Broke my Bling

A few months ago while I was unloading the dishwasher I felt something go wrong with my engagement ring, and found that the diamond had come out of the setting and the prongs were bent and broken.

Thankfully I found the diamond, and I put the ring and diamond in a Ziploc until I could deal with it. I couldn’t fault the ring… it is over 25 years old and has withstood countless dings and mishaps; however, I knew it was going to be an expensive repair, and I wasn’t looking forward to spending the money.  Then again, keeping a loose diamond in a lunch baggie isn’t a wise decision either.

I don’t have a “jeweler.”  These days my main jewels are from Charming Charlie, averaging about $7.00!  I broke down last week, though, and took the ring to a small business jeweler.  The gold prongs had to be rebuilt… $200!

Purchases like this can be hard for me.  It’s a lot of money and not an urgent purchase.  I consoled myself with the fact that if I lost the diamond or tossed the Ziploc bag out, I would really be upset.  I also reminded myself that a $200 tune up on an engagement ring is nothing compared to the cost of a divorce.

I have my ring back, and it looks amazing because they also buffed out the dings in the band.  I think I have mentally recovered from the $200 expenditure.  Do you have areas where you find it hard to spend money?

Side note: back when we got engaged the ring cost $900 and we had to take out a payment plan for it.  Some people upgrade their rings, but I like this memory of being poor young people just starting out.




6 thoughts on “Broke my Bling

    1. Jen Post author

      Well stated Dar! I had them clean my wedding band while I was there, so I’m set for the next 25 years.

  1. Flo

    I hear you, sometimes it is hard to part with that money. I quit wearing my engagement ring back when I worked as a picture framer, I was worried about the diamond getting snapped off. Years later, when I tried to put it on again, it no longer fit. And unfortunately because of the style of the band, it couldn’t be resized easily. So it sat in the jewelry box until a few years ago when I finally decided to go trade it in and upgrade it. So glad I did because not only had my size changed, so had my tastes. Hubby went along with me and helped me pick out my new ring, so it was nice to have him part of the process yet again. The best part is that back when we bought it in the mid 1980’s, gold and diamond prices were super high and we were able to get way more ring for our swap and additional money than what we had originally. And I finally got my blue diamond engagement ring!

    1. Jen Post author

      A blue diamond sound so pretty! I was thinking of you today as I was trying to squeeze all those Dork Diaries books into the library shelves… I can definitely see that it would be easy to break a ring with a tall profile this way.

  2. Rob and Becky

    I lost my first diamond at Disneyland–you know, the “happiest place on earth?” So, there I was, walking along, with an empty ring on my hand, and no hope of finding it. Not good. So, Rob got me a new one. Then, I didn’t wear my diamond for several years–too many little kids that could get scratched. After they grew a bit, and I wore it again, I lost it again! This time the diamond fell out while I was helping with toddlers at church. After several of us crawled around on hands and knees, I FOUND it! We got it fixed right away. Right now, I’m not wearing any rings for a while. I’ll go back to wearing them one of these days. I had gotten a rash on my hand which made rings uncomfortable to wear, and took them off and just never put them back on.

    I’m glad you found your diamond. They are so little and hard to find!

    1. Jen Post author

      Wow! I didn’t realize this was such a common problem. There’s something to be said for a modestly priced ring, I guess. When I was a kid I always wondered why my mom had various rings that she never wore… as you get older you see why. Surgeries, knobby knuckles, etc.


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