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Smyth Jewelers installs 'world's largest engagement ring' at Timonium store

Hoping to firmly establish itself as the store "where Maryland gets engaged," Baltimore-based Smyth Jewelers is bringing what it says is the world's largest engagement ring to its Timonium showroom.

Hoping to firmly establish itself as the store "where Maryland gets engaged," Baltimore-based Smyth Jewelers is bringing what it says is the world's largest engagement ring to its Timonium showroom.

Only this ring is not for sale.

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A part of the century-old jeweler's "How big is big" marketing campaign, the ring stands 17 feet tall and 14 feet wide and leans against the store's exterior entrance, where it's sure to attract attention of drivers on York Road.

"This ring is a symbol and a testament to all the couples we've helped with their engagements, weddings and milestones, and all those future couples we hope to serve," Smyth CEO Mark Motes, said in an announcement Thursday of the ring's unveiling.

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Smyth's ad agency, Baltimore-based TBC Inc., has worked with the retailer for a year to create and build the ring, modeled after a design by engagement ring maker Uneek Jewelry, one of Smyth's biggest partners. The sculpture, made of polished stainless steel with an acrylic "diamond," was fabricated by A.R.T. Research in Lancaster, Pa.

TBC's Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Allan Charles expects the ring will be a draw as "a place for people to celebrate their love."

The retailer hopes the ring will inspire couples to visit, take photos, pop the question and, yes, wander inside to pick out a slightly smaller version.

lorraine.mirabella@baltsun.com

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