Welcome Home, But Where’s My Ring?

Operation Homecoming

Some women will never part with their original wedding ring.  It’s sentimental and symbolic and no other ring could ever take its place.  I thought I was that kind of woman until  this past December.  As I excitedly prepared to pick my husband up from the airport after his Iraq deployment, my ring made other plans.  The last known sighting was after  I rinsed  it off after dipping it in jewelry cleaner.  I dried it and placed it on my finger and out the door I went.  Made a few stops before meeting up with our photographer and then I arrived at the airport.

Then we came home and received an overseas call.  As I was talking,  I looked down at my hand and didn’t see a diamond stone set in Platinum with 6 prong setting staring back. I gave panic eyes to my husband and held up my hand. Operation Hunt It Down commenced. And ended.  The ring was gone.

After tears and curses and some foot stomping,  I started looking around websites. I hadn’t thought of a wedding ring in a while and didn’t know where to even begin.  I couldn’t find anything close to the style of my setting, so I decided to break from tradition and delve into some color to represent our marriage.

I wanted the new ring to symbolize what we had become as a family.  The blue topaz/sapphire/diamond ring that caught my eye actually catches me in my throat when I think of it now. The color of this blue topaz reminds me of looking into my husband’s gorgeous blue eyes–a sight I truly miss during separations. The sapphire has been a long admired stone of mine.  I wanted one in a very specific design that I’d know if I saw it and this was it. A little nod to Princess Di from my little girl days. Diamonds in a trim design because this woman loves them.

The sapphire/topaz combination represents where our family has had the most happiness in this journey.  We lived and played at the ocean as often as possible. It’s our collective love. The cushion cut reminds me of everyone piled in our bed to watch movies. Corny to some but to me, this ring fits us all.

Where my solitaire was about ‘just us 2,’ this colorful and inviting ring is about our life and love today.  No surprise that 4 days later my husband took me to the jewelry counter and purchased it.  One month later, my original set showed up in a very tight spot near my bed.  But I love the sentiment and symbolism in the new ring.  Every time I look at it I have to smile.

Have you ever lost an item that meant the world to you?

SAFS is an Air Force veteran, Air Force wife, Army brat and Army mom. Follow on Facebook, her blog and her tweets  about everything!

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Seasoned Air Force Spouse

Partner in well traveled active duty Air Force family. I served and retired from the Air Force. Was born and raised in an Army family! Proud overseas brat. Married to a wonderful, successful southern man with 4 children, one of whom is active duty Army. And yes, I am too young for that! Not the typical family, not the traditional 'mom'. Love military life, social media, writing, business, pop culture, and travel. Born to do more!

  • Jen Woodard

    I had a black garnet gold ring that my dearly missed “mamaw” left me as it was her fav and we were both lefthanded.:-) It was stolen when I took it off to put lotion on at someone’s house and IT really wanted to have it on my hand when I married my veteran last year, but who knows where it is! ;(

  • Jen Woodard

    I had a black garnet gold ring that my dearly missed “mamaw” left me as it was her fav and we were both lefthanded.:-) I really wanted to have it when I married my veteran last year, but who knows where it is! ;(

  • Sonja

    My husband and I upgraded our rings this year. I’ve never been a fan of the traditional diamond so I looked around different sits and came across one on Etsy that I just loved. They are one of a kind. It is made of titanium and concrete. Very simple band. What I liked best if the symbolism it has to us. Titanium is a light but strong material. To my symbolizing our way of life. Being flexible but strong in spirit. Then the description on Etsy talked about the concrete. Concrete comes from the latin “Concresco”, which means “to grow together”! How perfect is that?

  • Courtney

    I wouldn’t have known what to do if I were in your place! I probably would have retraced my steps from checking my phone card australia for the overseas call, to running around for different errands. My wedding and engagement rings mean the world to me, and I wouldn’t know where to start if I lost them. Good to know you found the original ring.

  • maryaehenry

    That’s a very touching story. I would’ve cried to if I found out that my wedding ring is gone. Of course there are pictures that the wedding photographer in Perth had taken during our wedding but the real thing is very important. I’m glad though that you’ve found it and now you know you’ll never let it go ever again.