Back when we were engaged, I had an engagement ring I liked so much that I didn't want a separate wedding band.
I worked with his wife, Debbie, at an architectural firm after I graduated from college. She told me about her husband's jewelry business. By the time I met my husband I hadn't worked at the firm for several years, but always remembered the jeweler. He was located in the South Center area back then.
You cannot even believe how excited he and his wife were when I walked through the door a month or so ago. They've raised their kids, she's now working in the business with him. It's literally a lifetime ago with all of our kids grown up. There were hugs all around.
I really wanted the original designer to create my anniversary ring. I was ecstatic that I found him again. He was so pleased to have the opportunity to add to my ring. Problem was my oldest daughter's birthstone is a diamond, I already had a diamond. My youngest's birthstone is a sapphire and I'm not a big fan of blue. So Will Marlow and I discussed other options and I had an idea that we could match up their eye colors - my oldest brown, my youngest green.
He told me they made natural champagne/chocolate diamonds and green sapphires. He ordered some for us to look at, so I brought the kids in to pick the stones to set in the ring.
It was finished yesterday. It is so gorgeous, the picture doesn't do it justice. Needless to say I am thrilled. Not just the fact that I recently got my wedding ring back on after ten years because of the weight I lost, but twenty five years of effort in our marriage has paid off. And it's been totally worth it for the man and the kids. Now I am reminded of them every day. The ring looks so much more complete. So are our lives. They are my heart.