- 5 years ago
My sister gave me a sparkly ring, matching earrings and necklace for my birthday. It’s only costume jewellery but it’s really pretty, silver plated with white cz.
I was wearing the ring on my right hand when we dropped by to see SO’s parents. SO’s mother asked me what I got for my birthday… “Books, cds, a bottle of wine… oo, and this!” (waving my right hand at her to show her my ring). SO’s mother looks confused and says “Shouldn’t that be on the other hand?!”
Poor SO went red in the face, and I went a bit red myself and felt extremely uncomfortable. “Erm… it’s only costume jewellery that my sister gave me”, I eventually managed to say, and I escaped from her quickly and went into the other room before the situation became any more awkward.
I don’t know what SO said to her, but she tried to make up for it later by having a really awkward conversation about my ring: “How thoughtful of your sister, it’s really lovely… It’s so realistic, I thought it was a real diamond!” (uncomfortable forced laughter). I felt soooo awkward and embarrassed.
I’ll still wear the earrings and necklace but now I don’t feel comfortable wearing the ring in case other people also assume it’s an engagement ring, even though it’s on my right hand. And I feel a bit annoyed at SO when even his own parents are expecting us to get engaged and jumping to conclusions about costume jewellery, while he’s the only one who doesn’t want to get married.