(Picture taken by Pixioo Photography)
So, it has been about 3 months since I got engaged and I still find myself looking down at my ring finger almost daily to admire my proposal ring that SX got for me.
It is everything that I've wanted and well, it was a really "safe" design because it is a classic solitaire (round shaped) diamond on a very simple ring setting. Actually... I wouldn't mind if the ring setting got a little teenie weenie bit fancier but I guess it is better to not let SX have too much creativity else the ring will be too loud for daily wear.
I've received a couple of questions from readers and even a reader's boyfriend on where SX bought my proposal ring because his girlfriend likes it alot.
Well, fret not, all boyfriends!
Today, I will be sharing with you guys - Michael Trio - which is a Singapore based custom jewelery brand that has a physical & online store.
A trivia fact about the reason behind the name, Michael Trio. Their father, Michael, has over 40 years of experience in the diamond and jewellery industry and the 3 brothers (thus, the Trio) learned the ropes from their father and started helping out in his business. With the values and knowledge taught by their father, the 3 brothers wishes that Michael Trio will progress and aspire to be one of the most sought after online jewellery brands in the industry.
Michael Trio is the 1st online jewelery store in Singapore and I think it is about time some one decided to do this. I mean, we have online shopping for so many things, from clothes to furniture to groceries shopping, so why not jewellery?
So I've decided to try out their website to see how it is like to actually create a proposal ring from scratch on the Michael Trio.
& it is really simple, just 3 steps!
1- Select diamond
2 - Choose ring setting
3 - Complete ring
So Step 1: select the most important thing of them all..
So from the above image you can see that you'll have to select the following:
- Shape: Solitaire/Princess/Emerald/Heart etc...
- Color: D is the most "colorless" & K is the most "yellow"
- Price: self-explanatory right this one? Haha.
- Carat: you can set it to 0.7 carat or if you are ambitious, 2 carat?
- Cut: this is how your diamond reflects light to make it seem "shiny/sparkly"
- Clarity: is how flawless your diamond is, whether there's any blemishes visible or not.
I even selected 3 different diamonds and have them side by side for comparison.
I'm really impressed with the features of the website because it makes shopping for diamonds really simple.
& once you've decided on the diamond that you want, you have to click "Add Diamond To" before you move on to select your ring setting!
Another must highlight fact of Michael trio..
All their diamonds comes with GIA! Which is the "certificate" of the ring, so you'll really know what you are getting! These Diamond Grading Report are issued by Gemological Institute of America.
Step 2: Choosing the Setting.
Remember how I said that I wouldn't mind if my ring setting was a little bit fancier?
Over at this page, there are tons of different ring settings for me to choose from. I really couldn't make up my mind! In the end, I still picked one that is quite plain. HAHA. What is wrong with me.
So after picking out the setting of my choice, I am at this page where I can add engraving text (I'm a sucker for engraving names & dates on my jewelleries).
Once done filling up all that, I can now proceed to Step 3: Check Out.
With this customizing option and being able to "Build" my own ring from scratch, I would say it is really amazing to know that you may be the only one wearing this ring design. & something of such high significance like a proposal ring or wedding band should be one of a kind.
I also decided to check out the wedding bands section to see if there is any that I like because SX and I have yet to gone shopping for our wedding bands..
He is pretty clueless on what he wants actually but he doesn't want something too simple. He wants it to be a little unique and with some diamonds. This guy quite vain one okay!
So I decided to take a look at the ladies eternity ring because I think it would look quite pretty stacked with my proposal ring.
I decided to head down to Michael Trio's Showroom to physically try out the wedding bands because it is really accessible.. located at Tanjong Pagar!
So if you are familiar with Tanjong Pagar, you know there's an entire stretch of road filled with wedding gown boutiques? That's where you can find Michael Trio.
The showroom is really cozy and just gives off a comfortable feeling unlike some jewellery shops that intimidates me from the moment I set foot in.
SX and I were introduced to Gin, who will be helping us select the wedding bands.
So many choices to pick from.
Where do we start?!
Check out both our "lost" looks. Haha.
But Gin was really patient and told us to just try on as many rings as we want till we find the one that we like.
Usually, I'll be pretty embarrassed to ask to try on a few designs because I'm afraid I will be troubling the sales person but Gin told us that we were purchasing something that we will be wearing for LIFE so he insisted for us to try all we want.
Trying an eternity ring on, checking out how it will look stacked next to my proposal ring.
As you can tell, I really tried on quite a few.
The ones on my index finger is what SX picked, that's why it looks manly because it is meant for him.
We were close to picking this pair for ourselves then we decided to customize our wedding bands instead of just buying it off the counters.
It will look somewhat similar to these rings, but with a little enhancements made.
Even though we were swamped with so much choices, it was a really fun process and both SX and I enjoyed it.
Gin helping SX find out his ring size.
These are the bigger diamonds which are meant for proposal rings.
See what I meant by I was enjoying the process of it all?
I think it is important for a couple to be both committed in the planning of a wedding because this is an affair for 2. I don't want the entire wedding to be just about me based on all my ideas and decisions. It has to one which SX and I are both happy with. :)
So this was the 3D design sent by Gin, this is my wedding band, still an eternity ring with diamonds all around but I've decided to have the edges of the ring thicker and the diamonds embedded deeper in it. This is to match SX's design.
& this is SX's wedding band.
Encrusted with 6 diamonds around the ring and the edges of the ring made much thicker and the depth of the ring makes it look more interesting. Like I've said before, my man likes his ring fancy.
Michael Trio also has lifetime warrenty as they believe in giving customers a piece of mind.
You can also upgrade your diamond in the future if you wish to have a bigger rock on your finger as Michael Trio has this Diamond upgrade programme. They will apply the full credit amount of your current diamond and you can purchase your new diamond by just paying the extra.
Michael Trio has a price match guarantee as well, meaning they are committed to providing the highest quality of diamonds at the most affordable prices to consumers.
They also have a 30 days return policy.
SX and I are so pleased with the 3D sketch of our wedding bands and we can't wait to see the actual rings.
We were actually sent like 8 different 3D sketches by Gin, I tell you, he is really super accomodating and patient! As he was afraid we may not know what we want, he decided to do more 3D sketches for us to pick from.
Happy shoppers, SX and I.
I'm so thankful and glad to have found Michael Trio to be the jewelery boutique for our wedding bands because I really trust their craft and they are just the easiest people to work with.
If you are also in search of wedding bands or proposal rings, do consider Michael Trio because I promise you will NOT be disappointed. I'm not saying this because it is an advertorial. I truly feel that their service is worth recommending.
I will be back with another blogpost after I've collected my wedding bands!
I SO CAN'T WAIT!!!!
91 Tanjong Pagar Road
Tel: 6299 0110
Mondays - Saturdays, 1200 to 2030
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