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Case Study #2 – Anthony and Caroline

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’.

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