Monday, June 22, 2009

The Ring

I don’t remember when Mr. UVA and I started talking about getting engaged and rings. I think at a certain point in the relationship, we knew it would happen. What Mr. UVA did not know was the amount of information and pressure that comes with choosing a diamond.
Let me give you some background on Mr. UVA and jewelry purchases. Mr. UVA does research for a living and jewelry is no exception. At one point in the early stages of our relationship, Mr. UVA asked me what kind of jewelry I would like as a gift. I had been wearing the same earrings for about 4 years and rarely wore anything else. But, I had always wanted a simple jade bracelet. Mr. UVA – being the doll that he is – started his research. No exaggeration – about a year and a half later, I received a jade bracelet. I will admit - it is fabulous! When I went to Thailand with my family, women on the street would stop me and ask me where I got it. But the point is that it took a year and a half to pick a jade bracelet.
I had an idea of what type of ring I wanted and what type I didn’t want. I had been sneaking peeks in magazines and on the internet and had sent some images to Mr. UVA to steer him in right direction. He wanted to choose the ring without any additional help from me. He enlisted the help of his brother and a friend of his mom who used to work in the Diamond District of New York City (not a bad friend to have!) and bought a beautiful loose stone. We still had a setting to choose. We had heard of friends going with their boyfriends to choose a ring and had mixed feelings about it. It is a piece of jewelry that you will hopefully be wearing for the rest of your life so you want to make sure you love it but there is the surprise factor of soon-to-be fiancé on one knee with a ring he has chosen for you. Mr. UVA broke down and asked me if I would come with him to look at settings. I’m really glad we chose this route. Some of the rings I had been dreaming of looked totally awkward on my finger and I would have found out the hard way had I not gone with him.

So here is the ring:

{personal photo courtesy of apple's photo booth}

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Blogger Miss Fairfax said...

oooh pretty! yes we did the same thing - originally Mr. Fairfax thought he'd pick out the ring but in the end he asked me for help, and I think we're both happy we did it that way.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 8:09:00 AM  

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