I took my wedding ring off almost 15 months ago. It was sitting in a pouch in my jewelry box. I offered to give it back to Dave, he declined and said to keep it. As much as a liked my wedding ring I couldn't continue to wear it as it was. I had taken it to a couple of jewelers in the lower mainland, but no-one really seemed to able to put my words into a design. Most jewelers suggested putting the diamond into a prong setting, but to me that was too much like an engagement ring and that I didn't want.
So the ring continued to hide a way in a black drawstring pouch in a jewelry box in my storage locker. Dave and I didn't have any children, so there wasn't a daughter to hand it down to. Such a waste. I thought about selling it. But I am quite like the diamond. I also thought about resetting it as a pendant rather than a ring. Then a new friend here on the Coast suggested Finlayson Goldsmiths in Gibsons and I made an appointment with Lesley.
Weeks later after an in person meeting and mulitple emails back and forth about what I did and didn't like, we agreed on a design, I took a deep breath and left my ring with Lesley. Lesley and Ian then proceeded to turn my works and Lesley's paper sketch into reality. Lesley sent photos throughout the process and I met with Lesley and Ian about midway through to approve the work that had already been done and give the final go ahead to permanently set everything in place.
I think the whole process took about 2 months, may be a little longer. But I am really pleased with the result. The ring is a little thicker, wider, taller and heavier than I am used to wearing, so it was taken a few weeks to adjust to wearing it. I like that I can still see the whole diamond, not just the top. I like the one rose gold band in amongst the white gold. I like that the band is wavy. I like.
I guess this means I can cross #38 off my to do list!