Coffee Shop Mess

Every Saturday morning, without fail, my sister Angie and I meet for a coffee at out favorite cafe. When the weather is nice we site outside, and the waitress who has been serving us for years brings us our order without even having to ask us what we want. We have comfort food and girl talk, and it’s the highlight of my week.

So, it was a Saturday morning, we were re-hashing the week’s events, and I found myself voicing the same old lament … that my boyfriend of three years was never going to make a serious commitment to our relationship. At 35, I was ready to settle into something more htan just a steady weened date.

Even though Angie listened patiently, I sensed that she was distracted, and I finally asked her what was so interesting behind me? She leaned toward me and whispered, “Don’t turn around, but there’s a guy behind you with a hat and sunglasses that looks like he’s trying to eavesdrop. I wonder if he’s delusional and thinks he’s a spy! At that we giggle and continued our conversation in quieter tones.

A few seconds later I heard the chair behind me scrape the cement as our “spy” moved closer. This guy was definitely a kook who was much too interested in what we were saying. So I preceded to launch into a tale of how I had met a fabulous bodybuilder earlier in the week and we were having a passionate affair. I added that i was thinking about breaking up with Jim to run off with this new guy.

CRASH! In trying to strain to listen to what I was saying, the guy behind us actually fell over backwards, and I was so startled that I jumped up and managed to tip our whole table over — coffee, toast and all. What a mess and what a noise! Everyone on the patio was looking at us!

I turned to give this guy a piece of my mind and absolutely could not believe the sigh of my Jim righting himself and his chair and trying to maintain some small semblance of dignity. “What on earth do you think you’re doing?” I yelled.

“Well, believe it or not, honey, this was a well planned attempt to propose in a very unique way. it just didn’t turn out exactly as I had planned!” With that, he pulled a diamond ring out of his pocket and asked, “Will you be my wife?”

Cat Lover

Lindsay and Keith had shared twenty-five years of marriage, and in that time Lindsay had never asked for much, but Keith always knew she really wanted a diamond necklace.

Quietly slipping out of bed on the morning of their anniversary, he took the beautiful diamond necklace he had bought her and wrapped it around the family cat’s neck. Then he jumped back in bed and waited.

The alarm went off, and that was the signal for the cat to leap up onto the bed and remind his mistress by patting her gently on the cheek that it was time to get up.

Lindsay woke slowly and with her eyes closed began to affectionately pet the cat. She stopped at the cat’s neck, and with her eyes still half closed felt the diamond necklace carefully. She opened her eyes fully to see what she was truly touching, and as she laughed with delight over his wonderful surprise, her husband exclaimed, “Happy anniversary … I love you!”

Only in the Movies

John and Mary spent most Saturday evenings watching old movies together at the apartment, but tonight John made sure things would be a bit different. With the help of a friend, John copied Mary’s  favorite classic love story, filmed himself proposing to her, and then inserted it into the video at the appropriate spot.

As they sat curled up on the couch with popcorn and tissues, the classic tale of love and romance had Mary in tears by mid-story. Love found, then love lost, and then finally the wonderful moment when the woman’s true love gets down on one knee to swear his everlasting love and ask her to marry him … and suddenly there on the screen was John on bended knee, holding out a beautiful diamond engagement ring  and asking Mary to be his wife.

Mary turned to John as if wondering how he could be in two places at one time and there he was beside her on bended knee, beautiful diamond engagement ring in hand poised to put it on her finger as he asked her to be his wife. With tears streaming down her face, she replied with an emphatic “Yes!”

The Zoo with a Prize

Having dated for five years, Jackie knew that it was only a matter of time before Harry popped the question. This particular Saturday afternoon found them enjoying a beautiful afternoon at the city zoo. Excusing himself, Harry went over and bought a couple of sodas, a bag of popcorn and some Cracker Jacks.

Just like a little kid, she couldn’t wait to find the prize hidden in the box. After every handful, should would reach deeper into the box, feeling around for that ever-famous little plastic toy. All of a sudden, a smile lit up her face … she’d found it. Shaking the box back and forth while wiggling her fingers inside she pulled the prize from the box, anxious to see what it was.

A look of astonishment came over her face. This wasn’t a toy …. no, this was a beautiful diamond ring. Harry pulled her to him, and as he asked her to be his wife, he carefully slid the diamond ting onto her finger.


Baseball fan

Frank had been a major league baseball fan all of his life. Every opportunity to latch onto a few tickets found Frank in his favorite seat – first seat, second row, right behind first base.

In the three years he had been seeing  Susan he had never been able to interest her in going to one of the games. She didn’t like the traffice, she didn’t like the crowds, and she was content with hearing about the excitement of the game from Frank when he got home.

Determined to share a game with Susan, Frank secured a pair of tickets, handed them to her with a bow, and said, “Tommorrow afternoon, please be my guest at the game.”  With a cute little “you won this time, buster” smile, she finally gave in.

Susan was very taken by all the activity … the vendors, crowd reaction, airplanes flying overhead trailing colorful banners, and, of cousre, the athletes on the field.

As the seventh inning drawing to a close, Susan glanced up to see what bright banner was flying overhead and was amazed to see “Susan, will you marry me? I love you. Frank” flying through the sky.

