This post is sponsored by Brilliant Canary. All opinions are my own.
I yelled at John the night before we got engaged.
We had planned to take a weekend to visit our alma mater, Penn State, and were preparing to leave. John had arrived in my city earlier in the day. We had gone out for a nice dinner and returning back to my apartment, I felt panicky: He hadn’t proposed yet.
John was slated to deploy in just three weeks. And–doing what military couples do–we had already planned for engagement pictures the next week. We just couldn’t wait to make plans after the engagement. I had booked our photographer and had made travel plans previously. Everything was ready.
Except it wasn’t.
Because there was no ring on my finger.
“There is no way that I’m going to do an engagement shoot if you haven’t asked me yet, John!” I huffed. (I’m not so proud of it now, because, really, how stupidly blind was I?) “We need to tell Andy if we need to cancel, and we need to do it soon.”
John just smiled. Later he told me he was tempted to walk over to his backpack and pull out the ring and propose right there. Instead, he waited for 12 more hours and asked me after a romantic walk around campus.
I’m glad he didn’t listen to me.
When I finally saw the ring, I was both surprised and humbled. My engagement ring isn’t ridiculous or extravagant but I knew that it had been a sacrifice on his enlisted sailor pay. For that reason, it became even more precious than it already was.
For weeks, I walked around feeling like my left hand was heavy. I alternated between looking at the ring and balling my fist up so that I wasn’t afraid of it falling off randomly. I watched the sunlight sparkle off the diamond while I sat at red lights.
And while he was deployed, I looked at it and felt that little bloom of warmth in my stomach– he had chosen that ring for me, he had picked it out of all the other ones in the store. And it was here with me while he was away.
Here’s an option
Enter Brilliant Canary, an online jewelry retailer that specializes in GIA-certified diamonds. As an accredited member of the Better Business Bureau, it has received positive reviews both internally and externally and has profiles on Wedding Wire and The Knot as well. (And it sells all kinds of jewelry–not just engagement and wedding rings.)
Purchases at Brilliant Canary include a 100% money-back guarantee and prices that are 20-30% below MSRP. Here are a few more perks for Brilliant Canary customers:
- all diamonds are conflict-free
- lifetime warranty
- all jewelry is designed in the US
- free fully insured FedEx shipping to all US orders
- free resizing and engraving
- customer service with a real person
- custom-made jewelry
Here’s what you’ve been waiting for…
Offered to active duty members and veterans as well as their spouses and dependents, Brilliant Canary gives a 10% discount off orders, with the exception of loose diamonds. You will need to call 1-800-214-6550 in order to receive the discount as well as provide proof of you or your spouse’s service. Learn more about the discount here.
And your purchase can help a nonprofit, too.
During purchase, you can choose between three charities to donate a portion of the profits from your sale. Currently, the three charities are St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Wounded Warrior Project, and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.
Brilliant Canary wants to thank you!
In honor of Military Appreciation Month and Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Brilliant Canary is giving away a gorgeous diamond ring valued at $606 to one Jo, My Gosh! reader. The pave diamond ring is made of 14 carat white gold with pave-set diamonds flowing halfway around the band. It’s crafted with pride in the USA. Check it out!