And good golly miss Molly does it fit me perfectly! It isn't my engagement ring, and I only wore it on that hand for ease in taking the picture, but it does look nice, eh? ::sigh:: It inspired me to dress in early '60s style today, though I did feel like an anachronism driving my car into my professional job today. I do mean that in the best way possible. I'd like to look Joan but still have Peggy's job. :)
Monday, February 9, 2009
Mom, Grey, and I went flea marketing this weekend, hitting two in one day. The big one in Tulsa is the Great American Flea Market at Admiral and Mingo, which we did second. It is a good place to go, especially if you're a parent looking for a good deal on toys, clothes, or books for the family. However, my favorite gem in town is the not-huge but still bustling Saturday Market in west Tulsa. The vendors there are so friendly and will always cut you a great deal on something. For example, guess how much money I spent to acquire this beautiful 1940s/1950s engagement ring featuring three small diamonds in 10 karat white gold?
The little beauty is nearly as glorious as the day she left the jewelry store. She needs some polishing, but otherwise, my mouth almost hit the counter when the woman quoted me that price. Thirty-five dollars for a delicate, high-quality ring still in perfect condition 60-some-odd years later. I handed over chump change for this gorgeous piece that has a whole story to tell. Once upon a time, it lit up some young woman's eyes, maybe brought tears to them, and made her say "yes". She wore it throughout 60 years of happy marriage, while she nursed and raise four children, and later while she rocked and loved 12 grandchildren, until the flea-market seller picked it up at estate sale. Maybe the tale wasn't such a happy one. Maybe it carries with it the ghosts of a broken engagement, a lover who died in the war, infidelity, or the tragic humdrum of someone's forgotten life. That isn't the reality I'm choosing, though. I look at this ring, and I see dreams and hope and infinite love.
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