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.