We weren't "officially" engaged yet, just making plans and not telling anyone. At one crazy point, we even thought about eloping to Las Vegas. I'm sure my parents would have never forgiven me if we'd gone through with that! Eventually, we started shopping around for a ring. How long can you stay "unofficially engaged", right? I never considered myself a picky person when it comes to jewelry, but we were having a pretty difficult time finding a ring that fit both my taste and our budget.
That spring, we drove up to stay with my (now) in-laws for the weekend. While in town, we took a very spontaneous trip to the Shane Co. in Tigard (near Portland).
You may not think there is such a thing as an ugly diamond. Shopping the selection at Shane Co., I realized I'd been looking at "ugly diamonds" every where else by comparison. I am not a particularly materialistic person (just check out my hair and my wardrobe!), but my diamond is beautiful. The customer service experience really topped things off. We sat down with a consultant and were given as much time as we needed. She asked us all sorts of questions and really listened when I told her what I was hoping to find. Wow, did she deliver! The ring I chose may not be every woman's dream. It's a simple princess cut diamond in a platinum Tiffany style setting. I love it. It is seriously my favorite piece of jewelry.
|my own Shane Co. treasure|
Nearly 8 years later, and I have zero regret about the engagement ring I chose.
That evening, after a delicious dinner, I got my official proposal on a walk along Waterfront Park at sunset. Pretty much, perfection topped with perfection, right? I thought it was.
I know this isn't typically a wedding/engagement related blog, but I sincerely and wholeheartedly give my recommendation for you to shop Shane Co. for their amazing engagement ring selection. They offer unique designs with reasonable prices and an incredible lifetime guarantee. And if you're like me (ie. beyond the need for wedding jewelry), you still need to check out everything else they have to offer. Christmas is right around the corner! And then there's Valentine's*, my birthday*, Mother's Day*, and my anniversary*...
An example of some of the lovely items they have to offer:
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.