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Om Mani Padme Hom

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I've never been too comfortable travelling with my wedding rings. I know that it's an easily noticeable thing. People approach me about it from time to time. It sometimes makes me uncomfortable to think of how many people would be noticing it and not saying anything, especially in a foreign country.

userinfoHusband Guy and I have also wanted a pair of matching rings. Our wedding rings don't match. Not that they have to, but it's just kinda nice if they do.

For a few years now, I've been looking around for a pair of matching rings, for travel purposes. This way, I don't have to haul around a photocopy of the papers for the diamond so that Canada Customs doesn't hassle me for importing (I'm surprised that I didn't get questions about it coming back from South Africa). And, this way, I also wouldn't have to spend my vacations fretting about losing my ring =P A more plain wedding band would mean my clothes don't get shredded by the prongs and I won't have to worry as much about hurting 甜蜜蜜, my Ex-Co-Worker's baby girl, when I go over to play D&D with The Ex-Co-Worker Buddies and inevitably play with the baby. =)

But all the rings I saw were either expensive, too girly, too ugly, too blah or some combination of negativeness that I didn't want. I wanted something simple and elegant, so that the husband could wear it without looking too frilly. But I wanted it to be interesting and cool at the same time. All the simpler designs I saw that were appropriate for men were just blah and nothing on women.

Today, we were wandering through the gift shop of the Steveston Guan Yin Temple and we got a pair of matching rings. They're inscribed with the Om Mani Padme Hom mantra. The outer layer has the words on it and it spins like a mani wheel. =)

It looks like this, except ours are entirely 18K white gold, not a combination yellow/white gold like the one in the picture. From far away, they look like plain wedding bands. It's not until you get closer that you see and understand them... just like the two of us. And up close, if you're not looking carefully, it kinda looks like The One Ring... which makes it all that much cooler =)

Our Om Mani Padme Hom rings are now consecrated and bound to us. They weren't expensive, they're tasteful, simple, elegant, yet very interesting and deeply meaningful to us.

Now we're trying to decide when to wear them. We were originally only wanting them as a travel set, but now we want to wear them regularly as well. But the rings we were originally married with are also special =]


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Feb. 4th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Spinny rings are cool =)
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Feb. 4th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
My original one looks similar to this, but with a bigger centre stone. It's a lovely twisty "flourish" type setting design flanked with the six smaller stones, three on either side.

But thanks, I love these new ones too. =)
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