Living in Montana there were not many options on where to purchase my engagement ring. Local jewelry stores were able to dictate higher prices for the diamond and setting. Nan, however, not only opened the diamond and setting market for me, she educated me on the qualities to look for so that I could be the one to make the decision on which diamond and setting to purchase for my fiancé.
Nan was over 3,000 miles from Montana, but it was like she was there. She provided me with instructional videos and documents to review and had multiple discussions over the phone with me. Soon I felt like a diamond expert myself. Nan procured various diamonds for me to look at. She sent photos of the diamonds and their certificates, which informed me of their qualities. We discussed various diamonds that were available on the market and, because of the tutorial provided by Nan, I was confident that the diamond I ultimately chose was the diamond my fiancé wanted.
Now that I had chosen the perfect diamond, I needed the perfect setting. No jeweler, however, offered the particular setting I had in mind. I provided a few examples of what I wanted the setting to look like and a description of setting-details I wanted to highlight. Nan coordinated the creation of the setting, and soon I had in-hand the custom antique inspired setting that I had in my mind.
Although, I spoke with Nan less than one-month before I planned to propose, somehow she was able to educate me, collaborate with me, and give me the confidence to create the perfect custom engagement ring in less than one month.
My fiancé said yes. She exclaimed how perfect the ring was, and with pride I let her know that I chose the diamond and had the setting created just for her. There is no other ring in the world like it . . . and that is how it should be. A few weeks later we took it in to get appraised and it appraised for THOUSANDS more than I purchased it for.
With the help of Nan, I was able to give my fiancé the custom engagement ring she deserved. It would never have been feasible, or financially possible, to do that without Nan.