One day, I woke up to realize this.
That is my wedding band on my finger. I am now getting fatter! Yikes.
While I was not that bothered about getting a bit fat, I was real sad that I cannot wear my wedding band. I love my bling of course and I wouldn’t want to remove it. What was I to do?
Get my band resized! ASAP.
So, off we went to see our church mate Atchie Helen -who has a jewelry shop and also the one who made our wedding rings. *For those asking: Atchie means sister in Chinese.
We gave her our rings. Mine to be re-sized a size bigger, Kei had his ring cleaned. And because she made our rings, our re-size is free! Thank you so much!
*But just to make it clear, she also does a re-size for rings that are not made by her for a fee.
Then the stones of my wedding ring was counted, then the ring was weighted – all of that was recorded. -She explains to us that when the ring comes back they would check it for the stones and the weight – ensuring that there is no switching or getting a lesser gold/value. She is thorough, careful and clear like that. So, you can rest easy that you are not going to be deceived!
Next, I also asked her to create a ring for me. Gave her my tiny sapphire and a peg of what I wanted.
I was honestly worried that my sapphire is too small but contrary to what I fear, Atchie Helen told me that it would do well and is actually a big stone for the design I wanted. To compensate, she will make the whole design bigger. Atchie Helen then helped me with picking out the metal, we opted to make the ring in 14K rose gold (to contrast the blue color-14K gives a pink tint I wanted, going with 18k would give it a deep saturated pink that I did not like) with white gold bezel to clearly show off the navy blue of the sapphire. I appreciated this part as if it were all up to me, I wouldn’t have thought of all that. She even educated me about jewelry and jewelry design in the process. Awesome.
The price of my made to order ring? The original peg has a price of almost 40K. 14K rose gold and a (smaller) sapphire. (*the peg was a British design hence, the huge price tag.) With all the customization and enlargement of the design, Atchie Helen gave us a price below 15k. Sure I have my own stone but, that was a huge price difference. *Even if you cut the price of the peg into half, the quoted price was still way more affordable!
Then after a few weeks, we got a message from her telling us that our rings are ready to be picked up! Euphoria!!!
I was excited to go get my rings and see her and also go to her new shop at Ongpin! I have been waiting for this!
We arrived to see this. I really dig the look of her shop! Bright, modern and it has the space a lot of jewelry stores lack.
This is a normal scene at her shop. After all Atchie Helen gives the best price and the best quality. She is comes from a family of jewelers (her dad and grandpa are jewelers too) and very much knowledgeable in precious metals and colored stones, but her expertise is actually diamonds. She designs the pieces she sells and can do made to order pieces!
The shop carries jewelry for just about everyone, young and old, male and female. Necklace, bracelet, rings, earrings, pendants, pearls, gemstones, diamonds and even corals for babies! There are also statement pieces and sets that doubles as a good investment for the future.
Unlike other jewelry stores that feels so stuffy, so uptight and judgmental… more so, once you told them what your budget is. Here they ask you what you are looking for and what your budget is. Giving you all the options they have to match/maximize your budget. Sometimes if it is permissible, even give a discount instantly to help you get what you like! #nojudgment
*So guys if you are looking for engagement rings, you know who to look for. She can very much find you a diamond within your budget. Just show her your peg and you will be amazed at her selection! There are also colored stones that look absolutely pretty! Trust me. She even accepts repairs and re-fashioning of old jewelry into modern settings.
After all that gushing, here is the big reveal! Here is our wedding rings!-Mine is re-sized and Kei’s was cleaned.
Looking good, even better when worn. The photo does not do justice to the brilliance of the ring.
Just beautiful. Comfortable too! Now, on to the next ring!
Wow! I said that aloud when I saw the final product of my made to order ring.
It was bigger and better than what I expected it to be!
And because I am pretentious, I stacked them together. #feelingrich #fancy
It looks good together but admittedly a bit much. hahahaha!
So I will be wearing the wedding band on my left hand and the sapphire ring on my right.
Before we leave the shop, we requested to have a photo with Atchie Helen.
And because we visited her new shop and is considered as “friends of the shop”, she gave us a small gift!
How apt! We are huge fans of her wearable artwork and investment pieces.
Till the next time!
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