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The Tale of Two Rings

*** Editor’s Note:  I posted the correct answers under each picture.  Good guesses, everyone!  Thanks for playing along, guys!  ***

This is the tale of two rings,

Both shiny, wonderful things.

To be worn on the hand

Of the lady of the land.

So she could show off some bling.

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(Top picture is the real ring, bottom picture is the fake ring)

Yet one of these rings was a fake,

An important distinction to make.

The fake ring was bought

Years prior for naught

So the girl could imagine her fate.

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(Real ring)

Then imagine her shock and surprise,

When a real ring was brought before her eyes

By the love of her life

A guy twice as nice

Who wanted them to share their lives.

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The real ring was nearly the one

As the fake she had bought just for fun!

Exactly what she would have picked–

That’s how much she and the groom clicked–

That he knew it was the most perfect one.

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(Real ring)

Fast forward almost two years

The wedding is just about here!

In goes her ring

To get shined up and things,

And out comes the fake to stay clear.

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(Fake ring)

So what’s the lesson that can be learned?

Don’t let your eyesight fool your turn!

Which one is fake?

It’s your distinction to make

And comment for 10 bonus points earned.***

* Photos by me.
** Photos by Sarah Immel Photography.
***So, can you tell which one is fake and which one is real?  There is more than one photo of the fake ring and the real ring on this page.  10 points to anyone who guesses correctly, haha!

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Strike Up The Band(s)!

We bought our wedding bands last night!   Squeal, I am so excited!

Originally, I thought I wanted a simple band of princess cut diamonds, which looked very similar to this:

Ring 1 (Source)

Upon further discussion and Internet browsing though, I thought maybe a channel set band would look better with my three-stone engagement ring.  And what do you know?!  It did!  Here’s the band I ended up going with:

Ring 2 (Source)

I LOVE IT!  It goes so well with my engagement ring and has just the right amount of bling, haha!

Dr. Groomy ended up going with the same ring he chose last time.  As a reminder, it looks like this:

Ring 3 (Source)

Ok, enough with those pictures…let’s take a look at some real ones!

My rings:

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(Ahem, please excuse my grossly manicured nails.  I should have thought of that before going ring shopping!  In any case, I went home and re-did both my mani and pedi, haha!)

His ring:

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And our rings together:

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Yay!  I love what we chose…I especially love how I can wear my wedding band separate or together with my engagement ring.  It’s always nice to have that option, although I love my e-ring so much I can’t imagine not wearing it. 

One step closer to October!

What was your band shopping experience like? 

*All photos by me, unless otherwise noted.  Please do not use without my express written consent.

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Shopping for Wedding Bands, Round One

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the big show this cold and rainy Saturday afternoon in Wisconsin!  The arena:  a local jewelry store.  The event:  shopping for wedding bands.  Will this be a one-round bout?

In this corner, boasting 14 karat white gold and 14 princess cut diamonds to enhance the sparkle of the engagement ring, is “The Bling!”

Bling

And in this corner, boasting 14 karat white gold and no diamonds in order to better showcase the engagement ring, is “The Plain!”

Plain

Today’s bout will be reffed by non other than Mr. 14 Karat White Gold himself, “The Groom’s Choice!”

Groom's Choice

And…ding ding ding!!  The bride goes in for the bling—makes her move—and oh, she can’t decide!  The groom cuts left towards titanium—cuts right toward tungsten—oh! And he TKOs the white gold!  But is this the right match-up for him? 

Looks like Round One is going to end in a No-Decision for both the bride and the groom.  Stay tuned for round two!

How long did it take you to find the perfect wedding band?  Was it an easy choice?

*all photos are from here.

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How to Keep Your Sparkler Sparkly

Materials Needed:

009 * jewelry cleaner—I got mine at a bridal show, but I’m pretty sure your jeweler should have given you at least a small bottle when your fiancé purchased your ring (at least, mine did!)
* electric toothbrush—note of common sense:  make sure you use a clean brush head (duh).  I keep a separate electric toothbrush just for this purpose.
* dish soap
* small dish for soaking
* your ring!
* and a soft cloth (not shown)

Step 1:  Pour a little jewelry cleaner into your soaking dish.

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Step 2:  Let your ring soak for five minutes…no more, no less.  Five minutes, people—go file your nails or something while you wait!

004  For some reason, I always have the Jeopardy Think Music running through my head when I do this step!  Go ahead and play it, you know you want to:

Step 3:  Rinse.  MAKE SURE YOU HAVE THE SINK STOPPED IN CASE YOU DROP YOUR RING.  We don’t want any horror stories of sparkly diamonds going down the drain!

