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2022-06-26 9:02:57 AM  
I had a wedding ring once. After it kicked around the bottom of tool boxes, junk drawers and etc for a few years I've lost track of it. No Mount Doom handy enough for disposal.
 
2022-06-26 9:20:51 AM  

neongoats: I had a wedding ring once. After it kicked around the bottom of tool boxes, junk drawers and etc for a few years I've lost track of it. No Mount Doom handy enough for disposal.


Now that you mention it, I think mine is in the back of the bedside table drawer. I could get up and walk the thirty feet to see, but I think I'll stay sitting on my ass.
 
2022-06-26 9:26:41 AM  
Way back in 1993 I threw a Halloween party inviting classmates over as a way to make friends as I had just moved there that year (I was 12).

It all went quite well, with the scary movies playing, or music, and a table full of bowls of grapes, spaghetti, etc under a sheet to feel gross and spooky.

The a guest somehow had her hoop earring ripped right out of her earlobe while dancing. Real blood equals end of the party, of course.

But, I'm still friends with her to this day, even though we live across the country from each other. She doesn't hold grudges :)
 
2022-06-26 9:26:56 AM  
Mrs. cfreak lost her engagement ring after forgetting to take it off when bathing baby spawn #2.  I fished down the drain forever trying to find it, and when I couldn't I called a plumber who even had a camera to go looking for it. No dice, the ring was gone.

At least Valentine's Day was a few weeks away and figuring out a gift that year was easy.
 
2022-06-26 9:28:15 AM  
You think that's a ring? This here is some RINGS.
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2022-06-26 9:32:41 AM  

minorshan: Way back in 1993 I threw a Halloween party inviting classmates over as a way to make friends as I had just moved there that year (I was 12).

It all went quite well, with the scary movies playing, or music, and a table full of bowls of grapes, spaghetti, etc under a sheet to feel gross and spooky.

The a guest somehow had her hoop earring ripped right out of her earlobe while dancing. Real blood equals end of the party, of course.

But, I'm still friends with her to this day, even though we live across the country from each other. She doesn't hold grudges :)


That sounds like the Great Eyebrow Piercing Volleyball Net Incident I had in 1997.
 
2022-06-26 9:37:02 AM  
My mood ring turns green when I'm happy, and leaves a big red mark on someone's forehead when I'm mad.
 
2022-06-26 9:37:12 AM  

cfreak: Mrs. cfreak lost her engagement ring after forgetting to take it off when bathing baby spawn #2.  I fished down the drain forever trying to find it, and when I couldn't I called a plumber who even had a camera to go looking for it. No dice, the ring was gone.

At least Valentine's Day was a few weeks away and figuring out a gift that year was easy.


You got her a new plumber's camera? That's sweet--and practical!
 
2022-06-26 9:38:00 AM  
Bought an Omega watch at a park flea market for $5.00. It was broken. I've always wanted to get into horological. I picked up a watch repair kit. Dealing with the internal works was fussy and took a bunch of patience that prevents me from attempting this sort of thing again. I mostly fixed it. It gains a minute every three days and I can't adjust the date directly. It looks nice and since it's an automatic, the second hand sweeps beautifully. I took the watch to a jewelry shop and had an appraisal done. Vintage 1954 and with about $2,500. Kind of proud of myself.

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2022-06-26 9:43:29 AM  
Nothing fancy, but after losing two Ring Things, the third one has stood the test of time.

I use this thing on a weekly basis and has opened countless bottles of beer and soda for me and my friends.

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2022-06-26 9:46:09 AM  
My parents, both now deceased, gave me a ring when I was 17. I continue to wear it today and never take it off. I'm almost 60, and while the monetary value isn't much, I count it among my most valued possessions.
 
2022-06-26 9:47:12 AM  
I have been collecting gemstones and mineral specimens pretty much my entire life. Of course it started with pretty or cool looking stones and went from there. Some I make into jewelry, most are just to look at. About 20 years ago I got 2 champagne and 1 greenish-yellow diamond. all pear shape and all around 50 points. I had an idea of making them into a pendant but just never got around to it. 6 years ago, my Mom died and among the things I found was a little box with Mom and Dad's wedding bands. Mom's was really tiny and thin but Dad's was a bit substantial. OK cool.. Took them and put them in my jewelry box.

Last year I had an epiphany. I took the bands and my diamonds and had a pendant made with kind of a "tree of life" motif with the diamonds as leaves. I also had Mom and Dad's wedding date inscribed on the back. Nice mix of new and old.

