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A ring

So Graham and I went shopping on Saturday, and we ended up buying

It was terribly exciting and fun! We'd thought initially about getting a ring from Greenkarat.com, which is a eco-conscious jeweler based here in Houston. But then I started looking at antique filigree rings from the Arts Deco and arts and crafts periods, and I couldn't stop oohing and awwwing. I especially liked a lot of the rings on another online store called Ten Two Three based in Houston. They tend to have more of a jewelry show schedule, though, and weren't available for an appointment this weekend.

So I thought we'd visit Queen of Heirs, which had won a Best of Houston award from the Houston Press award for Best Place to Buy an Engagement Ring. I thought that maybe it'd be too expensive or otherwise wouldn't have what we were looking for, based on the stuff on its website, but I thought it'd be a nice place to start looking. The reviews on Google and Yelp were outstanding. I didn't think, actually, that we'd end up getting anything. At most, I figured we'd have a better idea of what we could afford and then could start really looking.

We walked into this cute little house in Bellaire, and we were immediately greeted by the owner, Robin. She was amazing and warm and non-judge-y. She asked first what it was that we were looking for. I explained that I liked filigree and I wasn't afraid of color, and I told her what our budget was. She apologized that not everything was out yet, because she'd just returned from Round Top. Graham and I knew exactly what she was talking about, because we almost always make it out to Antique Weekend. She pulled out five or six diamond filigrees, and we were both attracted to one that she described as a "clover ring", which had four leaf clovers on it, and was apparently one of a production of only 13 rings. It's unique history was attractive to both of us, and it was supposed to be lucky. I thought all the diamond rings were pretty, but I had a hard time differentiating them or choosing a favorite.

Then, she brought out the box of colors. I don't actually remember if I saw any others, but the second I saw the sapphire, I was in love. Graham and Robin said that everyone in the room knew it as soon as I saw it. It's such a pretty, pretty ring. You can't tell from the picture, but it's sort of in a platinum crown setting, a bit raised up. I oohed, and awed and oohed and awed. And I put it on my pinky to see how it looked (antique rings are almost always too small for me). I was even more excited. It was made around 1910, about 100 years ago. And it was perfectly in our budget.

Robin took my measurements to get the ring re-sized for the proper finger, and during all of this, we were chatting about the area around the ranch. It turns out that she owns one of the buildings in Warrenton, where the antique festival takes place, and she knows the area really well. We chatted about the antique festival, and she had some ideas for dealers who are looking for places to stay while they're in the area. She asked me to give her contact information to my mom so she could help get the small farmhouse my parents just renovated occupied for the festival. She asked about the wedding, and she thought it was fantastic that we were getting married out there. She recommended the steakhouse in Carmine if we were looking for food.

It was such a personal and amazingly great experience. I always look at buying something expensive with trepidation, because I'm always afraid of making the wrong decision or spending too much or otherwise screwing it up or running into pushy salespeople. But I know absolutely that we got the perfect ring for me, and the process of getting it was as much fun as the happiness both Graham and I had once we knew that this was yet another step forward in getting married.


I can't wait for it to get back so he can put it on my finger!


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Oct. 10th, 2011 11:15 pm (UTC)
oh my goodness, that is truly, truly lovely!!! wear it in much happiness!!!

i love things with history behind them. :)
Oct. 11th, 2011 10:59 am (UTC)
Congrats on finding your ring. It's beautiful and I'm glad that you like it so much.

Miss Maine
Oct. 11th, 2011 02:46 pm (UTC)
**squee!** it's just lovely!
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