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时间:2016-3-17 来源:未知 作者:admin 阅读:

I’ve never been much of a jewelry person. Most of the pieces I own were picked up from thrift shops as I moved around the country, usually while casually shopping for other things. When it came time to tell Mr. Feather what style of engagement ring I wanted, I felt a little clueless since my taste up to that point was wholly dependent on what had just gone “out of style” and been abandoned at a consignment shop.

Like many women my age, my first stop for inspiration was the Mecca of all things beautiful: Pinterest.

Whoa. That’s a lot of bling. // Image via Pinterest

At the beginning of my search, I had my heart set on a gemstone. Sapphires jumped out at me immediately, as did emeralds. I spent a period of time obsessing over the late Princess Diana’s engagement ring, knowing full well that any sapphire within our price range wouldn’t be quite as eye-catching.

Image via Rings with Love

I noticed that I preferred vintage gemstone designs over modern ones, so I focused in on stores that carried antique rings. You’d think there would be more of them in LA, but I found surprisingly few that appeared to have a good selection and were within a 45 minute drive.

Our first appointment was at Brilliant Earth, a store well known for ethically sourced diamonds and a big selection of vintage gemstone rings. It was my first ring shopping appointment, and I have to say, I was pumped.

Both of our consultants appeared to have been cloned from the very same jewelry consultant model: massively perky and?a little overeager, like friendly puppies on caffeine. They let us scan down the cases and pulled out the rings I wanted to try on. At the end of all five cases, I had about six rings and just one of them was from the vintage case. Out of something like 50 designs. Picky, much?

But wait, there’s good news too! Mr. Feather had arranged for?free champagne, so morale was running high. I was admittedly a little buzzed by the end of the appointment.

After we finished picking designs from the case, I slipped on a few rings, our consultants went over some diamond 101 basics that I’ve since forgotten, and within an hour our first ring shopping experience was behind us. It went by absurdly fast. Maybe that was the champagne talking or maybe the earth was just spinning a little faster. It’s difficult to say for sure.

I was surprised that I didn’t fall in love with a ring at Brilliant Earth. The experience was a little cold and corporate despite our friendly puppy consultants, and the vintage rings they had in store were not as stunning in person.

Design-wise, I still felt like an open book. I knew what I liked when I saw it, and I definitely knew what wasn’t my style. I didn’t like halos, or diamond bands, or three stone rings, or square cut diamonds, or any setting that detracted from the beauty of the center stone. I knew that our next jeweler would have his/her work cut out for them.

The week after our Brilliant Earth excursion, I went back to Yelp for advice on where to go next.?After a decent amount of searching, I found a small, family-owned jeweler in a?neighborhood just south of us. We met with the owner, who was patient, genuine, and easy to get along with, and he immediately homed in on my style. Turns out what I’d been searching for all along was actually…

Image via Wanelo

…a diamond solitaire. You know, the same thing that women have been wearing as engagement rings since pretty much the beginning of time?the beginning of diamond advertising. I know: how anticlimactic!

So what caused me to change from a vintage gemstone ring to a comparatively plain, modern solitaire? To be honest, I have no idea. Not a clue. The only thing I can remember thinking at the time was a very small worry that a gemstone ring wouldn’t match well as an everyday ring.

We put down the deposit on my ring that day. When Mr. Feather asked what time he could come by to pick it up, the jeweler laughed and said, “How about this afternoon? You can make an honest woman out of her by dinner!”

Which made him blush a little and say something like, “No…uh…uuhhhh…how about next week?”

And thus, the waiting period began…

Here are a few things I learned during our search for the perfect ring.

Choose a jeweler first and a ring second. Good, trustworthy jewelers are hard to find. Start by finding someone you like, whom you feel comfortable with, and who is willing to take the time to educate you so you can make an informed decision. Our jeweler showed us how to look at diamonds under the loupe and showed us all the paperwork for each stone. He also went over the diamond 101 info that I’d forgotten since our Brilliant Earth trip. I think of a good jeweler as an asset: if I ever have a problem with my ring, or want an honest appraisal of another piece of?jewelry, or want to buy a watch for Mr. Feather, I know exactly where to go. If you want a family heirloom, ASK! I lightly probed around my family looking for an heirloom ring that we could have or purchase before we started shopping. But when I say “lightly probed,” what I mean is I told a few family members that we were going to get engaged soon and then left the conversation there. About a month after Mr. Feather purchased my ring, my dad came for a visit and mentioned that he had inherited two rings that would have been perfect. D’oh—opportunity missed! In hindsight, I wish I’d been brave enough to be straightforward and just ask. Spend what you can afford. Well, duh, right? But hear me out: it’s so easy to set a budget, commit to it, and then walk into a jeweler and completely forget everything you just agreed to. The way I prevented myself from lusting after something that cost more than we could swing was simple: I just didn’t look at anything that was over budget. We decided on a size of?stone?and tweaked the price a little from there based on the quality we wanted and what Mr. Feather could afford.

How many stores did you visit before you found your engagement ring?

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