Where is it??? My fingers keep searching. I’m so used to having it on my finger- for 25 years, it’s never NOT graced my left hand. Even when I got my nails done or a massage. Removing it was not possible without a heap of butter.
During our too-short engagement, Blair and I searched retail stores for the perfect ring. Back in 1992, we didn’t have many options. There was the jewelry store inside the new mall. And that was it.
Since we couldn’t find what we were looking for, we hired a jeweler to make a ring for us, which he finished just in the nick of time! I wore it right up till my wedding day. It was perfect. Not too flashy, nothing protruding. I wanted 7 not-too-big stones in a channel setting. We were sure that no one before us had ever designed something so stunningly beautiful. AND practical.
Then I learned that the ring we designed was not a complete original like we’d thought. An anniversary band- that’s what it’s called. And apparently, it’s been around for centuries. We didn’t mind. We still thought we were some kinda genius.
It feels so strange to look down now and not see it there; Last week, our new jeweler, (who’s just as reputable as the first,) had been fitting my finger for an actual anniversary band. She noticed that some of the diamonds in the first ring were loose. Another was chipped. So we sent it off to be repaired. First we struggled and practically pulled off my knuckle, then we sent it off to be repaired.
I miss my ring. I’m seeing that rings; or the stones therein, are a lot like teeth. I’ve been thinking about stones and teeth a lot lately as I’m paying a lot of money to take care of both. I’m constantly having to care for my teeth now that I have braces. And felt it necessary to splurge on the maintenance plan for my ring after the close call we just had with the loose diamonds.
Having a bare hand (while you’re married) and braces in your mid 50’s – I’m liven’ the dream. Basically, I’m a middle schooler again. So awkward, self conscious, afraid to smile for photos or in real life – because there’s always something stuck right in front.
If you don’t keep up with caring for your teeth, they, like diamonds in your ring, are liable to fall out.
Teeth and stones also each have something in common with relationships. If you don’t maintain those- your loves – you may have a “fall out” to deal with on that font too.
Take good care of yours. Rings. And teeth. And loves.
Hope you’re enjoying your summer!