I stayed with his family for the weeks leading up to Christmas. I was using Pam's sewing machine to make her, Courtnee and Kat all really cute aprons as gifts. Pam had no idea that I was making her one and it was some what frustrating because Pam is a perfectionist. A couple of the fabrics I picked out to go with her apron had cream and one of them had white in it, this is bothersome to her, she thinks they clash :) She ended up loving her apron but I had to find a different fabric that didn't have white in it.
|Pam's apron, unfinished because the band had white.|
|Courtnee's nautical apron.|
|Kat's bollywood Christmas apron.|
|That's Beau looking out of the window.|
|That is Ryan's. Cute huh?|
|That is a bunch of hair.|
|I like it!|
|Beau on Christmas morning at the dog park, he was really happy, playing with the other Christmas dogs.|
|My attempt at a heart warming Christmas photo.|
|Kat loved her apron!|
|12:30 AM first birthday beer, in my Christmas pajamas!|
One day the UPS truck pulled up to our door with a package for me, it gave me butterflies, seeing a delivery truck at my door always meant Ryan. He bought a box of chocolates for me for my birthday. Chocolate on its own is a great gift, its not my favorite, I wouldn't call myself a real candy person but this box of chocolate was extra special. Ryan bought them from the very same little shop in Brussels, Belgium that we had visited in the summer. How adorable is that?
|Each one was so good I took five minutes to just savor it.|
You don't have to know Ryan for very long before you know what his stand on the diamond industry is and just about everything Ryan has a strong opinion on is because he is right. Diamonds fuel war, blood shed, child labor and are really not worth even a tenth of what they are priced at. So what is my ring made out of?
Its called moissanite. Moissanite has more fire, luster than diamonds, as seen in the picture above (moissanite on left.) It is actually more rare than diamonds and was discovered in a meteorite, its a space stone! Since they are so rare all moissanite stones are made in a laboratory in Arizona by Charles and Colvard. They are only controlled by one market and the price reflects their true worth, it is a lot cheaper than diamonds. The only way to tell moissanite from a diamond is by how flawless they are. These stones are flawless, have more fire, better cuts, colorless and on the hardness scale rank at 9.75 but are less likely to chip than a diamond which ranks at 10 on the hardness scale.
|14k white gold, five 0.25ct round stones.|
At first when I heard about moissanite I thought that people would think less of me because it wasn't a diamond, like it was an impostor like cubic zirconia. The truth is that it is its own stone. Its own beautiful, blood free, flawless stone. It took getting my ring to convince me but only because it is really hard to find jewelers who have it in their stores.
Now that I wear it everyday I am completely convinced, I would recommend it to anyone who is thinking about buying a diamond. Ryan bought my ring from moissaniteco.com, they are super nice people and able to make or do anything you want. I love my ring and I know that if you get one, you will too.