I know most people are open to the idea of pre-owned when it comes to clothes, cars, houses and jewellery but I wondered what the consensus was on pre-owned wedding bands?
My wedding ring was made in Birmingham in 1890 and it was really important to me that I had something of this age and style. My husband designed his own white gold ring and loves it; he had a very clear idea in mind of what he wanted and he felt it was more personal and meaningful to have something unique made. In contrast, I love the fact that mine had a history before us.
A friend once asked if I minded that the marriage it was originally used for may not have been a happy one? I have to say, no – I don’t. All gold gets melted down and recycled anyway and I’m really not superstitious about things like that. My marriage is good and happy and that’s what counts, and who’s to say it wasn’t originally owned by a loving couple who adored each other? Either way, I believe we make our own history – but this ring reminds me that some things just aren’t as important as they seem. Life is much bigger than just me, and when all’s said and done this ring will hopefully still be around when I’ve long departed. It makes me want to concentrate on the future even though I have a link to the past, and reminds me that for now, at least – we’re making our own mark on history. Phew! So now I’ve got all that off my chest, here’s a pic of mine:
When it came into the shop it was the exact right fit and had tiny marks and scratches – evidence of its life before me. I’ve never had them polished out and I’ve even added a few of my own! So what do you think? Would you wear an old wedding ring or is it too personal to be recycled?