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Emerald and diamond engagement ring
31/52 for the group 2015 Weekly Alphabet Challenge

This week's topic was: D is for Diamond

I've been looking for a subject all week, but diamonds on signs or diamond shaped things were not to be found. OK, I could have done playing cards, but I like to post my photo here as well as on Flickr, and what could I say about playing cards when I never play cardgames?

So this is a desperation shot of my emerald and diamond engagement ring, titivated up with a bit of lens flare because the diamonds are so tiny, they just weren't showing in the photo.

Emerald and diamond engagement ring

As we've been married for 41 years, my engagement ring is a bit battered now. It's also been repaired several times. The first time was when the central emerald fell out. There was a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth as we crawled around the kitchen floor looking for it, but it was found, then dropped again in the excitement of finding it (!) and then found a second time and put away safely. A local jeweller repaired the setting and put the emerald back in place.

The next thing to go was one of the tiny diamonds from around the edge. It wasn't very noticeable, so I kept on wearing the ring anyway, but when we were in Amsterdam sightseeing, and happened to go to one of the diamond factories, I had the bright idea of seeing if I could buy a replacement diamond. I could, so I did, and they even fitted it for me.

The most recent problem was that the ring became too small. Not only have I put on weight since I became engaged at the age of 23, but my knuckles have become more gnarly and fearing that I'd have to have the ring cut off, I'd stopped wearing it. Anyway, earlier this year I finally got around to taking it into a jewellers and getting it enlarged. The band was wearing very thin by now too, so that was replaced as part of the enlarging process.
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batwrangler From: batwrangler Date: August 1st, 2015 02:32 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a lovely ring with wonderful provenance!
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 1st, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I have always loved emeralds and though my husband could now afford to buy me something bigger and shinier, I am far too sentimental to consider replacing my old ring.
puddleshark From: puddleshark Date: August 1st, 2015 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooh! A magical ring!

I love the lens flare.
heleninwales From: heleninwales Date: August 1st, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. The lens flare disguises the fact that the tiny diamonds were not showing up in the photo at all. :)
lizziebelle From: lizziebelle Date: August 1st, 2015 06:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's a very pretty ring, and it has many years of love embedded in it.
khiemtran From: khiemtran Date: August 1st, 2015 08:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a great story about the ring!
nutmeg3 From: nutmeg3 Date: August 2nd, 2015 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it's a lovely ring and has a "for better or worse" history of its own. I love the shot, too.
scallywag195 From: scallywag195 Date: August 2nd, 2015 04:04 am (UTC) (Link)
It is a very pretty ring. You should get it enlarged.
41 years of marriage is special. I'm partial, because our 41st is in 7 weeks.
I was 19 when we got married and when I got pregnant at 21 I went through a growth spurt and couldn't wear my wedding ring again. That's a sad state of affairs, that I've never gotten it enlarged. But seriously, my bones grew one more time, I added an inch to my height and weighed more even though I was still skinny after my first child was born. My doc said it was a blessing because my hips had been so small she didn't think I'd be able to deliver naturally when I first got pregnant. I have to admit that after childbirth, I was a little disappointed that I could no longer fit into a mens size 28 pair of Levis, though. Before I went through that last growth spurt, women's jeans just sort of hung on me with lots of extra cloth in the hips. It took awhile until I found jeans that fit right after that.
halfmoon_mollie From: halfmoon_mollie Date: August 2nd, 2015 12:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
What a beautiful, unusual ring.
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