- 6 years ago
Sorry, guys. I just want to tell this tale to someone. Now, I’m not on a hunt for an e-ring just yet, but July 1st is upon us – the day that I celebrate one year of dating my years-long best friend. We were planning on hitting Six Flags Great Adventure, the place where a year ago we shared our first kiss, and no gifts were discussed or particularly wanted.
So anyway, sometimes we roam the mall to kill time, and as usual, he lets me pick ONE jewelry store to ogle at diamonds like a crazy person (I let him limit me because I can and will hop from store to store staring down every e-ring I see, two years out from an engagement notwithstanding). As we’re wandering the jewelry store, he keeps checking out the gemstone rings, and I keep trying to show him diamonds I see, but he keeps wandering back to the gemstones. Figuring, “Sure, why not?” I go look at the gemstones with him.
“It’s funny,” I mention casually, “As much as green is my favorite color, I actually don’t much care for emeralds. I really prefer sapphire jewelry.”
He looked like a stranger had walked up and slapped him in the face. Shell-shock. I didn’t notice.
Finally he tries to leave the store, but keeps looking back over his shoulder at the jewelry, as if he can’t make up his mind as to whether or not he wants to bail. It gets weird, so I ask him what his problem is.
“I feel like I just dodged the biggest bullet. I was going to buy you this today.” And he shows me this picture on his phone.
Of course, it’s gorgeous. I would have loved it. I felt like a total crap. “But I want you to have what you want. It’s okay, really,” he told me. No matter how much I encouraged him to get me what he picked out, because that would be special, he wanted me to pick myself. It was an hour until the malls close, and the marathon began.
We went from store to store, eyeing up every sapphire in creation, and at one point he said “You’re doing the super-intense eagle-eye thing at all these rings and it’s scaring me, please calm down.” Apparently, guys, I was intense. Finally, we went home, and online we found this gem:
And that became my first anniversary gift! It’ll come in just in time for our Six Flags adventure! I’m so excited because this, guys, THIS is the man I want to marry. This is the person I’ve found it within myself to love more than I thought possible. And he’d been going to every jewelry store, learning about carat and millimeters and cuts and asking our best friends for advice, keeping this wonderful secret to do something amazing for me I never asked for. And I just feel so blessed.
Sorry to clutter up the forums, I just wanted to share. Got any anniversary or birthday or “just because” jewelry, yourselves? Tales to tell?