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2022-06-26 9:49:55 AM  
I'm a bench jeweler by profession. Fortunately I don't have to deal with sales, so while I seldom need to interact with customers I do get to observe what happens on the salesfloor  from the safety of my shop.

I work with one particular woman who has absolutely the best poker face going. We're on the Philly Main Line, so trophy wives are abundant. One day a tall skinny blonde typical of the TW breed came in dressed in shortshorts and a tiny tube top. She proceeded to yammer about how she "had the baby a couple weeks ago and oh look im already back in my size zero pants and i know he'll be in to get me something so show him this and this and" and that was when her milk let down. She didn't just leak, she was a damned fire hose, spraying left and right, all over the counter and carpet.

This magnificent sales woman did not miss a beat, just grabbed paper towels and glass cleaner and proceeded to mop up all the while assuring TW that she's noted everything and she should run home and change, don't worry about anything, while the mortified idiot fled, still dripping.

It was only after the door shut behind her that everyone lost their shiat laughing uncontrollably, with the couple of us who'd had kids hollering HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT WILL HAPPEN. It's been 20 years and we still fall apart laughing at the memory.
 
2022-06-26 9:50:12 AM  

catmandu: I have been collecting gemstones and mineral specimens pretty much my entire life. Of course it started with pretty or cool looking stones and went from there. Some I make into jewelry, most are just to look at. About 20 years ago I got 2 champagne and 1 greenish-yellow diamond. all pear shape and all around 50 points. I had an idea of making them into a pendant but just never got around to it. 6 years ago, my Mom died and among the things I found was a little box with Mom and Dad's wedding bands. Mom's was really tiny and thin but Dad's was a bit substantial. OK cool.. Took them and put them in my jewelry box.

Last year I had an epiphany. I took the bands and my diamonds and had a pendant made with kind of a "tree of life" motif with the diamonds as leaves. I also had Mom and Dad's wedding date inscribed on the back. Nice mix of new and old.

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That's quite a beautiful piece.
 
2022-06-26 9:50:40 AM  

Big_Doofus: My parents, both now deceased, gave me a ring when I was 17. I continue to wear it today and never take it off. I'm almost 60, and while the monetary value isn't much, I count it among my most valued possessions.


Awwwww, that made me smile. Sweet.
 
2022-06-26 9:50:48 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Bought an Omega watch at a park flea market for $5.00. It was broken. I've always wanted to get into horological. I picked up a watch repair kit. Dealing with the internal works was fussy and took a bunch of patience that prevents me from attempting this sort of thing again. I mostly fixed it. It gains a minute every three days and I can't adjust the date directly. It looks nice and since it's an automatic, the second hand sweeps beautifully. I took the watch to a jewelry shop and had an appraisal done. Vintage 1954 and with about $2,500. Kind of proud of myself.

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Hey, that's extremely impressive. Horology is not for the weak.
 
2022-06-26 9:52:46 AM  

catmandu: I have been collecting gemstones and mineral specimens pretty much my entire life. Of course it started with pretty or cool looking stones and went from there. Some I make into jewelry, most are just to look at. About 20 years ago I got 2 champagne and 1 greenish-yellow diamond. all pear shape and all around 50 points. I had an idea of making them into a pendant but just never got around to it. 6 years ago, my Mom died and among the things I found was a little box with Mom and Dad's wedding bands. Mom's was really tiny and thin but Dad's was a bit substantial. OK cool.. Took them and put them in my jewelry box.

Last year I had an epiphany. I took the bands and my diamonds and had a pendant made with kind of a "tree of life" motif with the diamonds as leaves. I also had Mom and Dad's wedding date inscribed on the back. Nice mix of new and old.

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How lovely
 
2022-06-26 9:55:24 AM  

ToasterRadio: You think that's a ring? This here is some RINGS.
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2022-06-26 9:55:57 AM  
Knew a guy that wore about a dozen fat plastic bracelets from his wrist to his elbow; I don't why, he usually had more sense. Wouldn't listen to me about how silly he looked; said I didn't understand fashion and that he had a public-facing job that he needed to look cool. A guy asked me about it, I rolled my eyes, tried to explain as it had been explained to me... His GF commented: "I just thought he was selling them."  "He might. Try to buy one." She got the joke and tried to buy one. He quit wearing the bracelets.  I think he gave them to his stepdaughter of maybe 10 that they were more appropriate for.
 
