Wedding rings mean many different things to different people. For many couples, the wedding ring is a symbol and a public indication that they are married. It is a sign of a commitment for one another and represents the love, honour and faithfulness that you have for your spouse. It is a sign of love and fidelity of your partner to you. If you are married in a religious ceremony, the rings are usually blessed before being placed on your finger and some choose never to remove them, or consider it unlucky to do so.
And what prompts my musing about rings, you may ask?! Well today, I am the proud owner of a beautiful new wedding ring.
I consider myself very fortunate to have been married to my wonderful husband for over 38 years, but it seems like no time at all (well sometimes!) that as a couple of youngsters we went along to see local jeweller David Trivett, who was working in Exeter at the time, having asked him to make bespoke rings for us. It was so exciting to see him spread a selection of diamonds and stones out on his special cloth, allowing me to choose which ones he would use and help design the setting for my engagement ring. In spite of advice to the contrary (being thought insufficiently strong for a ring worn every day) I fell in love with the magical refraction of light within a particular opal, so an opal it was! I haven't stopped loving it, and thankfully it has survived - so far!
David Trivett also created a delicate woven wedding ring to complete the pair, but sadly, this didn't withstand the rigours of family farming life, so was consigned to a box whilst I wore a stronger one I had owned since I was a teenager. Admittedly, it has taken a while - but we have finally got around to finding a suitable 'proper' replacement. Having seen the fabulous Molten Wedding Rings created by Erin Cox, I knew I had found the right designer to make a ring which would suit my original engagement ring, so we took along a motley collection of second hand gold to her shop, and asked her to work her magic. This included my original wedding ring, and other gold precious to me including a very worn incomplete diamond ring given to me by my late Godfather on the occasion of my Christening.
And here is the stunning result. Not only is the wedding ring a thing of beauty in its own right, but it is also an amalgamation of the love and precious memories contained within it. I can't thank Erin enough for creating something so beautiful that I can wear, treasure and admire every day. It might have taken us a very long time to get around to it, but I reckon it was worth the wait!