Our rings are a little unusual. My engagement ring is not silver or gold or even platinum.
Yeah, I had never heard of it either.
Before Beau even proposed, we discussed rings. Beau wanted my ring to have an unusual metal because he's an engineer. So we researched all the other types of metals for rings, compared them according to hypoallergenic properties, price, and color, and agreed on palladium.
But the metal is only the first unusual part.
The center stone is a lab-created blue diamond, flocked by two lab-created blue sapphires. While we were disappointed to discover lab-created diamonds are neither flawless nor cheaper than natural diamonds, at least we can guarantee the ethical origin of my stones. Also blue diamonds in nature are very rare and very expensive, but Beau bought my lab-created stone for a comparable price to a white diamond.
The only guidelines I gave Beau were that I wanted the materials to be ethically sourced and that I wanted some sort of rose inspiration. He found a wonderful jeweler online called Krikawa who worked exclusively with ethical materials and who offered several unique engagement rings with floral inspiration. Beau showed me all their floral rings and asked me for specific feedback on each individual ring. He had already tentatively picked out my ring, but he wanted to confirm that I liked it. Plus he still wanted my ring to be a surprise overall.
Our wedding bands are unique as well. We both have titanium wedding bands. Mine was supposed to be light blue with a dark blue fleur-de-lis pattern, but the light blue is dark and the flowers look black. Even so, I still love it! Beau's ring is gray in color with a blue infinity pattern. On the inside of our wedding bands are two laser-cut engravings. We each have our wedding date engraved, so we'll always remember our anniversary! My ring has his fingerprint, and his ring has my fingerprint.
My week-old bridal mani is going strong! Please ignore my blotchy sunburn. pic.twitter.com/ICCAGhVELH
— Belle Femme (@SaBelleFemme) March 28, 2014
If you follow me on twitter or on instagram, then you've probably noticed I don't wear my engagement ring and wedding band together. Most days I just wear my engagement ring, but if I'm traveling, or if I'm doing something that could damage my stones, I wear my wedding band instead. Some brides choose to wear their engagement rings on their right hands after marriage, but I wear my late grandmother's diamond ring.
I have a million things to eventually share.
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