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Couples Prepare To 'Ring' In New Year

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CARY — The year 2000 may be the year of love. Many couples will ring in the new year with wedding bells.

Dale Shew and Karen Daum picked the first day of the new year to become husband and wife.

"I thought it was a good time to start our life together, and it's an easy day to remember for an anniversary," Shew said.

Apparently, many others think so too.

At the Candlelight Wedding Chapel in Cary where the couple is rehearsing, they are booked solid for January 1. Six couples are scheduled to walk down the aisle.

Jewelers say the end of the 1900s has been good for business.

"A lot of people are going to propose New Year's Eve, and a lot of those people brought special stones for that," said Charles Brown, a jeweler.

Jolly's Jewelers in Cameron Village received about 20 engagement rings with a laser inscription commemorating the new year. The rings are sold out, and diamonds are not the only jewelry flying off the shelves.

"I just think people saw it as an occasion that they want to celebrate and commemorate and jewelry and diamonds have a certain permanence to them," Brown said.