I  haven’t been this excited about something in a very long time! And I’ve been waiting for the day when everything was done so I could share it with all of you!

As you all know, it was 4 years ago that I got married. And it was 3 years ago from June 12th that he moved out. Ever since then, my wedding ring has sat alone it’s box in my jewelry holder. It has my mom’s diamond in it, so the diamond holds a lot of sentimental value to me. I knew I wanted to do something with both the ring and the diamond, but never knew what.

Then my BFF’s sister got engaged.

Her fiance, who is an artist by job and trade (he’s a high school art teacher), designed a ring for her with a jeweler and it’s GORGEOUS! It’s beautiful and unique, just like his fiance.

That was the spark that I needed and the key to finding a jeweler who I could work with to do something about my wedding ring. I had picked it out (thankyouverymuch!) and I really like it! Selling it or just leaving it in the box forever were never even options. The ring doesn’t have a second band with it, so it would be easy to be able to wear it on my right hand and not look like a wedding ring.

So I set an appointment with the jeweler and drove the 45 minutes to her studio to get the ball rolling. I handed her my ring and told her I wanted an amethyst in place of the diamond but I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to do with the diamond.

Here’s how it turned out:

Is it weird that as I was driving home, while I had my hand on the top of the steering wheel, I said out loud to my ring, “welcome home!”?

Wow, do I have my mom’s hands!

Changing out the stone in my ring was the easy part. Now, what to do with that diamond?

After going through lots and lots of gigantic catalogs and magazines, I gave the jeweler a very diverse idea about what style I like. And when I say diverse, I mean: I like swoopy, I also like angles, I also like bigger, I also want something smaller… That she was even able to figure anything out I liked shows her true talent!

One thing I was sure on was that I wanted a pendant of some sort that has the diamond as the central focus. And if it had other stones, I wanted lots of color.

A few weeks later, I met with her again to choose one of the half-a-dozen mock-ups that she had drawn. I moved around and touched a lot of precious gems and settled on a design and the stones and shapes I wanted.

I can’t remember the last time I was this eager about something!

I waited impatiently as she made my necklace.

And today…

I got to pick it up!

BEHOLD! The most beautiful and sentimental piece of jewelry I’ve ever owned:

What’s that? You want a close-up? Well, if you insist! (p.s. It’s super difficult to take a picture up close of something you’re wearing…)

I didn’t think about writing down all of the stones that are in it before I handed my parents the appraisal information to put in their safe, so I can’t tell you exactly what each of the stones are. I do know there’s a pink diamond, an emerald, a sapphire (possibly more than one, since I learned that sapphires come in more than one color (blue)). But see the diamond? It’s front and center, just like I wanted.

I love this necklace, I can’t even begin to describe how much!

I don’t usually get emotional about things, but I had to resist hugging the jeweler when I opened the box to see it. And then when I made a stop at my parents’ house to show it to them, I was thiiiiis close to crying.  I don’t know why this necklace ended up being that emotional for me, but I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

I’ve worked really hard on bettering myself over these last few years and, most importantly, to learn from the mistakes I made. The fact that my family and friends have stood by me as I’ve learned and grown, that has helped me become even stronger. This necklace is the embodiment all of that.

I love this necklace so much!!!

Now I’m going to go stare at it in the mirror some more…


And because I’m so happy with the result (she in no way, shape, or form asked or paid me to say this), I’d love to recommend my jeweler: Cheryl Reiber Designs