Personal History,  Preserving Family History

Treasure Chest Thursday: Mother Daughter Rings

Remember the post High School Rings Have Two Sides? In that post, I shared how I wore my mother’s high school ring while I was in high school. When I obtained my senior ring, I didn’t want to stop wearing my mother’s ring. That ring was now a part of me, just as my own ring would now become.

Generations of High School Rings
Daughter on left and Mother on right

As I pondered the last post “Telling A Story” I thought about the story of the mother/daughter high school rings. Thankfully, a little something told me to photograph both of them together.

You can now see that I attempted to mimic my mother’s ring design. Most of the folks in my high school class had a ‘plain’ stone in their setting. I specifically searched through the ring options catalog for a “K” crest representing my high school. I wanted something resembling the “S” on mom’s ring. I did choose a more ornate design that mom’s, meaning I had my name on the ring, my interests (flag corps and band), and a stone. Mom’s was simple and mine was more over the top. However, I love the two rings together. These were the two rings that I wore as a senior in high school and into my college years. They represent mom and me.

Bad ring grouping
Great idea, but it didn’t work.

I had seen an idea of placing two rings together in such away that they are ‘joined’ but distinct. I’ll admit this was a wedding photographer tip. I think the tip would work for a man’s ring and a woman’s ring. Unfortunately, my rings were very similar in size and positioning them together didn’t play out well. Additionally, my ring began to look more like a man’s ring and my mother’s a woman’s ring. The story is mother/daughter. I did not like the vibe I was feeling from attempting this arrangement.

It’s okay to try out suggestions from a variety of sources. It’s okay to fail. There is much learning gained the process.

Devon Noel Lee is passionate about capturing and preserving family stories so no one alive today has to be researched, or forgotten, tomorrow. She has authored 6 how-to books, a memoir, two published family history biographies, and over 60 family scrapbooks. She's an enthusiastic speaker who energizes, encourages, and educates at the same time.

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