C + Au
Aha, see how I snuck that in there? I just picked up my new ring from Jurgen at Forge & Form. He is a wonderful German goldsmith who (he claims) is the only person locally who actually forges his gold jewelry (no pouring molten metal for him!). He made our wedding rings 16 years ago, but mine needed a re-build because the channel setting of small baguette diamonds and sapphires had completely worn down, leaving the stones exposed. The re-build would be pricey and I wasn't even sure I still liked the ring I designed when we got married.
My wonderful grandmother Paula left me her engagement ring. The setting was worn and the ring much too big for me....after Bryan proposed (without hardware) she said to me "don't worry, one day you'll have my diamond." I was so touched that she would say that, but it was never spoken of again until she passed away two years ago. So, that gorgeous diamond you see was hers, now mine, and as I told D this morning, one day it will be hers. Jurgen took my original ring back in trade and made me this amazing new one with Nan's diamond and 18K gold.
Thanks, Nan. We miss you.
D & Nan, August 2006
D & Nan, August 2007
I love that I have this beautiful remembrance of her with me always, to look at each day and think of her. She was an amazing woman; she and her great-granddaughter got on like a house on fire. It was so sad that we lived almost 6000 km apart, at opposite ends of Canada, but we were always in touch and loved each other greatly. As you can see, she had extraordinary fashion sense - always wore matching earrings, hair accessories & shoes....just one of the many things she and D had in common (along with spunk!!).
Tomorrow we depart for a 3 week visit to Ontario where we'll spend time with family and friends. I won't be blogging much, but may stop in for a few photo essays of our summer fun.
Take care friends!