Hi everyone! I desperately need your help in coming up with an extra-nifty surprise wedding band for James, for three reasons: 1) Y'all know what the heck you're doing, what with proportions, metals, creative ideas, etc. 2) James is the kind of guy who would give someone the shirt off his back after carefully starching it, first, and has not had the kind of life where his sweetness has exactly been appreciated, much less reciprocated, and 3) If I can spend more time at my computer, rather than in the kitchen where a gigantic bag of dark chocolate covered acai and blueberries from Costco is sitting, I have half a chance of getting into a wedding dress
Here's the deal: in one of those "50-50" so-called-equitable splits known as "Le Divorce", James lost a diamond he really, really liked. He'd worn it as a pinky ring until turning it into an engagement ring for his now-ex. In a fit of pique, she hocked the diamond at a pawn shop for a fraction of its value, rather than let him buy it back from her. It was a radiant cut, .72 ct, J/VS2, strong blue florescence. He's flexible on thecolor, and on the size (since I am Poor Single Mother/Nanny, after all), but LOVES florescent stones. (BTW, he thinks this is an idea for a far-off anniversary. Heh heh.) So, I'd like a single stone to be the centerpiece of his ring.
Two: He has huge fingers, at least in comparison to everyone except for our Fearless Leader DBL
(Seriously, 14.5?? That's a LOT of platinum..) He's a size 12.25-12.5. The boy has some very big bones. (I hear you giggling, peanut gallery!!) I've referred to him as a "Moose-toh-Don"
So, no dainty narrow band for him. This is a problem, because the style I am envisioning for him that I thought would suit him so well is the one that was posted on another thread using a customer's diamond in a silver band, where the diamond was set low into the ring, and the width of the band was essentially the width of the diamond. The narrowest band I think James could wear would be 6mm. 7-8 would look better, I think, but I don't know if the budget would support it.
Three: Platinum. Lots of it. He would love an iridium band, which apparently one can get if one knows someone in NASA, but I don't, and I don't know if you could set a stone in it, anyhow. And this will be his "dress" band, for the wedding and for Date Night. He's an subcontractor/installer for DirecTV, and looking for "regular" work as a chief engineer, so he's going to get a tungsten band to beat senseless on a daily basis instead. He's OK with white gold, but, well, there's no way I am going to cut corners on this guy. He's a total angel, and deserves the best, or, at least as much as I can sell my plasma for! So lots of silky, ultra-high-polish, comfy, classy, platinum. For, umm, special friend price. I'd like a pony, while y'all are at it, too.
((Oh yeah, and I'm a Damn Yankee, but have obviously been spending too much time jawing with my Biloxi-born BIL and his damn sugary Southern accent. Y'all are just going to have to forgive my y'alls. Time to call my Jersey friends, after which I say "cawfee" again for days
So..am I insane? Other than for my sweetie. Help me out here? I won't even consider anything pre-made, or going with anyone besides DBL. Besides which, James already promised him all of our business, for life. And the big lug (James, not David) is already looking at pink lemonade rings. Sigh =)