- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
So this is my first post to the hive and I figured I’d start with a post related to the thing that started it all: The Ring.
The Fiance and I met in 2004 and officially started dating in 2007. We’ve been living together for 5 years now and my family was getting pretty anxious for a wedding. At some point about a year ago I become obsessed with flower-shaped rings. It all started with a basic costume jewelry ring I purchased at Kohls.
That ring became a staple piece of my wardrobe and the more I wore it, the more I admired the idea of a cute little cluster ring shaped like a flower as an out-of-the-box engagment ring design.
The Fiance and I are self employed running a small business from home. We are only in our third year of operation so when talk of ring shopping came up, I had 2 requirements: DON’T BREAK THE BANK and GET A FLOWER!
I am a very frugle person and by no means did I want my Fiance to measure his worthiness in the size/price of a diamond. I just wanted a cute, femine ring that would be different from all the rest.
I began my maddening search for a flower shaped diamond ring online. I started on walmart.com, unashamed and with an open mind, but when I saw the flower cluster rings they had to offer, I became disheartened. They were so dull and tiny. I didn’t expect this beauty from Tiffany & Co:
But I did want something with a bit more sparkle.
I decided to take the mister to the mall and devoted a day to a ring shopping experience. He was such a good sport. He wanted me to find something I would be happy with for a lifetime but boy oh boy was it a daunting search! And some advice to future engaged bees: As soon as you tell a jewler you’re on a budget, expect very little customer service. They were just down right RUDE!
Finding a flower was proving to be difficult. I did spy this little number in the jewelry counter at the local wholesale club, but it would have been impossible for my clumsy, ungraceful self to keep from snagging those little petals on everything and anything around me:
Just as we had lost all hope in finding a ring within our >$1,000 budget I spotted my beauty as we walked through the department store where we had parked. She caught my eye from across the store and I ran to the counter with every ounce of hope I had left to find a ring that day. At this point my Fiance was sick of sales people and was a bit gunshy at approaching another counter. I mustered up the courage to look at the ring up close and the sales lady respected my “just looking” status. I literally had to catch my breath when I saw the ring propped up on the little leather finger under the counter light. THAT WAS IT! THAT WAS MY RING!
When my fiance saw my face light up he bit the bullet and asked the sales lady to take it out for us. As she unlocked the case and pulled it out, my eyes were still desperately scanning the counter for other choices. About five feet away from the ring we requested to see I saw another flower ring and jumped for joy and asked to see that one as well. When the lady approached the second ring she explained it was the same exact one. That’s when I knew I found my ring. I fell in love with it twice in five minutes!
She let me slip the tiny size 7 onto my finger as far as I could and I had my fiance snap a picture:
We both knew we had found the right ring but had failed so far to ask for it’s price. With held breath we uncurled the little price tag and saw $1,400 on the tag. My heart crumbled. I was devasted. It was $400 out of budget (or $900 out of my fiance’s comfort zone). I immediately told the non-aggressive sales lady to put it back and she asked why? I told her there was no way we could afford it and that’s when she brought out her official leather calculator and notepad.
With a store wide sale of everything 50% off and an additional coupon she handed us, she brought the ring down to $498.00!
I was elated! She was an angel in disguise!
We did not purchase the ring that day but shortly after my fiance went and purchased it and had it sent out to be sized. I stalked the gorgeous pictures of it online for weeks awaiting the proposal (which I left up to him).
The ring was purchased in June 2011 and I didn’t have it on my finger until October 10, 2011. It was an adorable proposal, and well worth the wait.
I am no jeweler but here are the specs:
14k White gold
7 diamond cluster flower with a 6 petal bagette diamond surround
I will never ever know ring envy. This is EXACTLY what I wanted!