- 6 years ago
Fiance and I have been off and on weddding ring shopping for awhile.
A long while.
While I have a perfectly gorgous Tacori wedding band sitting in my ring box waiting for me on our wedding day, we have visted a few stores trying to find “the one’ for him. A little bit of background-my Fiance was married before and had a very, very nice Tiffany men’s wedding ring. He has good taste (which, if you have read my posts, have caused us some trouble, too 🙁 ) We have visted numerous stores (which I will cover in a second) but he wasn’t “connecting” to any of the rings.
Our first store was Barry’s jewellers in Ontario. They sold us our Tacori rings, and we wanted to give our rep the repeat business. Service was excellent and professional. Martin is a gem (ha. ha. ha.) ! Overall, they have at least 3 rows or gold/white gold rings to choose from, and a case full of the titanium and other newer varieties out there. Prices were in the medium to higher range, and Fiance and I narrowed it down to a ring that was a simple, two-tone band in a comfort fit, and that price was around 800.
With that in the back of our minds, we stopped by Michael Hill. Their selection was mixed: a good row of gold wedding rings, some platinum and lots, and I mean LOTS of men’s diamond wedding rings. This is not our personal taste, so we found the selection limiting, and the pricing confusing. Every time we wanted to know a price, we had to wait so she could look it up in the computer.
Fiance did try on a few rings, and narrowed his choice down to a different two-tone ring that had gold on the outside, white gold on the inside. But he still didn’t seem sold.
We then pop by People’s jewellers. After my Fiance was carting around a Tiffany wedding band for five years when he was with his Ex W, entering People’s was intended more to just “go in, look around, then go back to Michael Hill” trip. I guess deep down Ifeel badly enough that our wedding budget was trimmed serverely and we paid cash for everything because of my Fiance debt, and I knew that his ring was going to be NOT from Tiffany, or Birks…it was going to be on the, um, lower end of things. And it’s not like my Fiance works with his hands a lot and I can get a cheaper band and say “Well, it will be dinged up anyway”. Nope. He has an office gig-with me.
Anyhow, so we walk into People’s and the girl behind the counter was awesome. Fun, outgoing, sweet, and accomodating. We sat down, again, just kinda thinking we were going to not find anything we want and leave.
Fiance tried on a few rings, again, going back to the two-tone. He was ok with some of them, not really sold, and then he eyes this two-tone custom 14K ring that they have, tucked in the left corner. He tries it on…first one in the tri-colour, then a two-tone.
My Fiance, the outgoing, never-silent man got quiet. Really quiet. And that’s when I realized he was having his moment. (I am honestly crying just writing this).
Guys hardly get a moment. Us girls, we get the dress moment, the proposal moment, the bridal shower moment, the grand entrance moment…that’s a lot of special memories but grooms…not so much.
So when my dear Fiance sat there, in utter silence…first, trying on the tri-colour, flipping back to the two-tone, then sitting there quietly…I knew. He started tearing up. He then turned to me and said “When I was a kid, I used to draw thatch designs…like this ring…that I could basically perfectly draw the hay that kept baby jesus if you needed me too…that was My doodle”.
He found his ring. The ring. At People’s. for under 500 bucks. Craziness. 🙂