2022-06-26 9:59:00 AM  
Back in the 1960s my fmily would drive across FL to visit moms sister 200 miles away.  On one such trip, while I was at summer camp, mom was having dad pull over so she could gather wildflowers along the road.  A while after they arrived, mom realized that her two rings were missing.  They tore apart her sister's house looking for them.

When I got home from camp they were tearing apart our house looking for them.  Well, dad wasn't, having washed his hands of the whole fiasco.

Eventually mom decided she must have taken them off and put them in her lap to put on a hairnet because the car windows were open, as this was before we had an air conditioned car.  Then she saw some flowers and decided to pick some, so dad pulled over and she got out of the car without putting her rings back on.

Crap.  Pile back into the car and drive along 200 miles of highway to find them.  We stopped each time mom thought she recognized the location so she and I could search.  Dad stayed in the car, muttering.  At the sixth stop, we'd been searching for a few minutes and I noticed dad get out of the car, walk behind it about 20 feet, lean over and pick something up off the ground, and raise his hand up while yelling, "Here they are!"

As a 10 year old kid I thought this was the coolest story of good luck.  In retrospect, I realized that someone was teaching someone else a lesson.

After 23 years, Mrs. ingo still hasn't become suspicious of the fact that any time she misplaces her glasses in some unusual location in the house, she finds them in the refrigerator.
 
2022-06-26 10:03:18 AM  

gottagopee: I'm a bench jeweler by profession. Fortunately I don't have to deal with sales, so while I seldom need to interact with customers I do get to observe what happens on the salesfloor  from the safety of my shop.

I work with one particular woman who has absolutely the best poker face going. We're on the Philly Main Line, so trophy wives are abundant. One day a tall skinny blonde typical of the TW breed came in dressed in shortshorts and a tiny tube top. She proceeded to yammer about how she "had the baby a couple weeks ago and oh look im already back in my size zero pants and i know he'll be in to get me something so show him this and this and" and that was when her milk let down. She didn't just leak, she was a damned fire hose, spraying left and right, all over the counter and carpet.

This magnificent sales woman did not miss a beat, just grabbed paper towels and glass cleaner and proceeded to mop up all the while assuring TW that she's noted everything and she should run home and change, don't worry about anything, while the mortified idiot fled, still dripping.

It was only after the door shut behind her that everyone lost their shiat laughing uncontrollably, with the couple of us who'd had kids hollering HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT WILL HAPPEN. It's been 20 years and we still fall apart laughing at the memory.


Should have shouted after her

"THANKS FOR THE MAMMERIES!"
 
2022-06-26 10:04:44 AM  
About a year after we got married, my wife took off her wrong-sized engagement ring that had been my great-grandmother's. It didn't fit right and was a Victorian, overly-ornate, festooned blob. So she put it away. Shortly after that, our house was broken into and ransacked. We were young, and to the thieves that meant we did drugs. (We didn't. I don't even really drink.) So, every drawer, box, shelf, and container was opened and had its contents thrown upon the floor.

What they wound up taking was the stereo. my good Nikon, and the suit that I'd gotten married in. But  during the week it took to reconstitute the house, we discovered that they'd missed the ring. Maybe they thought it just costume jewelry. Around a year after that, I saw my suit walking around our neighborhood. As if echoing the future, a voice in my head just told me to let it go. The camera was an expensive hobby that I was wretched at. Good riddance. Kids were already on the horizon so music took a back seat in our attentions and the cheap stereo we replaced our good one with was Good Enough.
 
2022-06-26 10:06:08 AM  

Ragin' Asian: catmandu: I have been collecting gemstones and mineral specimens pretty much my entire life. Of course it started with pretty or cool looking stones and went from there. Some I make into jewelry, most are just to look at. About 20 years ago I got 2 champagne and 1 greenish-yellow diamond. all pear shape and all around 50 points. I had an idea of making them into a pendant but just never got around to it. 6 years ago, my Mom died and among the things I found was a little box with Mom and Dad's wedding bands. Mom's was really tiny and thin but Dad's was a bit substantial. OK cool.. Took them and put them in my jewelry box.

Last year I had an epiphany. I took the bands and my diamonds and had a pendant made with kind of a "tree of life" motif with the diamonds as leaves. I also had Mom and Dad's wedding date inscribed on the back. Nice mix of new and old.

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That's quite a beautiful piece.


Thank you. The jewelry designer did a wonderful job bringing my vision to life.
 
