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    I picked up Mom's last engagement ring from the jeweler today. Mom was a firm believer that you married the man, not the ring. She had her engagement and wedding rings redone several times, usually with the original stones. Then later she bought bigger stones. Since her last version didn't come near to fitting me, I couldn't size up without the stones falling out. So I had the stones put into a setting just like my moonstone ring, and made by the same jeweler, http://www.okidanokh.com

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    It's a brass knuckle of a ring. It's 18 karat yellow gold with a matte finish, and shiny palladium, similar to the finish on The Swan pendant. The center stone is a 3 carat, D color. The side stones are .60 each, F color. The side stones have their bezels lined in palladium to keep them looking whiter. This is the only large diamond piece I really wanted of Mom's. Sister got the rest of the big diamonds except for the original engagement ring, which went to Brother.

    With my moonstone and sapphire ring.

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    The jeweler made the sides of the bezel much higher on the diamond ring than on the moonstone ring, and she angled the side stones. I sort of wish it was a bit flatter, but it's ok. I love that there are no prongs to snag on my threads when I weave. The shank is also a bit wider than the shank on the moonstone ring because the side diamonds are bigger than the sapphires.

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    It's very comfortable. It actually looks unreal to me. I'm sure diamond shrinkage syndrome will set in eventually.

    The ring is a size 8. I've always had huge knuckles. Even at our wedding, the rabbi tried to get Greg to give me Greg's ring, because it was so much smaller in diameter than my wedding band. My wedding band looked like the man's ring in comparison to his wedding band. His still falls off his finger. I haven't been able to get mine on in 2 decades, and it was a 7 1/4 back then.

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    Mom in her 9 mm akoya choker and her mabe earrings in the drippy gold setting. These are my favorite of her mabe pearl earrings. She'd lost so much weight that this choker looks much longer than it looks on me.

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    Mom and Dad on their wedding day in 1957. Mom is wearing faux pearls. The earrings have crystal hoops with large SS like round pearl drops. The choker is graduated, but very small.

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    Thanksgiving a decade ago. Mom and I wore tiaras, and Greg and my Dad never said a word about them, and pretended they never saw them, which drove my Mom nuts. It was too funny. My hair is ironed to within an inch of its life. Sister got Mom's gold omega necklace with the large pearl shaped diamond.

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    P.S. I didn't look like this in real life. Sister owned a photography studio. She photoshopped my oily face and zits away. Yay! She also photoshopped away one of my nostrils. Oh, well.
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    Wow these photos are amazing! Your parents on their wedding day! Your mum is stunning. I love the lace, and your dad in his white suit! And the tiara photo! You both are so beautiful.

    I love your new diamond ring, what an incredibly special piece.

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    Thank you. Mom was always dressed to perfection.

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    Oh I love the wedding photo !! The little lace gloves ..how marvellous!
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    The wedding shot is a treasure, but the tiaras… priceless

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    BW, love the design of the new ring, it's perfect, imo! I've enjoyed the photos and stories tremendously, many thanks!
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    Great big Thank You BWeaves, for sharing Mom with us. Her engagement diamonds look wonderful in their new home; the wedding photo!!!! ... and Tiaras Thanksgiving ... the best Thank you so much for taking us on this journey with you.
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    BW--I have loved the pictures and the memories as well as your sharing the stories and the jewelry she loved and wore. Thank you for sharing.

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    Just one more. I did swapsies with my sister. I gave her 2 Victorian silver bracelets and that funky 1940's Mexican silver bracelet from my Aunt. Plus I gave her the Majorica faux Tahitians. I wore them a couple of times, but I have real pearls I like better, and Sister was lusting after the Majorica's. Sister gave me a 2 color gold bracelet with cabochon emeralds, rubies and sapphires, and teeny little diamonds. It's the X's & O's bracelet in the photo.

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    I love cabochon stones. The bracelet is very light weight as the sides and backs of the links are all cut out and holey. I can't decide if that is a plus or minus.

    I wore it with another of Mom's two color gold bracelets.
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    I love both of those bracelets! Cut outs don't matter as long as it doesn't roll over -keeps the weight down . They are both very pretty!
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    So pretty!

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    Your ring re-do looks beautiful and I love cabs too! Perhaps because generally you have to use higher quality stones for cabs to look really nice. Your multi-stone bracelet is beautiful, good trade!

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    I think the holes are a plus; it allows light to enter from the sides and illuminate the cabs from within. ...beautiful bracelet and another wonderful story! Thanks for sharing! I have 2 sons and a daughter, your experiences have encouraged me to start thinking ahead