My engagement ring was my Grandma Doris'. She was 19 when my Grandpa proposed, three diamond in platinum setting and shoulders, with gold ring, as was popular in those days. I inherited at 16, but knowing how clumsy I was, my Mum did not let me have it until I was 21. I have worn it and treasured it everyday since.
I had always known that I wanted a contemporary wedding band, and that the cut of grandma's ring would not sit well with such a style. I had long hoped that should I ever get engaged, I be able to use Grandma's ring for the engagement, and get something different for my wedding band.
Rob was very happy with this arrangement, he also wanted to incorporate a family heirloom into the wedding. Rob's Mum's wedding ring, although to small, is very good quality good, and very heavy. Our friend's sister is a jeweller and she was able to insert a piece so that it would fit on Rob's huge finger, and Rhodium plate it.
We found my ring at Green & Benz. It is made of palladium and is the perfect balance of sturdy, industrial looking, with a hint of delicate elegance with the inlaid tiny eternity style diamonds set around the ring.
Palladium is of the Platinum family and as of Jan 2010 is a registered precious metal which must be hallmarked. At the time of purchase the palladium was approx 1/3 of the cost of platinum, which was a bonus as we saved money by chosing my favourite design, that was not actually available in platinum! It is a super alternative if you prefer silver coloured jewellery. It is stronger than silver and will not require coating, unlike white gold, as this is the natural colour of the metal, which can be brushed or polished as other metals.
I love my rings, and it was so wonderful to include Grandma and Christine in the wedding even though they could not be there with us.