Tuesday, August 2, 2011

30 Day Challenge | Day 24: This Means a Lot

Bet you were worried that I was about to fail at THE CHALLENGE, huh?  Well, my camera phone just wasn't workin' for me today, so I had to wait until baby G went to sleep so I could pull out the big guns.

In any case...

This really means a lot to me.
This ring was my grandmother's.  (I lovingly refer to her as The Nana, and I miss her so!)  According to the jeweler who restored it, it most likely went back another generation, and originally belonged to my great grandmother.

I remember this ring on The Nana's right hand as I grew up.  At some point, she badly damaged it, and must have stopped wearing it.  This probably happened in my college or young adult days, when I wasn't around as often to notice it missing.

When she passed away, I asked about the ring.  I was preparing to get married, and I badly wanted to wear it as I walked down the aisle.  It could have been my something old or my something blue! 

The ring was hunted down and given to me as my wedding gift from The Nana.

Although the ring was in terrible shape, I found an amazing estate jeweler who restored it to its original beauty.  A photo cannot due justice to the beautiful, intricate scroll work on the band, but you can get the idea of the beauty of this ring.

And yes, I know what you're thinking.  It bears a striking resemblance to another ring that has been in the news these days.  But mine is much older (and much cooler, in my opinion, even if my sapphire doesn't come close to 18 carats).  I assure you, this is no replica.

I proudly wear this beautiful ring every day, and I love, love, LOVE it.  And I love that it once belonged to The Nana.  It's nice to have a little piece of her with me all the time.



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