When I lost a Diamond from Wedding Ring...

When Ben an I were planning on getting married we had been together for four years, we were still young, Ben had just turned 22 years old and I was few months shy of my 21st birthday. As young loves do when it came to an engagement ring and wedding bands we didn't have a lot money to flash around and be indulgent, so I suggested to Ben that we use the rings I had inherited from my Aunts passing a few years prior.

For many years I wore my Aunts wedding and engagement rings, but after seven years of marriage we hit a rough patch in our relationship and I stopped wearing my rings. As time went on Ben and I tried to mend our marriage, and I gave him my Aunts rings along with a design I had drawn for a new ring I wanted using the diamonds from her rings. I told him to only have my new ring made when it was a the "right time" for us again.

Pictured with my wedding band there is also my Grandmothers Brooch/Pendant and the pearl bracelet Ben had made for to wear on our wedding day, both precious pieces to me.

Well as is evident that day came because we are still together, still married, very much in love and stronger from that and other challenges and traumas we've faced together. Ben took me out to dinner and made a big fuss and gave me my new ring containing my Aunts diamonds from my original rings she wore whilst alive.

I was thrilled with the ring, my design, and the strength and commitment in our marriage again.The ring was perfect exactly what I wanted. I've never been one for counting carats or being flashy with jewelry, but I'm clearly sentimental. This wide band ring is me all over, being untraditional in design for a wedding band it certainly garners comment when people spot it on my left hand. Quite often it's men who ask if it's my wedding band and are surprised when I say yes and I'm not concerned about carat size.

Recently I've had two incidents occur with my ring causing panic and the other upset. In May I had several hours where I was convinced I had lost my precious ring, but thankfully it was found hours later in one of the kitchen drawers (long story). But even more recently one morning I went to slip my ring on after washing my face to see that one of the diamonds was missing. I was instantly sad, and decided not to wear my ring until I could have it checked over, because I didn't want to risk the loss of further stones until I could have it seen to.

All this has had me thinking about those really precious pieces of jewelry we all own.  I know there are many of us who would have drawers full of vintage costume jewelry, but where and how do you store your really precious pieces? Do you wear precious pieces every day? Do you take them off to shower, sleep or to do house work or gardening? Finally would you be a sentimental goof like me over the loss of a diamond big or small from a sentimental piece?

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

When I lost a Diamond from Wedding Ring...

When Ben an I were planning on getting married we had been together for four years, we were still young, Ben had just turned 22 years old and I was few months shy of my 21st birthday. As young loves do when it came to an engagement ring and wedding bands we didn't have a lot money to flash around and be indulgent, so I suggested to Ben that we use the rings I had inherited from my Aunts passing a few years prior.

For many years I wore my Aunts wedding and engagement rings, but after seven years of marriage we hit a rough patch in our relationship and I stopped wearing my rings. As time went on Ben and I tried to mend our marriage, and I gave him my Aunts rings along with a design I had drawn for a new ring I wanted using the diamonds from her rings. I told him to only have my new ring made when it was a the "right time" for us again.

Pictured with my wedding band there is also my Grandmothers Brooch/Pendant and the pearl bracelet Ben had made for to wear on our wedding day, both precious pieces to me.

Well as is evident that day came because we are still together, still married, very much in love and stronger from that and other challenges and traumas we've faced together. Ben took me out to dinner and made a big fuss and gave me my new ring containing my Aunts diamonds from my original rings she wore whilst alive.

I was thrilled with the ring, my design, and the strength and commitment in our marriage again.The ring was perfect exactly what I wanted. I've never been one for counting carats or being flashy with jewelry, but I'm clearly sentimental. This wide band ring is me all over, being untraditional in design for a wedding band it certainly garners comment when people spot it on my left hand. Quite often it's men who ask if it's my wedding band and are surprised when I say yes and I'm not concerned about carat size.

Recently I've had two incidents occur with my ring causing panic and the other upset. In May I had several hours where I was convinced I had lost my precious ring, but thankfully it was found hours later in one of the kitchen drawers (long story). But even more recently one morning I went to slip my ring on after washing my face to see that one of the diamonds was missing. I was instantly sad, and decided not to wear my ring until I could have it checked over, because I didn't want to risk the loss of further stones until I could have it seen to.

All this has had me thinking about those really precious pieces of jewelry we all own.  I know there are many of us who would have drawers full of vintage costume jewelry, but where and how do you store your really precious pieces? Do you wear precious pieces every day? Do you take them off to shower, sleep or to do house work or gardening? Finally would you be a sentimental goof like me over the loss of a diamond big or small from a sentimental piece?

