This summer, in the midst of a global pandemic, Canadian jeweler Birks launched a contest to celebrate today’s everyday heroes: our essential and frontline Workers. To enter, participants were asked to share their love story or the story of a friend or family member. At least one of the individuals in the couple had to be a first responder or essential worker. After receiving thousands of entries from across the country, three couples received their dream engagement rings in the signature Birks engagement ring bell box and, the best news of all? All three couples are now officially engaged! Here are their incredible love stories, courtesy of Birks. —Vita Daily
alisa and harold. Harold is an intensive care nurse from British Columbia working at both Vancouver General Hospital and for the Canadian Armed Forces. He works with those who are the most vulnerable, including COVID-19 positive patients. As Harold’s now-fiancé Alisa was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease last year, Harold must completely sanitize himself after working 13 hours shifts when he returns home each day. Alisa and Harold got engaged on a Sunday in late October at the University of British Columbia Rose Garden. Harold surprised Alisa with a detailed scavenger hunt that ended with an engagement on one knee. He proposed with a Birks 1879 Round Solitaire Engagement Ring in Yellow Gold.
andrea and rebecca. Andrea, a customs officer at Pearson International Airport in Ontario, and Rebecca, a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph’s Hospital, have both been working on the frontlines during the pandemic. After 10 to 12 hour shifts, their days do not end until they sanitize their belongings, shower, stow away their work clothes for laundering and prepare for the next day. Like many others, since early 2020, they have isolated from friends and family. While it has been difficult to miss events and milestones, they are thankful for their time together. Transforming a local Toronto café into a mini gallery with personal photos and messages, Andrea proposed to Rebecca with a Birks Rosée du Matin Round Solitaire Diamond Engagement Ring with a Platinum Diamond Band.
jeanne and frédéric. Frédéric, a construction project manager, and Jeanne, a pharmacist at Pierre-Boucher Hospital in Quebec, chose to spend months apart from each other to protect their loved ones and Jeanne’s patients during the pandemic. After 11 years together, their relationship relied on video calls and socially distanced walks. Finally, in June, they became owners of their very first home and were reunited. Frédéric proposed to Jeanne with a Birks 1879 Round Solitaire Single Halo Engagement Ring with a Platinum Diamond Band in a forest outside of Montreal.