chi-liw|1312429248|2983755 said:Thanks centralsquare! I was just about to take a look at the envelope with all of the info. I'll grab it and share the specs in a few minutes.
My fiancee and I actually went to high school together years ago. We were in a lot of the same activities but we had different sets of friends, so we never dated though we liked and respected one another. Fast forward 10 years...I'm in the lobby of my office building in downtown Chicago (profile name chi-liw is about the least creative name ever, by the way because I lurked a few times and was nervous to join officially so couldn't come up with a better name) and about to leave for the day when I see him standing there. We both did a cautious double-take but I wasn't sure it was him so I almost left. Luckily, he called after me and we said, "hello". His gf at the time was standing there waiting for him. It turns out that he was meeting with a client in the building and she was there picking him up after work. I was also in a relationship with someone. We exchanged business cards but never got in contact. It was just polite, "How have you beens".
FF again to 10 months later. I'm looking at FB and noticing that some of my friends are now FB friends with a guy I knew who was a late joiner to FB. I end up friending him and am nosily searching through his friend list to see if there's anyone else I've missed friending. Well, I see my now fiancee on his list, so I send him a quick note. It turns out we're both single. We chat and decide to meet for lunch on a work day. We have a good time just catching up after 10 years of no contact, so we schedule a dinner for that Friday night. We are friendly for a few weeks but realize that there could be more if we want to pursue it.
2 years and 2 months later, we are engaged. The engagement story is pretty simple. We went to breakfast at a very casual place in my fiancee's neighborhood. We have an ice cream social to attend at 2 pm that day but have some time to kill between breakfast and the ice cream, so he suggests a walk by Lake Michigan. It seems reasonable as it is a beautiful day. He takes me to a park where we first started realizing that we liked each other and wanted to be exclusive on what we called our "dating anniversary". We sit by the water and chat about the past 2 years. He says sweet things and I interrupt him a lot 1/2 the time in agreement and 1/2 the time in refute. Finally, he asks if there is anything that could make the day more perfect. I say, "No, everything is great. It is a gorgeous day, the water is crystal clear, and the Chicago skyline is beautiful." He says, "Are you sure?" I say, "Yes." Then he takes out the ring box and gets down on one knee...
It was super nice that he decided to propose early in the day. It helped make me less suspicious and we were then able to enjoy a day of ice cream, a manicure, shopping for dress clothes (we were both dressed very casually in the morning), and a nice dinner. He had even bought flowers the night before which he had hid in the basement of his building so I wouldn't know they were there until the day of our engagement.
chi-liw|1312430372|2983763 said:Thanks Blackpaw! That's the best pic I have at the moment. The ring seems to look best in natural light. Maybe that's an obvious comment, but my ring isn't the most photogenic for some reason. I will take some more photos on another sunny day and be sure to post them. I might even throw in a leaf or something for contrast.
In the meantime, here are the stats for your viewing pleasure/pain/apathy:
18 kt yellow gold and diamond "single row" ring
Prong set center stone surrounded by and set on the shank with round brilliant cut diamonds weighing .48 ctw
Cut: Modified Brilliant
Measurements: 8.06 x 5.41 x 3.22 mm
Color: Fancy Intense Yellow (FIY)
Color Distribution: Even
Fluoresence: Medium Blue
Polish: Very Good
Symmetry: Very Good
Depth %: 59.5%
Table Size %: 57%
Girdle: Medium to Slightly Thick
I guess the only things I can think to add are that it is a size 4.5 (I've noticed people like to know ring sizes on the forum) and that it has 12 small diamonds on each side of the band and 22 surrounding the oval stone. My fiancee mentioned that the small stones are H, VVS1's. Oh yeah, and I think the band is 1.5 mm, so very thin. It is from Tiffany & Co.
My fiancee liked the fact that Tiffany is in most of the world so that servicing the ring wouldn't be an issue. He said that he found a similar quality loose stone on Blue Nile for about the same price that this stone would cost minus the setting. Everyone likes to feel that they've gotten a good deal so that might just make him feel better.