As an admirer of the finer things in life and all that is opulent, beginning my search for an engagement ring excited me to no end. Immediately I knew it had to be diamond and white gold. I just needed an expert to help create a design that was simple and classic.
I had done no actual research in regards to what I could afford, where I would buy this elusive figment and the four C’s…what?!?! I had a moment of ‘clarity’ and it was ‘clear’ that if I was to pick the perfect ‘carat’ I needed to ‘cut’ to the chase and educate myself.
I researched over the internet incessantly over weeks to come and heightened my hearing senses to all things engagement. I had learned of a specific store called Xennox where my girlfriend’s Father had purchased her Mother’s engagement ring 30 years prior and I knew instinctively, this was the only store in which I would purchase the ring. It added special sentiment that money cannot buy.
After months of saving and having planned the perfect proposal opportunity, I was ready for my maiden voyage to the jewellers. Throughout the course of engagement ring preparation, I had toyed with the idea of inviting one of my girlfriend’s sisters along for the purchase. This way I could ensure what I picked was in fact the right choice and also to have someone to share the experience with. My journey thus far had been solitary.
After to-ing and fro-ing, I contacted my future sister-in-law and asked her to keep lunch free for the following day as we were going engagement ring shopping! This news was accepted with joy and the euphoria of ‘ring purchasing day’ had well and truly set in. The next day we arrived at the store and were welcomed by a sea of sparkling…clarity and a very knowledgeable Karl. Discussions of budget and design ensued in a down to earth manner without pretension, which made me feel welcomed and at ease.
After pondering two separate rings, I had finally come to a conclusion. The perfect ring! Perfect because it fit every criteria and perfect because it was mine. This is a story I think about often and one that I will never forget. I am reminded each day as I look at my wife and notice the ‘brilliance’ of the cut!