Graduation Day With A Special Engagement Ring by Melissa
'I have always found it fascinating that although inanimate objects can’t tell us their stories, they have ‘seen’ and ‘heard’ so much. Over time, although jewellery may wear slightly in its appearance and be passed from person to person, it maintains a special something.
For as long as I can remember, my mum has had a fascinating jewellery collection. When I was younger, she would tip her rings on to the bed and almost every one of them had a story. She could remember where she was when it was given to her, or for what occasion she received it. As I’ve grown up, I’ve started my own collection of beautiful jewellery, and I must say, our tastes do differ quite noticeably.
One of the proudest days of my life was my graduation day. I had spent three years studying for my English and Creative Writing degree and it was finally time to celebrate. Everything was in place; my family were coming to our house for a pancake party on the evening, my outfit was ready and I was all set for a fun day. I was dressed and ready to go but none of my jewellery was quite what I was looking for.
Then I remembered my mum’s beautiful engagement ring. It was yellow gold, not usually my thing, but it went perfectly with my watch, which was a rich shade of rose gold. After asking if I could borrow it, I slipped it onto my finger and felt like my whole look had been pulled together. It’s not her original engagement ring; she bought it as a replacement, as her old one was worn. It’s in stunning 18ct gold with diamonds - much more fancy than anything I was considering from my own collection. For my mum, that ring represents a fresh symbol of old love, as it replaced her original engagement ring. For me, it is a symbol of a fresh start and exciting new opportunities, following my degree.
Now, every time I look at my graduation photos, with the ring proudly on display, I’m reminded not only of my achievements but of how much support and encouragement I received and still do receive from my parents. It was the best feeling in the world to know that I had them proud that day and I plan to keep on doing so.'