Thursday, June 10, 2010
Once upon a time a young man asked me to marry him
It got talked about loads - lots of friends were asked what they thought; should it be redesigned into something more fitting to the grown up woman wearing it now, or should another little diamond be sought to put in the hole and keep it as it was given, when she was 19?
Boys always took his side, girls mine...and the ring sat waiting.
Then one day, not so long ago, I read an article in a new local magazine called Peppermint. The story was about a man called Ben. Ben has a sustainable jewellery business called Utopian Creations; all his jewellery is made using eco-friendly techniques from 99-100% recycled and sustainable materials in fair trade conditions - people, planet and animal friendly. I sent Ben an email (I cc's my beloved in).
We chatted back and forth, he knew how important it was to me to keep the elements of my engagment ring - the gold, the diamonds - so even tho the design was new the ring itself was not.
I added a ruby - my wee girl's birthstone. Her big sister has an inheritance of my 'eternity ring' which was given to me after she was born so we wanted to make this one for the wee one. But because it is my engament ring we held one of the diamonds back from the final design, and with the little bit of gold that was left over in the redesigning Ben made a small pendant - so the big girl can have that... can't have any squabbling!
My husband is very happy and I just love it, what do you think?