2022-06-26 10:08:01 AM  
I always wore my wedding ring.  It fit a bit tighter than it should.  It was a hassle to remove, so I never took it off.

One late afternoon, I was at a stoplight impatiently tapping my steering wheel with the ring... wait...what?  No tap?  Where's the ring?

Oh yeah, I was baking earlier; that's right.  I must have left it on the kitchen counter!  When I got home, it wasn't there, and I didn't remember removing it.

I know; I was swimming laps.  The water was quite cold, and I threw some butterfly stroke.   The ring had never before just come off on its own, but with the water so cool, maybe there was shrinkage, and butterfly is a bit violent.  I got some fins and a mask, and I trolled the bottom of the 25m swim lanes.  I looked into all the drains. Checked the filter.  Nada.

It had to have been the baking.  It must have come off as I was kneading the dough, and I just didn't notice.  I rounded up the dozens of cookies.  I put them in a plastic grocery bag, and I smashed them to crumbs with a wooden mallet.  Nope, not there.  What can I do with all these crumbs?

It had to be the cat.  I did put it on the counter while kneading the dough, and a cat came along while I was gone and decided it was a toy and batted it around.  The cat lost interest or the ring lodged somewhere inaccessible to continue the feline game.  So I moved all the furniture around, but all I got was a free workout.

Maybe it's been missing longer than just today, and I just didn't notice?  On the quite rare occasions that I do take it off, I often put it securely in my pocket.  I looked through all of my laundry pockets, then the dry cleaner suits.   I check the traps in the washer and dryer.  Maybe I pulled it out with the pocket change, and I threw it in the coin coffee can?  Nope.

The toolbox... that has to be it.  Wednesday I was working under the hood. I didn't want the ring to get grimy.  So my toolbox was cleaned and organized, but the whereabouts of my ring remained a mystery.

Last week I pulled weeds.  Maybe I can borrow a metal detector to check the yard?  Thanks nice neighbor!  No such luck, but I did add add a few to my coin can.

The search continued for months, more intermittently, more sporadically, and testing less and less probable hypotheses.  I found money under my car seat several times.  I surgically disassembled vacuum cleaner bags.  I looked under, into and through everything you can imagine, and more that you cannot.

One night, nearly a year later, I grabbed a good book for a little bedtime reading, and I crawled under the covers. I reached over and turned on the bedside lamp.  The incandescent bulb flashed, popped, and died.  I got back out of bed, and I trudged to the garage for a replacement. 

When i returned to the bedroom, I reached into the lampshade, and I began to unscrew the finial.  It was rattling as it turned.  I looked down to see why, and there, perched perfectly around the finial, was my ring.  WTF?  I do not and have never used Ambien, but I have zero memory of putting it there.

It's a good thing I didn't have one of those 30 year LED bulbs.
 
2022-06-26 10:14:57 AM  

RogueWallEnthusiast: gottagopee: I'm a bench jeweler by profession. Fortunately I don't have to deal with sales, so while I seldom need to interact with customers I do get to observe what happens on the salesfloor  from the safety of my shop.

I work with one particular woman who has absolutely the best poker face going. We're on the Philly Main Line, so trophy wives are abundant. One day a tall skinny blonde typical of the TW breed came in dressed in shortshorts and a tiny tube top. She proceeded to yammer about how she "had the baby a couple weeks ago and oh look im already back in my size zero pants and i know he'll be in to get me something so show him this and this and" and that was when her milk let down. She didn't just leak, she was a damned fire hose, spraying left and right, all over the counter and carpet.

This magnificent sales woman did not miss a beat, just grabbed paper towels and glass cleaner and proceeded to mop up all the while assuring TW that she's noted everything and she should run home and change, don't worry about anything, while the mortified idiot fled, still dripping.

It was only after the door shut behind her that everyone lost their shiat laughing uncontrollably, with the couple of us who'd had kids hollering HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT WILL HAPPEN. It's been 20 years and we still fall apart laughing at the memory.

Should have shouted after her

"THANKS FOR THE MAMMERIES!"


The things I *wish* I could say to these people knows no limits

Do not get me started on the engineer-types who need a ring sized and want to spend an hour discussing 'structural integrity' like a twist of 18K is a feckin suspension bridge
 
2022-06-26 10:23:53 AM  

gottagopee: RogueWallEnthusiast: gottagopee: I'm a bench jeweler by profession. Fortunately I don't have to deal with sales, so while I seldom need to interact with customers I do get to observe what happens on the salesfloor  from the safety of my shop.

