So, because of the spontaneity of how the engagement came about, Mike had to think fast on his feet with getting an engagement ring in a matter of days. With the help of our friend Naz, he picked out this gem of a ring from Catbird, a unique little shop in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn that specializes in jewelry from local artists and designers. (If the Decemberists were to open a jewelry store, this would be it.)
The ring is handmade by Katrina Lapenne, an “Old World” 14k setting with a rose-cut white diamond from India.
And talk about slick: as the whole “prank” was going down, Mike sends me an email with a picture of the ring, telling me how Shaun (the friend on whom the prank was being played) needed to think I was getting this ring. So I respond by saying, wow, that’s a hell of a ring! Little did I know I was actually going to get it. But Mike succeeded in getting confirmation that his choice of engagement ring was to earn him an A+.