Feb. 5, 2007
Hi Barry, hope you are doing well. Everything went great and she said Yes :-). She loves the diamond :-). I think she has decided that she wants a different style setting than the Tiffany though. Even though she thinks it's beautiful she has her heart set on a different style, so I will confirm with her today, since I think today is our 10th day, and see what she wants to do. I love the simplistic elegance of the Tiffany and the fluted prongs, and the way it draws attention to the center diamond, but I guess she's the one that has to wear it.
Since we have been looking at settings the past few days it has given me a chance to compare the Superbcert with all of the other diamonds on the market that claim to be the best in the world, and the Superbcert blew them all out of the water!! I was able to compare it to the Leo, Peerless, Solasfera, Hearts on Fire, and AGS000 and GIA EX EX ideal cuts. The Superbcert gave off more light than all of the other diamonds, even though they were loose and hers is mounted. It was most apparent while the diamond was moving. One thing that really stood out to me was the color difference. Even when we would compare it to an equivalent F VS2 the Superbcert was noticeably whiter against all of the best branded cuts out there. It even looked whiter than the E's we saw. It was particulary impressive when the Superbcert was better than an equivalent size Hearts on Fire that cost $30,000 vs. $11,800 for the Superbcert!! We took the ring to be appraised by a Gemologist that has been doing appraisals for 34 years, and he said that it was cut as closely to ideal as you can get, and he appraised it for $18,000. At all of the retail stores in the mall that we saw, a similar diamond would have been at least $6,000 to $10,000 more. So we are both very happy, and I think that not only did we get the most beautiful diamond there is, but we got it at a phenomenal price. Also, everything that we received was top notch quality and class. The ring box is beautiful and really complimented the diamond and platinum. I also enjoyed the toolkit and I spent at least several hours being fascinated with examining the Superbcert and the two CZ's. Even the brochure was great! She wanted to know why I was so obsessed with comparing the diamond to all of the other ones out there, and one night she read the brochure and then understood why, because I wanted to get her the best because she is the best :-).
I proposed at the Drake hotel in downtown Chicago. The Drake is an older hotel with much history and is very elegant and romantic. She thought we were just going there for a weekend getaway, and thought that I would propose on Valentine's day instead. When we first arrived we went for afternoon tea which is a tradition at the Drake. They have a harp player there and the setting is relaxing and beautiful. Afterwards we had to find a store that sold camera cards because she forgot hers, and I was a little nervous walking around downtown chicago knowing that I had the ring in my pocket. We got back to the room and got ready for dinner, which was a surprise since she didn't know where we were going. Right before we left I told her I had a surprise for her and I gave her a box of gold covered chocolates (I saw them on one of Judah's blog posts, and even though they were ridiculously expensive, I thought it would make for a memorable experience. Thanks Judah :-)). With the chocolate was a card that said "Happy anniversary, I want to show you how much I love you so go to www.joeloveslisa.com and watch and listen. This was a website that I made for her that had pictures and songs of us throughout our dating. You have to click the heart to start the slideshow playing. After she watched the slideshow I told her that I had something else for her. I then presented her with a long white box. She opened it and saw a preserved rose plated in platinum. It was in a presentation case and on the top of the case I had a plaque inscribed with "I love you endlessly and eternally, Will you Marry Me? Joe" She didn't see the plaque at first and when she turned it over she got the shock of her life :-). I then knelt down and asked her to marry me and presented her with the ring and she said yes. After that I then told her I had one more thing. She had always jokingly said that if I ever proposed that her dog needed a ring too, LOL, so I found a stuffed dog toy engagement ring in a stuffed toy box and presented it to her with pictures of my dogs inside, LOL, and we got a good laugh out of it. After that I told her where we were going for dinner which was the Green Dolphin jazz club where we had first met. I then told her that not only were we eating there but that Lynne Jordan, her favorite singer, would be there, so she was very happy. We had dinner and then we went and listened to Lynn. Lynn made an announcement that we had just got engaged, and she dedicated a song to us that we got up and danced to alone in front of everyone there. We then stayed a while and listened to music and had some champagne and apple martinis. We got back to the room and opened the door, and she saw a trail of rose petals that led to the bed and they were arranged in a heart pattern on the bed. I had the concierge arrange it while we were gone :-).
I really appreciate all of the help and honesty that you and Judah gave me, and I appreciate the extra effort you guys made in getting the ring done so that I could present it to her on the special day that I had planned. Even though I bugged you guys mercilessly with questions on diamonds, settings, and when the ring would be done, you never lost patience with me and were always willing to help and talk. I have an industrial equipment business that has a website, and I have learned a lot from dealing with you guys about how to bring a personal touch and excellent customer service to such an impersonal medium as the internet. I'm starting to incorporate these things into my business and I'm already seeing positive results from it. Who knows, maybe with incorporating the things that I learned from you guys it may pay for the ring, LOL.
I'll confirm with her today what she would like to do about the setting. If we decide to return the Tiffany is it 70%? I'm hoping that whatever setting that she finds that we can get it without the side diamonds so that we can get them from you and have you set it so that it will match up well with the Superbcert. She is looking at a setting that we saw that is very similar to this one http://www.steindiamonds.com/product_settings_details.asp?product_id=1169. Is this one that you guys could custom make?
P.S. I'll send the pics in a separate email in case the size is too big. Also, I'll post a testimonial on Diamond talk tomorrow so that everyone can know what a great diamond and buying experience I had :-)