I knew this was it
Friendship blossoms into love. An idea blossoms into a ring.
Diamond Design client Daniel knew that ‘this was it’ from his very first date with Becky. For this sweet couple living in St. John’s, getting engaged always felt like a given.
Daniel and Becky’s love story began as a friendship, after meeting in their first year of university. Even before they were together, Daniel says he was infatuated with Becky, and so it’s no surprise when things finally came together after a few years.
Daniel worked with our Design Consultant Sharon to design a custom engagement ring – one that Becky was sure to love, of course, and also one that represents their special relationship.
“When you choose somebody to spend the rest of your life with, you’re not just picking somebody out from a crowd. You’re taking a spark and fostering it over years. And the time that you take to have a ring made, and the time and effort you put into it, is no different than the time and effort you put into forming your relationship,” he says.
Becky agrees. “There’s something special about knowing that my partner has spent all of this time designing something that he thinks is reflective of us and me and our hopes for the future,” she says.
Ultimately, Sharon helped Daniel design a custom ring, just to Becky’s tastes, by focusing on the couple, not just the ring itself. She worked with them closely to understand their budget, style and expectations, and helped channel that into their perfect choice.
“You don’t buy a ring from Diamond Design,” Daniel says. “Your establish a relationship with them.”
It was a great experience
Working with Sharon, Daniel involves Becky in the design process, while still keeping the final ring a surprise.
Like many of our clients, Daniel designed Becky’s ring with Sharon, involving Becky just enough to get the details right, without ruining the surprise.
When someone is deciding to propose, the first question is often a tricky one: whether or not to let your partner help choose their ring, or to completely surprise them with the ring and the proposal.
The process Daniel chose is what we usually recommend. He had a meeting with Sharon first, and then decided on the next best steps with her.
In Daniel’s case, this meant bringing Becky in for a ring sizing, which proved to be invaluable. It also allowed Daniel and Sharon to further narrow down their options, based on Becky’s preferences.
Ultimately, Daniel designed Becky’s ring by himself – it was still a surprise when he proposed. But involving Becky in the process meant that it was just right – which Becky appreciates.
“I like the idea that my partner was able to make all the decisions on his own, and choose what he thought was beautiful and would make me happy” she says. “So I really look forward to knowing that when people ask me about my ring, I’ll be able to say, ‘well, Daniel designed it.’ I think that’s special. I got to put my two cents in for sure, but I’m happy that he got to go through that experience and choose everything. It will be exactly what he wants and I’m sure exactly what I want as well.”
She is brilliant and shining
Sharon helps Daniel design a ring that reflects Becky perfectly.
Daniel and Becky both laugh when they remember the rings that Becky initially saved while doing research on Instagram and Pinterest. They were beautiful – and, it turns out, in the forty thousand dollar range.
That’s why Daniel is grateful he chose to work with Sharon, who helped him create an equally beautiful ring, but with a realistic budget.
“Sharon provided the tools to be able to create the ring that she always imagined, but meet the price range that I had available,” he says.
While working with Sharon, Daniel learned that despite all the characteristics of diamonds, what really matters is how much a diamond sparkles. He learned that the right diamond can stand alone, without other smaller diamonds supporting it.
“That is the same way I see Becky,” he says, “in that she doesn’t need anything else. She is brilliant and shining to me. And I think the diamond that I am choosing is very much that. And I’m excited to give it to her.”
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