I’ll probably be fired for this little revelation, but I don’t wear a lot of jewelry. And by a lot, I mean any. In fact, the first jewelry I put on was my wedding ring this past July. Of course, now my finger rebels at the alien feeling of the thing, so I make up a lot of excuses to take it off. The edges are too sharp. It’s irritating my skin. Can’t wear jewelry while I’m playing sports. I don’t want to develop a tan line, honey!
Needless to say, my new bride isn’t always happy to notice my finger has suddenly gone bachelor. It doesn’t help that my ring is a very simple sterling band I bought on the cheap, so the sizing is a little tight and it really does have sharp edges (I bought it before working at Rio). I could walk down to the guys in tech and probably have it polished up a bit, but instead we’ve been looking for new rings in the Rio Finished Jewelry catalog. My wife LOVES her Cibola ComfortFit™ wedding band, and the employee discount is a great deal.
So what options are out there for a guy who has never worn jewelry before? I’m surprised to find my interest piqued at several possibilities. Stainless steel, tungsten, titanium, ceramic? Putting aside my Rio hat for a moment and putting on my customer hat, it’s refreshing to be able to get personal and unique with a purchase that normally is propelled by tradition and obligation. For me, there’s something cool right off the bat about materials not called gold, silver or platinum. I mean, titanium? That’s like wearing a space shuttle on my hand. That’s jewelry I can get behind.
I was playing in an Ultimate tournament a few weeks ago (think soccer or football, but with a disc instead of a ball), and one of the guys on the team was showing off his tungsten wedding ring. It was inlaid with a piece of the Nogata meteorite.
“My ring is made from the oldest thing on the Earth,” he bragged. I’m not going to lie, I was ashamed of my little sterling ring just then. At least I would have been, if I hadn’t forgotten it at home.
So what used to be a dreaded chore is now turning into a pretty fun shopping search. It never occurred to me that I could customize a ring like that, or that I had so many basic choices to begin with. Of course, I never worked in the jewelry industry until about five months ago. But what will I do with my meager sterling ring? I wouldn’t feel right sending it to the Rio scrap program—after all, it’s still a pretty big part of my growing marriage. Maybe I can make something personal out of it, like a cufflink or lapel pin. Any ideas?