March 22, 2004 11:52 AM Subscribe
Jewelry advice. I would like to propose marriage with an antique ring. Is this acceptable? Details inside.
posted by Mayor Curley to human relations (33 answers total)
I have two options: an older, heavier ring from the 1910's (my paternal great-grandmother's) and a lighter one from the 1930's that belonged to my paternal grandmother.
What I'm wondering is if this is an acceptable practice. My family is very conscious of its history and I would feel very good about keeping another hierloom in circulation for its intended purpose. My generation is pretty sparse (and wicked lame), so it's up to me to carry on traditions. I'm sentimental enough that I don't want these pieces of history to be kept in a lock box. However, if the most likely response is "Eew! Dead woman's ring!" I will buy a new one. Any thoughts? Woman friends that I've asked have been positive about it, but I'm still nervous.
(If it matters: the rings were involved in very happy, successful marriages and my girlfriend appreciates the family antiques that are all over myparents' house.)