- 4 years ago
- Wedding: April 2006
True story. I am a serious ring addict. I just love them so much! No other jewelry does it for me, it’s just rings, rings, rings! It’s become a bit of a running joke in my family because every time we get together, my sister has a new purse, my mom has new shoes, and I’m sporting some sort of new ring, whether it be costume jewelry or otherwise.
With this ridiculous addiction, naturally I spend a lot of time scoping out designs online and creating new ring projects as a hobby. This has made it insanely difficult to land on an engagement ring design that satisfies me. I’m constantly flip flopping between favourites and my tastes seem to change daily: solitaires, halos, three-stones, bezels, double prongs, claw prongs, no prongs, yellow gold, white gold, trendy, classic….you get the idea.
I realize this “hobby” is somewhat ridiculous and obviously can come across as materialistic (full disclosure: I honestly do think there is a materialistic element to it for me in some respects, but honestly, what pulls me in the most is the excitement and creative satisfaction I get from creating something beautiful). All of my ring projects are created on a limited budget and that forces me to get creative, which is what I find most fun. Instead of using diamonds, I tend to use lab-created stones like moissanite that don’t break the bank. I also recycle gold for custom projects and have a fabulous local jeweler who is very talented and fortunately very reasonable in terms of cost. I usually sell old jewelry online in order to fund my next project, so the cycle continues on and on.
My longsuffering husband is very tolerant of my hobby as the ring he used to propose with we picked out together and it has long since fallen apart due to poor quality. So he doesn’t care what ring I wear, as long as I wear something on that finger that shows I’m taken (fun fact: the ring he wears also is not his original wedding band!).
So, without further ado, here is my latest ring project. I’m using a 1.1ct Forever Brilliant cushion cut moissanite stone and the setting has a tulip style basket, in tribute to my hubby’s Dutch heritage.
So if you also have a ring addiction, or just love rings in general, feel free to post them!! 🙂