When we bought my wedding ring set, the so-called salesman said, "her fingers are so small that anything over a 15 point diamond will look vulgar." I did not want to appear vulgar, so we went with the 1/7th of a carat diamond.
It is not so small that I didn't notice when it went missing.
"Oh Gary" I said, "What if this is an omen?"
"What? An omen you're getting a bigger diamond?"
Happily, a short search found my diamond sitting on the bed waiting for me. (It was not adhered to my ASS, where some find missing items.) However, now that my ring can be repaired, there are two issues:
1) Truly, this diamond did not dwarf my tiny 22 year old fingers in a vulgar fashion. Well, now I am old, I am vulgar, and my fingers are no longer small. The 70 pounds I have gained since my wedding all went to my fingers. That, plus the bulging guitar muscles in my left hand required the jeweler to cut the ring off, and I have to take a few weeks for my muscles to return to a non-corseted shape.
2) In that time, I have to decide what to do. I've always been firmly against women I know who upgrade their diamonds on a regular basis. Horrifying, I said. Vulgar! (And they are getting those vulgar diamonds over 1/7th of a carat. Distasteful.)
Okay, so here's my ring:
Objects in the photo are smaller than they appear. The diamond on the right of course is the center diamond, which looks respectable lying on its side, and you see the molecular chip of a diamond that floats above and to the right of the center setting to its left. I have no sentimental attachment to the chip. I'm thinking I should ditch the chip, put the 15 point diamond there, and get a different diamond for the center.
But that is WRONG. Not as wrong as what jewelry store guy suggested, which was to buy a whole new ring because "It would probably be cheaper." (Pause to look at my aghast face.) "Well, except for the sentimental attachment, of course."
But still, something says you should always keep your original ring to remind you of who you were. I am torn. Sentiment says, "Do a historically accurate restoration." Reason says, "Now is the time! Upgrade!"
I should also mention for our 10 anniversary Gary got me an anniversary band of nothing but five 15 point diamonds all lined up. It is delightfully vulgar. It is now also cut off but can be re-connected and re-sized for a mere thirty bucks. [Mawkish sentimentality alert] At the time, I said that since it was our tenth anniversary, there should be ten diamonds. Gary replied that the five diamonds meant he loved me five times as much. Then he realized that he was committing there, he backed off with "No, it doesn't mean that ... Uh, there wouldn't be enough diamonds in the world to show how much more I love you!" saving himself from any later diamond=love requirements.
So, wake up, readers. What should I do? Upgrade? Or a historical restoration? I am torn. Give me your views.