Friday, September 30, 2011

He liked it so he put a ring on it

About nine or ten months ago, I found a ring on etsy and fell so in love with it that I told Inspector Climate that I wanted it as my engagement ring - you know whenever he felt like proposing (this was back before visas became a daily discussion, we'd moved in together, and were getting married in approximately 5 weeks).  I've never been a big fan of diamonds. In fact, I don't like them at all.

When Inspector Climate actually proposed the first time it was so impromptu that there was no talk of a ring. And the second time, he gave me a ring I already owned until we could order the one I fell so madly in love with online.

Here's the thing with me, I'm allergic to everything - absolutely everything.  Including metals: gold, nickel, copper, know, the things that make up jewellery.  I am not allergic to sterling silver IF the alloy isn't made up of too much copper, and it's a fine fine balance, some pieces of jewellery I'm fine with and others cause whole hand rashes that look like poison ivy. FANTASTIC.

My point is when I was ordering the ring from the etsy shop, NODEFORM, I wanted to make sure that I wasn't going to be allergic to the ring.  After emailing back and forth with NODEFORM for a couple of weeks to see if we could pin down what alloy of sterling silver I'm allergic to and what one I am not, Inspector Climate and I finally ordered the ring a few weeks ago.  And it arrived yesterday.  When I opened the package, I was so excited to finally see it in the flesh, because I mean...look at it. It's just stunning...
Image from NODEFORM

I've been wearing it for about 18 hours now and so far haven't gotten an allergic reaction to it, so fingers crossed that it stays that way. Because I'm simply smitten with my ring and I refuse to give it back.

Image from NODEFORM

I knew if the ring was too expensive I wouldn't want to wear it because I'd be scared of losing it or ruining it, I also knew I wanted something that seemed quintessentially me.  I think this ring is both of these things.  I'm going to give myself until tomorrow to see if my body rejects the ring, in which case, body, we're going to have to have a serious discussion about what is good for us.  First it was wheat...and I said "fine, you don't like wheat, I won't eat it even though it is delicious" but my engagement/getting married ring?...I must put my foot down).

Also,  my dear Inspector Climate, thank you for liking it and for putting not just any ring on it, but a ring that I am quite smitten with.  I adore it, and you!

I'd highly recommend ordering from NODEFORM (website here; shop here; or follow on twitter here) (and no, I'm not getting any compensation for this post), not only are the pieces completely unique and absolutely lovely, but you cannot buy fantastic service - 12 emails were exchanged - and I could even send it back within a few days if I did have an allergic reaction to it!


  1. wow it really is gorgeous!! i love pearls as engagement rings. i found some that i really really wanted back when i was looking. i mean really, diamond engagement rings are only a thing because debeer's had great marketing. i really hate that people spend thousands and thousands of dollars on something that a corporation brainwashed people into believing they HAD to have. plus, who wants the stress of wearing that many paychecks? blech! i love that you went with a pearl ring and it really is ravishing. i hope you don't have any trouble with it and keep it for years to come!

  2. Really really really pretty!! Gosh, now you're gonna make me badger Liebling to hurry up and put a ring on it so I can get a pretty jewel a well... :)

  3. LOOOOOOVE this. I've never been big on diamond engagement rings either, and a LOT of people don't understand that! I'm glad you understand ;)

  4. i'm allergic to nickel (possibly other things as well) and it drives me nuts. i've only recently started wearing earrings again because i was sick of putting them in and then my ears getting itchy and sore.
    it was not pleasant putting them in after a year, ouch!

    the ring is gorgeous, i hope your skin is kind to you and realises this is not the time to be silly and react badly to jewellery!

  5. Simple, sophisticated and stunning!

  6. Gorgeous! I will keep my fingers crossed that you don't have any reactions because you totally deserve that amazing piece of jewelry to represent your love! =)

  7. Hiya D :))
    This really is gorgeous! Hope you wear it with oodles of happiness, smiles and sunshine! My mom is also pretty much allergic to everything lol however she isn't to gold so thats what she's bought over the years!

  8. Wow! What a beautiful ring! I'm all for individual engagement rings - it's going to be on you for life, so it may as well be something YOU think is beautiful!

  9. Oh my goodness that ring is gorgeous! My ring is three old diamonds from my husband's family and rubies that I picked out myself. :)

  10. gorgeous ring! I think you and I are one of the very few people who dont prefer diamonds! :)

  11. Classically beautiful. Simply stunning! Good choice. :)


  12. that's a gorgeous ring! i's so harddd to find "the" ring.

  13. Wow, it's a lovely ring - unusual and gorgeous and thankfully rash-free! And a belated congratulations on your engagement, too :)

  14. So gorg! I am ordering our wedding bands of etsy- I'll have to share soon!

  15. Beautiful!!! That is such a stunning ring, I'm so glad you haven't had a reaction it it. Congrats again!!!!

  16. What a beauty! Congrats you two crazy kids!

  17. congratulations on your engagement :) but you poor thing being allergic to basically all jewellery! You have found a wonderful ring though, it's absolutely beautiful- I really hope you dont get a bad reaction to it! xx

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  18. Oh wow! It's gorgeous, and something I totally would have bought for myself too :) Glad to hear your body isn't rejecting it so far...keep us posted on the final result!

    You must be getting so excited for November..... :D

  19. It's beautiful! Congratulations! I got engaged about a month ago...and I know what you mean about not wanting to wear something too expensive. It sounds weird, but it's true!
    The pearl idea is one I had never thought of, but I love pearls and I think this ring is wonderful.

