(Closed) Does your ring have a story?

posted 12 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I just posted my own story, but I also wanted to tell the story of my mom’s ring, because its possibly the best ring story I’ve ever heard. 

My dad and his family used to spend the summers in Norfolk, VA, and one morning my grandmother realized she had thrown her wedding ring away in the trash.  She asked the six kids to go look for it, but since it was Norfolk in the summer, nobody wanted to hunt through the stinky, rotting garbage for the ring.  My father was willing to though, and for six hours he went through trash cans of dead fish and crabs, searching painstakingly through all of the garbage.  He finally found his family’s trash from that morning and went through all of it until he found the ring, wrapped in one of those little travel cereal boxes where my grandmother had put it to "keep it safe".  

He brought the ring in to give back to my grandmother, and she was so happy that she told him, "when you find a woman who will marry you, you may give her the center stone from my ring."  

When my father proposed to my mother, he didn’t have a ring, or any money, or any common sense (they were like, twenty, in college, and had been dating for six months, after he spent a year stalking her to convince her to date him.)  He asked her on christmas after he gave her a red snowsuit.  She told him "yes, but don’t tell anyone, and I reserve the right to change my mind."  Years later (I think it was like, 5 years) they told their parents and my father didn’t expect my grandmother to remember, and was planning to buy my mom a ring eventually, and my grandmother pulled her ring off her finger and handed it to my mother, explaining she had promised my dad that he could have the large stone.  My mother said it made her feel really welcomed into the family.  

I wish I had pictures because I love her ring/setting – its unlike anything I’ve ever seen before – the ring and wedding band fit together, but they have a kind of zigzag shape to them.  

Post # 33
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Buzzing bee

SAD update on my ring story.  The family owned jewelry store where my Fiance purchased my ring is closing…tough economic times are rocking these types of stores.

I am really sad!  My dad bought my mom’s engagement ring there and my FI’s dad used to shop there for his mom.  I pictured going there for everything!

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee

@Rosy – we are going to call and find out…it is really sad!  My FI’s mother has known the owner for many many years.

Post # 38
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2022 posts
Buzzing bee

Apparently the store where Fiance got my e-ring is closing in April.  I talked to the owner and she knows who designed my ring and can help us out.  Crisis averted : )

Post # 40
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2022 posts
Buzzing bee

I posted a thread on this board asking for suggestions for my ring – feel free to comment : )

Post # 41
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21 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

My diamond was my grandmother’s, so I designed my own setting to have it set in. She has Alzheimer’s so I wasn’t able to really ask her for it, but I got to see her this past summer and told her how blessed I am to have it. I went to a custom jeweler friend who did it and it was perfect on his very first design. One side is blank, for a wedding band I had made to match. I LOVE it!! Here are some photos… sorry for the silly hand shot!

The best part of the story is that my fiance and my Mom orchestrated everything with him still in Iraq 🙂 It was the best surprise when he came home on leave. Even though I did sit down and design the ring and kind of knew it was coming, I didn’t know how or when. It was perfect. 

All of you have such beautiful rings! I love them all! 

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Post # 43
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Here is my ring..it’s 70 years old this year! The ring was originally my great grandmothers, and they would have been married 70 years this year! She got a new ering, a one caret perfect diamond on their 30th anniversary!! The stones in the ring were originally really tiny flecks of diamonds. I’m not sure how I ended up with the ring seeing as though it passed by my mom and my 2 cousins who were married before me.

The really fun part of it is the 2 side stones were taking out of my grandmothers ering to put into mine. So it’s really a ring of 3 generations, as my fiance bought the center stone and had everything reset. It looks exactly like it did before, only with bigger stones!!!

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Post # 44
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46 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 1969

My ring has an awesome story. My fiance’s grandmother had my now e-ring in her will to be given to my fiance’s mom when she passed. The summer before we got engaged we went on a trip to Florida w/ my fiances mom and grandmother. Grandma wanted to get to know me and make sure that our relationship was solid and I was a down to earth girl that was in the relationship for the right reasons. So I didn’t know this was playing out and my fiance went through the trouble to get the ring taken out of her will, appraised, cleaned, and sized just for me. So the ring is a cocktail ring that was custom made in the 60’s and the large center stone is my fiances great grandmothers original engagement stone from 1916. I was so excited when I heard this story and saw that this ring was going to be mine. I absolutely love it. It’s the perfect ring for me!

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