July 12, 2016

It’s a good thing Nick didn’t inherit the One Ring from Bilbo Baggins.

A very good thing.

Right after Nick and I got married, Nick noticed that his ring seemed slightly too big on him. It didn’t come off, though, unless he pulled on it, and he was always very careful with it, so I didn’t think much of this.

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Fast forward to our one-year anniversary.

We decided to try something different. We went stand-up paddle boarding. It’s so popular in Hawaii. Since we were living there, we had to give it a try. After trying it for one hour, I can say that it ranks among my least favorite activities to do in Hawaii or anywhere. Nick couldn’t stand up on the board for more than one second before falling into the water, but he is more adventurous than me, so he kept trying anyway. I was not interested in repeatedly falling in the water, so I just sat on my paddle board, rowing myself around and looking at the water until it was time to stop.

As soon as went to get changed for dinner, Nick told me that he lost his ring. It fell off when he fell in the water. He was worried to tell me because it cost $300 and also because it was our one-year anniversary. I guess he thought I would get mad but I didn’t really see the point in getting mad about something he didn’t do on purpose.

So he ordered a new ring. He ordered the same exact ring, but one that was a half size smaller. This one seemed to fit a lot better. It was a joke for a while that Nick lost his ring on our one-year anniversary, but we didn’t think much of it again.

Fast forward one year later. 

Nick was working on fixing our car. On the military base, there is an area where you can use their equipment to work on your car. He came home and told me that somehow it slipped off while he was working on the car. He looked all over but couldn’t find it. Again, I didn’t get upset because if my ring slipped off my finger I wouldn’t want Nick getting mad at me. But I was a bit puzzled as to why this happened to him again and I didn’t feel like spending another $300.

But again, we bought a new ring.

Fast forward 6 months later.

Just 6 months.

Nick was driving when I looked over at his hand. I noticed that he wasn’t wearing his ring. We both wear our rings all of the time so I immediately knew he lost it again.

To give him the benefit of the doubt, I casually asked him where his ring was. He looked at his hand and said “I didn’t even know I wasn’t wearing it.”


We searched all over the house, but couldn’t find it. We have no idea where Nick lost his 3rd ring.

We went to the jewelry store and told them that this was the third time that this ring had slipped off Nick’s finger without him even realizing it. They told us that instead of being flat, the inside of Nick’s particular ring was a dome shape. This caused the ring to be bigger than you think it is. Something about that particular design makes it easier to come off.

The mystery had been solved. And it wasn’t Nick’s fault at all.

So, instead of ordering another $300 ring, Nick went on Amazon.com and ordered a new ring for $16. And because we have Prime, it shipped for free.


The new ring is the same material as the old one, but it is shaped different, so I don’t think it will come off as easily. I have no idea why the same material ring would be so much less money, but I’m not going to question it.

I’m not sure this story has a point other than I think it’s super bizarre that my husband is now on his 4th wedding ring in less than 3 years.

My dad joked that this new $16 ring will probably last him the rest of his life. The new $16 ring seems like it will stay on his finger better and it looks just like his old one.

So you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get a good product.

Also, there is no point in getting upset about things you can’t control. And as it turns out, it was a problem with the ring, so it was not Nick’s fault.

And one more thing. