After spending time discovering the kinds of rings I like, I settled for the ring about a fortnight ago. The search for the particular ring was like an adventure to me. I love it and have never been this obsessed over a piece of jewelry!
The story of the ring dates back to a year ago.
I was at the Malaysia International Jewelry Fair. Before we left the place, my mum and I dropped by the Habib booth to see if they have any setting (a setting is a ring without a center diamond for you noobs) that could complement the diamond that Reza had gotten me. Although I saw nothing that suited my liking, my mum picked out a setting and suggested that I try it. It was a peculiar setting that looked nothing like the rest that was on display. The ring was in white gold and had side stones in different shapes, surrounded by milgrain edges. I couldn’t decide whether this was a design inspired by a bygone era or whether it’s a ring with a modern twist.
I considered for a moment, but dismissed it. On the way home, I even questioned my mum’s taste.
For the purpose of getting a wedding ring, I’ve been visiting a couple of jewelry stores recently, to get ideas on what I might like. I planned to get my ring custom made and before I do, I figured that I needed to be inspired. At a Habib store in Shah Alam, I saw the most stunning ring in the store. It looked even better when worn.
“Hmm. This looks familiar.”
Wait… it was that exact design that my mum had suggested at the fair, only this has a diamond at the center. How did it become so nice?!
For record’s sake, I took plenty of pictures of it. It’s definitely something we could consider, I thought.
A fortnight ago, I was supposed to meet Reza for dinner at The Gardens. While waiting, I killed time by going into different jewelry stores (just in case you think I’m too into this, I stress that this is “research”) and learned that the setting of the ring I loved was available at the Habib store nearby. Was so excited. Post dinner, I dragged Reza there.
The enthusiastic sales associate placed a loose diamond on top of the setting and let me wear it. But the ring felt a bit off. I didn’t think it was as stunning as the time I tried the ring at Shah Alam. I thought to myself, “Is it because of the size size? Is it because the ring looks weird when the diamond is not properly set to the ring?”
When both of us returned to the store again on the weekend, I learned why the setting felt off. Although this ring had the same design as the ring I had seen, the side stones of the setting were not intricately decorated with the milgrain edges that I’ve come to appreciate. This setting at the store had a poorly crafted milgrain edge, making it look like an inferior copy to the ring that I previously saw and loved. The claw didn’t look as solid, either.
As you’d expect, the men couldn’t see the difference until I pointed it out. To illustrate:
This is a diamond band.
This is a diamond band with milgrain edges.
Can you tell the difference?
I told the guy at Habib, that I only want a setting exactly like the ring I saw — its milgrain edges and claws were more refined than the one that he was holding. Without the details, the ring’s not the same. Since they didn’t have it, we left and I was a little disappointed, thinking it’s not meant to be.
We just exited the store and I was queueing for a Boost Juice when I received a call. The sales associate informed us that they’d found the setting that I had in mind, in their storage. Felt like the luckiest girl!
We went back to the store to discover, yes, it’s the setting that I’d yearned for, one with the delicate milgrain and solid claws, right in front of me and it was able to accommodate the size of our diamond. This was a sign! Reza, who had inspected the ring from the front to the side and loved it, approved and got it for me right away.
“Ni baru wedding ring!”
That was his words, not mine. If he’s happy, I’m happier!
Once we had decided, we left our loose diamond, to let them set it. For service’s sake, Habib accepted my engagement ring, too, which they’d polished, resized as well as replaced a tiny diamond (which had fell off) free of charge. I’m not sure if I would’ve been given the same degree of service elsewhere!
After more than a week of waiting, I’d just gotten back both the rings and have fallen in love with them once again. Last night, I tucked them under the pillow before I slept — that’s how attached I am to them.
When I told my mum that we’d picked the ring that she first suggested (and I dismissed) a year ago, at the fair, she said:
“See? I’ve got good taste.”