I work with one particular woman who has absolutely the best poker face going. We're on the Philly Main Line, so trophy wives are abundant. One day a tall skinny blonde typical of the TW breed came in dressed in shortshorts and a tiny tube top. She proceeded to yammer about how she "had the baby a couple weeks ago and oh look im already back in my size zero pants and i know he'll be in to get me something so show him this and this and" and that was when her milk let down. She didn't just leak, she was a damned fire hose, spraying left and right, all over the counter and carpet.

This magnificent sales woman did not miss a beat, just grabbed paper towels and glass cleaner and proceeded to mop up all the while assuring TW that she's noted everything and she should run home and change, don't worry about anything, while the mortified idiot fled, still dripping.

It was only after the door shut behind her that everyone lost their shiat laughing uncontrollably, with the couple of us who'd had kids hollering HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT WILL HAPPEN. It's been 20 years and we still fall apart laughing at the memory.

Should have shouted after her

"THANKS FOR THE MAMMERIES!"

The things I *wish* I could say to these people knows no limits

Do not get me started on the engineer-types who need a ring sized and want to spend an hour discussing 'structural integrity' like a twist of 18K is a feckin suspension bridge


LOL. When I had my pendant made the only "structural integrity" convo was how re-used gold can be a little weaker than new but for a pendant it will be fine (especially since I still needed additional new gold).
 
2022-06-26 10:30:33 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Bought an Omega watch at a park flea market for $5.00. It was broken. I've always wanted to get into horological. I picked up a watch repair kit. Dealing with the internal works was fussy and took a bunch of patience that prevents me from attempting this sort of thing again. I mostly fixed it. It gains a minute every three days and I can't adjust the date directly. It looks nice and since it's an automatic, the second hand sweeps beautifully. I took the watch to a jewelry shop and had an appraisal done. Vintage 1954 and with about $2,500. Kind of proud of myself.

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Watches are the only jewelry I wear, although I don't really consider them jewelry per se.
Tangentially related, my grandfather's hobby was metal detecting. After he passed away I found a bag containing some of his odder finds. It was all valueless junk except this watch.
I had it for several years before I did any research on it. Turned out it was a German Tutima Lutwaffe watch. Fully restored these are worth ~$3500-5000.
After determining that restoration was prohibitively expensive I sold it to a local watch shop for $1800. (The main spring was broken but the internals were otherwise intact.)

The best part? On the back of the watch there was a sticker with a $25 price tag where my grandfather had offered it for sale at a yard sale. I'm glad there were no takers.
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2022-06-26 10:31:28 AM  
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2022-06-26 10:33:13 AM  
When my father died, he was wearing a gold chain around his neck. They took it off in the emergency room, and I put it on. It felt as though there was still a bit of warmth on the chain. So wearing it for years after made me feel as though akin to an Olympic flame, I was still keeping the last living vestige of him on this mortal realm since I never let it get cold.

Many years later my mother had some financial concerns, so I gave the chain to her so that she could sell it for some cash. But more importantly it was my way of letting go.
 
2022-06-26 10:38:11 AM  
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2022-06-26 10:38:12 AM  

Claude Ballse: When my father died, he was wearing a gold chain around his neck. They took it off in the emergency room, and I put it on. It felt as though there was still a bit of warmth on the chain. So wearing it for years after made me feel as though akin to an Olympic flame, I was still keeping the last living vestige of him on this mortal realm since I never let it get cold.

Many years later my mother had some financial concerns, so I gave the chain to her so that she could sell it for some cash. But more importantly it was my way of letting go.


Beautiful story. And as a bonus, I got to call my wife over and say out loud "Hey, you should read this really beautiful story posted by my man Claude Balls."
 
2022-06-26 10:38:24 AM  

catmandu: gottagopee: RogueWallEnthusiast: gottagopee: I'm a bench jeweler by profession. Fortunately I don't have to deal with sales, so while I seldom need to interact with customers I do get to observe what happens on the salesfloor  from the safety of my shop.

I work with one particular woman who has absolutely the best poker face going. We're on the Philly Main Line, so trophy wives are abundant. One day a tall skinny blonde typical of the TW breed came in dressed in shortshorts and a tiny tube top. She proceeded to yammer about how she "had the baby a couple weeks ago and oh look im already back in my size zero pants and i know he'll be in to get me something so show him this and this and" and that was when her milk let down. She didn't just leak, she was a damned fire hose, spraying left and right, all over the counter and carpet.

