You might remember the custom engagement ring from my past. That ring along with every other piece of jewelry I owned was robbed from my home about 2 years ago. We never recovered any of the items from my collection.
I have very bittersweet feelings about that day, and the absence of my jewelry collection. I can’t adequately describe the feeling of loss I experienced – I had heirloom jewelry that cannot be replaced. The sweet part is that every piece of jewelry I have now is something that Mr. PC picked out for me.
When we got engaged, Mr. PC wanted me to have a ring to wear. After conversations of “Well, let’s be engaged, but wait on the ring!”, Mr. PC insisted that there be a ring – any ring.
Just a short while ago, we were able to build my ‘forever’ ring! Not that my first ring was just thrown to the wayside – I assure you it was not. I wear it on my right hand now. When we selected my initial ring, we did so because it was affordable, and we knew I would wear it even after we upgraded my ring.
This time the custom process was short-lived, and worked out far differently than I could’ve imagined.
I took these two pictures to a local jeweler:
Images via Sundari Gems
I initially contacted Prang at Sundari Gems because her settings are impeccable. She was incredibly helpful and quick to respond. We ended up going another direction because of the stone we purchased.
Since the robbery, I’ve been very hesitant to invest in jewelry. I adore jewelry, and losing everything just put a damper on it for me. I didn’t want a diamond, mostly out of fear of wearing a costly piece of jewelry that could be stolen from me at any point. I realize the likelihood is slim, but it’s how I feel about it even still.
I wanted a ring that made me feel giddy to look at, but that didn’t cause me to have a single negative feeling.
I suggested moissanite or morganite to Mr. PC, and he preferred the more traditional look of moissanite. Mr. PC and I decided that a moissanite would be the best option. So, we started trying to find a store that carried them so we could see a stone in person to make sure it’s what we wanted.
We visited a local jeweler, and when we asked if they had a moissanite in the store, they said no. They did, however, carry a new stone called a Lustour. After consulting with a few of the bees, and doing some research, Mr. PC and I decided to pull the trigger and order a 1.5 carat lustour to add to a custom setting similar to the ones Sundari Gems makes.
This picture shows the stone, held over the band we were planning to alter. Also holographic nail polish is so awesome!
The setting building process was a huge flop. The concept just wasn’t working right with the size of the stone we ordered. As we were going back to the drawing board, I decided to look through the store’s inventory one more time.
As luck would have it, they’d just received the perfect setting the day before! It had a slim, diamond encrusted band with a charming little detail along the girdle of the setting – 3 little diamonds in a row along the front and back. The opening for the setting was even just the right size for the stone, so I was able to see what it would look like once the stone was set!
A couple of days later, we got to take her home!!
I’ve only had the ring for a little while, so I can’t attest to the durability of the lustour stone, but I can tell you that it is exquisite.
There’s not a single thing I would change about this ring. Each time I look at it, I’m reminded of Mr. PC and our relationship. It’s the happiest reminder.
What was your engagement ring journey? Did your fiance pick it out or did he include you in the process? Do you have a diamond alternative stone?
*all photos personal unless noted