Union: An act or instance of uniting two or more things into one.
September 30th, 2001 – My husband and I formed a union by marrying each other on this momentous day.
August 2010 – Mark Broumand formed a union by blending two very special pieces of jewelry my husband gave me during the early days of our relationship.
My husband, Rick, took me shopping in the downtown Los Angeles jewelry district exactly three times. The first time, he allowed me to select a gemstone for my 28th birthday (shortly before our engagement). I chose a bright pink oval tourmaline which he had set in a lovely by that jeweler into simple diamond halo setting. The second time he took me to the jewelry district, we selected my engagement ring which still adorns my left hand today. The third time, we selected a cocktail diamond cluster ring to celebrate our second wedding anniversary and the birth of our first child (we have now been blessed with three children after almost nine years of marriage).
As time went on and my jewelry tastes evolved, I longed to “marry” two of these jewelry items that have been so meaningful to me – the pink tourmaline ring Rick gave me on my birthday & the diamond cocktail ring he gave me on our second anniversary.
I recently took the two rings to a local jeweler in my area who gave me puzzled look about the idea of blending the two rings. The price they quoted me was quite outrageous by any economically conscientious person’s standards and they told me I’d be better off by doing a completely different type of project. Did they not understand the sentimental nature of my request?
But Mark Broumand (whose jewelry I had been admiring for the past several months ever since my dear friend Kathy found her ideal diamond thru his website) was undaunted by my request and completely up for the task. “I have done projects like this before”, he said with complete confidence and reassurance. He further explained that he’d have a computer rendering executed in no time & even went thru a couple of “drafts” until it matched my vision. I was so very pleased with the high end craftsmanship (and I have developed some serious standards over the past few years) and the reasonable price. And here’s the end result… My RINGUNION!