When Tom got down on one knee in St. Ives, back in May 2013, the emotions were overwhelming. All of the thought he had put into making it perfect, the kind words he said, the stunning ring he proudly presented while down on one knee. For Tom the engagement ring was such an important part of the proposal, he wanted to get the most perfect ring and little did I know but he had actually listened to everything I had said about engagement rings in the past. It meant (and still means) so much. I had always said that I would love a square diamond and for the ring to go inwards towards the diamond (if that makes sense?) Other than that I had no expertise in diamonds or engagement rings, I didn't want to know too much as it was always going to be Tom's decision. He has since explained that he searched the high street and internet for the most perfect engagement ring, he wanted a place that had exquisite customer service, was somewhere extra special and had the ring he wanted for the right price.
This is when he came across 77 Diamonds, a London based company that offer the most beautiful engagement rings, wedding rings and jewellery. They sell a lot on their website but they also have a showroom in Mayfair, where you can see the rings and diamonds. I didn't realise, but at 77 Diamonds, when you buy an engagement ring you choose the diamond separately to the design of the ring. How special? Tom went for a meeting at the showroom (I obviously didn't know this at the time, as he works down in London a lot) to choose the diamond that was going to be put into the engagement ring.
He told me a funny story of how he was passed a diamond in between a set of tweezers and he dropped the diamond on the floor! Awkward!! Luckily he found it again and he didn't have to pay thousands for the lost diamond. As far as I understand, the diamond is the more expensive part of an engagement ring. Tom went for a princess cut diamond, exactly what I wanted, and the delicacy style ring. This style ring goes in towards the diamond - exactly what I had always hoped for. I can't express how lucky I feel everyday that Tom listened and choose the most perfect engagement ring you could every imagine. That's partially thanks to 77 Diamonds too, for offering exactly what I had always dreamt of for a price that Tom could afford. Now, I obviously don't know how much my engagement was but it's perfect and that's all I need to know.
Fast forward to over a year later and I've started the search for the perfect wedding ring. As Tom was the ring expert in our relationship I went to him for advise on the type of metal I should get and the style. My best friend, who is married, said that she decided to get a wedding ring that was the same width as her engagement ring. After trying on a number of wedding rings I decided I also wanted to do that, so I went onto the 77 Diamonds website and quickly got caught up in looking at all of the beautiful rings and jewellery. I found out that my engagement ring was about 2mm wide, so my hunt for a 2mm ring began. I kept looking in high street shops but I just couldn't find anything that I really liked, thought looked nice next to my engagement ring and wasn't hundreds and hundreds of pounds.
I kept going back to the 77 Diamonds website, their classic wedding ring section had such timeless designs for such reasonable prices compared to the high street. I needed to have a 18K White Gold wedding ring because that's what my engagement ring is. The 1477 Court design matched the Delicacy engagement ring design perfectly, as they were both more flat. The Light Depth also matched my engagement ring so well, it was a match made in heaven. I did all of this online but I could have gone to their showroom, I just don't go to London all that much and the images on their website are so clear and helpful. I didn't feel the need to see the ring in real life and it made the whole process a lot easier, especially as we have been so busy every weekend on the run up to our wedding. There's not been any free time to just wander around the high street! I finally decided to get the 18K White Gold, 1477 Court, Light Depth Classic Wedding Ring* from 77 Diamonds. Best of all it was around £200 cheaper than similar ones on the high street and it's more perfect than those, I'm so happy with it!
Then this arrived on my doorstep - what beautiful, extra special packaging?
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* I received a discount but as usual my opinions are completely honest.