The Return of the Ring

Ever since I broke the ring finger on my left hand, I haven’t been able to wear my wedding ring on that hand; the knuckle on the finger is just too swollen. (In fact, I had taken to wearing the ring on my right hand; is that some kind of social signifier?) Yesterday, though, I happened to be passing the jewelry district on 47th Street, so I thought I’d look into my options. I know jewelers can "stretch" rings a bit to make them a little bigger. Well, the difference in my ring size on that hand was way too much for stretching — thanks to the break, it went from a size 7 to a size 10! The only option was to cut the ring and add some gold to fill in the extra size. And that’s what I had them do. I have to say the jeweler (a nice elderly man originally from Istanbul) did an amazing job: he matched the design of my vintage ring so well I can barely tell which is the new part. And all in about two hours!

I try not to get overly sentimental about many things, but it really means a lot to me — and, it turns out, to Sari — that I can now properly wear my wedding ring. It’s been almost four years — Welcome back, ringy!


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Brooklyn-based cartoonist specializing in nonfiction comics about topics like Hurricane Katrina, the media, travel, and finance.

7 Responses to The Return of the Ring

  1. lalato says:

    That’s great! I remember I got into a little scooter accident during our honeymoon which required me to wear my ring on the right hand. Up until that point I didn’t realize how important it was to me.
    Maybe it’s the tradition talking… but having worked so hard to wear that ring… it just feels right to wear on the left.

    • 4_eyez says:

      see? you get it! (btw, how long was it before you were able to get your ring back on the right, er, left, hand?)

      • lalato says:

        I didn’t break anything (lucky). When I fell off the scooter the ring actually gouged me around the knuckle and between the fingers (still have a scar there… my little reminder to not go scootering by myself). At any rate it stayed swollen for a little over a week… and I was able to wear the ring after that despite the bandage that I still wore on my hand.
        The other parts of my body took longer to heal, but I didn’t suffer any injuries that required serious medical attention. Just some scrapes and cuts that were fine with the liberal application of bandages and neosporin.

      • 4_eyez says:

        A honeymoon to remember!

      • lalato says:

        Absolutely! If you ever get the chance… visit the Cook Islands. The lagoon at Aitutaki is pretty sweet. 🙂

  2. purvision says:

    Ring on the right hand means… you were probably married in Europe. I Never take mine off. I know how you feel. For a half size, they can usually whack it on a metal bar to widen it a snidge. Three sizes is a lot.
    That ring should be there to show you are where you belong.

    • 4_eyez says:

      Thanks, bro. And thanks so much for coming to Sari’s reading. She was quite touched by your gesture. Wish we’d had time to have a beer. Another time…

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