The ABCs of Erotica

Welcome everyone to the Diamond Jubilee Celebration Hop! This blog hop is sponsored by Sue Grimshaw and the wonderful folks at Romance at Random.

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When I stopped to think about what I might write for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration, my mind focused on the diamonds. I’ve never been a huge fan of diamonds. I’m more into natural gemstones like opals and pearls. Diamonds always seemed quite expensive and just a little less interesting.

I actually don’t consider myself a jewelry person at all, despite the fact that I have a huge box filled with jewelry. I do wear jewelry daily – the exact same jewelry. I wear the same earrings for months at a time. I wear the same rings for years at a time.

For example, I wore my high school ring well past high school graduation. Now, this isn’t as bad as it sounds. It is a birthstone ring in a small setting. This ring really represented something to me. I worked for the money and paid for it myself. In addition, it was custom made – one-of-a-kind. I went to several high schools. I had the initials for each school engraved around the stone. By the time I stopped wearing it, the facets on the stone had literally worn away.

In college, the standard ring at my school was an onyx in a gold setting. Like the majority of my classmates, I purchased one and wore it for well over a decade. Eventually, I lost a significant amount of weight and neither school ring fit properly anymore. I planned to get them resized, but I’ve never done it.

Now for quite some time, I’ve been wearing the rings associated with my marriage. For my engagement ring, my husband chose a lovely gold ring with flowers and no stones. I’m not sure it is something I would’ve selected for myself. However, I really love it because he picked it out and it has grown on me. We have matching wedding bands with bamboo etched around the circumference. These we selected together. Both these rings, of course, have a great deal of meaning to me and I wear them always.

Looking back, the history of my rings is almost like a history of my life.

Do you have jewelry like that? Do you have a piece that is tied to a specific event or time in your life? Please feel free to share by leaving a comment.


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Comments on: "It’s the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen and We’re Celebrating by Hopping!" (9)

  1. Michelle Vasquez said:

    I’m not much of a jewelry person either but rubies are my favorite. They’re also my birthstone.

    Michelle V
    romanceinreview AT gmail DOT com

  2. Patricia Williams said:

    I have a ring that was my grandma that I will not part with.

  3. I cannot blame you! Those are the most special pieces…ones that have been in the family and worn over the years.

  4. I’m usually only a jewlery person if it’s my favorite design, like hello kitty. I’d sell a kidney over some of that kind lolol Thanks for participating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Nice post. I don’t have any pieces like that.


  6. Thanks so much guys for all the great comments! I appreciate your participation 🙂

  7. Shannon said:

    Thanks for participating in the Diamond Jubilee Hop! I have been missing my jewelry since a trip in 2007. I remember putting it in a small box and hiding it (in case my house was broken into – so they wouldn’t find it) but now I can’t find it! I have looked everywhere! Obviously I haven’t since I haven’t found it – but I would really like to find it one day. Especially since I think my grandmother’s 25th anniversary ring is in it…

  8. Gale Nelson said:

    I have my great grandmothers engagement ring. It has been passed down from my mom and grandmother to me. Gale

  9. julie beasley said:

    for my 18th birthday my mother and father bought me a lovely gold watch, with quite a thick band. i wore it for years. but i remember my father going to scotland on a fishing trip and bringing my sister and i rings back, pretty but not expensive, i value that more because he bought them himself for us and he died quite awhile ago, so they are special. i was i could go see all the jewellery at buckingham palace. i live in england but, its to far away

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