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Off-beat engagement rings

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Normally, Clifton, New Jersey's Joe Pagani and his wife Emily dress--well, normally. But on the day Joe proposed to Emily he wore a Charlie Brown costume and his bride-to-be looked a whole lot like Lucy van Pelt.

"The Friday before Halloween everyone gets dressed up in costume [where we worked]," Joe said.

No longer masquerading as Peanuts characters, Joe and Emily said their vows in June. More fantastic than the costumes on the day Joe popped the question is the look of the ring he put on Emily's finger.

"It's not just a cookie-cutter engagement ring," Emily said.

No. No, it's not. Actually, it's a custom-built ring modeled after the droid R2D2 from Star Wars, which -- as you might've guessed -- the Paganis like a lot.

"It's like the one way we can identify with our kid-dom," Joe said.

Joe styled his own wedding band after R2's friend C3PO (told you they liked Star Wars).

"I plan on telling my kid about The Force early," Joe said.

But you don't have to harness the force to find a really unusual (notice we didn't say "geeky") wedding ring.

"A lot of clients express a desire to have something unique and personal," founder, owner and designer at Ken & Dana Design Ken Leung said. "They don't just want to go into a store and buy it."

Leung crafts his rings from all recyclable materials.

"That's part of our story," he said. "[Customers] also love our unique designs."

Elsewhere, we find Batman bands for dark knights to give their maidens in waiting, bands engraved with compass bearings so the bride and groom may never stray off course and rings displaying parts of the periodic table for couples with flawless chemistry.

"[He described their love] as a whirlwind romance," Leung said of one client, "so we created a spiral that sort of represented that."

No one ring rules us all, but it seems, increasingly, some very unusual rings now bind us. For proof we need look no further than not that long ago in a galaxy not that far away, where unbeknownst to Emily but beknowst to Joe she would soon receive the most perfect wedding ring she could ever imagine.

"He shows me the ring," Emily said, "and he's like: 'I just got you your own R2."

From the back of an X-Wing stuck in a swamp on the planet of Dagobah to Emily Pagani's ring finger in Clifton, New Jersey.

"I was in complete disbelief," she said. "I just felt like I won the lottery."

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