Post # 47
I don’t have any pics of my ring yet (I just got it on Monday), but it is a family heirloom. It is VERY similar to Kristin25’s. The coloring of the band and setting is the same, the main diamond is the same, but instead of the two on the sides, it has three smaller inset diamonds on each side.
The ring is about 50-60 years old and belonged to an aunt of my FH. They were much older than his mother, but they were all very close, when they passed away, they left the ring to him to give to the girl he married. I could not have designed a more perfect ring myself. It is exactly what I wanted and didn’t get to see it before the propsal, so I was so shocked at how perfectly it suited what I wanted.
Post # 48
My engagment ring is a claddaugh ring, the traditional Irish engagement ring. My dad’s family is part Irish (though very much Irish at heart :-D) and I’d always loved the symbolism of the claddaugh. The heart symbolizes love, the hands symbolize friendship, and the crown symbolizes loyalty. I’d dreamed of having one as an engagement ring every since I heard about them when I was about 12 or 13. I mentioned this to a couple of my friends, who conveniently passed on the message to my fiance when he was looking for a ring. I didn’t know he knew, though, and had kind of decided I wasn’t going to tell him because I knew that whatever he gave me would be special because it was from him. But then on valentine’s day this year, he took me to an Irish restaurant called "the Claddaugh" (apparently his original plan was to propose that night, but the ring didn’t arrive in time) and I began to hope. Sure enough, when he did finally propose a few weeks later, he had a claddaugh :-).