They’ve arrived! The wedding rings are in-hand (but will have to wait 2 more weeks to settle on fingers).
We ordered the rings online via Gillett’s Jewellers – a company out of Australia that has a very slick Website with loads of helpful information regarding rings, wedding rings, different metals, various gems, etc.
We decided to go the online route as we – rather “I” – trust jewellers in China saying “it’s real” as much as I believe the DVD dealers that say the same. The fact is, it’s just too commonplace for jewellers here – even the ones that look respectable – to pawn off “plated” as “solid”. And sadly, I’m not up enough on my high school science to play Archimedes.
Ordering online was a snap. Gillett’s accepts PayPal, and so it was basically as simple as selecting the rings we wanted, customizing them to our specifics, and clicking “order”. The money was sucked from my bank account, funneled through PayPal – Zhao’s your uncle and we’ve got rings.
The only complicated thing was that the rings were shipped via FedEx and we moved on the day they were to be delivered. For some reason for us to change the delivery address the Shanghai office needed photocopies of passports, ID cards, ass cheeks, a blood and urine test, fingernail scrapings, a hair sample and an answer to a skill testing question. Lucky for us the Suzhou office just needed us to let them know that we’d pick it up at their office – which I did this morning.
I wasn’t sure what the duty would be, as this was the first time I bought something and had it delivered to China, but I was happy enough with the 10% they charged me. Actually, come to think about it – I think it was more like 8-9%, but perhaps my Chinese–>US conversions are off.
Our rings are quite simple yet unique, and I think in this way they well-represent us and our relationship. We bucked tradition and didn’t get gold, but instead went with titanium; light and strong (little symbolism for our love there). They are matching (but for size) and both feature a single, modest diamond.
Because of the move my camera and computer are in different parts of the city, but I managed to scam the picture here from the Gillett’s website. Ours are a little different as they have a satin finish on them to cut down on noticeable scratches that inevitably form through natural wear.
Two weeks today (incidentally, Valentine’s Day) we’ll be in Hainan! I can’t believe my family is going to be in China so soon.
Oh, and one more thing. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that’s taking part in the online stag and doe – we both really appreciate all your kindness. And remember, if you play the Goodie Raffle, please don’t forget to include what item(s) you want your tickets to go to in the provided box. Thanks again guys!