There are certain colors that are fixed in my memory, that I feel I can see even when my eyes are closed. While I’ve always loved living close to water, the Atlantic Ocean in Florida when I was young and the Chesapeake Bay while I was in college, it wasn’t until I came to the Amalfi Coast that I fell in love with the color of the sea. One of the reasons it that it changes so dramatically along the coastline from shades of light green to deep turquoise to an almost electric blue.
There’s a deep blue that is my personal favorite, and the spot that always takes my breath away is off the coast of Positano near the Li Galli islands. I could get lost in that color of the sea. While a photo doesn’t be to do it justice, I took the photo above yesterday near the Li Galli islands on a beautiful, clear day.
This color blue will never escape my memory for a new and very happy reason. Would you like to know the big news?
My boyfriend asked me the night before my birthday, and gave me a beautiful sapphire and diamond ring. What an emotion! You can see the ring there … so of course I said yes. It has been quite an adventure over the past four and a half years since we met, and I’m so happy to see where life will lead us next! Yesterday on the boat, I looked down at the ring on my finger and realized that the sun sparkling on the sapphire made it the same deep blue color of the sea that I love so much. I know the photo above isn’t very clear, but I’ll take some better shots soon and share them along with all of the stories to come. I am deeply happy and excited for this new adventure, and very grateful for having so many dear friends and family to share with it along the way!
Thank you, Saretta! 🙂
Dotti G says
Congratulations on your engagement. You ring is so beautiful – love the color.
Thank you, Dotti! 🙂
Erin :: EAT.PRAY.MOVE Yoga says
CONGRATS! Beautiful ring for a beautiful lady in a beautiful setting 🙂
Lisa at Wanderlust Women says
Auguriiiiiii, ancora. I was waiting to see when you would break your silence 🙂
Grazie, Lisa! Would have done it sooner, but was waiting for the right way. The day out on the boat was the inspiration I needed!
Congratulations! That is wonderful news. I wish you much happiness and lots of blue bubbles of happiness.
Thank you, Sheila!!! 🙂
Nicole Watson says
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful engagement story and the picture of your ring! It is unique and elegant, just like you. 🙂 All the best to you, dear friend. I’m so glad you followed your heart!
Thank you, Nicole! You know the story from the very beginning … and I truly appreciate your friendship and support through everything!! Your sweet words mean so very much to me. Thank you!!!
Congratulations – I love the comparison of the color of the sapphire to the color of the sea – so beautiful!
Thank you, Denise!! I had thought about it before, but hadn’t fully realized how similar the colors were until I was out in the sun on a boat last week. It just sparkled as if it was happy to be out of the shop and full of life! 🙂
Beautiful…the sea, the post, the ring, and your news! 🙂 Auguroni!
Thank you so much, Valerie!! 🙂
Tanti auguri a voi!!!!!!!!!!
Grazie tantissimo, Sharon!!!! 🙂
LindyLouMac in Italy says
I know I have already Congratulated you both but no harm in doing so again here! I love your ring but probably because it is I also have a sapphire and diamond engagement ring 🙂 Buon Ferragosto xx
Thank you, Linda! I loved hearing that you also have a sapphire and diamond engagement ring. How fun! I love the significance of the sapphire as an engagement ring, and it’s fun how this ring has made me want to learn more about jewelry design in the 60s and the revival or Art Deco designs. It might just be the perfect ring for an art historian that has a weak spot in her heart for Art Deco everything! 🙂
Congratulations! I’m a new reader, visiting from Michelle’s site, Bleeding Espresso, but even so, I’m happy for you and I love the comparison between your beautiful ring and the deep blue of the sea there. I’m a newlywed too – in my 50’s so I know engagements are always a giddy, happy thing.
The Empty Nest Mom
Thank you so much, Barbara! I’m so happy you introduced yourself and shared your blog. I just popped over for a read, and I look forward to following! Thank you for kind words and wishes. And congratulations right back at you for your recent marriage!! 🙂
Congratulations! That dream I had of you was not so far off after all…
Thank you, Rosa! Yes … but no plans for the other part to come true. 😉
Congrats Laura and Buon Ferragosta to you and your boyfriend, we are not long home from another wonderful holiday in Atrani and planning a longer stay next year. Wish we were back in bella Italia, its the usual rain rain and more rain here in Ireland I’m afraid 🙁
Ciao Una! I was thinking about you this summer and hoping you were enjoying a beautiful time in Atrani. The weather has been unusually great this summer, but it’s getting really sticky again now. Let’s swap … the garden could use a bit of your rain rain rain since we haven’t had any in too long to remember. Happy you’ll be staying longer next year!
Would swap right now Laura, I think you have the best deal although I do live in the beautiful County Waterford here in Ireland and love my home. Ideally six months of the year in Italy, May – Oct. would suit me perfectly. Maybe someday!!! Enjoy rest of Summer. Ciao 🙂
Thanks sounds like the ideal set up, Una! 🙂
Congratulations on your engagement! What a gorgeous ring! I love blue.
Why thank you, Caroline! 🙂
Woo hoo!!! Yayyyy!!! Auguriiii!! Bells and honks!!
Wonderful news! I’m sorry to be late in wishing you my warmest and happiest congratulations.
That is one spectacular rock! We must celebrate.
I’m thinking of stealing a few days from work and prizing myself with a Positano escape in September. Thsi time you have no excuse to jump on a ferry and meet us there.
Prepare the champagne,
Ciao Eleonora! You are so sweet … thank you for your kind words!! 🙂 Would LOVE to see you and celebrate in Positano in September. Just tell me when and I’ll be there with the bells on!! 🙂 A presto, Laura