The week before I ran my marathon this year Plumbing Boy said he would like to buy me a piece of jewellery to remind me of the hard work I had put in. He wanted it to be something I could wear every day as a symbol of my achievement, but more importantly something I could look at daily to remind me that I can overcome any difficulty after the challenge of running a marathon.
Once I got my head around it, I knew it had to be a ring, as that would be about the only thing I'd wear daily & an image formed in my mind. I knew then that I wanted to go back & see the Jeweller who made my engagement ring & try a tension set black diamond ring. I could see it in my head, but wasn't able to explain why until I went for a run on Saturday morning (it was only ready for pick up Friday which was also our 5th wedding anniversary) - first proper long run post marathon.
Initially I wondered if I’d made the right decision with the black diamond & should have perhaps chosen a regular or pink diamond, but after running 21kms with it Saturday, it is absolutely perfect & represents everything it needs to. I actually shed a few tears as the realization became so clear to me around the 9th kilometre & I really felt free as I let a lot of things go.
After explaining the true meaning of the ring to PB on
Sunday, he suggested I write to the Jeweller & share it with him. I also wanted to share it with you. Please excuse my crinkly hands & bad photography!!!
The solid tension set band itself represents Strength, Power & Courage: the band is not delicate, it is strong!! It is hand casted, not something that can be bought off a shelf - it’s about having courage to put in the hard work & not take the easy way out.
The black diamond represents the darkness - the Fear, Failure, Anxiety & Negativity I experienced while training for the event. But when that diamond sparkles it represents Freedom & Forgiveness; & letting all of that go.
It doesn't sparkle as brightly the clear diamond in my engagement ring, but that is fitting: Fear, Failure, Anxiety & Negativity are all far more difficult to overcome than the love & light which is represented in my engagement ring.
I'm wearing this ring with great pride, but I think it will take a few months for me to stop tearing up as I think about all it represents. PB was also extremely happy after I'd explained it all to him on Sunday, as he wasn't sure initially that I'd placed the same meaning on it has he'd had in mind - it just took me a while to be able to articulate it!!!