Wedding Ring Drama
As it so happens I haven’t been able to wear my engagement/wedding ring for a few years now. If I put my ring on my wedding finger, within a few days my finger completely freaks out with a rash and it takes months for it to heal.
My immunologist/allergist says it’s due to an allergy to white gold that developed as a result of the hormonal changes I went through while pregnant. I find it laughable that the hormonal changes I went through due to 5 miscarriages also resulted in my inability to wear my wedding ring.
In the few months when I’ve been out of town for work, I’ve had a few different men hit on me and when I don’t return the flirting they have specifically noted that I don’t wear a wedding ring. Which, because I’m me, turns really awkward as I explain that I’m not interested as I have a husband who I really do like.
It turns out Mr. MPB does not particularly love the stories I share of being hit on when I’m out of town for work. He’s of the opinion we should get me a new ring that I can actually wear.
Anyways, as a slight aside, when my Dad proposed to my mom, he gave her a plastic ring from a bubble gum machine as the engagement ring. As a kid, I remember going to goldsmiths a few different times with my mom as she looked to get the plastic ring made into a real ring she’d be able wear. Raising 3 kids, she never had the money and she never lived long enough to have the ring made. Since my mom died, I’ve always talked about getting it made for me. And years ago my Dad gave it to me. So, I’ve been saving up my pennies to get it made but now think I should wear it as a substitute wedding ring that I’m not allergic to.
While I still need to save more pennies, I dug the plastic bubble gum machine ring out of it’s storage spot and went to a goldsmith (the same one who Mr. MPB bought a very special ring from a few years ago) to inquire about designing a ring based on my Mom’s plastic ring.
But, the goldsmith was fairly adamant that before we design the ring, we have to figure out what metal I can wear without a reaction.
He suggested I try yellow gold first as it’s actually more pure then the white gold that my wedding/engagement ring are made out of. So he gave me an 14k yellow gold ring he had in his shop to try (literally, he just gave it to me, trusting I’ll return it, which of course I will). I’m trying it for a full month, and 2 weeks in I’m having no reaction. Assuming yellow gold works then we’ll presumably design it out of yellow gold. Otherwise I’m going to have to try platinum, which is of course drastically more expensive. Needless to say I’m hoping the yellow gold will work.
Anyways, I’m kind of excited to wear a wedding ring again and I’m also kind of excited to fulfill something my mom always wanted.
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