When my husband and I got engaged and were planning our wedding we, of course, went ring shopping. Have you ever been shopping for jewelry with your significant other? I’m guessing my husband is like most men, in that he’d basically look in the case, point at a band and say, “That one’s fine. How much?” And of course I’m looking at him and thinking really, that one? Did you even look at the other rings or put any thought into it?
Now when we went shopping for my ring, I knew what I wanted, a band that was unique and combined both platinum and yellow gold to match my engagement ring but would also look alright when I was wearing my class ring on my right hand (which is yellow gold).
My husband just wanted a ring and one that didn’t cost much. Ummm..doesn’t he understand marriage is long-term, supposedly ’til death do us part, and I expect that same ring to last him as long as our marriage. So he better like wearing it and I better like looking at it! Right?
So we looked and we looked and well you get it. And we finally settled on a elegant platinum and yellow gold band that was similar to the one I’d chosen. We had to order one in his size and in came in about a week before our wedding. When I showed it to him, you could see him beam. This was roughly three years ago and the band was over $1000. Today with gold and platinum prices through the roof I can’t imagine what the ring would cost to replace, but I know we couldn’t afford to buy a replacement.
I guess it was about three months ago when I was out running errands with our daughter when my husband called me and said, “I know you’re going to be really mad and I’m sorry but I’ve lost my ring.” I was speechless, my heart was pounding and I couldn’t think straight. When I got home and began the interrogation, “where did you see it last? how long has it been missing? have you looked in your truck?” I looked down and see his wedding band and that’s when I realize he lost the other ring he owned, a yellow gold band with four diamonds. It was kind of flashy and always need to be re-plated or else it started to tarnish every three months (so I wasn’t that upset that it disappeared). Whew, I breathed a sigh of relief.
But we still had the issue that he’s lost several pounds which means the rings aren’t fitting tightly and can slip off unnoticed. So he took his band into the jeweler to see if it could be re-sized, but since it has an inlay, the entire ring has to be sent to the manufacturer and replaced! We don’t want to do that which means we’re on to Plan B, buying a back-up wedding ring that he can wear.
This wasn’t an expense we’d planned on but neither of us want to lose his original band. When we’d first looked at rings, he was always drawn to the Tungsten bands. Of course now that we have kids I don’t really want to drive around town lugging the kids with us to jewelry stores, so I think we’ll make this purchase online. I found Men’s Tungsten online. They have a large selection of men’s Tungsten bands and they only carry the Tungsten InfinityTM collection of tungsten carbide wedding bands. Infinity collection comes with a certificate of authenticity, unique InfinityTM polish and a no cost warranty.
My hubby works with his hands and is hard on his jewelry so we need a band that won’t scratch, chip, shatter or discolor. And so I like that MensTungsten Online.com certifies the quality of their rings with a lifetime guarantee that the tungsten bands won’t scratch or lose their luster. Added bonus for me – they have reasonable prices and with their sale, I can buy him a back-up ring for under $200. He’ll have a ring he can wear that we both like and if in six months to a year his original band is still too big then we’ll send it off and have it re-sized.