Monday, October 6, 2008

36. appropriate finger

We must’ve looked a pretty picture, two casually dressed relative youngsters coming through the hallowed doors of Tiffany’s, soaked to the bone and grinning like idiots. Or maybe that’s just the kind of sight the esteemed staff at Tiffany’s are used to? Either way, BB asked for the lady with whom he’d made an appointment but she was not available just yet. The kind old Gent behind the counter said that he’d keep us entertained in the meanwhile, what were we looking for? My funny bunny BB then told him that we’d just gotten engaged and that I wanted “the biggest rock in the place”.

Obviously he was joking, but Gent probably believes one should never judge a book by it’s cover and proceeded to show me a selection of rocks so big, so shiny that I was blinded for a bit. Afterwards BB told me that Gent surreptitiously flashed the price tags of each ring for him to see, at which BB imperceptibly, sadly shook his head “no, no, no, still no…” Luckily our booked assistant Rosalie then showed up and rescued us from having to deny any more of Gent’s ostentatious jewels.

BB and Rosalie had discussed price range and cut when he’d booked the appointment. She brought out a selection and while we sipped champagne, I tried on a few sparklers. I’d always loved emerald cut stones so we tried those first. Much to my dismay, it just didn’t look right on my finger. I was disappointed. I’m such an indecisive person, was this going to be a long arduous journey to find the one and only ring?
Rosalie then suggested we try something else, the Lucida. I slipped the perfectly square diamond on a wide platinum band onto the appropriate finger and my fate was sealed. The simplest, cleanest, most modern, unfussy stone of incredible clarity, it seemed to glow on my finger. Just like that, in ten minutes flat, the search was over.



BB and I were escorted to a plush waiting room, some more champers appeared and we tried to drink in the moment as Rosalie went off with BB’s credit card and my correct ring size. I was still quite dazed, but deliriously happy. We spoke about how strange it felt, like kids playing at being grown-ups. But oh, what a fun game this was.

Rosalie returned with a slightly concerned expression. “Sir, I’m sorry but your card has been declined?”

15 comments:

Gossip. Style. Wed. said...

oh my! i got embarassed after the last line. it's happened to me. but still...it's all so romantic and perfect that i can't help but still be filled with lovey-doveyness while reading.

Kimberly Julie said...

how embarrassing!! that is my worst nightmare come true.

i LOVE the line about playing as grown ups... so cute and sweet! :)

Mrs. S said...

Uh oh!

You always surprise me redframe! Here I am thinking "Man, this is going so well" and BAM! Declined!

I need a third post today-what did he do??

Allison aka HaselBride said...

Ahhhhh, the cliffhangers! They will kill me!

tkc 16 said...

argh. i know the pain, declination has happened to me. damn ikea. but it makes it all more real, you know?

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BB said...

those damn american banks!

don't you just hate it when they won't give you your money, even if you can prove to them that it is in your account?

one of those unexpected twists - they seem to happen all the time?

bekapaige said...

oh my gosh! how embarassing!

Hollywood Tai Tai said...

OMG. I want to know what happens next!

Guilty Secret said...

Oh no! What happened? What happened?! :D

Rachel said...

the poor boy.

Peonies and Polaroids said...

Damn, you're good! You build us up and then you smash us back down!

On another note, aren't Tiffany's staff fabulous? We went in there just to gawp and they were so gracious and polite to us. I love good service, but I especially love good service from shops that don't need to be nice to you!

redframe said...

Thanks for all the shared embarrassment. BB took it quite well though, he is un-embarrass-able!
And yes, the staff were so discreet /sweet/non-judgemental, a truly amazing experience! Thank goodness for that cause as it was I wanted to sink into the stylish little chaise lounge we were perched upon!

Charlie said...

I would have been bright red! Glad I don't have to wait to find out what happened!