The primary time I confronted the fact that I may be shifting in the direction of an engagement was a 12 months and a half in the past, six months into my relationship with my present companion. I’ve had critical relationships prior to now, however there was one thing this time round that set my spidey senses alight simply weeks into the connection—it was really easy it really made me nervous, and I used to be ready for the opposite shoe to drop. It by no means did.

I’m 33, however with mother and father who received married of their mid-30s, so there’s by no means been any stress to get engaged. Ever the non-traditionalists, my mother and pa eloped in Italy, skipping the conference of ring swapping altogether, so rising up, there wasn’t a lot significance placed on the concept of an engagement or marriage ceremony in any respect.

All of that is to say that up till lately, as mates round me started to get engaged themselves, I by no means thought a lot about what my supreme engagement ring would seem like. So right here I’m, lastly able to do some sparkly sampling. If Victoria Beckham has discovered 15 engagement rings she likes sufficient to personal, absolutely I can discover at the very least one.

Once I first proposed (ha!) to my boyfriend that I’d come and do a primary stab at ring try-ons, his response was a sigh of reduction. “Oh good!” he exclaimed “You may assist me, since I do know I’m going to be burdened about it.” I’d gauge that courting a trend author doesn’t include too many tense moments, however for him, choosing a hoop for somebody who’s extraordinarily choosy—yeah, that’s going to be tough.

To do a full-on pre-engagement try-on, I’d begin with an appointment someplace identified for traditional ring silhouettes. I selected Graff, the luxurious jewellery home whose gems have adorned the marriage fingers of royal households and Hollywood royalty alike. However, as I headed from my house in Brooklyn to the swanky streets of the Higher East Facet, I noticed I didn’t totally know simply what I used to be getting myself into. What ensued was an journey that concerned discovering Graff’s lengthy record of frankly insane-looking well-known diamonds, making an attempt on multi-million greenback rings (maybe a bit outdoors of this writer-artist couple’s finances), but additionally, to my reduction, discovering extra about my very own sensibilities in terms of rings.


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