In a sweeping move of what is either irony or kismet, the universe decided I should lose the diamond out of my wedding ring today.
Look at this picture, and realize that this was not just my wedding ring. That solitaire was my engagement ring. By which I mean it is the engagement ring he placed on my finger as we were turning eighteen years old. That stone has endured for 23 years, through two ring re-sizings, through ring welding, through construction sites, through hospital stays, through trips to oceans and lakes and through snowball fights.
Now it decides to give up the ghost? This is definitely a sign of some sort.
There is no obvious sign of trauma to the ring. None of the tines are bent into an unnatural position. None are broken or missing.
As I was driving the kids to school this morning, I glanced at my hand on the steering wheel and the stone was just . . . gone.
Like Trey. One minute he was here, and I was talking to him on the phone. Four hours later I get home to find him gone, with no idea when he died or how it happened. My stone is gone. I assume I had it yesterday, so it may be in my bedroom having dropped out during the night. It may have gone down the kitchen drain this morning while I was making breakfast and washing dishes. It may have plopped to the ground as I carried the trash to the curb. Maybe I saw it the second it fell out, and the diamond is currently on my car floorboard. Again, there’s about a four hour window in which it likely happened.
I have performed an initial search, but looking for such a small thing when I don’t know exactly where I lost it has turned out to be challenging.
But at least it is essentially transparent. That helps.
I have taken a blacklight to the most likely areas. I have no idea what a diamond would do under a blacklight, but you’d think it would do SOMETHING.
BTW – I highly recommend you do NOT ever randomly search your house with a blacklight. I’m disgusted and want to move. And get rid of the pets. And the kids. This place is disgusting.
The strange thing is I am not as distraught as I would have expected, considering I was fully planning to wear that ring for the rest of my life.
I was never going to take it off. I consider myself to still be married. I think of all those buddy cop movies: “Janet’s been dead for two years, man! When are you going to take off that ring and move on?” “Never! She’s still my wife!” That was my feeling about it. I’m still his wife. I wear the ring.
Now, however, I realize that wearing the ring is not that important to me. Taking off the ring would have been too difficult. Removing the ring would have felt like a rejection of our life together. Putting the ring away would have been closing the door on our marriage.
This is different, though. I did not decide to move on and remove the ring. It broke so I put it away.
Surprisingly, my ring is not on the list of things that have grown in importance since Trey’s death. Our wedding photos and the memories they preserve hold a top spot on the list. The comic books we waited in line for together, the personalized belts he had made for the kids, the gold chain he wore around his neck, his grandfather’s medals, all of these are on the list of the most important mementos I never want to lose. The ring is a piece of jewelry.
Now I have a reason to take it off, a reason that is utilitarian and not gut wrenchingly awful, I may leave it off. It may be okay. My hand is a wreck. I think that dent in my finger will remain always.
Of course, like most things in my life, this is not a permanent choice. Death is permanent. The decision of whether to wear a ring is not permanent. If I go without it for a while and it feels strange, if I feel something is missing, if I feel lonely or sad, I can have the ring repaired. Obviously I’m not Daddy Warbucks so I won’t be purchasing a random diamond. I do have some diamond earrings I can probably take the stone from, or I can replace it with zirconia or a semiprecious stone. It might look pretty with an amethyst. Or, maybe I can sell those diamond earrings to buy a replacement diamond for the ring.
That probably makes more sense than re-using a diamond and then having one ring and one earring.
But the thing is, even though I was not really ready to remove it, I also do not think I am at a place where I need to go to lengths to preserve it and get it back on my finger.
For right now, however, I suppose I will just see how it goes.