Susan did a double take, turned to Frank with wide eyes, and saw him beside her on his knee, left hand extended and right hand poised to put a beautiful diamond engagement ring on her finger.

The inning had come to an end, and behind Frank, Susan was amazed to see the players on the field lined up on the first base line waving their hats as she told him, “Yes, I’d love to be your wife.” The organist burst into “Here comes the Bride” and Frank’s baseball buddies who had all been seated nearby rushed up to congratulate both of them with beer and hot dogs toasts!

A new fan was born!

Valentines Proposal – A Diamond Painting

John was eagerly waiting for Valentine ’s Day to approach as he set up a perfect proposal. John was friends with an art gallery curator in town and he ask him to help with this proposal idea.

John asked his lovely soon to be fiancée (Tammy) to go on a private art tour because the gallery was setting up a new exhibit and John was to do the Public Relations for the exhibit. John and Tammy arrived at the art gallery and the curator promptly started them on the private tour, as they approached an artist that John enjoyed the curator asked John to tell Tammy a little more about the painting while he went to check on something.

John turned to Tammy and started to tell her about this fabulous work or art and describe the diamond ring in the painting. A short time after the story started, John pulled the art off of the wall and Tammy immediately started yelling at him. John calmed her down and told her not to worry and aks “Will You Be My Wife?”. Tammy glowing from the question screams “YES!” just at that time the art gallery employees walk around the corner with champagne for the couple along with a camera to capture the moment.

The artwork now hangs in their home as a reminder of that special moment and the many Valentines days ahead.

Rose Petal Trail with a Diamond Engagement Ring

Create a romantic tone to your engagement with a Rose Petal Trail. Simply, pick the rose petals off and make a trail from the front door to the bedroom. Create a heart shape with rose petals on the bed, and put your diamond engagement ring in the middle. Beside the bed set up an ice bucket with champagne and strawberries. When she gets home just tell her to follow the trail to go see what’s in your heart.

Common Diamond Purchasing Mistakes

Top 10 Things To Avoid When Purchasing A Diamond

It is better to know the diamond before you buy. Contact a certified Gemologist for professional purchasing assistance. 

  1. Buying on price or a discount
  2. Purchasing a diamond online
  3. Assuming a diamond can be purchased without professional guidance
  4. Making a decision without having the right selection to choose from
  5. Purchasing without a guarantee or certification
  6. Shopping on laboratory reports alone
  7. An appraisal is not a grading report
  8. Not getting to know your diamond (see below)
  9. Purchasing without comparing diamonds together
  10. Shopping without being educated about the 4C’s

Buying an engagement ring with a pre-set diamond blindly  is not the best way to purchase the ring she will cherish forever. Below is a list on why it is important  to purchase your diamond in person.

  • Compare diamond size, color, clarity, and cut side by side.
  • Look at the diamonds under magnification
  • See the diamond in a laboratory environment.
  • In person purchases significantly lower the chance of being defrauded.
  • Most on-line dealers are just that, dealers. They match up buyers and sellers and never see the actual diamonds until after they are sold.
  • When you look at a list of diamonds, there is no way for you to see the subtle differences in color and it’s effect on the look of the diamond.
  • There is no way to compare the total sparkle and light return between two SI1 graded diamonds unless they are sitting side by side in front of you.
We can offer your St. Louis Diamond Engagement Ring at a small fraction above wholesale cost.

Valentines Day Bliss

st louis romantic valentines day ideasWith Valentine’s Day approaching, we have been getting asked about some romantic ideas to surprise their loved ones, so we thought we would post a few.

If you are planning a special valentine’s day for your special loved one, here are some suggestions of things to do.

  1. Surprise weekend road trip to a destination unknown…until you arrive
  2. A romantic carriage ride snuggled under a blanket with hot cocoa
  3. Illuminate your home with candles
  4. Create a homemade dinner of her favorite meal…and a diamond necklace for dessert
  5. Learn something new together…maybe a couples cooking class
  6. Ice skating like you are kids again
  7. Frame your partner’s favorite picture of you together
  8. Hide post-its of love notes around the house
  9. Call your partner in the middle of the day to say “I love you”
  10. Arrange for a baby sitter for a couples day or just a night out
  11. Draw a bubble bath with your better half’s favorite music playing

Tell us your romantic jesters, it could spark a new idea for a couple near you.

Proposal Idea: Online Romance

After years of blinds dates and the bar scene, I finally took the online leap. I joined a well-known online dating website and started to understand what all the hype was about.  With the ability to filter prospects by personality traits, likes and dislikes, age, even height, I found myself “shopping” for a partner.  It’s like buying a pair of shoes, what could be better?

Though not everyone I found was compatible, I did find a gem in the rough. We started corresponding and I found myself smiling as the “you have mail” message hit my inbox.  Emails swiftly moved to phone calls and then it became a reality when we met for dinner.  There was a click from the moment we sat down! He was funny, intelligent and thoughtful and I found myself looking forward to seeing him again.

We have been dating for over a year now.  This Christmas I received the best gift ever.  Zach took me out for a nice holiday dinner, yet to my surprise, we walked into an empty restaurant with a single table, lit with candles and rose peddles were everywhere.

My heart began to pound and my palms started to sweat, Zach knelt down on one knee and asked me to marry him.  My smile has never left my face.