March 26th, 2008

Tip: Do not put your engagement ring in a balloon filled with helium

red balloonsSad story on Yahoo! News:
Honey, will you marry… Oh. Never mind…

“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 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 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)”

Take home message? While it’s romantic to put an engagement ring in a unique place as a surprise for your girl, it won’t be romantic if the ring gets lost. Nothing wrong with using a CZ in a setting as a temporary ring, even if you have to attach a sticker saying this ring is redeemable with a real diamond upon saying yes. Use your imagination, but be smart :)

7 Responses to “Tip: Do not put your engagement ring in a balloon filled with helium”

  1. diamondbest says:

    that was so sad., it nice to surprise your love one but that thing was so sad

  2. That is so funny and awful at the same time, I wish you’d gotten it back so you could laugh about it. I bet you still get embarrassed when you talk about it…

  3. Angela Yeung says:

    It seems like a joke. So important the engagement ring, must be put in a right and safe place or a steady circumstances. All must be under control. No any mistake to spoil everything. It’s really.

  4. Donald Eps says:

    Wow that’s a scary scenario. I have been thinking about a way to propose after buying my ring at Major Jewelers and think that had she popped the balloon it would have been one of the most original and successful proposals I have heard about. To be safe, I had the guys at Major hold onto my ring in their vault for me until I can figure out when and how to propose.

    They have been very good and even offered a couple proposal suggestions. They can be found at

  5. Jim says:

    Well, it’s been several months since this unfortunate incident. Has anyone heard if he got another ring and went on with the wedding, or if by some miracle the flying ring showed up somewhere?

    James Greene

  6. Marko says:

    I would lose that girl if she decides not to talk to you over a ring.

    Youre in for a divorce.

  7. confusedguy says:

    I agree with Marko. But of course love would still conquer you :) I’m going to propose to my girl next month. I’ve scored a good deal on a platinum setting princess cut ring that’s really really nice. I got it off from I’m planning to have it placed inside her wallet and have her pay for the dinner tab. I’ll be pretending that I forgot mine and then she should find that precious one tucked inside. I dunno I can’t think of anything else or any other creative way to propose.

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