DW &GM! They came in today looking for an engagement ring, and both were completely charming and sweet. She told us that he was the guy she didn’t think existed, and when she spotted a heart detail on a ring she was considering, and mentioned she didn’t want a heart, he came back with “You don’t need to have a heart, because you already have mine”… Awww…
They eventually settled on a platinum Art Deco panel top mounting that is the perfect shape and scale for her hand, and we are setting a dreamy pale green sapphire into the center of it. We wish these delightful lovebirds many happy years together!
As we enter the dog days of summer, we’d like to share some thoughts on… puffiness. Heat, travel, salt intake, refreshing beverage consumption… all of these things can suddenly have you thinking that you need to adjust the size of your rings. Please resist. Chances are, that come the cooler weather, you will be back paying for another adjustment back to the original size. Instead, consider these coping mechanisms.
1) Take your rings off when you sleep- We always recommend this, to save wear and tear, but it is especially helpful during the summer months. Fingers swell and shrink during the night, and it is best to leave them unimpeded by rings.Sleeping in your rings can actually make night swelling worse.
2)Choose narrower rings for summer wear- The wider a ring is, the more flesh it compresses, so the snugger it feels. Narrow rings let you finger breathe and feel lighter.
3) Time repairs carefully- Even if you know a ring needs resizing, it’s a good idea not to come in during a hot spell to have your finger measured. Wait for a cooler day.
4) If a ring gets stuck, try Windex- Better than butter, lotion, soap or spit, Windex breaks the surface tension, and can work miracles. We use it frequently here in the shop, and people are amazed.
NS is a local historian, currently working on a book about the Montavilla neighborhood. She and her beloved, DS, were doing research in Lone Fir Cemetery recently, searching for the grave of a Montavilla founder. Just as twilight approached, they came upon the site. As N was taking notes, D looked down and said “what’s this?”. N watched as he rooted around in the grass and picked up a small box. Intrigued, N came closer to look. Even in the fading light, she could see there was a ring inside, warm gold and silver with a purple gem, and she was concerned they had found someone’s precious jewelry. D got down on his knee, and N figured he was going to grab a flashlight out of his bag, so they could get a better view in the gloaming, but instead, he proposed! (Of course, D had secretly planted the ring earlier in the day).