I have received this kind letter from the talented and fragrant PenguinLady:
I have a pressing jewel question for you. My 10th anniversary is coming up on Jan 1, and I have not one idea of what precious stone to ask my husband to get for me! The “traditional” gift is tin – how boring is that?- and the “modern” gift is diamond jewelry. I’m not a “just any ol’ diamond’ kind of girl – I’ve been combing sites looking for something unusual or interesting, but all I find are eternity bands and solitaires. (Yawn.) What do you think? I’m not married (ha!) to the idea of diamonds, either, but would like a ring to wear all the time. If it’s unusual, interesting or meaningful, I’ll be happy.
(If it makes a difference, my wedding band set was a vintage gold & diamond chip set from my Great Aunt, with a 1/2 carat white diamond, and channel set chips, both of which I adore. The plan is to wear the new thing on my right hand, so it doesn’t have to match, per se, but at least not clash.)
Well, PenguinLady, let’s see what we can do for you! First of all, felicitations on your upcoming anniversary! 10 years of love, laughter, the odd moment where you just itch to throw a solid object at his head, and more love…well, that is definitely an accomplishment of which one should be proud!
As far as unusual or interesting diamond rings, there are definitely options out there.
You indicated via a separate missive that your set is a warm yellow gold, and that you’d prefer for it to match if possible, but that you’d consider other options if sufficiently eye-catching.
Here are a few options that I was able to dig up for you, at several price points:
First off, this diamond “love knot” ring.
It’s sweet and subtle for every day, and the symbolism of the love knot is rather fitting, no?
If you’re not dead-set on gold, there is also this unusual and beautiful sterling-silver ring:
And, before you completely write off eternity bands, there ARE some really nice designs out there, like this antiquey-looking one from Morris & David.
This one might accent your wedding set rather nicely, but still looks different from the other eternity bands out there, no?
And lastly, if you’re willing to look beyond diamonds, and are looking for something meaningful, why not consider sapphires? They stand for truth, sincerity and fidelity — three components that are rather necessary for a long and happy marriage like your own.
This lovely antique-style sapphire ring might be just the thing!
Wishing you a happy 10th anniversary, with many more decades of wedded bliss to come!