Tales Of Engagement

Eat. Pray. Love

It all began in 2014 with an Instagram post of an empty plate at a Thanksgiving Day table. Every year Cassi, a Pre-K teacher in Maryland, lays out an empty place setting for all the brave men and women serving overseas who can’t be home for the holidays.

Cassi was just doing what she could do to acknowledge those who often get forgotten. But thousands of miles away a soldier in Afghanistan named Vincent saw the post and became fascinated to know more about the person who always had a place for men like him at her table. She, in turn, was curious about the service man that was so moved by the gesture.

Their digital connection was instant, as if they were old friends who had known each other for a lifetime.

After months of getting to know each other, they decided to take the leap into the real world and meet for the first time. In exactly seven days both of them knew they were destined to be together . His certainty was so deep that Vincent knew in less than a year that he would follow Cassi anywhere. When he learned that Cassi was planning a trip around Europe, he decided to do just that.

Vincent surprised Cassi by joining her as she at Downhill Beach, Ireland, even more so when he proposed with a Gabriel & Co ring. Vincent heard the magic word right when she took his hand on that cold bright beach and said "Yes", and together they traveled to the back roads of Poland, across natural splendor of Germany and to the handsome cities of the Czech Republic.

All along the way, Vincent took pictures of her leading the way, wanting the world to remember them holding hands as they embraced life's other surprises and uncertainties of a future together.

"Having Vinny in my life means it is always going to be an adventure! He makes me realize that a life without challenges is not what I want. Getting the privilege to marry this man means we will always have the next adventure to plan," said Cassi.

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Lost Engagement Ring

Losing an engagement ring is every woman in love's nightmare.  Sadly, for Ciara, it became her reality.    "I went running one night and when I got home I look down and realized I had lost my rings," she said, "Me and my husband, who recently proposed after returning home from a nine month deployment in Afghanistan, looked everywhere.  I have never prayed over a material object as I did during these two days, because the ring was more than that. It had come from my soulmate. I was heart broken and devastated."  

Spent and exhausted, Ciara posted on every yard-sale website here in Clarksville. Her message was simple. "If there are any good people left in this world, my wedding bands & engagement ring were lost last weekend...Please, please be a good soul and turn it in. I'm hoping it turns up. My husband and I have looked for 2 days now." Ciara also emailed all the local news websites, lost / found pages and soon had hundreds of people sharing her story across social media. 

That same day, a woman in Clarksville found a ring in a parking lot.  Naturally, she didn't know to whom it belonged but she noticed two engravings inside the ring. The first said "Gabriel & Co."   The second engraving was a serial number.   EVERY GABRIEL & CO. ENGAGEMENT RING HAS A UNIQUE SERIAL NUMBER.  NO TWO RINGS ARE ALIKE. Because of what this woman - who prefers to remain anonymous - noticed, this story went from tragedy to triumph.  Knowing our brand, she reached out to Gabriel & Co. to help find the owner. She went directly to our Gabriel & Co. website and through it contacted one of our community managers, who received the message within the hour and immediately enlisted our social media and sales rep teams in order to track down the owner of the ring. The ring was traced to a Rogers & Hollands chain store in Tennessee. One of the store clerks not only recognized the ring immediately, but remembered Ciara and how happy she had been to get it.

By the next morning not only had the ring been safely delivered to the Rogers & Holland store, but Ciara had been notified of its return. For Ciara it was an unforgettable experience. "I had stayed up till 6 am that morning keeping up with social media,' she recalled, "seeing if anyone had heard anything. I finally fell asleep at 10am, awakening to discover I had a missed call on my phone. Little did I know it was my local Jewelry store calling to tell me "Ciara, we have your ring".  I broke down in tears of joy.  I couldn't believe it had been returned! Me and Brandon now joke we already have the best bedtime story to tell our future children,"

Had the ring bore another brand name, it's unlikely Ciara and Brandon would be the bearers of such a happy bedtime story.  Each engagement ring's inscribed individual serial number  is Gabriel & Co's way of helping a couple fulfill the promise of eternal love.   It is a commitment we take seriously. It is a commitment that sets Gabriel & Co. apart from all other creators of bridal jewelry. We couldn't be more proud of this singular reputation.  And we couldn't be more pleased to know that because of our commitment, Ciara will never forget that the return of her ring  was "One of the best days of my life!"

