Ring Bling: What’s the story behind your gems?
Hey Dreamers, I've loved rings since I was a little girl - they are the one piece of jewelry that I will always invest in. Each ring that I have comes with a story. Sometimes I have to do some serious negotiation to get the price I want, sometimes it's the people I'm with that make the purchase special, and sometimes it's the person that is giving me the ring that makes the ring shine a little brighter for me. I started building my collection when I was pretty young, probably around 12 or so when my parents started letting me travel internationally with the People to People Student Ambassador program. Through that program and with other personal trips over the years (studying abroad, family vacations, school trips) I've travelled a lot and I've made it a point to try and pick up a ring in each city/ country that I visit. As promised (on IG) I want to share with you the story of my antique jade ring the I was wearing the other day. Here's the story behind that gem... In the spring of 2008, I was studying abroad for a semester in Salamanca, Spain. During spring break my parents (like the amazing people that they are) came to visit me, but instead of coming to Salamanca where I was studying we decided to meet in San Sebastian because my cousin and his partner were there on a business trip then we took the train to Barcelona followed by a flight over to the beautiful island of Mallorca (home of Rafael Nadal - if you didn't know). We spent a week and a half together and made some INCREDIBLE memories! We did a lot of eating and a ton of shopping, but my favorite purchase on this trip was a set of rings that my parents got for me in a teeny tiny jewelry store in Barcelona. I remember the store like I was just there yesterday. I was drawn in by a gorgeous ruby colored ring in the window, and the matching but not TOO matchy-matchy necklace that went with it. There were two workers in the store (a very small, but sassy white haired women and a man who I think was her son), one other customer and my mom and dad. My dad found the only chair in the store (right by the front door) and sat down as quickly as humanly possible. My mom and I perused the 10'x20' store for longer than one might think possible in a space that was only 10'x20'. We had to have tried on at least 50 rings, but the two that I just couldn't live without (yes, I think I said that in my pitch to my parents who were funding this passion splurge) were these fabulous vintage rings with touches of jade. Until then, I hadn't really played much with color when it came to jewelry - I stuck to pure gold, white gold and silver with diamonds mostly, but there was something about Spain that was evolving my fashion palette and these rings with a pop of gorgeous green color just had to be mine...BUT...my parents told me that I had to choose ONE and I was TORN (first world problems - I know)! After what seemed like hours, but probably only lasted about 10 minutes (because I don't think my dad could have lasted much longer) I picked the sunburst ring pictured on my ring finger. There is something so wonderfully feminine yet strong about that ring and I felt that it really spoke to my growth as a young lady during this semester abroad. When my dad went to pay and when I say pay I mean haggle and when I say haggle I mean get the best deal EV-ER IN LIFE (you might have to know me to hear me saying that when you read it - haha) the white haired lady ended up agreeing to sell us both rings for some low price that we just couldn't walk away from because she felt that those rings were meant to be mine and that they were meant to stay together. We clearly spoke the same language! She knew my heart. These rings were meant for me and I cherish them. [caption id="attachment_967" align="aligncenter" width="747"] I don't actually wear the square one like a midi ring - that was just for artistic effect![/caption] While I usually wear them together, lately (in the last few months or so) they've been making solo appearances on my fingers. They are such strong pieces that they can truly hold their own (no supporting cast needed). That's what makes them so special - they're special on their own but make each other even better when wore together! I hope you all love your jewelry as much as I love mine or maybe I inspired you to start a collection of your own. Either way, I'd love to hear your favorite ring bling story! Share it in the comments below! I can't wait to read them :)