At the beginning, but that starts before DBL.
With a lot of frustration. And, I apologize, but looking back at what I wrote, this is going to be long. . .
I come from a family of jewelers and jewel fanatics. My great-grandfather, one of my favorite men on earth, even though he passed away when I was only 6 or 7, had a jewelry shop on Canal Street in NYC. He brought my great uncles and my grandfather into the business with them, but only one stuck with it and the rest moved to LA. I had always assumed I would go to my great uncle when it was time for me to get engaged, but unfortunately, during an attempted robbery in his store he killed the thief and was never the same, so he sold the shop and retired shortly thereafter.
When I was getting engaged, all I knew to trust was Tiffany. My best friend told me we should go to pick out my favorite style and she would direct my then boyfriend in the right direction. I fell in love with the Lucida. Alas, DB figured out what we were up to, and told me that when his father had passed away his mother had made him promise that he would use her engagement ring when he was ready to propose to someone. How could I say no that? I held my breath, and it was fine. Small and kind of worn looking, but fine, and I was just thrilled we were getting married.
However, and this is where my wackiness comes in, for many reasons I was feeling some icky karma related to my ER. So, the second we got married I abandoned it for my wedding band only. Still, the desire to have an ER I loved grew and grew. I started searching on ebay and fell in love with a fancy yellow cushion with trilliants. I grabbed it. However, DH was very hurt that I had purchased it without him. I loved the ring and wore it for a few months, but I never got past feeling his hurt, so I sold it.
This ate me up. The seller I bought it from did not have anything similar and was not particularly helpful in finding something similar for the same price. Thus began ebay search after ebay search. I found a beautiful 1.34 W-X stone with trilliants from DBL. I did not know these people from Adam, but their ads rang honest (and fun!) and, as I was learning more and more about diamonds, it was very important to me that they stressed GIA reports. I started to learn a lot from their guides and tutorials as well. The stone was too light for me, so I returned it for a 1.74 Y-Z. Still too light, I made one more switch, this time to a 1.58 FLY. At every bend, David and Marc were dolls to speak with and so flexible about my changing mind.
A year or so into wearing this ring, I really wanted to go even darker. I had seen some fancy brownish yellow stones that seemed to make the color pop for much less cash than the fancy intenses and fancy vivids. Several google searches later, I happened upon what is now my 2.21 fancy brownish yellow cushion with half moons. It was located in a forum rather than on ebay, which is why it took me longer to find. It was love at first sight and I bought it on the spot. David was so much fun to deal with and helped me out with selling my FLY by giving me pictures and other advice. After time spent getting to know him, Webmistress and other friends online, I knew this was it for me. DH met David in NYC and loved him, so the deal is sealed. I have found my personal jeweler! I know this sounds extreme, but it is a long-time wish come true for me!!!! (play violins now. . .)
Since then, I have purchased my yellow halos (which David custom-made to my specifications and I could not be thrilled), and as of tomorrow I will have my old .80 ct RB back reset into a DBL halo, along with my new 2 ct faint brown cushion.
Other than the fact that I will get no sleep tonight due to the anticipation, I am one happy lady!!!!!
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