Full eternity wedding sets are hugely popular, and I understand the appeal. However, when I started wearing them, I got pretty frustrated. I’d been in the habit of wearing my wedding rings all the time. I never took them off, except for the occasional cleaning. Almost 10 years ago I fell in love with this set, and upgraded. I’m pretty active, and that translates to higher than average wear and tear on my jewelry, but even I was surprised at how much I banged up my new set. I thought that because these rings were so substantial, with such heavy gold weight and sturdy prongs, I’d be fine wearing them all the time. Boy, was I mistaken. Repeated repairs to the set convinced me I needed to start taking more care with them, and since that first year, I haven’t had any other problems.
This sounds silly, but I started thinking of my full eternity bands as a pair of really expensive high heels. I never wear my heels around the house. I would feel ridiculous gardening in platforms, or bathing the dogs in strappy heels, I’d ruin them if I tried cooking, or cleaning, or picking up after teenagers in them. It might work for Peggy Bundy on Married With Children, or Gloria Pritchett on Modern Family (Hey! Same TV husband, and they BOTH wear heels around the house?!?), but it doesn’t work for me. I need comfort and ease of movement. Besides, I love my shoes, and in some cases, I’ve spent a lot of money on them. I want them to last. The same is true for my jewelry.
Now, my shoes and jewelry are the last thing I put on when I’m leaving home, and they’re the first thing I take off upon my return. It did take a little while to develop the habit with my wedding rings, and I forgot them at home a few times. But that never happens anymore, and now my jewelry stays cleaner, and I haven’t lost a stone or needed to get my set repaired in years. And that saves money. Money that can be spent on high heels.