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A Silicon Valley Love Story

For decades Carrie has been an innovator and pioneer in technology. Tony was a powerful and dedicated man in the fray of Silicon Valley’s tech scene. They often traveled in similar social circles, often at the same event, but perhaps too involved in the furthering of their own careers to have met.

However, both of them shared many of the same passions and both had children in their early twenties from previous long-term relationships. They were coming from the similar places in life, so perhaps it was the right time for Carrie and Tony to take a chance on each other.

Like many modern love stories, it was a different aspect of technology that helped bridge that gap. "We actually met on Match.com but were living only about 2 miles apart. I'm not sure we would have ever met otherwise," said Carrie. "It was instant attraction and admiration". After only 6 months, they were spending all our free time together.

Tony decided he was going to sweep her off her feet while working and traveling.

"Last year, we went to Europe," said Carrie. "We were able to work there and also take vacation time. On our trip to Venice, Tony asked me to marry him. I had a specific vision in mind for my ring. and Tony wanted me to have exactly what I wanted. When we got back home, we started our search for my ring. After many months of looking, we found both the stone and the setting in the same weekend, but at different places."

Carrie and Tony found Gabriel & Co. after an extensive search for the perfect setting. Instead of a diamond Carrie chose a large Portuguese cut sapphire. Tony is a Portuguese developer after all, so it only seemed fitting. Tony is from the country of Portugal and is a software developer. They chose a sapphire that is called a Portuguese Cut Sapphire. It matches up nicely. They intend to keep it in the family forever as proof that love happens, even when it takes it time.

"For both of us, we pinch each other every day because we cannot believe how perfect we are for each other,” says Carrie. “We are more in love every day and when we are apart we cannot wait to be back together. Others may think this is strange or corny. Maybe before I met Tony, I would have thought so too. But now I believe that if you don’t feel this way, maybe you haven't found your perfect match. I know I have!"

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A Family Affair

Jon & Natalie their romance didn’t start with a bang or a flash. It began with friendly smiles and a whisper of possibility.

“When Jon and I first met it took him weeks to even say “Hi” to me but once he finally did, we hit it off immediately,” said Jon. Jon knew Natalie extremely well but wasn’t sure about her taste in engagement rings. Jon is a perfectionist in the best way possible. He is also very close with his family and included them in his plans.

“We had been dating for quite a while when his brother approached me and told me that he was planning to surprise his wife with a new ring for their anniversary but had no idea what kind of ring she wanted. He asked me to help him out in finding the perfect ring,” she said.

Together they did a little digging on Pinterest to get some ideas for his wife’s gift. She wasn’t suspicious but it did strike her as a little odd that he was so confident in her opinion.

“Every time I brought him suggestions, he would ask what I liked best. He insisted that I would know better than he would, which ring to go with. I was really hesitant about giving my opinion because what I loved might not be what she loved, but he was very reassuring when I offered my insight. We picked out every detail together from the cut and size of the center stone to the gorgeous classic setting it would be placed it. When I saw the finished product, it took my breath away. I have to admit I was little jealous because the ring was pretty much my dream ring that I had helped him create,” she said.

It isn’t hard to imagine what happened next. For Natalie it was like a dream, one that seemed to be taking a lot longer to be realized than she thought. She really wanted to see her sister-in-law get that ring and make sure she got it right.

“Two months went by and he still hadn't given her the ring when his family planned a camping trip out of town. I just knew this would be when he did it because he rarely took time off work to go on trips and with the whole family gathered, it would be the perfect opportunity,” said Natalie. “On Saturday during our trip my boyfriend told me he wanted to go hiking. I was a little irritated, he wanted to go off on this hike and pull me away because I was worried I would miss the special moment but he insisted that we go. We found a beautiful trail and after hiking for a few minutes we climbed a rock that looked out over the whole mountain. When we got to the top Jon pulled out a book and handed it to me. It was blank inside except for a note he had written saying, "This is the story we will write together for the rest of our lives." I thought it was such a beautiful gesture and started to hug him when all of a sudden he dropped to one knee and pulled out THE RING I had created and asked me to spend forever with him.”

Natalie was in the best kind of shock. She said, “Wait, what?" out loud multiple times as Jon explained that she had been designing her own ring. He knew the best way was for her to make it and think it was for someone else. That way he could give her exactly what she wanted, which is what he hoped to do for the rest of his life. “When I realized he was serious I immediately began crying. I think I said yes at some point. The ring is my dream ring from Gabriel & Co. and I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful symbol of love,” said Natalie.

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