- 9 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
Wow, so… last weekend, my boyfriend and I were having a stroll downtown and BAM! he asks me if I’d like to go to Tiffany’s to check out the rings!!!
My heart was POUNDING and I was so nervous. We’d never really discussed engagement specifics before. We always knew we’d get married eventually, and I guess I knew it was coming in the next year or so, but this took me by surprise. I always assumed he’d surprise me one day. But he confessed that the week before, while discussing our relationship with his mom, he realized that he was too scared to try and buy the ring on his own. He knew he needed my input.
Once we got to Tiffany’s, and I was trying on all the rings… it seemed like we’d been doing this for years. We learned a lot, even though the lowest price point they showed us was $24k! I think Mr. Golightly died a little bit inside because he thought that’s how much money he’d have to spend.
The next day, we were downtown again and he suggested we stop by Birks. And, being a girl and not wanting to turn down an offer to try on fancy rings, I agreed. We went in and found the most beautiful ring ever. Something that neither of us thought we’d like, but turned out to be so perfect for me:
A round diamond with pear-cut side stones. I used to think I was a bling-y, pave diamond type girl. Turns out, those are just a little too fancy for my finger. I loved the simplicity and vintage-vibe of this ring. They had to pry it off my hand.
However, when I told a friend of mine about our adventures, she advised me to get the ring custom-made, because no one – “not even rich people” – buy their rings retail.
How do we even go about doing this? I have no idea. Any engaged/married bees have any advice on getting a ring custom-made? What if the ring doesn’t turn out the way you wanted? What are your options? How did you choose the right person to make it in the first place?
Also, my boyfriend is a HUGE believer in supporting the original designers of things (the Eames lounge chair and ottoman are his ultimate coveted, “one-day-I’ll-own-these-myself” objects, and refuses to buy the much cheaper, knock-off version at Canadian Tire). How do you reconcile your love for the beautiful ring, and the fact that you can make the exact same one for half the price?
Any advice would be much appreciated 🙂 My soon-to-be Fiance thanks you in advance.