& Johanna

We Had

This Gypsy-Like Romance

They Meet

Intrepid travellers, Steph and Johanna meet despite all odds, a world away from home.

It was our pleasure to meet Steph and Johanna, whose love story began in Tasmania. Steph was there doing research about Antarctica, while Johanna was there finishing her Masters of Business. There, they enjoyed what they call a ‘lovely little chunk of time together.’

Johanna is from St. John’s, but Steph hails from Colorado, so they were unsure of what would happen when they left Australia. They did long distance for awhile, both applying for school and work near the other.

“We have this sort of gypsy like romance situation going on,” Steph says, laughing.

Steph got a job offer in Newfoundland first, and so she moved here, sight unseen – in the middle of a blizzard. They’ve lived here ever since.

Sharon Was

Absolutely Fantastic

Steph Goes Ring Shopping

Steph knew Johanna wanted her engagement ring to be a surprise. Working with Design Consultant Sharon, she chooses a gorgeous solitaire Lazare diamond. 

Steph says that she originally came to Diamond Design because she knew so little about diamonds and wanted to ensure that Johnanna’s ring was conflict-free and the perfect choice.

Steph reports being a little intimidated on her first visit – jewellery stores aren’t really her ‘vibe.’

“But once I got in there, Sharon was the first person I ran into, and she is just so bubbly and warm,” she says. “Everyone there was so sweet. They wanted to know the whole story. So the intimidation factor just melted away, and it was just such a fun experience.”

Like many of our clients, she picked the diamond first, and then built the ring around it. Steph ultimately chose a Lazare diamond for Johanna’s engagement ring. 

Our Design Consultants often start by showing several diamonds, and letting their clients pick the most beautiful. When they do this, they always pick the Lazare.

Lazare diamonds are so beautiful because of their unique commitment to cut. Sparkle, brightness, beauty – these are valued by Lazare over simply how big a diamond is. And because of their superior cut, jaw-dropping Lazare diamonds are often less expensive than less beautiful diamonds. 

Like Steph says, “I went in different lights with a bunch of different diamonds, and the Lazare diamond is just above and beyond all the rest.”

This Is

Of Course

It Was A Beautiful Day

Steph Proposes

Steph finds the perfect opportunity to pop the question.

Steph made several elaborate plans to propose, but had them all foiled because Johanna travels so frequently for work. So when Johanna suggested a drive around the bay on a beautiful Friday, Steph thought she’d bring the ring, just in case the moment was right.

And the moment was right – when the couple was sitting on a secluded rocky beach, enjoying a picnic lunch.

“It was just so perfect. We had such a lovely conversation. And so that is when I proposed,” Steph remembers.

The ring was in flat box, which is an option we offer clients. The design makes it easier to conceal the box, depending on how you plan to propose.

“These little flat boxes are nicer for women because they fit in your pockets. A huge ring box doesn’t fit in women’s pockets that easily. So I was able to finagle that open and get it out,” Steph reports, laughing.

For her part, Johanna was absolutely surprised.

“I genuinely was really surprised … I remember Steph saying a bunch of things. And then I asked her, ‘did you actually ask me to marry you?’ I just didn’t remember anything that happened because I was so excited,” Johanna says.

“So I told her that she answered ‘yes,’ even though she had no idea. She’s roped in now!” Steph jokes, and they both laugh.

It’s Custom

And It’s One Of A Kind

They Design a Custom Ring

With Johanna’s ring down, the couple returns to Diamond Design to custom design Steph’s.

Johanna had heard such positive things about Steph’s experience at Diamond Design, that she was excited when the couple started looking for Steph’s ring together.

Because Steph knew Sharon so well, Johanna immediately felt relaxed and comfortable, too. When asked about her experience, she reports, “it was fun and really relaxed. When I left, I looked at Steph and I said, ‘that is just much more fun than I thought it would be!'”

Over the course of several appointments, the couple designed Steph’s perfect ring. Steph knew that she wanted something a little more unique, and the couple also wanted their rings to match.

“We used the same diamonds and the same cut so the rings speak to each other,” she says.

The couple came in knowing Steph wanted a simple band. They worked with Sharon to create something from scratch.

“Figuring that out was really fun, Johanna reports. “I think we went in a few times and just looked around to get a feel.”

Ultimately, once Sharon understood exactly what they wanted, she surprised them with a design which featured five embedded diamonds.

“I love my ring,” Steph reports. “It’s custom and it’s one of a kind. And basically Diamond Design took into account everything that I wanted and used their artistic liscence to bring me something, and it was fantastic. It was perfect.”


I Was

So confident and so proud of what I had created

Marking Their Special Connection

Steph and Johanna reflect on their experience.

For Steph, who says that jewellery and rings are not in her repertoire, shopping with Diamond Design was a unique experience.

“After going to Diamond Design and working with Sharon and all the people there, it made me feel different about the entire proposal experience because I was so confident and so proud of what I had created. It made me even that much more excited to propose to Johanna and share my experience with her and move forward,” Steph remembers.

“And I think Johanna was also so happy to see me excited about the process as well,” she continues. “So for anyone who thinks that ring shopping should be done online, I would say that you should try Diamond Design because you will have a lot of fun doing it.”

Johanna agrees, seeing their rings as a reflection of their life together.

“Starting in Australia and then Colorado, and now we’ve been in Newfoundland together so long that I guess the experience we had picking out our rings matches how speical our life together has been,” says Joahnna.

“We knew for sure we were going to buy from a local Newfoundland store whenever we got married. But the actual experience at Diamond Design kind of matched the specialness of the rest of our journey … is that corny?” she asks, laughing.

“That’s so sweet,” Steph chimes in.

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