A flash of red for Valentine's day. by mandygravil

A flash of red for Valentine's day.

I thought I would use the red background that I haven't used yet for today's splash of red. As it is St. Valentine's day I thought I would include my wedding ring and 25th Wedding Anniversary ring from my husband with space around them.

We always celebrate with a nice dinner and glass of wine but don't go in for all the commercialisation of days such as these - although I have been known to buy him flowers but usually when he least expects it!

My wedding ring comprises of my original wedding ring and also my engagement ring. Why? You might ask (or not) - hubby being the 'romantic' that he is has always said that he would never buy me another engagement or wedding ring as they were the ones we had when we got married. I know some people upgrade and tastes change and personally I think that it's great if that is what you want. However I lost weight and was frightened of losing either of them and after almost 30 years my wedding ring was also getting sharp on the edges. So we decided that as they would be the same metals then we would get them made into one ring and I love it.

The other one was a present for our 25th Wedding Anniversary and is a Blue Tanzanite which you can't see here due to it being in B&W. Having been to Africa for our 25th and falling in love with the place, it is just perfect. Let's hope for many more St. Valentine's days to come.

For those people, like my very close friend, who is not able to celebrate with a partner this year, remember there are people in our lives who love us all and mean so much - so a little bit of my heart for you all too today. 😘
A nice pair of rings with great memories.
February 14th, 2018  
You seem to have the same approach to 'stuff' as we do. Ray has got a second wedding ring but only because he lost the first in the sea on holiday. I like your idea of merging two rings.
February 14th, 2018  
I'm with you where wedding rings are concerned. Helen and I have matching rings and I acutely lost mine while on holiday abroad. On off chance someone might have been kind enough to hand it in, we went over to the reps office (it was the day before we came home) and asked. The guy asked me to describe it and my wife waved her hand at him and said - like this, only smaller. The guy smiled and handed over my ring. It must have fallen off when I'd gone for a swim in the pool and not realised because some nice dipper had spotted it lying on the pool floor and swam down and grabbed it for me. I was so grateful but never did find out who the kind person was. So for me, our rings are too special to upgrade. Sorry for rambling on. You've captured a lovely image. Enjoy your evening 😊
February 14th, 2018  
Lovely photo and lovely sentiments.
February 14th, 2018  
Great idea to use the "spot" colour for the background
February 14th, 2018  
Lovely story to go with your beautiful rings - my wedding ring was made up from my nan's and my mum's wedding rings with new gold and has never been off my finger in 33 years!
February 15th, 2018  
Very nice use of the red background.
February 15th, 2018  
Gorgeous shot and a lovely story. You could also tag this theme-love for the weekly theme.
February 15th, 2018  
What a lovely story and a great idea to blend the rings that way. I designed our wedding rings and had them made in Hatton Garden. They were not expensive but they are personal. Mine is only 2mm wide, his is much wider. Such things are very special. Didn't see my hubby at all for Valentine's Day as he left travelling on business earlier in the week. But at least I do still have him and I have so many widowed friends now as well as wonderful friends who never found the right person, I am grateful for what I have. I love your image. So simple but so beautiful and full of meaning.
February 15th, 2018  
Beautiful shot and a very romantic image. Love how you made use of the negative space.
February 15th, 2018  
Great photo and narrative
February 16th, 2018  
Beautiful shot and lovely sentiments.
February 17th, 2018  
There are so many special stories about wedding rings and so much fun to hear. I loved my engagement ring. Jeff and I were convinced it looked very much like our mothers'. It looked like neither of them when we actually compared them! I wore down once and we had the setting replaced. Took months to pay for it, but I was so happy when I finally put it back on. Then several years ago when I was teaching I noticed it was catching on things again, but my joint had swollen so, I didn't want to take it off until I was certain I'd be getting it repaired. One day during school I noticed the diamond was missing. I was devastated! The students practically turned the school upside down. But it was never found. I had to wear the empty setting for a few days before I could get the ring cut off. I still wore my wedding ring until my joint swelled so badly the ring was beginning to cut off circulation in my finger. So I had to have that cut off too. The poor guy in the jewelry store must have thought I was mentally ill. I couldn't stop crying! Thanks to the arthritis I'll probably never be able to wear it again, but I want to have it repaired to I can put it on a chain and wear it that way. My goodness- I'm going on and on! I love the story behind your rings and also the different way of popping in the red by using it as a background.
February 18th, 2018  
@randystreat Thank you Kathy
@quietpurplehaze Thanks Hazel - he must have been upset losing it. Things are so precious and so many times nowadays not appreciated.
@paul10 Thanks Paul - no rambling at all - a great and happy ending for your story. I love things like that which restore faith in human nature. Would have been great to have met him though.
@chrisiow Thank you Chris
@helenm2016 Thanks Helen
@bigmxx Wow - 33 years is something for never taking it off. I love that it is made of your mum's and nan's rings. My sis has made jewellery and made me a ring from my mum's engagement ring that I will now leave for her daughter when I am gone.
@joev Thanks Joe
@onewing Thanks Babs - and for the heads up for another tag - I did it :)
@casablanca Thank you. I love the idea of designing your own jewellery. My sis did a course and has designed and made some for me and hubby so they are very precious. Not so good for Valentine's day that work gets in the way but as you say much more important that he is still there. My friend since we were 5 lost her husband a couple of years ago so I always think of her - and all others in similar positions- at times like these when reminders are everywhere
@sangwann Thank you. I did play around with lots of different positions first
@caitnessa Thank you Heather
@mrsbluesky Thanks Alison
@olivetreeann Thank you Ann - what a story. I am so sorry that you didn't manage to find the diamond. Well done for the students trying. I think repairing something or making it into something else that you can wear is always a great idea. Arthritis does have a lot to answer for at times! (Coming from one who is now bionic in both hips!)
February 23rd, 2018  
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