- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Some of you might remember my very first post on the Bee, which was discussing how I wasn’t terribly impressed with the ring FI selected to propose to me with. (A marquis cut with smaller side stones and a matching band with the side stones throughout.) He proposed in February, and I wrote the post in July because I was still feeling pangs of ‘ring regret’. I got some great advice, and I talked to FI about how I wasn’t particularly tickled with his choice but ultimately decided to keep the ring because of the fact that he chose it based on thinking I’d like it better than what I thought I wanted.
Fast forward to now – I decided that, for Christmas, I wanted a coloured diamond ring. (For right hand wear – remember I’d already decided to stick withe the ring he’d bought.) FI was no doubt a bit nervous about buying me another ring, so even though I’d bookmarked a ton of options online, we went browsing to check out sizes of stones on my finger, etc. After going to nearly every store in the city and not finding ‘the one’ that was in budget (I wasn’t in the market for another engagement ring, and I told him that – I didn’t expect nor want him to pay $1200 for another ring. And I really do want a coloured diamond RHR. Though we both drooled over a particular rose gold beauty in one of the stores haha.)
We went into the second last store, in the last mall, and immediately upon walking in I saw her – my .18 CT princess cut ring in white gold. And – it was marked down to only $399! I had to try it on. (I also tried on a beautiful blue diamond ring that was my runner up, but certainly would’ve been a RHR.) I tried on the princess cut, and .16 CT looked fantastic on my finger (I have super slender fingers – all the salespeople commented LOL). That was it. I just knew I needed this ring.
FI and I left the store, and while wandering around the mall I said, ‘I’m sorry to be rude but this is my dream engagement ring and I absolutely love it. But I of course already have an e-ring, which I also love because you chose it for me and I’m not going to take it off just for the sake of being a spoiled brat, eight months down the line.’ FI, being the most amazing man that he is, actually said ‘we could solder your current engagement ring and wedding band together and that could your wedding band.’ We then made jokes about how we were going to tell certain members of his family that they’d made him feel so bad about the current ring being ‘small’ (I wish I was joking, but they really did make rude comments) that he felt so bad he’d boughten me a different one.
Then he left me in one of my favourite clothing stores to ‘spend some more money’ (I didn’t, by the way, I was too excited about the new ring LOL) he went on his merry way to purchase this ring from the all-too-sweet salesman that totally reminded me of Randy from SYTTD.
He tried fibbing at first – he said that another couple in the store had boughten ‘our’ ring! Being the level headed person that I am, I said ‘well you know you can order it in and even if it’s not here in time for Christmas I’m fine with it. Just put a ring pop under the tree.’ He showed me a different option he’d found on his phone, which was a princess cut solitaire in rose gold, and while I loved it, I made the point that it wouldn’t match with my white gold wedding band. As we were walking out of the mall he said, ‘don’t look at the bank account.’
I started freaking out thinking he’d upgraded from the .18 CT to something bigger and therefore spent far more than $399 + tax. We made it out to our vehicle, while he was trying to put me off, then he finally got exasperated and showed me the receipt – and he had indeed bought the dream ring! It’s getting sized, then he’ll go get it and wrap it up so I don’t get it til Christmas but I could not be happier!
I really do have to thank the Bee – if it weren’t for my original post, I never would’ve had the nerve to talk to him about why he chose the first ring, and I’m positve that this whole thing wouldn’t have happened.
ETA – Here she is!