By Michelle Graff

I'm off to New Hope, Pa., to attend the wedding of a dear friend, one of my housemates from my mostly memorable days at Ohio University.

This wedding is just one of the many I have been involved with this year.

In each case, helping my friends with their jewelry dilemmas left me with a nice feeling, knowing I could use what I learned at this job to guide people through what can be a confusing and intimidating process.

In the case of my friend, who is marrying another OU Bobcat, I swam through one of the downpours that defined New York in June to Tejani's showroom, where I pointed out the set of bangles (costume, unlike like the fine pieces pictured here from the Diamond Information Center’s recent display) that she ultimately ended up getting.  WeddingDay_7526

She was looking at a cuff but, in the end, we decided the bangles would get more after-wedding use, as they can be broken down and worn individually or in smaller sets.

Around this same time, I was working my magic back in the office for more friends, a couple from my rec-league soccer team who decided it was time to take the plunge.

After many phone calls and e-mails back and forth, I helped hook them up with an exquisite 1-carat, E-color, cushion-cut stone, and they found the perfect setting for that stone at New York’s Greenwich Jewelers, which was also my recommendation.

This couple kindly took my boyfriend and I out for a completely unnecessary but totally appreciated thank-you dinner.

While, as previously blogged, I am not a big engagement ring person, I do have to say the stone looked gorgeous and was a perfect fit for her more antique-style setting.  

No word yet on what this friend wants to wear accessories-wise on her wedding day, which is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 3.

As a side note, I am hoping this super-fun affair doesn’t conflict with another important set of fall nuptials, the wedding of my brother Jason, set for this fall in Boston.

The affair is so small—just immediate family—that no date has been set, but I’ll be going all Diane Keaton at the affair as the best woman.

(The bride's sister will be the maid of honor, while their brother is going to act as the officiant. This wedding is about as efficient and low-key as it gets.)

So far, Jason hasn't asked me to go jewelry shopping with him but, knowing my brother, my guess is he isn’t too pressed about what he’s going to wear.

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