Wearing a legacy of love

Some 30 years ago, a son chose his mother’s favourite stone – a sapphire, surrounded it with diamonds and encircled it in 14 kt yellow gold.  It was a labour of love presented to his mother as one symbol of how precious she was to him.  He wanted her to know that though they lived thousands of kilometers apart, he thought of her every day.

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Every time she put it on her finger, she would hold her hand out and gaze at it remembering with warmth her son’s words.  Some years later, she passed away and the ring returned to him.

He married and a special bond developed between his wife’s mother and himself.  The ring that his mother had worn, became a gift to his mother-in-law.  Every time she put it on her finger, she would hold her hand out and gaze at it remembering with warmth her son-in-law’s words.

Some years later, she could no longer wear the ring because of arthritis and the ring returned to the son-in-law.

On his wedding anniversary, the ring was lovingly presented again, this time to his wife.  “When you wear it”, he said, “remember the loving fingers that wore it before you”.

And so, every time she puts the ring on her finger, she holds out her hand and gazes at it, remembering the loving hands that wore it before her and the love they all know has come with the gifting of the ring.