it began with my engagement ring, so that is where i'll begin
anthony had researched (and researched. and researched)
and was going to a few local places to see some rings in person
(he and i strongly desire to support local businesses over national chains, so it's really no surprise that there were no nationally recognized jewelry stores on his list)
he walked in with his sister kat
and was initially shown a few rings
but none appealed (some weren't "right" and some were way too expensive)
the sales woman asked him what his budget was
he told her
she immediately went to a case and pulled out a ring
saying it was the highest quality ring he could get in that price range
there are all sorts of details
caret, clarity, etc
the fact that the side stones were cut specifically for the center stone
all i know is...
and it's mine...a beautiful gift from my now husband.
picking out our wedding bands was something we were excited about
however, we were trying to stick to a very strict budget
so we were fairly certain it would be cheapo bands for each of us
mine was an easy pick
i tried on a couple and quickly narrowed it down
although my engagement band is platinum
we settled on a thicker white gold band for my ring
a band that was similarly sized to the engagement band just got lost
so this, to me, was the perfect complement
literally, took about as long as it took for me to type the sentences about it
to pick out my ring.
his ring was another story
men's rings are expensive!
but we finally found the PERFECT ring
he liked that my engagement ring had 3 stones in it
kind of a constant reminder of trinity
or of the relationship between our coupleship and God
his ring is cobalt.
it's a strong metal, much stronger than gold or platinum
(i don't think he's look at it this way, but i love the symbolism of strength there)
but his (and my) favorite part
is that the two rings are fused together with a gold colored braid in between
two rings...two lives joining
with a special thread...God...in the center
they're perfect for us