Poulsbo man travels the country for engagement ring items
Buying an engagement ring is a big step in a relationship, but Christian Liden, 26, of Poulsbo, literally goes the extra mile to create the perfect engagement ring for his bride-to-be.
Liden grew up locally and graduated from North Kitsap High School in 2013. He works as an operator at the family business Liden Land Development and Excavation.
Liden and his girlfriend, Desirae Klokkevold, have been dating for five years and have talked about marriage. But Liden, a self-proclaimed “rock dog”, has been planning this proposal, or at least the ring, since college, where he had the idea to find the materials for an engagement ring.
“I’ve been a bit of a hunting dog my whole life,” he said. “My thought was why would I need to go buy it when I could go out and find it?” Just to be different, you know, having a different story was the only reason behind it, ”Liden said.
So this year, Liden, and his best friend from college Josh Tucker, traveled to Yellowstone and other parts of the United States to hunt for gemstones.
“I started doing a little gold panning here in Washington state years and years ago… then on our way to Arkansas, we stopped in Montana and searched for sapphires for a few. days, then from there we went straight to Arkansas to look for diamonds. We left Arkansas and went to Nevada, then we went to an ‘U-Dig’ opal mine for a few days, ” did he declare.
Engagement rings don’t come cheap, but Liden didn’t even consider the cost versus the expense of a trip across the country. “Actually, I don’t know much about what it would cost to buy a ring. I never really looked into it. I’m sure I ended up spending more than if I had bought a ring, ”he said. “But the difference for me is that a lot of the money I spend is on things that I will use for a long time.”
While Liden’s original plan was to have the ring built by a professional jeweler, his journey had garnered enough attention that he knew that when he returned to Poulsbo, he would have to propose. “The whole trip she thought we were spending most of our time in Yellowstone. She had no idea at all that we were on a gem hunt. It was a big secret, “he said.” My original intention was to go find these gems, take them home, and then have the ring built to propose to her in marriage.
“I ended up proposing to her with the diamond, and I had bought a temporary ring in Nevada along the way because I knew I would have to propose when I got back or she would find out.”
Hunting for gemstones across Liden’s country drew so much attention when he found the second largest ever found at Diamond State Park in Arkansas – a 2.2-carat yellow diamond. The largest ever found was a 4.5 carat yellow diamond in October 2020.
Liden has received few offers from regional jewelers to build the ring and is working with them on ideal models. “We have been contacted by a few different builders who are interested in building it. We’ve talked to them, but we haven’t picked one yet to design it for us, ”said Liden.
Although the ring is not complete, Desirae said yes, although she does not want to speak for this story. The couple plan to get married in the next few years.