Reza got me a diamond for the wedding, before we were even engaged.
It was one of the final days of Eid. We were just done having dinner with my childhood friends and walked past the heavily decorated concourse. There were several booths set up at the area and they were packed with last-minute Eid shoppers. One of the names present at the concourse, was Habib.
I suggested that we check Habib out.
While I’ve warmed up to jewelries since getting my engagement ring earlier, he was at first reluctant to take a look.
Just days before that, we were discussing about diamonds. I’d briefly shared with Reza how certified diamonds differ e.g. higher value retention. My initial opinion on buying certified diamonds was, “It doesn’t matter whether the value can be retained. Who sells their wedding rings?!” But my then, soon-to-be fiance suggested that we get a certified diamond, “Mana tau if anything happens… you can sell it back ke?” Very funny. -_-‘
So, back to the booth. I was looking at the rings and the loose diamonds that were displayed, not exactly showing that much of an interest. Then, out of nowhere, Reza asked the dude behind the counter to explain the difference between certified and non-certified diamonds.
This guy, Rico, began to educate him on the 4Cs and the importance of the certificate as a clear measure of the diamond’s quality and proof of what a buyer is purchasing. After a session of Q&A, Rico offered to demonstrate how bright a well-cut diamond shines. He took out two loose diamonds — one was uncertified, while the other, was, with an excellent cut. He placed both under the light.
Reza was mesmerized to see how better the certified diamond shone. He was a lot more intrigued than I was! I didn’t realize why he was into it until later — it’s what he, a mechanical design engineering major, was doing in the lab at the time, cutting things with different kinds of lasers, fabricating remote things and studying the reflection of light… or something along those lines.
As for the size, Rico said that something below 0.5ct would be good since I’ve frail fingers. We checked out the different sizes that were there and decided that I’d look best with something slightly above 0.3ct.
“Nak beli tak?” Reza asked.
Dude, I was shocked at the suggestion! He was seriously thinking of getting it, but I thought we should think it through.
“Are you sure? I think we should go home and fikir dulu. I’ll check whether it really is a good buy.”
Rico was offering what seemed like a really good price, but I was skeptical and wanted to consult a person who should know the prices better i.e. my mum. Reza agreed to wait. I left my number and told Rico to reserve the diamond we had our eye on until the next day, just in case.
The next day — I couldn’t foresee this happening and still could not believe it happened — Reza told me that he dreamt about that diamond, shining brightly in his dreams -_-‘ Seriously, dreamt! He took it as a sign.
That night, we returned to the booth and decided to go for it. He got me a round brilliant, beautifully cut loose diamond for me to wear on our wedding day. It’s a surreal moment to have him choosing a diamond and buying it for me and I thought, “Damn, we’re really doing this.”
That’s how I got my diamond. Literally, the diamond in his dream.
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