6) Fairy Tale

A splendid formal banquet, small orchestra playing
quietly, everyone in evening dress and I in dress uniform and my
girlfriend very beautiful in her full ball gown.

Towards the end of dinner, I asked if anyone had a pen and wrote
on my menu "Will you marry me?" and slid it across the
table. It came back saying "Yes". As I was on a posting
some 250 miles away and this was only our eighth meeting the speed
of the proposal took all our parents by surprise.

On my next weekend leave we chose the engagement
ring and with the help and advice of the jeweller we selected an
impressive emerald to replace the original amethyst in a marquise
setting of 24 diamonds. I slid it onto my future wife’s finger during
a midnight carol service on 24th. December 1958 at which our friend
was officiating vicar. We were married the following March with
full military regalia and Guard of Honour. Five months from start
to finish!

The pen I mounted on velvet in a frame I made
as a romantic memento of a memorable evening 45 years ago.

Last January, the ring was given to our son as his engagement ring
for his fancee and has now married.Who knows, it could continue
to be passed on to their future generations with an ever increasing
fairy tale to tell.

Peter Slaney,

Ivybridge, UK


The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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