A Wedding Ring With a Dirty Little Secret

Chloe Stein, an executive chef and caterer, remembers fondly her fairytale engagement in early September 2016.

She and her then-boyfriend, Deepak Panjwani, a data analyst at Bloomberg, were vacationing in Sweden. They took a day trip to Drottningholm Palace, the private residence of the Swedish royal family, and toured the vast 16th-century gardens.

At a scenic overlook, Mr. Panjwani surprised Ms. Stein by proposing marriage. But instead of presenting a traditional diamond solitaire, he held out a “smog free ring,” a piece of designer jewellery that has come to symbolize the fight against urban pollution.

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