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Friday, September 25, 2009

A decent proposal.

My wedding rings. The stone is a custom-set chrome tourmaline. The band is white gold.

Someone offered me a shiny new wedding ring this week. Mine is twelve years old this month, but I like it (and the guy who gave it to me) just fine, so I can't use it. But maybe you can? REDACTED is offering a ring to one of my readers in exchange for me mentioning their site, in particular their Ceramic Wedding Bands. I haven't seen the product, so I can't review it, but the photos look very nice, and they come with a lifetime warranty. I love rings. Rings tell stories. I deem it Noteworthy.

Leave a comment telling me a story about a ring you've worn or given. I'll run the comments through a random number generator next Friday, October 2, and REDACTED will let the winner pick any Titanium ring, any Ceramic without an inlay, or Tungsten ring with a value up to $120.

Good luck!

I'm so sorry to say I and the winner may have been burned on this one. I love all the ring stories in the comments so much, I want to keep the post up, but have redacted the sponsor's name until the matter is resolved.



Blogger chariscook said...

I actually FOUND my wedding set. My sister & I were walking out of the grocery store when I kicked something & heard it "tink" across the floor. Low n' behold, it was a beautiful engagement ring/wedding band set. I turned it in to customer service, but later was encouraged to go back & get in (there was no way that 18 year old at the counter was calling me if nobody claimed it!). So, I reclaimed it, ran an add in the paper for a couple of weeks, and waited. I got several calls, but nobody could accurately describe it. THIS is what pushed me & my then boyfriend to get married. If the universe drops a ring at your feet, you better DO something about it! So, my boyfriend had the ring melted down into a new design (he felt weird giving me someone's exact ring!) & we were married.
I recently started receiving "Parenting" magazine at my house although I did not order it. So far, I'm ignoring the universe on this one!

September 25, 2009 at 7:58 AM  
Blogger nicole said...

My engagement ring is being made using my grandmother's diamond from her engagement ring and Jim's grandmother's smaller diamonds and rubies. The gold we're using for my engagement ring and wedding band belonged to his mother. It's an honor to be able to represent these women in this way.

I would love to win this contest and surprise Jim with a wedding band. I came across Tungsten rings today, actually - the blogosphere can be really small and serendipitous like that sometimes! - and I've been eyeing a few men's wedding bands.

Thanks for entering me into the contest, Kyran! xo.

September 25, 2009 at 9:46 AM  
Blogger Lindsay said...

My husband and I got married for immigration purposes (for us but for those immigration people too). We didn't have money for rings so we didn't exchange them and don't have a cute little engagement story. However he soon got the pr card and a job and ordered rings for me and was devising a plan and everything. He had them sent to my dad's office but unfortunately I walked out of my office and saw him walking out of my dad's office with a fed ex box and just knew what was going on. He said screw it to the plan, we came home together andin our living room amidst the clutter and fed ex box he "proposed" 10 months after we were married, while I was on my lunch break. Good times!

September 25, 2009 at 11:24 AM  
Blogger noteverstill said...

My boyfriend and I loved to play Scrabble on Friday nights over a bottle (or two?) of wine. One ordinary Friday game he pissed me off by yelling "bingo!" He had placed MARRYME on the board. I had had enough wine to misunderstand his intentions completely and got loudly indignant about him cheating - because obviously a legal bingo would use only one word. Then I looked up from my diatribe to see something sparkly in his shaking hand...we've been married eight years and he still bingos in Scrabble more than I ever do.

September 25, 2009 at 11:45 AM  
Blogger Jennifer Pyron said...

My engagement ring belonged to my mother-in-law. It was originally a cocktail ring with a round jade stone in the middle. My father-in-law gave it to her when my husband was born, you know, one of those "thanks for having my baby, honey, now I'm going back to work" gifts that men gave wives in the 60s. When Charles and I decided to get married, his mother offered him the ring. He actually told her, "Oh, no thanks. I don't think she'd like it." Great way to win over the mother-in-law, right? When she mentioned it to me, I jumped at the offer. What an honor to wear a ring that was a gift in celebration of my husband's birth. Charles replaced the jade with a diamond and now I have a one-of-a-kind ring.

September 25, 2009 at 1:28 PM  
Blogger Corrine MacDonald said...

Ahhh... perhaps some day a man will slip a TUNGSTEN ring on my finger! I just have to find the man first! Or is it a bit like the chicken and the egg? Remind me again which comes first? Can I get the ring now and find the man later?

September 25, 2009 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger ellen h. said...

I never had an engagement ring. My husband and I eloped in Reno after only dating for eight weeks. Neither one of us had much money at the time. When we went to the jewelry store to pick out our rings we had twenty minutes before we had to be at the chapel. I made a beeline over to the display case and pointed at the tiniest white gold band with channel set diamonds. "That one", I told my future husband. "Are you sure?" he asked me. Almost nine years later, it never leaves my hand and is the most beautiful ring of all.

