Engagement Rings

The Rock: Real Ring Stories | Avani and Avik: An “AV” Club of Two

The Challenge
She’s a pro

We all know about wedding planners, but did you know there are also proposal planners, people who will tell you how to pop the question in the most romantic way possible? Now imagine that the person you’re presenting with a ring is herself a professional proposal planner. Talk about pressure: it’s like you’re performing on stage for the first time, and the only person in the audience is a professional drama critic. Such was the dilemma faced by Avik when he set his sights on Avani.

The Couple
Reserved boy meets carefree girl

Avik and Avani met online four years ago in a classic case of opposites attract. In Avani’s words, “I thought Avik was reserved and played life by the rules, whereas Avik thought I was outgoing and lived life to the fullest.” Avik was a third year GI fellow at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital, Avani was a marketer by day and the founder of Ever After Proposals by night. They had some ups and downs along the way, according to Avani: “We even hit the breaks and veered off course.” But in the end, they found their way back to each other.

The Ring
What’s your story?

Avik’s ring game started out pretty weak. He thought that “a ring was just a piece of metal and carbon to let other people know that Avani was taken.” Dude.

Luckily, he ran into an engagement ring designer named Zameer Kassam, who completely changed his outlook. Zameer showed him that his ring could tell a story, the story of Avik’s past, present, and future relationship with Avani.

Zameer helped Avik come up with a ring that was full of references to Avani and their relationship. The final creation—a round solitaire diamond-banded ring—includes:

  • Four gemstones representing the month the couple met (May), the month Avik knew he wanted to marry Avani (June), and each of their birthday months (August and December);
  • “Av2” engraved on the bridge on the ring. A reference to the first letters of their names, Avani likes to draw this symbol in the sand whenever they go on vacation;
  • Hindi phrases, one of which that translates to “forever and ever;”
  • A total of 21 stones, representing the month and date that Avik proposed: October 11 (10+11=21).

The Ring: Decoded

The Presentation
The corn maze of happiness

Avik popped the question after taking Avani through a corn maze. Wait…what? A corn maze? Stay with us, it gets adorable. The couple lost their way, and even got separated a few times, but when Avani arrived at the end, she found the ground covered in flower petals and Avik down on one knee.  He told her that, like the corn maze, their relationship had taken some twist and turns. But from that forward, “they’d never walk alone.”

Awww. Mission accomplished: the professional proposal planner was suitably impressed, and the reserved GI doctor was an engaged man.

For information on Zameer Kassam, please visit zameerkassam.com or call 212 521 4215

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