But actually, that made me think of something that is very precious to me:
Photo taken as part of the 12 Days of Christmas photography workshop
This is my engagement ring, given to me by my lovely The Doctor just over 17 years ago (yikes!! I feel old now!!) I described the kind of ring I wanted (a ruby surrounded by diamonds - though I was happy to settle for cubic zirconia as a cheaper option!) but he found exactly the right ring all by himself - and it did have diamonds :) We were both students and there wasn't a lot of spare cash around, but he had some savings and while it may not be the most expensive ring in the world it's very valuable to me because of all it represents.
Sadly, I can't actually wear it any more - neither can I wear my wedding ring, or the eternity ring The Doctor gave me for our 10th wedding anniversary :( I'm prone to eczema on my hands, and wearing the rings gave me frequent flare-ups :( Instead, I wear a new, very narrow, gold wedding band which is slightly too big for me, and which doesn't seem to give me the same problem. We did look into getting the other rings enlarged but that wasn't really possible, and even looser they may well have aggravated the eczema - not to mention that I'd be scared of losing them! So instead they live in a special little jewellery box in my bedroom.
I do miss glancing down to my hand to see my precious ring, but I have it safely tucked away, and what it represents I can always carry with me :)
This post was brought to you by Sian's Storytelling Sundays (slightly late thanks to Blogger not wanting to let me upload photos and even later due to me being offline most of this week!)