Most people think that the person proposing has the most difficult job, selecting an engagement ring, but really it’s their friend/jeweler who feels the pressure. At least I do!
One of the greatest honors I have in the jewelry business is helping my friends and my friends’ significant others find the perfect engagement ring. I am privileged to keep many secrets.
When looking for a friend’s engagement ring I feel the gravity of the ring’s symbolism and want it to be exactly right. After all, both parties are relying on me!
I think not only about what’s beautiful, but also what reminds me of their personality or character, how they’ll wear it, and also what their soon-to-be fiancé likes. I think back on conversations we’ve had over the years, what they’ve admired and what they’ve shared.
Part of the reason I love getting to be part of this moment is because of the relationship it allows me to build with my friend’s significant other; some of whom I know well, some I’m getting to know much better. Getting to hear from them why they want to spend their life with my friend is intimate and moving.
Years after each couple is married, I still treasure those intimate moments of anticipation, nerves, excitement and ultimately love. It’s intensely personal and I am appreciative of my friends who have allowed me to be a part of their life and story.
Being at a wedding and being introduced as the ‘jeweler’ or getting to share with other guests that I’m a part of their exchange of rings is something I treasure.
So who’s getting engaged next? I’ll never tell, but when they do, you may see a little conspiratorial twinkle in my eyes.
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