dressed up like a lady: The One Ring.

Aug 2, 2011

The One Ring.

Well, I promised pictures of the ring, so here it is. It's an antique white gold diamond engagement ring from the 1920's, with an Art Deco style geometric setting, Edwardian style filigree, and two sapphires -- my birthstone.

MC went to my favorite antique jewelry store and picked this breathtakingly beautiful ring out all by himself, without so much as a hint from anyone. And it's perfect. I could not have imagined a piece of jewelry this gorgeous if I tried. Believe me when I tell you that before I met MC, if you'd told me that I could trust a boyfriend to go out and spend (for us) a large sum of money on a ring that I would be ecstatic to wear every day for the rest of my life, I'd have said you were crazy.

Additionally, MC went and found a beautiful brass Indian Sindoor box to present the ring in when he proposed. By which I mean, he got down on one knee, asked me to be his wife, and set this magnificent little box down on my leg. Not only is it obviously an exquisite little container, but it has a lot of meaning for me and my family. By blood, we're obviously as pale and Scandinavian as can be, but the religious practice of my household was and is derived from the Vedic traditions. Married Indian women of particular Hindu practices traditionally use these lovely little boxes to store their sindoor -- the richly colored pigment that they use to color the dot on their forehead, and/or the parting of their hair.

While I am not Hindu, the wash of Hindu influence over many cultural aspects of India, and thus, its connection to the tradition I embrace as well, makes this beautiful box feel richly of home, happiness, and spiritual life to me. Not to mention, the household I grew up in was frequently a flutter with dear friends visiting from India, cooking delicious food and bestowing sweet little gifts like this in thanks for staying under our roof. 
And once again: MC knew this all by himself.

It should go without saying, but I didn't and don't need a diamond to marry MC. I would have married him in Judge's chambers the very day we confessed our love. But he's insisted all along that he wants to give me what he wants to give me. And I can't say I'm not grateful. :)


  1. well, thanks, I'm crying at my desk AGAIN thanks to you & MC...just kidding, well not about the crying part. I wish you all the love in the world!

  2. well, thanks, I'm crying at my desk AGAIN thanks to you & MC...just kidding, well not about the crying part. I wish you all the love in the world!

  3. Wow, what a sweet post...you have such a keeper in MC and really do seem like the perfect match!

    I just wanted to tell you in a world of fashion bloggers dressing in c/o...you are a breath of fresh, creative air! Keep doing you!!

  4. That ring is breathtaking! I hope my future boyfriend does as good of a job...I may have to point him over here. ;)

    Huge congratulations to the two of you!

  5. This is one of the most beautiful rings I've ever seen. Really. MC has a great taste.

  6. Congratulations to you both!! And as always thank you for another beautiful post.


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