6) The Fixer Upper

Tony and I had been together for 6 years and both
knew we wanted to marry each other one day. The day of the proposal
started like any ordinary Monday. I went to work, after a long day
came home and did all the usual things in between. Tony and I had
recently purchased a "fixer-upper" house together and
were in the middle of remodeling the entire house. Today, like many
other days, we were headed to the house to work on one of our projects.
Tony went to the house first and I would meet up with him a bit
later because I had a few errands to run.

When I got to the house Tony was working in what was to become our
bedroom. Inside the bedroom closet was a panel. This panel covered
a hole that provided access to the plumbing for the adjacent bathroom.
We had talked about removing the old panel and replacing it with
a freshly painted one. Today was the day we would tackle that


As I entered to bedroom I noticed Tony had gathered his tools on
the floor to remove the panel. He mumbled something about was I
ready to witness the removing the panel and after a few tugs the
panel came off the wall. The opening revealed some plumbing pipes,
insulation and an antique box wedged in between the copper pipes.

I was speechless. We both looked at each other with bulging eyes
and Tony slowly removed the small wood box. He laid it on the floor
in front of me and motioned for me to look inside. My heart was
racing as thoughts of what could be in the box danced in my brain.
I was completely engrossed by this newfound treasure. We had some
knowledge that an elderly man had owned the home for most of its
45 years and I was sure this was a "buried treasure" he
had purposefully hidden.

I anxiously opened the box to find it filled
with jewelry. I slowly pulled each necklace, bracelet and earring
out of the box examining every one for value and age. Tony says
I took forever looking thru the box. I finally reached the bottom
of the box to discover a small ring box. At this point all hopes
of "treasure" had diminished as I had estimated all the
jewelry to be old costume pieces. I opened the box to discover a
beautiful ring, however, I remember thinking, "Oh, that one’s
fake too." At that very moment I looked at Tony who was down
on one knee and his face said it all. He was shaking and sweating.
I knew this was the moment. He proposed and I accepted.

Jaime Pearson,

Portage, MI


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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