ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

My engagement ring, an heirloom tale

Updated on August 5, 2009
My ring!
My ring!

Tomorrow it will be a year since I became engaged to my (now) husband and it got me thinking about the story that goes along with my engagement ring... I don't always give in to sentimental thoughts like this, but this one is very dear to me and has to do with my family history (a subject I never tire of).

To start with it belonged to my paternal great grandmother Ethel Miller who owned it back in the early half of the last century, approximately from the 20's or 30's till the 1960's. She lived in Hollywood and (most likely) had some other jewelry like it, so I don't know if it was particularly special to her or not.

It was then passed to my grandmother, Mildred, for a brief time. She in turn gave it to her son (my dad), Robert...

My dad used it to propose to my mom, and thus it was my mother's engagement ring in 1982. Anna, my mother kept it from then till 2008, but rarely wore it (my dad worried about her losing it, etc).

Then this story becomes partly mine... I despaired of meeting any eligible men my age... it was extremely hard to meet anyone in a backwater Northern California town... I met my husband to be, Daniel, in mid-2007 (after connecting with him via E-harmony) and by July of 2008 he knew I was the one for him. (In case you are wondering we met in person about 3 months after we met online, and most of our relationship was in person during dating and engagement.. and still is in person in marriage too!)

When we went to visit my family in July of 2008, Daniel asked permission from my parents, both to obtain my hand in marriage and the coveted heirloom ring for me. You see, the ring was to go to me once I had found the person I wanted to spend my life with... Daniel was "The One" in my mind and my parents knew as much and loved (and still love) him like their own son, so he was given the ring and me as a bride to be... if I said yes of course.

About a month later on a trip to a waterfall near the Southern California city we both lived in, Daniel proposed to me and I became the next link in the ring story, and his lover for life... Because to his delight, and my own... I said yes.

The moral of this tale is only that even though a ring can last for a very long time...("diamonds last forever", etc), it is the one who gives it to you who matters most, so be sure enjoy the time you have with them!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Holly R profile image

      Holly R 

      7 years ago

      This was such a wonderful story!

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      Wow - it must be nice to be linked to so many who have gone before you with that bond of love! There's something so wonderful and comforting about old jewellery I've found - like you're connected with your ancestors. 'the next link in the ring story has a wonderful ring to it!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)