This magnificent sales woman did not miss a beat, just grabbed paper towels and glass cleaner and proceeded to mop up all the while assuring TW that she's noted everything and she should run home and change, don't worry about anything, while the mortified idiot fled, still dripping.

It was only after the door shut behind her that everyone lost their shiat laughing uncontrollably, with the couple of us who'd had kids hollering HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT WILL HAPPEN. It's been 20 years and we still fall apart laughing at the memory.

Should have shouted after her

"THANKS FOR THE MAMMERIES!"

The things I *wish* I could say to these people knows no limits

Do not get me started on the engineer-types who need a ring sized and want to spend an hour discussing 'structural integrity' like a twist of 18K is a feckin suspension bridge

LOL. When I had my pendant made the only "structural integrity" convo was how re-used gold can be a little weaker than new but for a pendant it will be fine (especially since I still needed additional new gold).


The jeweler did you a solid. It's quite a pretty piece. May you wear it long and happily.
 
2022-06-26 10:39:29 AM  
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2022-06-26 10:41:11 AM  
From when I was 12 to 16, I went to summer camps in North Carolina.  Mom and dad always made dropping me off or picking me up a mini-vacation, and we'd take a couple extra days to drive up from or back to Florida.  Always managed to make at least one afternoon at those cheese roadside salted "mines" where you can sift dirt for various semi-precious stones including garnets, sapphires and rubies.

Found a sapphire that was just under 1" long and about 1/3" of an inch around.  Had it cut in half the long way, the two cut faces polished and cuff link studs mounted on them, gave them to my Uncle.  Found lots of small garnets but also 4 rather large ones.  Had them cabachon cut (rounded cats eye - can you say "chatoyance"?) and about 10 years ago my mom had two of them turned into a nice pair of earrings for me to give my wife for valentines.  Wife then wears them while mowing the lawn, and now we have one.  Guess I should have it remounted as a necklace pendant, but after the wife lost the stone from her engagement ring, a plain gold band wedding ring, and then this earring I'm done getting her jewelry.

Some of the garnets.  Anyone know if it would be possible to polish these somehow?  I could chuck 'em in vibratory brass cleaner with crushed walnut for media but I don't think it would really do much...   I can easily set up a smaller tumbler (drill motor and a coffee can) but I'd still be stuck on media choice...

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2022-06-26 10:48:48 AM  
After a year and a half of dating, my then gf, now fiancee and I decided it was time to pop the question.  Due to the fact that I was laid off for 6 months 4 years prior I was still under a lot of debt.  My mother had also passed away in 1999 and left me her engagement ring along with a few other rings and various jewelry pieces.

You can all ask my fiancee, when it comes to common sense, I don't always have a ton of it.

Both of us hate being the center of attention, so here is how the proposal went:

Me: "Is this area good?"
Her: "Yup"
Me: *not kneeling* "Hey Hun! I have a question for you"
Her: "Yes?"
Me: "Will you Marry me"
Her: Yes"
Me: "Cool!  Here's your ring"
Her: *SHOVES it on finger"

Now, my mother was, to put it in Fark language, "Needed to eat a sandwich" skinny.  Everything about her was slight.  Including her fingers.

Later that night:

Her: "Geom_00, I love you, and I love this ring, but I don't like to wear jewelry to bed so I am taking it off."
Me: "It's your ring and your finger...do as you want"
Her: "Geom.....it's stuck"

We tried everything we could think off, and nothing worked...so we went to bed.

The next day, I called my father to tell him the news.  This is how THAT phone call went:

Me: "Dad, you know how you were terrified that I would lose the engagement ring?  Well, you don't need to worry anymore...the ring is on her finger"
Dad: "Congratulations, Geom!!
Me:  "No.  It's STUCK.  HELP."

We even went kayaking in the ocean after that phone call...the ring did not budge.

I had to get back to work (like I said...debt sucks) and Future Mrs. Geom_00 still had a day or two of vacation left, so she went to Lahania (the biggest city on Maui) to look for jewelers.

Future Mrs. Geom_00.  "Hi.  I have an engagement ring stuck on my finger.  I love the man, and I want to marry him, but I love my finger a little more.  What can I do"

They ended up having to CUT THE RING OFF.  She was actually able to get it resized that very day, and everything is great now.

Our wedding is in 1.5 months (DAMN YOU COVID...it should have been 2 YEARS ago) and we have ALREADY made sure that the wedding ring will fit correctly.
 
