Still Can't Stop Sta-RING
I'm sorry about the ring pun in the title but I actually typed the title without initially noticing. Once I saw it, I couldn't help myself. The truth is, I really love my ring. If I'm bored, my eyes drift immediately to my ring and I'm suddenly content. Thanks, Theresa Plytell!
Since I am so happy with my engagement ring, I thought I'd share some tips in case you're in the market anytime soon!
LESSON 1: THINK OUTSIDE THE JEWELRY STORE
I try to shop small as much as possible so for such a big purchase, I wanted something that reflected that. I shopped around for my ring but mostly with local small businesses and on Etsy. I love that my ring is unique and supported a small business!
LESSON 2: DON'T BE AFRAID TO ASK FOR WHAT YOU WANT
I knew that I loved asscher cut stones from looking online but they're apparently quite rare! I also knew I wanted a yellow gold, thin band with simple prongs. Sounds easy enough, right? Wrong. I looked everywhere and could not find exactly what I wanted. I ended up finding something that was close and messaged the jeweler, Theresa Plytell, to inquire about a custom design. To my great pleasure, she quickly responded and BONUS, the cost was lower than I would have guessed for a custom ring! All it took was for me to ask the question.
LESSON 3: MORE ISN'T NECESSARILY BETTER
There are crazy ideas out there about how much a ring should cost (who came up with the 3 months' salary thing anyway?!). My ring reflects certain values that I hold dear. As already stated, I support small businesses. I also value uniqueness (see Lesson 2). What WASN'T important to me in an engagement ring? A huge diamond with a high-end designer's name on the box. I encourage you to think about your values and factor those things into your ring search over price or designer name.
LESSON 4: COMMUNICATE YOUR PREFERENCES WITH YOUR PARTNER (BUT LEAVE ROOM FOR SURPRISE)
Prior to getting engaged, Kolby and I discussed my ring preferences often. I was even the one to contact the jeweler about my custom design. I never saw a picture of the design, though. I also never saw the ring after Kolby purchased it until he placed it on my finger. The anticipation to see the ring killed me but I did rest easy knowing that my style was taken into consideration. And the wait made seeing my ring for the first time so special (and loving it so much made it even more so).
When the time comes, enjoy your ring shopping and ENJOY YOUR RING!