Maria: I've always called Gary my "diamond in the snow." We met when we were a bit older than usual, and we consider ourselves very lucky that I found him! We love celebrating our wedding anniversary, and early on we got in the habit of using the "traditional gifts" for each year as a guideline. It's fun and it makes us stretch a bit outside the box to come up with ideas. This year was our 10th anniversay. Guess what we got to find for each other! Aluminum, tin and - drum roll - diamonds!
Gary: Diamonds, believe it or not, were the easiest gift for me to work with. We don't like to break the bank for our anniversary present, but there are a lot of jewelery choices with modest prices. I went with basic quarter carat diamond stud earrings for Maria, something like these:
Maria: My earrings are beautiful and I am wearing them right now! Well, diamonds might have been easy for Gary, but they were the hardest one for me! Gary's not really a jewelry type of guy - his gold band wedding ring, the watch his dad gave him years ago, and an occasional tie clip on the rare occasions he wears a tie. That about does it. So, I tried to expand the idea of "diamond." We love baseball, so something related to a baseball diamond? No, that didn't quite work. A cute picture book called Diamond in the SnowChildren's Mammal Books)? I liked that idea, but I read the book and it was not quite right. I would have loved to write Gary a poem because he has composed so many songs and poems for me. But the creative juices just wouldn't flow. What to do, what to do? Time was ticking away.
Gary: Yes, yes, I can't bear the suspense....
Maria: I had started looking early, but was running out of time. I finally just decided to go with an actual diamond, but I was hoping to find something somewhat subdued. My first thought was a tie clip with a simple diamond on it. I found a nice one on Etsy, but I had not allowed enough time for it to come all the way from Israel! Sigh. Oh well, I thought. I'll hit the jewelry stores. It will be better to see it in person anyway. Well, surprise, surprise. Not one of the seven or eight shops I visited carried any tie clips with diamonds. A nice sales person suggested a watch with diamonds. Hmm. I had never considered a watch because Gary is still quite happy to wear the handsome watch his dad gave him some years before he passed away. However, I thought, maybe that would work. A nice dressy watch for special occasions. In the end that's what I chose, but not without some angst. I wanted diamonds, but not showy diamonds. I wanted the fewest possible diamond so it wouldn't look too bling-y. And, of course, it couldn't break the bank! I finally found one that I thought was almost just right. It's a Bulova with a stainless steel band, black face and three diamonds (at 3, 9 and 12 o'clock).
I was still unsure, and worried that Gary would think it was "too much" in the sense of "too out there." But I do believe he liked it!
Gary: No, Sweetheart, I don't like it - I love it! And I love you, my best anniversary present :-).