March 13th, 2012 Terry
Diamond engagement rings are meant to sparkle, but some locales seem to be designed for maximum sparkliness. If you feel like your own diamond isn’t so shiny, you should check it out in one of these settings…
(Clean) Public Bathrooms
I know, I wouldn’t have expected it, either. But the combination of bright lights (unless you’re in a dimly lit public bathroom, but I’d advise avoiding those) and mirrors make for twinkling diamonds.
Embarrassing, but true: I once wigged out in a crowded office elevator. The overhead light was shining right on my engagement ring, and I decided to look directly into the glare, which, of course, sent a sharp pain shooting through my eye. I instantly threw my hands over my eye to cover it and I think I screamed something like, “Aye!” (not to be confused with eye). So ladies, as tempting as it is, do not stare directly into your engagement rings (or other gals’) in elevators.
I thought my diamond was more sparkly than it actually is because I spent the better part of the first hours of my engagement waiting to board a flight back home from Paris. I blame the super-sized bright white lights.
I just discovered this the other day (as a member of my company’s esteemed bowling team): Some dark alleys have intense pinspot lighting from above. Instant sparkle.
I don’t have a flashy engagement ring (definitely not compared to the other ladies riding the New York City subways during rush hour), yet I occasionally catch my fellow commuters checking out my bit of bling. It’s not the size of my diamond (just below average, as you may recall) or the eye-catching design, so what’s capturing their attention? I bet I’m unwittingly blinding them if I adjust my ring (and I often do) and it catches the light in the wrong way. One caveat with this location: The subway car has to be pretty new (or sparkling clean, itself). Nothing’s shiny on a dirty old subway car.
When you’re on the lower end of the totem pole at your job, here’s an instant pick-me-up: Check out how gorgeous your engagement ring is under the lights in the conference room. (But do it subtly–you don’t want your colleagues to think you care more about your jewelry than the meeting subject.)
Big-Box Warehouse and Home Improvement Stores
Paul and I are in the middle of renovating our kitchen (want to test the strength of your marriage? try installing tiles in a 60-square-foot space), so we made many runs to those giant home improvement stores. Even though I looked less-than-glamorous hauling plywood and grout buckets, that engagement ring of mine was shining under the massive ultra-white lights many yards above my head.
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