Thursday, July 21, 2011

about me > my rings

I really like jewelry but I am usually not super adventurous with different pieces. I think it is mostly because I am forgetful. Pieces of jewelry that don't need to be taken off are the ones that I end up wearing every single day until they become a permanent fixture on my body. This happens most often with rings. Every once in a while I will add an extra ring or two for fun, but i have 4 rings that I have worn every single day since I got each of them. I thought it would be fun to tell you a little bit about them.


- Ring 1 -
This is my engineering ring. As you may know, I went to University for Chemical Engineering, and although I do not work as an engineer, I wear my ring everyday. The engineering 'Iron Ring' is meant to be worn on the pinky finger of your 'working hand' as a reminder to live by a high standard of professional conduct. You can read more about the Iron Ring here. When an engineering student graduates, they attend a secret (yes secret!) ceremony where we are given our rings. Sorry, I am sworn to secrecy about the ceremony! Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe that the tradition of the Iron Ring does not exist for engineers in the United States (there may be a few places in the States that do it though).  Any other engineers out there?

- Ring 2 -
This is my Grandmother's wedding band (my Dad's Mother). She passed away back in 2005 and I believe it was my Aunts who decided that it would be nice for me to have this ring. It is a thin white gold band with little notches on it and I love it. I think of my Grandma when I see it. My Grandma Watson was a very crafty and thrifty lady. I really should put together some stories about her, I think a lot of you would appreciate and relate to a lot of the things she did!

- Rings 3 & 4 -
My engagement ring and wedding band! These are 2 very special rings that I plan on wearing everyday for the rest of my life. They remind me of the commitment I made to Ivan and make me think about how much I love him (too sappy?). I am so happy that he is my husband!

So there! Now you know a little bit more about what is going on on my fingers. ;)

♥elycia

22 comments:

  1. Beautiful rings, I love the simplicity and the meaning behind them. :) I've never heard of the "Iron Ring". That's really cool!

    --Amanda
    http://anthropomorphity.blogspot.com/

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  2. A friend of mine here in San Diego just graduated with a degree in structural engineering, and he went to a "secret ceremony" and got a ring too. If it's not the same, it's pretty similar! :)

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  3. Wow, that is pretty cool that you went to school for chemical engineering! My husband just graduated from UBC and got his iron ring for electrical engineering. He couldnt tell me about his secret ceremony either :) I think the pinky ring is more a Canadian thing, but I could be wrong.

    Your other rings are super pretty!

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  4. That's awesome that you got a secret ring ;) besides my wedding rings, I don't wear rings as much mainly because I forget about it- I even forget my wedding ring on a daily basis!

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  5. oh wowi have never heard of the engineering ring before but it sounds very exciting. i got my great nanas ring which i wear every day...its so lovely to have something to remind me of her...and well the wedding and engagement rings are just lovely <3

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  6. I had to double check that I was reading your blog and not someone elses by accident! Learned something new about you. Very sweet stories about your rings lady!

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  7. My boyfriend's an engineer too but hasn't gotten his ring or attended the ceremony yet...

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  8. This is absolutely awesome, Elycia! I love the story behind the Iron Ring. I only have one piece of jewelry I wear daily and that's my engagement turned wedding ring. I LOVE IT so much, I refused to switch to a "wedding ring." So it's both. ^_^

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  9. My brother got his masters in electrical engineering and he did not get a ring or a secret ceremony. =[

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  10. I love the rings, I'm a bit of the opposite when it comes to jewelry: I wear different ones every day because I just can't keep the same ones on all the time! No idea why, I wish I could keep jewelry with memories like yours on for a long time, but I normally just end up pulling them out for occasions. Anyway, just wanted to say that UCLA does the iron ring thing! I don't study engineering but one of my friends recently graduated with one. :)

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  11. I had never heard of the Iron Ring and it's a really neat concept!

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  12. You're the cutest. I love hearing you get sappy about your hubby.

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  13. I love the stories for all of your rings! They are all so pretty and it's nice how they all have special meanings for you. The story of your Iron Ring is so cool!

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  14. The engineering ring is so cool! I didn't know that! Your wedding ring looks so pretty too. Congrats again.

    -Chey
    the oBITCHuaries

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  15. Oh, cool!! :) Love em! and I had *no* idea you were an engineer!! Dude! I'm curious though - why don't you work as an engineer after all that work in school?

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  16. what a MOST excellent idea for a blog post (sorry, i just watched bill and ted's excellent adventure). i'm a big jewelry switcher so the only constants are my wedding rings. but i'm terrible with purses - if i put all my stuff in one i could be stuck with it for weeks because i'm too lazy to switch everything!

    i got siiiiiiidetracked!

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  17. I love seeing rings from relatives. I too wear a ring that was my grandmothers and it makes me happy every time I look down.

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  18. That iron ring story is cool!
    I wear just my wedding ring and the ring he gave me as a promise yeaaarsssssss ago(its not an engagement ring).Some times i add up an handcrafts silver ring with a torquoise stone.And i wear them all on the same finger on my left hand.

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  19. WOO! I have an iron ring too ;)

    I think it's more of a Canadian thing. All of the American engineers I've met have never heard of the IRC.

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  20. My husband has an Iron Ring! AND we're American hahaha! He went to the University of Missouri for electrical engineering, and he doesn't work as an engineer either. He's actually a math teacher. When we were dating, he took the ring off one day and put it on my finger and told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me ♥ so I love that ring. (He actually took it back after he gave me a legit engagement ring, the pooper, but I steal it whenever I get a chance!)

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  21. I loved this post!! I always wear my rings, I never take them off!

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  22. I know this is an extremely old post, but the United States does have something similar (dating back to 1970 - so, it's relatively new); however, our ceremony is open to the public. Our ring is a stainless steel ring and also worn on the pinky on the dominant hand. Ours is called "Order of the Engineer."

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