- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2010
The Fi’s training ring arrived in the mail today. Maybe I shouldn’t call it training, it’s more like a practice ring. I should explain: my Fi has never worn a ring before and upon measuring his finger numerous times, he claims the best size for him (that won’t stop blood from flowing) is actually a size that barely stays on his finger. I told him numerous times that a ring needs to stay in place … even had him wear the removable ring sizer for a few hours to practice. Even after having him flick off the ring just by gesturing, he still wasn’t convinced (he claims he was trying to throw the ring off).
So I suggested a training ring, like training wheels – to help figure out his ring size and width. He thought it was a good idea and it came in today! I approximated him to wear a size 10.5 with a 6mm band (since a size 10 fits with the thin ring sizer).
Why don’t I just take him to a jeweler? I have, we got measured twice, but the ones in town are always busy and they’re small shops that seem to size you casually, unlike what I’m used to back in the States. Their rings sell for 2-3x the price and they size in mm, which won’t help if I buy online since I haven’t found a conversion chart that’s EXACTLY the same.
I narrowed down a few rings that sell in half sizes for cheap on eBay and Etsy. At first I was looking into Hemitite. I had many Hemitite rings in the past and love them, and they’re supposed to have cool properties too! But I am more interested in the fact that they are 1) cheap 2) not permanent. I’m a little concerned that the Fi will get attached to his ring and will protest when it’s time to buy his real ring, claiming he already has one.
I then realized they sell cheapo Tungsten and Titanium for just a few dollars more! I researched their properties and concluded that Tungsten would be perfect since it’s closer to the weight of gold and it’s called a Swedish name meaning “heavy stone” (although in Sweden they call it Volfram). Pefrect! Until I saw a few videos on YouTube that show how easy it is to shatter Tungsten. It’s not as unbreakable as I thought! It’s hard and brittle, so when it breaks it’s sharp. Plus I’m a little uneasy about buying cheap Tungsten since I’m afraid they use Cobalt even if they say they don’t.
I opted for Titanium. It was $16.77 plus $3 international shipping! I love it so much it inspired me to make this post! I bought it from ashleysfinejewelry and it’s so much nicer in person! It even has Titanium stamped inside of it. It looks way more than the money I paid! It would be perfect as a wedding band, training or not! I even took pictures!
Note: I didn’t mean for this post to be so long but I got a little carried away in all my excitement.
Anyone else doing training rings?