RAPAPORT... Lazare Kaplan International Inc. announced the three finalists from their pre-holiday contest, whose fates are now in the hands of their friends, family and the general public to win a grand prize of an “ideal” cut, laser-inscribed Lazare Diamond ring. After a month of submissions from across the country, a panel of judges selected three finalists based upon their unique and heartfelt stories. Now through November 6, the public is invited to vote to determine who the lucky couple will be that ultimately wins The Lazare Diamond Carlotta ring. Voting takes place on contest.lazarediamonds.com, as well as on the Lazare Diamond Facebook page.
After the final round of voting, the finalists head to their local participating Lazare Diamond retailers (Bachendorf’s in Plano, Texas; Roberson’s Fine Jewelry in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Long Jewelers in Virginia Beach, Virginia), where the Grand Prize will be awarded to one lucky winner.
''We have enjoyed reading all of the ideal engagement stories that were submitted for The Lazare Diamond 4C’s App contest,'' said Marcee Feinberg, the vice president of Lazare Kaplan International. ''Each of the three finalists the judges chose are deserving of The Carlotta Ring and we look forward to seeing who the public picks.''
Lazare Kaplan named the finalists as:
John Sarver from Texas who wrote, ''It would be this November. Jessica and I regularly go on walks in the evenings in a neighborhood near campus and near our houses. We would walk as we normally did, until we came across a cute perfect first home. Unknown to her, I’ve bought it for her. We would walk inside the house, which would be lit by white Christmas lights and candles. Each room would be decorated to represent different stages and a timeline of our relationship, furnished with pictures and memorabilia I’ve saved (tickets, notes, etc.). In the last room of the house, I would explain the progression of our relationship and say that I’m ready to marry her and where I want to take us in life, and ask her to marry me. Lastly, we’d walk to the back yard where her family would be and our closest friends ready to celebrate the engagement. Winning the Lazare Diamond would free me up to buy the house for her.''
Tiffany Dover from Arkansas wrote, ''My husband gave me the ideal proposal and I couldn’t have asked for more. My husband is in the army and we were engaged before his tour in Iraq started. During his first month in Iraq, I received two boxes from him in the same day. One box said to open it first, so I did. It had a DVD in it, so I put it in the DVD player, and there was my husband telling me all kinds of lovely things and he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. The other box contained a ring. Of course I said yes. That was most definitely the most romantic proposal ever.''
Allison Maliniak from Virginia wrote, ''My boyfriend and I are high school sweethearts. We have been together for five years now. We met in high school German class. One of the many discussions we had while first dating was how I have never been in/on a plane. My life has been stuck on the East coast peninsula of Virginia. My boyfriend had the amazing opportunity to travel to Germany and Switzerland in high school. I was so sad that my family could not afford the trip. He promised that one day he would take me there. Well, that dream is coming true. In a few short months we are headed to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. My dream/ideal proposal would be in the beautiful Lucerne, Switzerland looking at the mountains after a morning run through the city. Hopefully this dream proposal will come true with my handsome future husband.''