Anthony Poole had a tight deadline to get his girlfriend’s engagement ring. “I was planning to surprise Caroline by proposing to her during a holiday in Disney World. I needed to have the ring before we went out,” he says. The couple, in their late 20s, had met online two-and-a-half years previously, and discussed getting engaged, but Caroline had no idea when the proposal was going to come – and Anthony had only a vague idea of what kind of ring she wanted. “I knew she’d like a classic, something round-cut and sparkly, but I’d never discussed it with her properly,” says Anthony. “I had to go with my own interpretation.” A trading standards officer whose day job involves a lot of Internet research, he set about investigating his options online. “A friend of mine got his ring from a diamond dealer in Hatton Garden, and I knew I wanted that too,” he says. “I liked the fact that he went to select a diamond first and then created the ring, rather than walking into a shop and picking something ‘off the peg’.
“There are so many things to consider with diamonds, I wanted the best diamond I could afford. By working with a diamond dealer, I had more choice and customisation.” Anthony came to Sterling Diamonds with his criteria and budget, and worked with us over the phone and over email to pin down exactly what he was looking for. “The whole process is nerve-wracking, and an additional factor was that we were working long-distance,” he says. “But John, at Sterling, was very helpful, and arranged for me to see the diamond before it was set. “He also calmed me down, because I’m quite nervous about these things, and made sure I knew things were running smoothly at all times.” Ultimately, he picked a half-carat solitaire with a round cut, in a platinum setting. “When I got the ring, it looked incredible – and suddenly made everything so real!”