Post # 1
I’m feeling a bit nostalgic tonight. My grandmother passed right before Christmas and today is the two year anniversary of my grandfather’s death. I was thinking about how happy they were together when it dawned on me… my grandmother never had a ring!
She just wore whatever ring she felt like on her ring finger or sometimes nothing at all. My papa had given her an engagement ring but her sister stole it before they even got married so I have no idea what it looked like. They got married when she was 16 and he was 19 so there really wasn’t much money lying around to buy a wedding ring. My papa had one but I’m pretty sure he bought that later in life.
Anyone else want to share what their grandmothers wore? Any cute stories? I’m drinking some sangria and I want to smile!
Post # 3
My Papa passed in November, so I have had the same thoughts lately. My grandmother has a cute story. I asked her about it a few weeks ago.
My Grandparents were married 57 years ago in Hilgay, England (Nanny is English and Papa was in the service.) They dated for 3 years and got married when she was 20 and Papa was 23.
She had a thin gold band that she said she’s literally never taken off in all the years. She half-joked that now it won’t even come off due to her arthritis. A few years into their marriage he bought her another gold ring as part of a set, so she wears the two thin bands together. From farther away they look like one medium-sized ring. She also had an engagement ring that he’d bought her as part of the wedding set, but she’d lost the stone from it. She wears another ring he got her (a cluster) on her pinky next to her ring finger.
I wish I had pics!!
Post # 4
@AmeliaBedelia: Aww that sounds so cute! I’m hoping for a plain gold band so I liked this a lot. 🙂 We can only hope to be married that long!
Post # 5
I love my grandmothers ring!! It was actually her mothers ring and the diamond is an old mine cut. It was brought over by my great grandfather when he hopped on a boat and came to the US, it was the only thing he brought with him…. he had it set and proposed to my greatgrandmother with it, when she passed she had left it to her grandaughter (my mother who was very young) so my grandmother had it reset in a beautiful white gold band and she wore it as her engagement ring untill she passed away (when my mom was just 21). My mother never had an engagement ring (there was not enough money to buy her one), her and my dad had simple matching wedding bands. It took along time for my mom to feel comfortable wearing her mothers rings but when her wedding band fell apart she decided it was ok to do so. My parents have been married 37 years, I joke to my dad that he got away lucky b/c he never had to buy her a diamond ring! She wears both her mothers wedding and engagement ring as her own and I love them!! they are so special and have a lot of meaning and family history.
Post # 6
@Future Mrs K: That sounds beautiful! I love family heirlooms. That old mine cut must be amazing. I have a diamond RHR from my mother who passed and an opal and emerald ring from my grandmother. I’ll probably pass them on to my daughter once she is old enough.
Post # 7
My grandmother only ever wore a simple gold band I don’t know if it was the origional one they were married with or if it was a replacement but she kept it very shiny.
My step grandmother had a beautiful white gold depression era filigree band with bezel set white sapphire. It was quite possibly the most beautiful thing I have ever seen, When my brother was engaged to his now wife my mother gave it to her, it had to be repaired as she had worn it every day from thier marriage at age 20 to her death at age 98 and the metal had worn so thin on the bottom that you could literally bend it with one finger.
Post # 8
My grandma has what would have been considered a pretty elaborate ring. It is very ornate, yellow gold, with diamond chips. I absolutely love it and regardless of the carat size it is pretty stunning. I wish I had a photo!
Post # 9
she had a plain gold band.
Post # 10
My grandma rarely wore her engagement ring, 99.99%of the time, she wore a gold band. She did wear lots of cluster type/cocktail rings for parties and such. Don’t you love vintage jewelry 🙂 So sorry to hear about her passing, it’s so hard to say goodbye. 🙁
Post # 11
Sorry I went to bed before you ladies replied!
globalmargaret: I absolutely love filligree bands so I can imagine how stunning it is!
Treejewel19: I’ve noticed a lot of older women have smaller carat weight with more elaboate gold details.
kerensa: & WantToBeM.E.: Plain bands are so beautiful in their simplicity. Thank you for the thoughts! It really is hard to let go sometimes but at least I have great memories.
Post # 12
My grandmother had a .25-.5 solitare diamond on a yellow gold band and a yellow gold band wedding ring. She and my grandfather had a long and happy marriage.
Funny enough, I actually started to consider a solitare engagement ring bad luck. My parents, aunts, uncles, and older cousins from both sides of my family all got married with a solitare ring except one pair. They have all divorced (and every one of the divorices were nasty) except my cousins that didn’t have a solitare engagement ring. MY Fiance is convinced that I am crazy (probably am, this is the only thing I have ever been supersticious about, in fact I make fun of his sports superstitions all the time), but he agreed years ago tht when he proposed he wouldn’t give me a solitare, it would atleast have some small diamonds in the band.
Post # 13
My Gramma died about 8 years ago and I really can’t remember her wedding rings. I think they were fairly fancy with a good amount of diamonds and yellow gold. Anyways, when she died all of the grandchildren were welcome to her “stuff” and the children split whatever money was left after selling the house. Among other things I grabbed a little bit of her more real jewelry. One was a really pretty peridot (her birthstone) which many years later my Fiance proposed to me with. I love having her spirit sit on my finger every day. 🙂
Post # 14
I’m wearing my grandmother’s ring. It amazes me how the style actually works for today’s trend. It’s a solitare round diamond with white gold and I LOVE IT. I hope Grandma would be happy with my choice to wear her ring. (She passed when I was really little 1992 I was 6)
Post # 15
@missbumblebee: what beautiful details!
My grandma’s still alive – 94 years old. Her health isn’t great, though. My grandpa passed about 11 1/2 years ago and she still wears her rings. They were married for over 50 years. She has arthritis, and am not sure she’d be able to remove the rings if she wanted to. They’re a yellow gold matching solitaire knife-edge set, and I would guess the center diamond’s about 1/2 a carat.
Post # 16
Maternal grandmother: humongous Native American style turquoise and sterling silver rings. we lived in New Mexico, she really liked the SW look. If she ever had a diamond ring, I don’t remember. it would have been overshadowed by those other giant rings! (which I loved, BTW)
Paternal grandmother: a small but perfectly flawless diamond solitaire. my sister had it reset for her own wedding.