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Step 4:  Place a little dish soap in the palm of your hand.

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Step 5:  Using your electric toothbrush and said dish soap, shine that ring right up.

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Step 6:  Rinse again, and dry with a soft cloth.

Step 7:  Admire how much your diamonds look like new again!

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I usually do this routine once a week, and definitely before any special events (dinners out, etc.).

What are your tips for keeping your ring shiny and new?

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Ring Conundrum: Epilogue

She said yes!

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(See the first part of the story here and here).

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Ring Conundrum: Finale!

So, remember the Ring Conundrum I posted about previously?   I’m back to give you the finale to the story!  A quick recap:  N is going to ask D to marry him, but wants it to be a complete surprise…yet he also wants her to love whatever ring she wears, because she is very particular about her jewelry selections.  N had four options he was considering in pursuit of the perfect engagement ring. If you’ll remember, they were:

Option A:  Buy a solitaire diamond.  This way she can still pick a different setting at a later time, but gets to have the sentimental value of always wearing the diamond he picked for her.
Option B: Buy a fake ring and take her shopping later.  Obvious pro of this is that she can then choose the ring she really wants.
Option C:  Buy her a birthstone ring, which he can use to propose and then she can wear on her right hand once they return and go shopping for the “real” ring.  A big con of this?  If he buys her a nice birthstone ring, it will cut into the budget for the actual ring—remember, he’s on  a set budget and isn’t moving from there.
Option D:  Pick the ring and setting all by himself, knowing that he knows her quite well and wants the opportunity to choose something beautiful for her.

Most of you who commented were on board with Option D…and I am happy to say that N reconsidered his original plan and decided to do what we thought he should:  he bought D a beautiful ring, shown here without the center stone, to propose to her with. 

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(Source)

They leave for their cruise in just a few days, and he plans to ask her then!  He’s already received approval from her parents (he took them out for dinner when she was at work last week), and he’s very excited (albeit extremely nervous) to propose.  Stay tuned for the epilogue of this story, after their cruise—when we find out if she said yes!

*As noted on the first post, I had permission to share this story from appropriate parties involved.

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Ring Conundrum

I was recently let in on a little secret:  one of my best friend’s little brothers is about to get engaged!  He is taking his girlfriend on a cruise this month and he will be popping the question to here while on board the ship.  However, he’s having a bit of trouble deciding what to do about the ring.

The backstory:  N & D have been dating for a few years, and they’ve been very open in their discussions regarding marriage.  D is very particular about the jewelry she wears, and N wants to let her be involved in picking out the ring.  He has a very specific budget he is sticking to, so he wants to let it be her choice whether she puts more into the size of the diamond, the setting, etc.  However, he does NOT want her to know that they are getting engaged—he wants it to be a total surprise.  His current solution is to buy a cheap-o fake ring to propose to her with and then let her go ring shopping with him when they get back from the cruise.

ring shopping(Note:  This is obviously not N&D.  Image from here) 

So where is this conundrum I speak of? Well, my friend K (N is her little brother) brought up this point to him:  “When I get engaged, I am going to feel so sentimental over that moment and that story…that I will feel tied to whatever ring he proposes with.  So I think you should at least consider getting her a real ring because she may love it just because of the sentimental value surrounding it.”  N realized K had a good point and became confused about what to do.  Now, he’s considering these options:

Option A:  Buy a solitaire diamond.  This way she can still pick a different setting at a later time, but gets to have the sentimental value of always wearing the diamond he picked for her.
Option B: Buy a fake ring and take her shopping later.  Obvious pro of this is that she can then choose the ring she really wants.
Option C:  Buy her a birthstone ring, which he can use to propose and then she can wear on her right hand once they return and go shopping for the “real” ring.  A big con of this?  If he buys her a nice birthstone ring, it will cut into the budget for the actual ring—remember, he’s on  a set budget and isn’t moving from there. Option D:  Pick the ring and setting all by himself, knowing that he knows her quite well and wants the opportunity to choose something beautiful for her. 

I’m inclined towards Option D, as that’s what Dr. Groomy did for me.  And he picked out a gorgeous ring that I absolutely LOVE and definitely would have chosen for myself. 

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(I love it so much I used it for my blog header!  Photo by Sarah Immel Photography)

So friends, I turn to you.  How did your fiancé pick out your ring?  If you were in N’s position, what would you do?

*Note:  I received permission from said parties to share this story.  Wanna know how it ends?  Stay tuned!

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