2022-06-26 10:53:38 AM  
I made me and Mrs. Alt's wedding bands. I had never cast gold before and of course she wanted white gold. And had to teach myself how to set the sapphire stones she wanted for her rings. I am one of those people that can figure out how anything works and do just about anything that I want to try. But I often forget that many things like jewelry making requires not just engineering and metallurgy knowledge, but things like actual artistic talent. Took me 5 tries before I got a usable casting for her ring, each time hand carving a new wax model. How could something so small be such a huge pain in the ass to make?

Anyway, it is far from perfect, but she really loves it and enjoys telling people I made it for her.
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2022-06-26 10:54:58 AM  

geom_00: My mother had also passed away in 1999 and left me her engagement ring along with a few other rings and various jewelry pieces.


For anyone with inherited jewelry that wears it regularly or has an other half who wears it regularly...

Please oh please do me the favor of having it looked at on a semi-regular basis to make sure the stones are all still secure, etc.

Even though it was just a $2k stone bought at the mall, the look on my wife's face when she realized she lost her stone from her ring was just terrible.  I'd hate to think of what would happen if something associated with irreplaceable memories was lost....
 
2022-06-26 10:56:25 AM  

i.r.id10t: geom_00: My mother had also passed away in 1999 and left me her engagement ring along with a few other rings and various jewelry pieces.

For anyone with inherited jewelry that wears it regularly or has an other half who wears it regularly...

Please oh please do me the favor of having it looked at on a semi-regular basis to make sure the stones are all still secure, etc.

Even though it was just a $2k stone bought at the mall, the look on my wife's face when she realized she lost her stone from her ring was just terrible.  I'd hate to think of what would happen if something associated with irreplaceable memories was lost....


You know....that is a REALLY good idea.  Thank you!
 
2022-06-26 10:59:38 AM  
Lots of heirlooms, a small display of some of my stuff:

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From L to R: Grandpa's tiger eye Roman soldier ring and Onyx tie clip, a 1950s wittnauer that I got from a "Great Aunt" (not blood related), and the last Vostok Komandirskie I'll every buy: I bought it 1/25/22 and was reeeally thought it would never make it out of Russia.

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Finally, my wife's grandfather's silver Sonia bracelet from St. Croix. The St. Croix hook. Worn in because I'm taken.
 
2022-06-26 11:03:03 AM  

Someone Else's Alt: I made me and Mrs. Alt's wedding bands.


You are local to me... EIP if you think you want a few of these garnets to play with
 
2022-06-26 11:05:39 AM  

geom_00: i.r.id10t: geom_00: My mother had also passed away in 1999 and left me her engagement ring along with a few other rings and various jewelry pieces.

For anyone with inherited jewelry that wears it regularly or has an other half who wears it regularly...

Please oh please do me the favor of having it looked at on a semi-regular basis to make sure the stones are all still secure, etc.

Even though it was just a $2k stone bought at the mall, the look on my wife's face when she realized she lost her stone from her ring was just terrible.  I'd hate to think of what would happen if something associated with irreplaceable memories was lost....

You know....that is a REALLY good idea.  Thank you!


It's the best idea. If the jeweler who cut the ring off didn't explicitly say they'd checked everything over, chances are good all they did was the sizing & reshaping. If it was your mom's definitely have someone check the prongs/bezel/whatever style of setting and build up whatever is necessary. A once or twice a year checkup is also a good idea if she'll wear it daily.
 
2022-06-26 11:09:23 AM  

gottagopee: I'm a bench jeweler by profession. Fortunately I don't have to deal with sales, so while I seldom need to interact with customers I do get to observe what happens on the salesfloor  from the safety of my shop.

I work with one particular woman who has absolutely the best poker face going. We're on the Philly Main Line, so trophy wives are abundant. One day a tall skinny blonde typical of the TW breed came in dressed in shortshorts and a tiny tube top. She proceeded to yammer about how she "had the baby a couple weeks ago and oh look im already back in my size zero pants and i know he'll be in to get me something so show him this and this and" and that was when her milk let down. She didn't just leak, she was a damned fire hose, spraying left and right, all over the counter and carpet.

This magnificent sales woman did not miss a beat, just grabbed paper towels and glass cleaner and proceeded to mop up all the while assuring TW that she's noted everything and she should run home and change, don't worry about anything, while the mortified idiot fled, still dripping.

