The RHOC star shares the story behind her bling for the first time.

on Mar 22, 2012 - The Dish

Tamra Barney and Eddie Judge of The Real Houswives of Orange County
The Real Housewives of Orange County's Tamra Barney and boyfriend Eddie Judge cemented their love in the shiniest way possible recently -- an engagement ring -- news that got RHOC fans buzzing (us included). So we got in touch with Tamra to get the story on the ring, the happy couple's wedding plans, and whether or not her co-stars will be getting fitted for bridesmaid dresses.

The Dish: Your ring is stunning! Did you help Eddie pick it out?

Tamra: This is a funny story and the first time I have ever told it publicly. Eddie and I are big Costco fans and go together once a week. Everyone knows that the jewelry is right when you walk in. For the past year, I would look and try on the rings, and he would always drag me away telling me if I didn't stop he would actually buy me a Costco ring one day. I told him I wouldn't have it any other way. Guess what? He did! The best part is, it came in bulk! We often joke that we will get married at Costco. I love my ring and it is the exact ring I had been looking at for the past year. However, I am having my jeweler at Nuggets and Carats design two pave eternity wedding bands to go on each side of the ring.

The Dish: Did you have any clue that he planned to pop the question while on vacation?

Tamra: I thought it was strange that production wanted to go on our vacation three months after we wrapped up filming. I had talked to Heather and she said, "I bet he is proposing." So then I couldn't stop thinking about. I didn't want to get my hopes up since Eddie loves to travel and takes me away every chance he gets.

The Dish: Who was the first person you called to tell you were engaged?

Tamra: I called my Mom and she was so excited.

NEXT: Tamra talks wedding plans, and if her RHOC co-stars will be there...