After absolutely no prodding on my part, Monsieur P decided completely on his own (wink, wink) to go ring shopping. Okay, I may have suggested it, A LOT, but I didn’t know when he planned to do it. Completely unbeknownst to me (for real), he set off to shop one weekend in March when I took an impromptu trip across the state with MOH PT.
Now, I had circled rings in a jeweler’s catalog and showed them to Monsieur P months before. I had a lot of characteristics that I liked in a ring, but I kept coming back to the halo-style rings because they looked really blingy and you could get away with a smaller center stone (see, I’m not a total brat, I was trying to be reasonable). I especially liked the rings at this Littman Jewelers in the mall, because they were reasonably-priced and tended to look bigger than they actually were because they used smaller stones in clusters rather than a large center stone. And I was all about the bling!
This one suited my criteria / Source
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Just before my third anniversary with Monsieur P, my best friend (MOH PT) got engaged to her boyfriend. So of course this set me off on an even more intense quest for the ring. I started looking seriously at rings and prodding Monsieur P every chance I could get. I was fairly certain that he should be proposing on our third anniversary.
Even prior to the Palm Tree’s engagement, I was pretty obsessed. We both were pretty obsessed, to be fair. We emailed daily and rings and weddings were pretty common topics. Usually she was asking me what kind of rings I liked or what kind of wedding I wanted (with details!), and I was telling her that I didn’t feel right talking about it before we were engaged. Well, the wedding stuff. I had zeeeeeeeeero issues talking about rings. I love me some bling!
I gave it a lot of thought, and I had some rules for what I wanted in a ring:
- BLING. At least a carat center stone, round-cut diamond (no, I’m not specific or anything!)
- BLING. Diamonds along the band, but not quite an eternity band (for sizing purposes).
- BLING. Visually interesting from all angles. I know this is a weird thing to think about, but I’m weird, so it works.
- BLING. I wanted an engagement ring that had a matching wedding band because I planned on wearing them together.
- BLING. Sorry, I just wanted to say BLING again. But I wanted white gold. I wear mostly silver jewelry daily, and I wanted everything to blend together. Plus platinum was out of the budget.
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