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This Saturday Was A Good Day

Saturdays aren't always good days, but this one was a good one. 

I am an habitual procrastinator. One of the things I've been putting off for altogether too long is the care of my wedding ring. I haven't worn the ring since (thinks) somewhere around late 2009 or early 2010. That's when I had to have it cut off my finger, as I readied myself for an MRI. I always meant to have it turned either into a necklace or rebuilt so I
 could wear it properly again, but never got around to doing so. 

But I finally was moved to action with FB's wedding approaching. I wanted to wear it again, either around my neck or back on the proper finger (which I managed to forget was the left ring finger. It has been so long that I, for some reason, thought I was going to put it onto my right ring finger. BB pointed out that that wasn't the correct finger when we were at the jeweler's.)

We went to the jeweler who was able to refit my great-great grandmother's topaz and diamond ring to Miss Em's finger. I'd given the ring to FB, so that he could present it to Miss Em as an engagement ring, but it was a little too small, and the gold was so worn away that it was almost ready to break. That wasn't surprising, given its age ... anyhow, they were very impressed with this particular jeweler, so we took my ring in; he was able to repair it.

It will be ready before the wedding; it was so unexpectedly inexpensive (two figures rather than the three figures I'd estimated), that I was able to bring in one of the diamond rings that belonged to my grandmother, and have its gold band replaced. That truly was so worn away that it had to be completely rebuilt.

That, plus the repair of one of my mother's old-fashioned winding watches, came to about what I thought my wedding ring repair would cost. All in all, the cost is a bit expensive, but to have three family heirlooms replaced is completely worth it. 

It's important to me that I will be wearing my wedding ring - which was my grandmother's - and a diamond ring belonging to her (because BB and I never exchanged engagement rings ... we were poor as church mice when we decided to get married ... ) when FB is married. It fulfills the traditions that I feel are crucial for something as important as his wedding. 

So, yes, it was a good day. 
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Jun. 3rd, 2018 12:49 pm (UTC)
Very symbolic indeed! Glad your day was a good one :)
Jun. 3rd, 2018 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks; I ended the day really rather happy.
Jun. 3rd, 2018 11:15 pm (UTC)
Love, love, love your commitment to these sorts of traditions as well as the fact that the expense was so much less than expected.
Jun. 3rd, 2018 11:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks - tradition is incredibly important to me, although I have realized that I must always differentiate between wanting to maintain traditions and ... uhm ... hoarding. Heh.
Jun. 5th, 2018 02:44 pm (UTC)
That all sounds so wonderful! My mother has a couple of pieces that belonged to Dad's mother: a huge-ass amethyst surrounded by diamonds that my sister is going to get (and which was almost thrown out by accident when Mom moved out of the old house); my grandmother's engagement diamond, which Mom had re-set with a garnet (her own birthstone), which I am going to get. I never knew my grandmother very well, but I am told on a reliably regular basis that I'm So Much Like Her, which I'm taking as a compliment, because she was apparently a very smart woman.

She also left a ring directly to me--it's another amethyst, rectangular, and rather cloudy, so I haven't done anything with it. The band it's on is very thin and fragile and would need to be replaced. I was going to have something done with it for my 50th birthday, but couldn't afford it. I really should have it looked at by a decent jeweler and see what could be done with it, because it's been sitting in a bag in my closet for about two decades now.
Jun. 12th, 2018 03:25 am (UTC)
a huge-ass amethyst

Aww, amethyst is one of my favorite semi-precious stones, because I grew up in Nova Scotia, and there used to be so much amethyst along the shores of the Bay of Fundy that you could pick it up on a casual stroll. We literally had a doorstop of amethyst. I loved it, but I don't know where it went and of course it's much harder to find the stone by just walking along the shores these days (probably because people kept picking it up to make doorstops. Ahem.) I also love it because it's purple, which is one of my favorite colors.

And who decides what's precious and what's semi-precious? I like amethyst a heck of a lot more than, say, diamonds.
Jun. 14th, 2018 05:55 pm (UTC)
I love anything purple, too. Amethysts are so nice. The heart-shaped stone is really huge and flashy. The diamond is smaller, but possibly is worth more. I have no idea what to do with the rectangular stone my grandmother left me. I should at least consult a jeweler and see if the cloudiness in the stone could be cleared up.
Jun. 21st, 2018 03:03 am (UTC)
Oh, the diamond is undoubtedly worth more money. If the rectangular amethyst is cloudy, I don't think there's anything that can be done about it; it sounds as if the cloudiness is inside the stone.
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