Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho’s wedding is just 7 days away. Just a couple of days ago, Belo posted a photo of her sparkling diamond engagement ring on her Instagram account.
The Belo Medical Group founder wrote this message to accompany the photo: “This engagement ring is beautiful but what’s more beautiful is the love story behind it. 9 more days ’til we say I do♥️ #aKHOandmyBELOved #belobride #RoadToIDo”
At first we thought the ring was made by top jeweller Harry Winston, with the trademark “Classic Winston”, as many people also assumed because of its design. It’s described as an “emerald-cut engagement ring with tapered baguette side stones” set on a platinum band.
That kind of Harry Winston engagement ring is priced steeply, depending on how big the center stones are, which range from 1 to 3.5 carats. A Classic Winston with the emerald-cut diamond at 2.47 carats is now selling on Ebay for $68,500 or PHP3.5 million.
But a closer examination of the engagement ring shows that the inside of the band is engraved with the word Graff, a British jeweller based in London.
Graff was founded in 1960, a much younger brand compared to Harry Winston which was founded in 1932.
But like Harry Winston, Graff is known for its exquisite jewels. Billionaire and now US President Donald Trump gave his wife Melania a 12-carat Graff diamond ring which was said to be worth $2 million dollars, according to the dailymail.co.uk.
A look at the catalog of Graff shows that the ring is called a “Promise” Emerald cut. It is described as “A diamond centre stone is lovingly embraced by exquisitely positioned shoulders available in a variety of different cuts, classic or contemporary.”
Graff didn’t have a price tag on its catalog, just like high-end jewelers. But the price range is pretty much the same as the Classic Winston.
Vicki Belo nor Hayden Kho were discreet enough in not saying how many carats the engagement ring is, but guesses range from 2 carats to 15 carats.
But more important than the carats or the price of the engagement ring, is the love story of Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho.
Vicki and Hayden have been engaged way back December, 2010, five years after they met at the University of Sto. Tomas (UST) in 2005.
Hayden Kho was a 25-year old medical student when they met, while Vicki Belo was 48, already with an established name and a chain of medical clinics by then.
Though they were engaged in 2010, it took them a long time to finally tie the knot.
It was an on and off relationship, surrounded by many issues including the matter of trust, the 24-year age gap, and Vicki’s assessment of whether or not Hayden was really ready for marriage.
It could be recalled that Hayden got involved in a sex video scandal with Katrina Halili, which broke out in May 2009. Hayden attempted suicide shortly after that but got back together with Vicki Belo in 2010.
But finally the issues seemed to have been resolved.
Hayden is now a changed man, more spiritual, and mature.
Katrina Halili, Vicki Belo, and Hayden Kho all forgave each other in 2015, and put their painful episode behind them.
Vicki Belo’s fear of not being able to give Hayden a child because of her age has also been overcome, with the reproductive technology of in vitro fertilization. Now the couple has a beautiful and smart baby named Scarlet Snow Belo, who now has 1.3 million followers on Instagram.
Their new roles as parents of Scarlet Snow Belo must have weighed heavily in their decision to take their relationship to the next level.
Vicki Belo, age 61 and Hayden Kho, age 37, finally announced in April that they have decided to get married in Paris, France in September.
But last June 21, they suddenly had a civil wedding which surprised everyone, including Vicki Belo’s son, Quark Henares. The civil wedding ceremony was officiated by Mayor Abby Binay of Makati.
Nevertheless, Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho’s wedding in Paris is now just a week away. And for the past weeks, the excited bride ang groom have been posting on social media, their preparations for the grand wedding happening soon.
Vicki Belo’s post about her engagement ring must be a reminder of all the trials that their 12-year relationship has gone through.
Like the diamond engagement ring, Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho’s relationship has withstood the test of time.
Update (September 4, 2017): Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho wedding