September 25, 2009 at 5:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband proposed to me in France - our first trip to europe, in a beautiful garden of a chateau. I was mad at him because he'd hurried me through the house to get to the garden, and then made me stop and sit down.
I couldn't believe it when he proposed. He'd carried the ring in his back pack, terrified he'd lose it, or I'd find it...
I don't need a ring, but my sister is saving up to emigrate (and get married!) I think some of titanium ones look just like her thing : )

September 25, 2009 at 6:22 PM  
Blogger jana said...

After 4 weeks of dating, my husband and I broke up. I was getting too serious because I'd given him my phone number. Two weeks later, he proposed. He gave me a ring 6 weeks later on April 1, 1987. He said he made it official on April Fool's Day just in case I changed my mind. We married 4 months later on August 8, 1987. (08/08/87. It was a big day for Reverend Moon's lovers also) 22 years later I'm too fat for the engagement ring and wedding band. It's in my jewelry box. But George still loves me. And I'm happy.

September 25, 2009 at 9:25 PM  
Blogger Martha said...

I lost my wedding band and was heartbroken. Six months after it was gone I decided to get a new one. My husband encouraged me to get a different band as an exact replica would not be the same and what would I do if the ring turned up again? I debated this back and forth as I was convinced I would never see the ring again. Finally I went into the jeweler who made the first ring and explained my dilemma -- he encouraged me to get a different ring too so I did. I loved it and showed it off. Two months later while in the midst of a cleaning frenzy, I found the ring in the laundry room. Now I have two, one for each decade of marriage. It would be fun to have a third for our next decade. Martha

September 26, 2009 at 8:38 AM  
Blogger bananawho? said...

My husband and I have very different tastes and so he was wise enough to give me a token ring when he proposed so that we could choose an engagement ring together. We ended up with quite a unique ring and also the design for a wedding band to fit the engagement ring ( which had proven difficult to fit with a wedding band). The idea was when our wedding was close I would take in my engagement ring and they would attach my wedding band to it, making it one ring. Unfortunately during the process something??? changed and when I got the ring back, not only was I allergic to my wedding ring but also to my engagement ring since they were now one. No cleaning, polishing etc seems to work so it would be wonderful to have a new, allergy free band!

September 27, 2009 at 4:51 AM  
Blogger jami said...

I was proposed to a bit spontaneously sans ring, then we went to pick one out together. Then we decided together to do a quickie court house wedding and bought my wedding ring on the way there. (we bought my husbands at the same time we bought my engagement ring from the same designer). I've, frankly, never loved the wedding band and these would be fantastic with my more modern engagement ring.

Thanks for running the giveaway!

September 27, 2009 at 12:46 PM  
Blogger The Other Laura said...

I lose my wedding ring at least once a year, take it off for a good reason, set it down and wander off without it. It always turns up in some unexpected place.

September 27, 2009 at 5:26 PM  
Blogger amybee said...

My engagement ring was my mother-in-law's. It was the ring given to her by her ex, my husband's father. For years husband wouldn't tell me this, although the ring clearly is a style from another day. He thought the ring had bad juju or something. But we're proving that wrong, every day.

October 1, 2009 at 7:33 AM  
Blogger barbara said...

I was totally surprised by my boyfiend of 5 years asking me to marry him. We did not have a lot of money and my diamond is small compared to todays standard..but I still love it and him very much!

October 2, 2009 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger frauleinstacy said...

my ring story...

I had 3 silver rings I would not leave home or drive back to get them at my house just so I don't feel naked and lost without them. I felt powerful as if they had a ecret energy or that all my powers hidden powers like, the power to seduce a man I love or the creativity I need to design a great logo that day. Whatever the day I would come up with some reason why I could not live without seeing the 3 silver, simple rings all worn together on my middle finger. Until one day I lost 1 of the rings. THAT WAS A WAKE UP CALL!!! Did I lose my mojo... what the... and the days went by and then the weeks until one day I lost another one. ok... breathe I'll replace it but I could not put a shiney new one next to the one that had so much history (wear and tear) the memories of where I was each moment I looked at my rings or noticed them at all. So I carried on until one day... my girlfriend lost a silver ring and I gave her my last one. I think I regained my powers that day...

So, I would love a chance to win a ring... I'm naked without them...

yours truely,
Stacy Messerschmidt

October 2, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Beautiful ring, Kyran. One even a guy could like. Simple, subtle, but very elegant.

Paul (

October 14, 2009 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger vfg said...

My parents gave me a pink pearl ring on my 18th birthday, because it was pure and shiny, like me.

Can't believe it's 18 years later...

October 18, 2009 at 6:58 PM  

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