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11 Comments:

At September 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM , Blogger Linda said...

Did you check your sheets? No joke! I once "lost" the diamond in my vintage ring, and my mother told me to go check the bedsheets. And there it was!!! But don't punish yourself. Just replace it with something you can afford, and wear your jewelry. That is the Antiques Roadshow advice. Just wear it! Hugs, Linda@Wetcreek Blog

 
At September 25, 2014 at 8:37 AM , Blogger Me said...

Uurrrggh - lost another comment !!!! Blogspot is really driving me nuts lately !!!!

I'm so sorry to hear you lost the diamond out your ring - I would be so upset if that happened to me. My jewellery has lots of sentimental value and I wear it all the time. In South Africa my jewellery was kept in a safe - the only safe place that it could be. But since moving to Australia - I wear it all the time - except if I am in the garden. I am a firm believer in not keeping things for good - not my jewellery, crockery, cutlery, linen - it I own it, I want to be able to use it. I think it does the item an injustice if you only keep it for good.

Have the best weekend !
Me xox

 
At September 25, 2014 at 5:02 PM , Blogger Sunae Reilly said...

Oh I am sooo sentimental with jewellery! As you know, I wear a lot of jewellery day to day, and most of my most special pieces never leave my body except for when I'm going to the beach, as I once lost a silver bangle my grandad gave me in the surf and I cried for weeks until he replaced it! It's still not the same though. I have a locket and nugget that my nan had made for me that I swap around on my chain with a lovebird pendant that is the only thing I have of my aunty's, and I have a beautiful rosary bead bracelet I was given for my first penance and a cross from my christening that I keep in my beautiful wooden jewellery box that my grandad gave me for my 5th birthday along with a few other sentimental pieces that I pull out from time to time. I'm so sentimental that when the dangly pandora charm that my ex gave me snapped, I kept the broken bits in my jewellery box, even after we broke up. In fact, they're still in there to this day! The charm brings back good memories, so I could never get rid of it, but I may melt it down one day and get it made into something new.

 
At September 25, 2014 at 5:33 PM , Blogger Iliska Dreams said...

Having never been married and only kind of engaged to Tamika's father (long story), plus not ever having inherited any jewelry, all of the rings I own an wear were bought by me. I have one I bought myself that means the world to me, I bought a vintage sapphire and diamond ring for my 21st. I wear it always. Even digging in the garden. I once lost a diamond from it and it took me months to save up to replace it. Yet I continue to wear it and I believe all things including vintage jewelry are meant to be worn/used and not saved for a rainy day.

 
At September 26, 2014 at 3:54 AM , Blogger Vix said...

What a lovely story behind your ring! Sorry you lost the stone and hope you get it repaired and back on your finger soon.
Although I inherited diamonds and gold they just aren't me, I like big bold stones set in silver so they languish in a box. The jewellery I wear every day is precious, Jon commissioned the Afghani turquoise ring for my 30th and I've worn my Lebanese Lapis ring since my Dad bought it for me as a reward for passing my exams when I was 11. The others are all bought on my travels, haggled over in sweltering Asian markets! xxxx

 
At September 29, 2014 at 8:07 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

I didn't Linda I figured it would have been long gone and just too the loss. I've had it replaced now, I'm thankful it was one of the smaller diamonds though.

 
At September 29, 2014 at 8:08 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

I can only imagine what it must be like to have lived in South Africa and have had everything under lock and key. I'm glad you are able to wear your pieces now and enjoy them.

 
At September 29, 2014 at 8:10 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

You are a sentimental chook aren't you? All your pieces sound so lovely, you should show them off on the blog.

 
At September 29, 2014 at 8:12 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

There's something very special as well in pieces one buys for themselves. I would be and am just as sentimental about those sort of special pieces.

 
At September 29, 2014 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Trudie said...

I've now had it repaired in replace and I'm thankful it was a small diamond. I love the stories behind your pieces and I can certainly see and feel how the bold pieces are you. Gold certainly isn't me either nor are big high claw type settings, I like wide bands and the shine of silver. I like diamonds but not big ones but I must admit I have a soft spot for pearls and would likely wear one in a high setting.

 
At November 21, 2014 at 9:55 PM , Blogger Allan said...

Giving jewelry as a gift to a loved one is a long and classic tradition. Jewelry suits nearly every relationship and occasion.
Engagement Ring

 

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