Will You Marry Me? Oops, let me get right back to you on that.


Ziamond gets e-mails daily about all kinds of unique and unusual jewelry related stories from our industry associates and customers. But this story was one that we had to relate on the Ziamond Blog, it is most certainly one for the record books.

LONDON (Reuters) – It is the one moment every man wants to get right — and which London floor-fitter Lefkos Hajji could hardly have got more wrong.

The luckless 28 year-old’s dreams of giving his sweetheart, Leanne, 26, the ultimate proposal have literally vanished into thin air. Hajji, of Hackney, east London, had concealed a $12,000 diamond engagement ring inside a helium balloon. The idea was that she would pop the balloon as he popped the question.

But as he left the shop, a gust of wind pulled the balloon from his hand and he watched the ring — and quite possibly the affections of his girlfriend — sailing away over the rooftops.

“I couldn’t believe it,” he told The Sun newspaper.

“I just watched as it went further and further into the air.

“I felt like such a plonker. It cost me a fortune and I knew my girlfriend would kill me.”

Hajji spent two hours in his car trying to chase and find the balloon, without success.

“I thought I would give Leanne a pin so I could literally pop the question,” he said.

“But I had to tell her the story — she went absolutely mad. Now she is refusing to speak to me until I get her a new ring.”

He is hoping the ring will still turn up.

“It would be amazing if someone found it,” he added. (Reporting by Peter Apps. Editing by Steve Addison)

There are many lessons you can derive from this story, some obvious and some not so obvious. From Ziamond’s point of view, Hajji tried to get creative and his thoughts and sentiments were all good. For his girlfriend to get upset was not so cool. Tell you what Hajji…next time consider an engagement ring from Ziamond. The benefits of a Ziamond ring are numerous and needless to say that if it was lost, you would not have such a calamity on your hands. And oh yeah, if your girlfriend was that upset after hearing a marriage proposal was eminent, you may want to reconsider some priorities in your relationship, just a thought.

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