintage Collection ring 1.19 carats of diamonds set in 18kt white gold, $9,550, Kwiat

Style R737, "JT Classic" three-stone ring with oval pink sapphire and round diamonds in 18K yellow gold, $2,200, Jane Taylor

Style R2784, Hera Collection vintage-inspired milgrain-etched curling scroll band surrounding a cushion-cut diamond, $3,425 (center stone not included), Parade Design
"Juliette" 18k gold and diamond London blue topaz engagement ring, $7,500, Erica Courtney
"Scalloped Bezel" engagement ring set in 18K yellow gold with a cushion-cut blue sapphire, price upon request, Megan Thorne

Style R945PD, platinum art deco-inspired engagement ring, $11,450, Mark Patterson

Style 28004P, 1.26 carats of pink sapphire and diamond set in 18kt white gold, $3,900, Kwiat
"Wood Nymph" three-stone engagement ring, 18K white gold with rose-cut blue sapphires and diamond, price upon request, Megan Thorne
Style R01540017, 18K rose gold slice diamond engagement ring, $4,000, L'Dezen Jewellery
Style R930PD, round-cut diamond engagement ring, $9,040, Mark Patterson
Style 135499, 18K white gold ring with 0.45 carats of diamonds 1 carat pear diamond center, $8,500, Supreme Jewelry
Style TR2D870, "Orielle" rose gold rough diamond engagement ring, $26,000, James Allen
"Picture Frame" engagement ring with dark pink sapphire, $1,870, Megan Thorne
Style R0140015, 18k yellow gold and slice diamond ring, $4,500, L'Dezen Jewellery
Style 28000, Vintage Collection ring 1.29 carats of rose-cut diamonds set in 18kt white gold, $7,850, Kwiat
Style 149WC, "Trellis" studded engagement ring 18K white gold with brilliant diamonds, $4,000, Megan Thorne
Style 35413, floral diamond engagement ring set in platinum, $3,500 (center stone not included), Monique Lhuillier available at Blue Nile
Style MR2151, platinum engagement ring with .48ctw round white diamonds and a 1.12ctw mosaic center made up of 9 baguette-cut white diamonds, $9,570, Simon G
Style R3008, Hemera Collection 1.12 carat round-cut halo engagement ring feature eight marquise-cut diamonds, $6,225 (center stone not included), Parade Design
Style 138WC-S, "Wood Nymph" engagement ring, 18K white gold with rose cut diamonds and side brilliant diamonds, $3,200, Megan Thorne
"Lightdance" peach gold ring in 20k gold with oval diamond and full-cut side diamonds, price upon request, Reinstein/Ross
Style SS6955, Pirouetta Collection handcrafted engagement ring, $5,100 (center stone not included), Kirk Kara
Style MR2368, 18K white gold engagement ring with .83ctw round white diamonds, $4,400, Simon G
Style 51PR5, platinum with a 0.75 carat princess cut center diamond, $4,646, Tacori
Style TRDR550-53, 18k gold with a brown rose-cut diamond (.12ctw), $3,300, Todd Reed
Style R2954/R1, 1.25-1.5 carat round diamond in platinum, $3,550 (center stone not included), Parade Design
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But since the ring was going to take some time to complete, the jeweler lent the bride-to-be a substitute sparkler to wear at her impromptu engagement party. "It was a great big, gaudy fake diamond that he'd put together so I would have something to show off to my friends and family," remembers Gaines. "Of course they were all taken aback by the size of my 'diamond.' It's funny to me that, even way back then, they all seemed to realize that a flashy ring just wasn't my style. They expected to see me wearing something a little subtler, a little smaller, a little more classic maybe." A.K.A exactly like the beautiful bauble Gaines ended up with! "We strung them along for a good long while, and we all had a good laugh when Chip finally revealed that the ring was fake," said Gaines, but 12 years later this lucky lady actually got the opportunity to sport a sparkler similar to her 'fake-out ring.'

Watch Chip and Joanna talk about the fight that changed their relationship during their visit to AOL BUILD:

SEE MORE: How Long Do You Have to Wait to Upgrade Your Engagement Ring?

On their anniversary over a decade later, Gaines found that exact same jeweler sitting on her porch with a black velvet tray of dazzling diamonds. "'Chip wants you to upgrade,' he said to me." Ummm, can we just interject here to state that this is our dream scenario?! But as it turns out, it wasn't Gaines'. "I looked him in the eye, and I said, 'I'm sorry, but no. This is the original diamond I picked, and it's perfect just the way it is.'" We can't even fault her for turning down a megawatt ring, because that sentiment is just too darn sweet!

"It wasn't a 'perfect' diamond," Gaines is sure to point out. "But it was perfect for me... To me, my ring is part of our story."

See the adorable couple:

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Designers Joanna Gaines and Chip Gaines attend AOL Build Presents: 'Fixer Upper' at AOL Studios In New York on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 08: Designers Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend AOL Build Presents: 'Fixer Upper' at AOL Studios In New York on December 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Desiree Navarro/WireImage)
In this March 29, 2016 photo, Chip Gaines poses for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, "Fixer Upper," on HGTV. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)
In this March 29, 2016 photo, Joanna Gaines, left, and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, "Fixer Upper," on HGTV. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)
In this March 29, 2016 photo, Joanna Gaines poses for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, "Fixer Upper," on HGTV. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)
In this March 29, 2016 photo, Joanna Gaines, left, and Chip Gaines pose for a portrait in New York to promote their home improvement show, "Fixer Upper," on HGTV. (Photo by Brian Ach/Invision/AP)
THE CHEW - Chip and Joanna Gaines as well as Victoria Justice are the guests on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 on ABC's 'The Chew.' 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) CARLA HALL, CHIP GAINES, MICHAEL SYMON, JOANNA GAINES, DAPHNE OZ, CLINTON KELLY
THE CHEW - Chip and Joanna Gaines as well as Victoria Justice are the guests on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 on ABC's 'The Chew.' 'The Chew' airs MONDAY - FRIDAY (1-2pm, ET) on the ABC Television Network. (Photo by Lorenzo Bevilaqua/ABC via Getty Images) JOANNA GAINES, MICHAEL SYMON, CHIP GAINES
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines appear to promote 'The Magnolia Story' during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines appear to promote 'The Magnolia Story' during the AOL BUILD Series at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Donna Ward/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 19: Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines attend The Build Series to discuss 'The Magnolia Story' at AOL HQ on October 19, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/WireImage)
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