- 3 years ago
Hey Bees! I just wanted to share my story with you all because I’m really excited, happy, and very in love. And I want to hear how you ladies found THE person and THE ring?
My SO and I clicked from date 1. Things just fell into place and felt right for each of us. I’m a high school teacher and SO is finishing up his aeronautical degree (I’m four years older than he is, we’re 22/26 respectively).
Due to some circumstances on his end, he ended up moving in with me after two weeks of dating…which could have gone really terribly because it was a rash and extremely risky thing to do…but it didn’t! It worked out amazingly and we love living with each other. We both talked about getting married/the future early on in our relationship and both decided that that’s the direction we wanted this relationship to head to. I know it all seems/seemed rushed or a little soon, but sometimes when you know, you just know. Plus I’ve never been one to sit around and wait when I’ve made a decision.
We’ve been together nine months and have bought our engagement ring/bands and I would like to share that experience with you all, because my SO has been so sweet about everything. I just can’t keep it to myself ^.^
So when we originally talked engagement stuff, we thought that we might just get married over the summer, but to save for a larger ceremony (he would love a big ceremony, I’m a small ceremony gal myself) we’re thinking about a year and a half from now for a wedding date. But he still wanted to look at rings and get engaged soon.
He had his band picked out the moment he saw it. It’s tungsten and red/black. I bought it for him and had him try it on so he could gauge the size and see if he needed a half size smaller. I let him wear it for a few days and then took it back on Thanksgiving.
The evening of Thanksgiving, we went out together to do some pre-Black Friday shopping at a nearby outlet mall. The outlets had a Kay Jewelers and a Zales right across from each other. He suggested that we go in and have a look and see if there was anything we both liked. We went rto Kay first and asked if they had moissanite (which were the stones I had been eyeballing for an engagement ring) the lady at Kay was pretty rude with us and we left. We walked over to Zales and asked the lady there the same question. She said she did not have moissanite, but took us over to the white sapphires. They were gorgeous! We looked at a wedding set, but it was set in Sterling silver. The saleswoman said we could order in gold and she would get a quote for us. A few days go by and she doesn’t call us back, so we buy the sterling set and have it sent away to be sized. Right after we do that, the saleswoman calls me back with a quote on the set in gold. Of course, haha.
During these few days…I was having some ring regret over the white sapphire and sterling. I really wanted moissanite for the sparkle and I knew .925 silver wouldn’t hold up for a life time (I don’t plan on upgrading because I am sentimental). I brought these concerns up and my SO purchased a 8mm C&C solitaire in white gold. He tried it on my hand and told me he didn’t like the solitaire as well as the sapphire set because he likes bands with sidestones. I was a little deflated because I wanted him to like the moissanite even better than the sapphire set. He then mentioned the idea of setting my stone in a different setting, one with sidestones.
This weekend, we went to an independent local jewelers together and he picked out a setting that he is customizing to have ruby sidestones next to the center to match his band and that he will also purchase the matching wedding band to the set, but customize it with rubies and black diamonds to match his wedding band. I am over the moon excited about this decision and I love that my set will tie into his band. I am touched that he is thoughtful/patient enough to figure out how to make both of us happy 🙂
He said he would have proposed by Christmas, but since the jeweler won’t have the ring done in time for Christmas, it will have be later. I’m fine with that. He’s such a wonderful man from start to finish. I feel so lucky to be together <3
So what about you ladies? How did you know that your SO was THE one? How did you know that your ring was THE ring? Please post your stories and share pics! I would love to hear all about it 🙂