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2016-09-12 09:59

OK hive, the proposal story is the next post, I swear. But first I want to tell you about my ring!

A lot goes into a relationship in order to bring it to the stage of an engagement, but an engagement really starts with a ring (or at the very least, a question). I mean, I’m open to opinions if you have a different one, but this was definitely true as far as our relationship went.

The story of our ring starts in June of 2011 when I went out of town for a friend’s bachelorette party. I spent the weekend in Napa with some lovely ladies while Sparky hung out at home with the dog. It was during this weekend that Sparky realized he really didn’t like it when I wasn’t around. He felt lonely and it was really something he didn’t want for a weekend, much less the rest of his life. So he decided to look for a ring.

This is what I imagine Sparky’s life to be like when I’m out of town. / Via Extra Fabulous Comics

In August of 2011, I went to Hawaii with my family. Sparky had wanted to go but wasn’t able to get the time off from work. Away I went for a week in the sun, quite sad to leave him behind. While Sparky was sad that he wasn’t with me, he put the time to good use and really focused on ring shopping. He didn’t find one during that week, but he did learn a lot about what he wanted. He spent the next couple of weeks stealing away to look at diamonds, and all the while I was completely in the dark. (Side note: That sounds way more mysterious/badass than it probably was).

He eventually bought a diamond he liked and compared it in person with another one he was considering. The second diamond was the winner, and then suddenly a ring materialized.

He had the ring shipped to his brother (Best Man Biscuits) but didn’t tell him (or anyone) what he was planning. We all went to New York in October to celebrate his mom’s birthday and that was when Sparky got his hands on the ring. He thought about proposing right then, in New York, surrounded by his family, but decided that it would be better to celebrate the birthday only. (When he told me this later I wanted to shake him—I would have been so happy to have been proposed to there! I do appreciate his love and affection for his mom, though, and understand not wanting to steal the spotlight.)

When Sparky did finally propose (in January 2012), he hadn’t told anyone what he was going to do. I was shocked.

But this isn’t the story of the proposal. This is about the ring.

My solitaire!

As you can see, the ring was a beautiful diamond in a simple platinum setting. I loved it. The whole point of the solitaire, though, was so that I could help design the ring.

This made me nervous—what if I chose wrong? When we went back to the jeweler where he purchased the ring (Fox’s Gem Shop),2016年香港六合采, we started looking at bands and rings. I found a band I liked,229 M 游戏类型, and as soon as I put it on my finger I didn’t want to take it off. I wore it the whole time we were at the store.

Imagine this but with diamonds instead of sapphires. / Suwa 74717

One problem: it was a band and the company didn’t make engagement rings like it. I sadly took it off and went on to look at other things.

In the other stores, I seemed to be drawn to the same type of thing: movement in a setting.

Infinity Twist Micro Pave from Blue Nile

Swirl Diamond Setting from Shane Co.

Couples Wedding Collection Swirl from Shane Co

None of these were quite right, though, and I kept thinking about that band.

The band, you see, was closer to the type of thing I had thought I wanted before getting engaged. I love organic looking jewelry (think leaves, trees, etc.). I actually sent Sparky a ring once and told him it was the type of ring I wanted.

Ring 50046 from Green Lake Jewelry / I decided after becoming engaged that I didn’t want anything this ornate, even though I love it!

We went back to the jeweler where Sparky got the diamond so that I could look at the band again. In that moment I thought furiously about keeping my solitaire and getting the band to match. Except it didn’t look right. Forlorn, I asked if there was anything we could do. Our jeweler got in touch with the company to see if they could draw some sketches based on their original design. Lucky for me, they were happy to oblige.

Suwa’s sketch of my ring

When I saw the sketch, I was really happy but nervous. I wouldn’t get to see it until it was made, so there was no going back. I looked at more rings but kept coming back to the sketch. I knew that it was what I wanted.

Fast forward a few months. Sparky was out of town on a recruiting trip when the ring came in (sans center stone, which was still on my finger). I went in to look at it on a Monday and I freaked out. It didn’t look at all like I expected. I was so overwhelmed but I kept a smile on my face and handed over my solitaire.

When I got home, I broke down and cried. I was so worried I would hate it. I talked to Sparky, who reassured me that if it wasn’t right we’d do what we needed to in order to make it perfect.

My ring was finished on that Friday, but Sparky didn’t get home until after the jewelry store closed. I didn’t want to pick up the ring without him, so we went first thing on Saturday morning. I was sick and nervous.

But then the jeweler pulled the ring out of the box and I fell in love. It was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. When I put it on my finger I knew I never wanted to take it off again. Together we had found a ring that was everything I could have ever wanted.

Final ring. So gorgeous!

So ”?fess up: Who else is completely obsessed with the ring on their finger? I know it can’t be just me!

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