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post #11 of 23 Old 07-12-2012, 01:19 AM
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I've had the misfortune of being married twice. The first time around (the unfortunate time) I didn't want a big clunking ring. So I had a perfect (but tiny tiny) diamond set flat into the band.

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The second, and final, time around I had the pleasure of being given my Mom and Dad's wedding and engagement rings. They mean so very much to me because of that.

The one thing I was absolutely consistent on was that my future husband absolutely would not surprise me with a ring. As I am wearing it every day, it would be a joint decision.

I've never worried about losing my Mom's rings because I never take them off. In fact if I am ever mugged and I have time, I plan to swallow them.
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post #12 of 23 Old 07-13-2012, 09:33 PM
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Wow! That's quite a ring! That must've been very expensive!

As for me, I'd rather have a horse by a land slide. I'm not really a jewelry person. I like looking at it and I think it's pretty, but I can never bother to ever put any on. When I do, I end up fiddling with it, taking it off, putting it places, etc, anyways. And knowing me, I'd end up losing a wedding/engagement ring or injuring my finger because of it.
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post #13 of 23 Old 07-13-2012, 10:18 PM
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Lol... I always dreamed of the big sparkly ring. You know, the kind that just hypnotizes you. I never wore much if any jewelry unless it was a special occasion. So it was a big thing to get an engagement ring and wear it every day.

And the irony of it was that when I finally got it... I ended up being allergic to it. Not that I knew it to start. At first I thought the jeweler sold a fake and it wasnt real gold... You know the whole thing about cheap metal... Well the ring checked out perfect. Ended up I just had a metal sensitivity, first sign was as a kid and couldn't wear earrings.

I can tell y'all from experience it is very hard to explain why you DON'T wear a ring. It causes a perception issue. People just make assumptions about your relationship. Try to toss in something as nutty as an allergy, and they think "yeah sure, allergic to marriage, not the ring". Or worse yet, that you are out looking. And you lose the power to flash that giant sparkler at some obnoxious guy to signify "back off I'm married".

On the upside, I don't have to worry about losing it or it getting in the way. But darn I miss my Precious :)

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post #14 of 23 Old 07-13-2012, 10:30 PM
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I have both a band and a big rock.

But when he first proposed he asked what I wanted, a fancy ring or a custom saddle.

I said custom saddle...DUH!

Later he bought me the rock too ;)

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post #15 of 23 Old 07-13-2012, 10:36 PM
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And there is the key! He'll end up buying you both if you go with the horse! Haha.
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post #16 of 23 Old 07-14-2012, 01:29 AM
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Well, whether you want an engagement ring or not, men won't believe you if you say that you do not. Trust me, the "I want a new horse" won't work. I never wanted an engagement ring - I think it is one of the biggest wastes of money on the planet. No matter...they won't believe you. I wish I had of known this fact about men b/c I would have used a different tactic, like..."I so hope for a georg jensen w/o a stone for an engagement ring from a man" <<<whilst looking dreamy eyed at my ring finger>>>. You'd get a designer ring, save money..and they would believe you!

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #17 of 23 Old 07-14-2012, 09:12 AM
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When I married my bride many years back, we had both been married once before. She didn't want a ring.

Several years later, I think we both realized what the ring symbolized.

I won't go into that as you can google it, but I wear my ring and seldom take it off as I want those who see it to know that I've committed to another. That said, we all know there are those who wear rings and aren't as committed as they should be.

Ring or no ring is a personal choice, but there is tradition and symbolism represented by the gift.

I hope he didn't borrow the money to buy it, but I see nothing wrong with giving a nice ring to the one you love. If she wants him to be her partner, I hope she graciously accepts it for the symbol it represents.

I've thought about buying one for my horse, but can't figure out how she would wear it.......
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post #18 of 23 Old 07-14-2012, 10:07 AM
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When Don and I got engaged, he bought a lovely engagement ring for me with a matching wedding band. He chose well, and the rings really were something I would have chosen myself. I wore them for many years, and then one day simply took them off and placed the rings in a special container to safe keep them. I was tired of always catching the rings on things and cleaning them after every work day (would get all gunked up from products I used).

Shortly after doing this, my wonderful husband had his ring finger dislocated in karate class ( while he bruised his opponents ribs....) . Fortunately he was not wearing his wedding ring in class. But he was never able to put it back on.

I know he would prefer me to wear my rings, but I have told him if he wants me to wear a wedding ring, a simple plain gold band would fit my lifestyle better. So far, he hasn't given me one, so I don't think it's that big a deal to him either.

In the meantime, my rings are safe and clean and will be given to our daughter someday.

As far as "explaining" to anyone why we don't wear wedding rings.....I simply don't. Not really an issue. I always introduce Don as my husband and he introduces me as his wife, and our behavior towards each other indicates a committed , loving and respectful relationship.
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post #19 of 23 Old 07-14-2012, 11:52 AM
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I don't think jewelry is a good idea for horse people anyhow lol.. someone on here tattoo'd their SO's initial on their ring finger and I thought that was so much cuter and better in terms of reducing ring related accidents!
Hahaha, unless they break up....then I bet she would have wished for a ring she could sell instead of a tattoo. lol

I love my ring. It's not too big and very simple but when I put it on it reminds me of the day we picked it out and it does symbolize our marriage. On my other hand I wear my great great aunts wedding ring. I never take them off and though I rarely wear jewelry, these rings are more then just jewelry to me.
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post #20 of 23 Old 07-14-2012, 05:02 PM
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KarrotKreek, that's a bummer!

When I go town I wear at least one of my rings or both together. The band I wear for the most part everyday was my grandmothers band. However I do take it off to rope or if I am working around equipment as not to get my finger hung up.

My husband doesn't wear his for the same reason. But he says if I buy him a chain he will wear it around his neck. I usually get it out of the jewelry box for him to wear when we go together, I hadn't done that in awhile and got it out for him last weekend to go out to dinner and it doesn't fit anymore! LOL! We both have gained about 20 lbs a piece since we have moved to TX. He was rather mortified and claimed to be going on a diet as we chowed down on an appetizer of bacon wrapped prawns on a bed of cheddar cheese grits....
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