Just as the engagement was not a surprise, neither was my diamond engagement ring. Now, some people think that it’s not as special or romantic when brides pick out their own unique diamond engagement rings. And I definitely understand that. It would have been extremely exciting if I arrived at Heathrow airport and Adam got down on one knee then and there and opened a little box with this surprise glittery thing he picked for me. But that’s not who Adam is. And honestly, that’s not my idea of the perfect proposal either. I like to have control. I don’t like sudden changes in plans. And since I’m going to be wearing this ring for the rest of my life, call me greedy and materialistic, but I am really happy Adam let me have a say in it.
Plus looking around for engagement rings online is FUUUUU-UUUUNNNNN!!!
As I’ve said, I was never the type to daydream about my future wedding, or bridal gown, or wedding cake. And I wasn’t sure what I wanted for an engagement ring. But since Adam wanted me to go with him to pick out the engagement ring setting to ensure the proper fit, I had 2 months to figure it out. So I (we…but mostly I) looking at engagement rings online see what’s out there. I played with those tools online that let you pick a setting and a diamond with the 4Cs within a price range. I started paying attention to women’s hands at work, thinking “hmm, it looks like white gold engagement rings are in style but not for me…Ooh, I like that unique engagement ring, but I’m not sure I like that wedding band with it. I wonder if I need to get an engagement ring set to prevent that gap between them that she has…” I learned all about shape, cut, color, clarity, carat, weight and certification. I looked at the different metals, which are more durable and which are more economical. I looked at 6 prongs as opposed to 4 prongs. But mostly I just wanted to see what unique diamond engagement rings looked pretty.
I found that I kept thinking back to mom’s wedding rings. She had a solitaire engagement ring with a round stone, in yellow gold (and I later learned white gold too) with some grooves going around the band. Well, I’ve always liked round stones the best so when I looked at different cuts it was no contest. And I like yellow gold best, but I thought looking at two tone engagement rings would be a good idea because then it would match all my jewelry. And I suppose it might be because of mom’s ring, but when I think “engagement ring” I’ve always thought of round cut diamond solitaire engagement rings, so that’s what I wanted.