Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rings of Circles & Circles of Rings...


Rings.
Stones.
Circles.
Rocks.

I have only had a couple/few rings in my life made of gold or platinum, with or without precious or semi-precious stones.

My sister gave me a ring some twenty plus years ago made of gold.
Never seen anything like it.
Ornate & old looking, I am sure, from the day it was made.
A tiny little sapphire surrounded by a small square which was cornered in hearts, surrounded by a small rectangle and more hearts....all enclosed by more hearts & boxes.
One sapphire, repeated four corners & thirteen hearts in all.
I wore it daily until I broke it, collapsing one corner of the heart shaped filigree.
Three jewelers have told me that they would not repair it.

So I keep it in a special little cardboard box I got on my eighteenth birthday.

My engagement ring was made of gold & platinum.
It has a small little round diamond with clarity much better than my own and an ornate squared setting. Ironically enough, just before I asked for divorce, the platinum setting popped on one side, separating itself from the band. A circle wide open. It now lays folded in some tissue & stuffed into an envelope in an unfrequented drawer.


My mother gave me an antique platinum band with three small diamonds in a beautiful setting. I have worn it faithfully for years until last week. The jeweler told me 'You can't break platinum.'
I reached in my pocket, pulled out a folded & torn corner of an envelope & passed it to him...'Well, I'll be damned.' In it lay the platinum band from my mother. He referred me to another jeweler...and I dropped it back into the paper pouch.


Before going home, I stopped by a vintage shop. There I saw a little sign.
It read.... 'The things that matter the most in life aren't things at all.'

Profoundly true.
I pulled on the Joe-made peace sign that hangs by leather from my neck.
I looked down at the little leather band that now sat solo around my finger.
I rubbed the jade that the leather held.
I thought of the good health that the jade represents.

I thought of my brothers, my sisters, my life & mortality...
Everything means something...

and I remembered that those rings may be broken,
but the circle is not...


(image is of jade, silver & leather ring made by awesome spirit at earthlypossessions)

8 comments:

KarmaLennon said...

I love how every time I stop by here, I leave a little happier. :) And may the circle always remain unbroken!!! P&L

Oceanshaman said...

Gotta love Joe-made peace signs . . .

skinnylittlesister said...

Karma...sometimes, I think maybe, when it feels like the circle is breaking that maybe it's just making space for a new link...

Oceans...Yup, in so many ways. Sometimes, some 'things' represent things that aren't 'things' at all... like Joe's peace sign.

Dee said...

I am happy I can see well enough to read this today without the magnifier...YAY!! Addendum to your post: 'That' that matters most, always comes through, even if it's in the last minute. Cheers, my friend! :)

she said...

that's perfect.. "rings may be broken but the circle is not"

great post skinny! it's never the ring itself, but the memory/relationship of the giver, wearer and circumstance/memories between

you've got it just write here..

love, peace & memory treasures! ~s.

The CEO said...

I agree with she, the line "rings may be broken but the circle is not" is massively powerful. Thank you for that.
p&l
monty

Mel said...

Gosh--I came to check on you and see that the silly Moof Monster ate my comment....

*sigh*

Yaknow, I have the ring that my mother wore way back when she was a teenager--worn so thin the band snapped. Unfixable, still taken out and held and felt and put back with loving care.
And the band that was my grandmothers which I wear still today--thick gold, I've smiled away offers from more than one jeweler for it.

They'll never make a museum--and what they'll hold for the daughter will be entirely different than what they hold for me. But they're circles which won't be altered by time or circumstances.....never broken.

*hugs*

skinnylittlesister said...

Dee, She Ceo & Mel...

Apologies for my neglect & such...but please know the circle remains unbroken and we are all part of it!
Much Peace & Much Love...