  20. Hey! So glad you came to my blog, because now I discovered yours!!! It's hilarious and awesome :) Can't wait to read more in the future!

  21. Wow... beautiful ring D! Here's hoping there are no Poison Ivy outcomes. Wishing you many happy years with Inspector Climate and your ring ;)

  22. So beautiful! What a special engagement ring. I'm glad you posted about it.

  23. what a beautiful ring, and I am not a fan of jewellery. I also do not like diamonds, so my S.O. (Significant Other) scores big time.

  24. It's a nice ring. I hope that the allergies won't kick in. :)

  25. really pretty! My daughter has sensitive skin and has a hard time wearing fun for girly 4 year old )

  26. It's BEAUTIFUL!!! But how come you don't like diamonds? You are WEIRD. Also, what is wrong with your body!? ;)

    Chat date soon?

  27. That is absolutely gorgeous! I'm not usually a big fan of pearl rings because they can look a little more old fashioned than I like, but yours is just so modern and different and BEAUTIFUL! Seriously, I can't get over it... stunning.

  28. i'm totally allergic to gold too so i feel your pain. i love this ring though in all it's simplicity. nice choice girl!
    xo TJ

  29. Love the ring! Pearls are beautiful!

  30. Congratulations on your engagement and that beautiful ring! Enjoy every second of it! xo style, she wrote

  31. omg so pretty!!! love, love, love it - thanks for sharing!! xox

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  32. That is such a unique ring!! I love it. I sure hope you don't have any reactions to it. I'd feel so bad..though I'm sure you would feel a lot worse. haha

    Emily w/Amazing Grapes

  33. oooh what an unique ring, veryyyy pretty!

  34. Gorgeous! You've got excellent taste.

  35. Beautiful ring! We wish you and Inspector Climate every happiness!

  36. The ring is beautiful! I love non-traditional engagement rings.

  37. Beautiful! Simple, elegant and unique. Congrats once again!

  38. Kimbirdy - Amen sistah, I just don't quite see the appeal of diamonds. I'm glad others are with me.

    Oneika - Hah! Thank you! Go ahead and badger Liebling, but don't let him know I was involved ;)

    ashley - Yes! another non-diamond fan. Unite!

    SJ - Earrings are the most troublesome. I've been wearing the same earrings since when I was 11 because they're the only ones I've found that don't cause a reaction.

    Zadge - Thank you!

    Teacher girl - Aw, thank you! No reaction! i'm in the clear.

    Siddy - I had no idea it was such a common thing, people always look at me like I'm crazy.

    Carmen - Exactly! Thanks for stopping by.

    Alexa - Aw, that's so sweet! I love the heirloom aspect of it.

    Catherineelise - Another non-diamonder...We need a support group.

    Angela - Thank you!

    mochachocolata Rita - Well, I didn't look very hard, this one just found me :)

    Beautifully, Suddenly - Thank you so much!

    Missa Lee - Ooh, please do! I think this ring will be my wedding band or a while as well.

    Many colours of happiness - Thank you! I'm so relieved that there hasn't been any reaction.

    Sentimental suitcase - Aw, thank you!

    The othersideofcool - I know, I can't wear any costume jewellery basically, it's a shame because it's so much fun!

    Crystal - So excited! And no reaction! Which is just a huge relief.

    gina - Thank you! I never dreamed about a pearl engagement ring, but I'm quite smitten with it!

    Amelia - Aw, thank you! This comment made me so happy!

    Azra - Thank you Azra! That's so sweet.

    Ellie - I want to show it off to everyone! Even strangers - "have you seen my pretty ring?!" :)

    Prixie - hah! That's what IC said. I'm definitely a cheap date.

    Hilliary - Thanks!

    my day in a sentence - so far so good!

    myolivetree - I'd recommend stainless steel if you can find it for jewellery!

    Alex - thank you!

    Angela - Aw, thank you! I haven't seen many other pearl rings.

    mr taylor and his lady - People are always totally surprised by the being allergic to gold thing!

    seth + Carlie - Yes, I love them!

    style she wrote - aw, thank you so much! I just can't stop staring at it.

    Marina - thank you!

    Mary and dyer - Thank you for stopping by!

    Emily - I was going to be quite devastating, particularly having been so smitten with it for so long!

    wander.lust - Thank you! I definitely wanted it to be a bit different.

    Mil - Aw, thank you!

    cheryl and adam - thank you! I'll pass that on to IC :)

    Iris - yes! me too. particularly since we're getting married in a fairly untraditional fashion.

    Pretzel Thief - aw, thank you!

  39. Aw, that's great that you could find a ring that you can wear!

  40. That's a great ring.
    Wear it in good health, darling.

  41. oh my goodness that ring is jaw-dropping! I sortof have an obsession with pearls. I love everything about this. A simple design but so flawless. love it!

  42. Absolutely gorg. And would I make myself the queen of dorkdom if I said it made me think of Anne of Green Gables and her pearl engagement ring? I thought so...

  43. WOW. That is freaking stunning. And also one of the most unique engagement rings I've ever seen. How did you even find that to begin with?!

    I just spent about 10 minutes browsing through their website and drooling over all the rings on there...they have some amazingly cool stuff!!!

  44. That ring is just stunning. I always love wedding/engagement rings that don't look like everyone else's.