Diary of a Designer Bride-to-Be : The Ring!

Whilst writing my ‘diary of a designer Bride-to-Be’ I don’t want to become an over-sharing, over-excited or over-bearing annoyance and I’d like to keep some little special things between me and the Groom-to-Be. This to some extent applies to the proposal.

Our friends and family have been regaled in enormous detail about “THE Proposal” – the when, where and how, accompanied by exaggerated facial expressions and squeals (me), and knowing nods and stifled yawning (Him). I won’t bore the kind readers of this blog with it but will say that a) it was a bit of a shock, b) beautifully and romantically done and c) that I was lost for words for approximately 25 minutes. (People who know me will be equally as lost for words on that count). Oh, and he asked my Dad. Twice. (My Dad was drunk the first time so he thought he better double check – cute!)

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Being a designer, (and of the female species), I had certain ideas* (*demands)  about how I would like my engagement ring to look if the time ever came. A phrase pops to mind which I think will regularly feature on this series, “I blame Pinterest”.  I mean, there’s too much choice out there! Vintage? Artisan? Gemstone or Diamond? Princess cut or Baguette Cut? Setting? Colour of the metal? Does it come with it’s own mortgage??? I knew I wanted something that looked more vintage than modern, and not in a silver colour as I wear more in the way of gold or warm jewellery. I had a very vague idea of what I might like and I *may* have dropped a few casual hints along the way.

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Image from Martha Stewart Weddings.

Mr. R proposed with a BEAUTIFUL, loose, cushion cut diamond in a pretty black velvet box. (He DOES listen!!). I mean, I would have said yes if he’d proposed with a Trebor soft mint but this was just fantastic. It was so sparkly and I didn’t let it go for about 3 days. Clever Mr. R, who continues to surprise me, had been having sneaky meetings with a wonderful jeweller in Stratford upon Avon and had DESIGNED a ring just for me.

Who'd have thought it - my boy, a jewellery DESIGNER!

You can imagine my glee! Knowing me and my ‘designer’ tendencies so well (pernickety, moi?) he thought I might like to see the design prior to the ring being made. What a thoughtful boy! He didn’t disappoint. At all. The design (shown very cleverly on a 360 degree CAD) was so beautiful it made me cry, I didn’t change a thing and. Then came the agonising wait for it to be made….luckily we went on holiday so my mind was taken off the wait in some way.

L-R: 1. Before - me thinking we're just going for some drinks, Mr. R with entirely different intentions. 2. After. 3. The computer generated design of the ring!

L-R: 1. Before - me thinking we're just going for some drinks, Mr. R with entirely different intentions. 2. After. 3. The computer generated design of the ring!

Then the glorious phone call came in. The ring is ready! I practically drove at the speed of light to meet Mr. R at the jewellers and was almost hyperventilating when I arrived. Glass of fizz in hand (dahhling) I did a quiet scream in the middle of the jewellers when they showed it to me. My face HURT for the next few weeks with all the smiling and I didn’t interact much with anyone for about a month because I was looking at my hand most of the time. It’s the most beautiful, sparkly piece of loveliness I have ever seen and my favourite thing about it is that it was designed just for me by (vomit moment) the love of my life!

My face looked like this permanently for approximately 3 weeks.

My face looked like this permanently for approximately 3 weeks.

 So, lucky me, had a ring designed especially for me, and I had very little to do with it. Turns out I should take notice of Mr. R's 'design skillz' after all!

{FYI, my ring is a cushion cut diamond, set in rose gold framed with a halo of tiny diamonds and diamonds along the shoulder of the top of the band. Yummy! }