I broke my engagement ring two years back. It was during my Black Cloud time. The day before the oncologist told us there was nothing more he could do for my mom and he referred us to hospice I lost the diamond in my ring.
I was devastated. I had always thought I’d die with that ring and that stone on my hand. I was never one of those who thought I should upgrade to a bigger stone as the years of my marriage passed. That ring meant an awful lot to me because it took Wayne forever to finally decide to marry me.
Anyway, last year I got a “replacement” ring. But it came with strife. Wayne had picked out a very beautiful Sapphire solitaire ring with a diamond band, but I decided it was too fancy for me.
I had in mind a sapphire and diamond band. So I went back and traded the fancy ring in for a more modest one. That caused some friction between Wayne and me. Understandably he felt hurt. I’d made such a big deal that I wanted him to surprise me and take the time to pick out a ring and when he did I decided it wasn’t right for me. I’d be mad too.
But the band I picked out didn’t make me happy either. I missed my diamond. The new ring was just a constant reminder I hadn’t taken better care of my original ring. It also reminded me I’d hurt Wayne’s feelings rejecting the other one.
I also realized I wanted a diamond ring with a separate wedding band. I wanted to look like I was married. Or my view of what married looked like. Which, until all this broken ring nonsense happened, I didn’t even know I had an opinion of.
I’m really not much of a jewelry wearer, and I don’t really feel comfortable paying thousands for it. But my heart longed for a diamond.
So when I saw Stauer’s DiamondAura Dearly Beloved set, I knew what I wanted for Christmas.
Totally flashier than my original ring. And silver, not gold. And much larger. (I had a 1/2 carat diamond. This one’s 2 carats.)
But it came with a band and I’d look married again. All for just under $100, plus shipping and any applicable taxes. ($150 if you got the matching earrings, which I aksed for. I’d also been wanting diamond earrings.)
To my delight, after sending the link to Wayne he ordered it for me. (Earrings too!) The package arrived Friday. I pestered him all evening to let me open the package before Christmas. When the first thing I did Saturday morning was start in again, he relented.
As I expected, it’s much prettier in the picture. Less fake looking.
But if you don’t study it very closely in person, it’s pretty impressive. It made my neighbor’s eyes bug out when I showed it to her, and then quickly followed up with, “It’s fake!” so she’d catch her breath and not pass out. I don’t think she could believe it at first that Wayne had bought me something that looked so fancy! Which still has me cracking up on a number of levels.
Anyway, I’m happy. It may not be real, but it’s pretty. I also like the design. It’s just perfect for me.
Best of all, I’m not fretting about busting it like I would if I got a real diamond. (I still baby my hands when I’m wearing the diamond and sapphire band. I’m just so afraid of busting another piece of jewelry.)
And I love the fit. It feels and looks so right on my hand. Pretty good for a fake!
Now watch, I’ll probably get mugged and someone will steal it. As long as I’m not hurt in the process, so be it. Joke’ll be on them!