On New Years Eve my longtime boyfriend proposed.
He did it the “old fashion way” - donning a tux and kneeling on one knee. Very classy. He even had our song” (Frank Sinatra “Look at me now”) on cue to play at that special moment. And oh what a moment it was.
This was exactly what I wanted.
A few months prior, as wedding bells became more and more apparent for our relationship – I started pondering symbols of love, engagement and wedding rings. While the thought of a new diamond and ring was at first exciting, it quickly became stressful. There were so many choices, sizes, cuts, colors, and thousands of ring settings. Surprisingly none of them appealed to me. Plus they were EXPENSIVE! The only way this young couple could afford a diamond the size we liked would be to sell the car, or do something ridiculous (and forget about paying off student loans).
The more I thought, the more obvious it was. What would be more special than taking an already existing piece of jewelry that means a lot to my family?
Enter - My grandmothers engagement ring.
I have always loved that ring. They do not make rings like it today. The cut of the diamond is unique, as well as the setting. It is simple, elegant, and very ladylike. It accompanied my grandmother everywhere, and now will always be with me.
Extra bonus points to my new Fiancé for knowing exactly what I wanted – and pulling off such a flawless proposal!
Re-purposing my grandmas ring turned out not only to be very meaningful – but good practice. Why support the ridiculous diamond industry and buy a new diamond? Plus it fit our budget. Repairing an existing ring is a lot less expensive and environmentally friendly than having a new one created.
I am a lady | adarose