It was only after the door shut behind her that everyone lost their shiat laughing uncontrollably, with the couple of us who'd had kids hollering HOW DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT WILL HAPPEN. It's been 20 years and we still fall apart laughing at the memory.


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2022-06-26 11:10:08 AM  

Ragin' Asian: Bought an Omega watch at a park flea market for $5.00. It was broken. I've always wanted to get into horological. I picked up a watch repair kit. Dealing with the internal works was fussy and took a bunch of patience that prevents me from attempting this sort of thing again. I mostly fixed it. It gains a minute every three days and I can't adjust the date directly. It looks nice and since it's an automatic, the second hand sweeps beautifully. I took the watch to a jewelry shop and had an appraisal done. Vintage 1954 and with about $2,500. Kind of proud of myself.

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If that is what I think it is, $2500 would be a steal even if it needed serviced.

Not setting the date directly is normal- a quickset date didn't come along until 1966 on Omega watches.

Rings I have two on at all times. Wedding ring, and either a Blue Lantern ring or one of several Masonic rings. One of those is an heirloom- the base ring was my father's, and the inside has his date he got his Master, as well as mine. On the outside are set two lapel pins- one from my grandfather, one from my great-grandfather. So 4 generations on one ring.

Watches are my one bit of fancy jewelry- right now is a Seiko Black Cat, though it shares time with a Seiko diver or a chronograph.
 
2022-06-26 11:12:48 AM  
kozlo:

Almost forgot to add: the "Great Aunt" that the Wittnauer came from also gave me my wife's engagement ring: it was her engagement band, almost 100 years old. Incredible filigree details but the missus is not available at the moment to take a pic. Had decades-old dough in the filigree from the little old Italian lady, bless her soul. My childhood was filled with her cooking, she didn't have any kids and my dad was her neighbor, so we were her adopted family.
 
2022-06-26 11:28:37 AM  
Sharkbite piercing almost killed me a few months ago. So much blood.....

It his since been removed. Healed and repierced.
 
2022-06-26 11:30:26 AM  

i.r.id10t: Someone Else's Alt: I made me and Mrs. Alt's wedding bands.

You are local to me... EIP if you think you want a few of these garnets to play with


Hey neighbor, thanks for the offer. But please do not give the misses any ideas. Once I did this project I put all the jewelry tools in storage before she came up with another project idea.

gottagopee:

Maybe gottagopee has a suggestion on how you could polish those garnets.
 
2022-06-26 11:31:06 AM  
All of this is exactly why when I was asked if we should get wedding rings I said no.
 
2022-06-26 11:41:18 AM  
About a decade ago, I came home from a trip to find my door open and my house robbed. I didn't have a lot of high end jewelry, but there were two pieces that I'm heartbroken about to this day: an absolutely stunningly, gorgeous choker with emerald cut green stones (found it at an estate sale and it was most likely costume jewelry). I loved that necklace.

But what really broke my heart was the fnckers stole a priceless (to me) strand of pearls that my mother handed down to me from her mom. They were authentic flapper pearls.  I called my mom sobbing because I had lost her pearls forever.
 
2022-06-26 11:52:33 AM  
Why back when were just dating, I picked up a pair of earrings for the Mrs which are actually a pair of trilobite fossils in a gold setting. Roughly 300 million years old or so. She loves them.
 
2022-06-26 11:54:22 AM  

Sword and Shield: Watches are my one bit of fancy jewelry- right now is a Seiko Black Cat, though it shares time with a Seiko diver or a chronograph.


My watch is the only piece of "fancy" anything I own other than a suit.  A Tudor Black Shield form the old man.  Which has its own story.

The old man, when he returned to the company that had fired him after 20 years because the new owner hadn't gotten her father's business sense, he effectively wrote his own return employment contract (it was either he return, or the company closed, because of said new owner's idiocy).  So, he went back, and after the first quarter where things finally turned around, the owner bought these new watches for the Executive group, and let them all choose which one they wanted.  The President went to choose first, and was stopped by the owner, and the old man was invited to choose first, having actually saved the company.  So, he chose, then the President, then the rest of the executives.  Then the news came: the owner wanted all of them wearing their watches to the office daily.

So, every day, the old man put on his watch, went to the office, got to his desk, and put the watch in his desk, then left it there until he went home.  Never wore it otherwise, and when he left the company again (this time on LTD that will become retirement), the watch just sat in his dresser.  Well, now it's with me for fancy occasions.
 
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