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Charles & Colvard

Charles & Colvard Jewelry - socially & environmentally responsible jewelry - Keiko Lynn

Charles & Colvard Jewelry - socially & environmentally responsible jewelry - Keiko Lynn

Charles & Colvard Jewelry - socially & environmentally responsible jewelry - Keiko Lynn

My outfit details:

Storets Blouse

thrifted skirt

Vince Camuto heels

Charles and Colvard Forever One Round Moissanite Heart Necklace

Charles and Colvard Forever One Round Moissanite Two Stone Fashion Ring

Charles and Colvard Forever One Oval Moissanite Split Shank Fashion Ring

Charles & Colvard Jewelry - socially & environmentally responsible jewelry - Keiko Lynn

Charles & Colvard Jewelry - socially & environmentally responsible jewelry - Keiko Lynn

Bobby and I teamed up with Charles and Colvard, the original creator of moissanite (a lab-created gemstone with more brilliance than diamond), to showcase their gorgeous, ethically and environmentally responsible fine jewelry and give some insight into our relationship. I have this weird thing about wearing jewelry on my right hand/arm, so all of my rings end up on my left hand. I just felt the need to make a disclaimer that I’m not wearing an engagement ring (someone always asks!) so please don’t think I’m trying to sneak anything past you! There’s a time for that in our future, but I don’t feel the need to put a time stamp on mile markers. If you’re planning on being with someone forever, what’s the rush?

Moissanite is made from pure silicon carbide, and its refractive properties exceed that of the diamond.

We’ve been together for about a decade, but Bobby and I met when we were 18. It was anything but love at first sight, but we became instant friends. That friendship went strong for several years before there were ever feelings beyond our platonic bond. I know a lot of people want to believe that there was always something there, that we just didn’t see it, but the truth is this: we were young, we were different, we were not interested in one another — yet. We were not yet evolved, not yet compatible, not yet ready for a lifelong commitment. We were buddies and had so much fun together, but the spark didn’t come until much later, past several years of seeing one another through other relationships and breakups. It may sound strange to say this, but I’m so grateful for that. If we would have dated at 18, we wouldn’t have been ready for one another. We would have fumbled through awkward first dates and getting to know each other under very different circumstances. The pressure of dating can lead to false [early] impressions, whereas our friendship gave us a solid foundation to build upon.

This moissanite heart necklace reminds me so much of my treasured heart charm that I had as a child. What makes this one unique: from gem to metal to construction and suppliers, all have to meet Charles and Colvard’s high ethical and environmental standards.

Of course, when you date your best friend, there is no real “dating” — it’s basically a full on relationship from day one. We already knew the good, the bad, and the really embarrassing, and had a pretty good idea of what our relationship would be like. We skipped the dating and went straight to a life together, and since we jumped a few steps, I’ve always wanted to take everything else slowly. To treat our relationship as an adventure with lots of great stops along the way, instead of jumping straight to the destination. And with my best friend by my side, what a fun adventure it is.

Thank you to Charles and Colvard for partnering with us on this post. See more of their socially and environmentally responsible, luxurious jewelry here.

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  1. Eva says:

    In love with these pictures. So much fun and you both look amazing.
    Love your look too, especially the upper.

    xxx, Eva

  2. Mary Kate says:

    I also, after years of being friends, started dating my best guy friend, and it’s just how you describe: full-blown relationship overnight! We unfortunately figured out we weren’t right for each other after three years, and even though I miss him, I don’t have any regrets. Nothing ventured, nothing gained and all of that. And it’s so refreshing to hear you’re not in a rush to get engaged. When I did find the right guy for me, we waited about 5 years to get engaged and people asking “Is anything wrong?” all the time because we weren’t engaged yet got so irritating. We move at our own pace, that doesn’t make us any less in love than people who immediately jump into engagements and marriages. Best of luck to you guys <3

  3. MissMerry says:

    marriage can be a stop, it doesn’t HAVE to be the destination.
    it’s all in how you look at it, and to each their own.

  4. Tina says:

    Th center stone in my engagement ring is by Charles and Colvard! I have a soft ( or hard!) place in my heart for lab created stones because I work in the science industry, made even more special by the fact that my fiancé and I met while working in the silicone field. Moissanite definitely appeals to my “be kind to Mother Earth” mentality so I’m glad the fiancé was able to work that into something that I’ll cherish forever. Wishing you two many happy years ahead 🙂

  5. Devin says:

    Love this! 100% relate to your relationship.

    My fiancé and I have been together for nearly a decade and are high school sweethearts. We’re holding off on our wedding for a couple more years, because what’s the rush? We’re not going anywhere 😉


  6. Gaby says:

    Hi Keiko, what lipstick are you wearing in these photos? 🙂

  7. Heather says:

    My husband and I were close friends prior to dating.
    We too also met when we were 18/19 yrs old. He was literally my next store neighbor in my freshman dorm building. Just like you and Bobby we knew each other’s everything from relationships, likes, embarrassing moments. I too am glad nothing was kicked off when we first met. I think you are totally right that it took us to grow to be together. And I must say that going from friends into a relationship is a little awkward too. Because there is no dating. We went on a first date together and it was awkward and funny bc we already knew each other so there was no so tell me about yourself moment. But I wouldn’t trade that moment for anything.

    Love this post. And you guys are so cute together.

  8. Lauren says:

    I relate to this too. My husband and I met at 15, reconnected in college and became good friends, then started dating at 19 and, like you, jumped straight into a relationship since there was no need to get to know each other. We knew we wanted to get married very quickly, but waited 6 years and have now been together for 11, married for 5. Being married really didn’t feel any different to us, but I was surprised by how differently people treated us and our relationship, as if marriage was some sign of maturity.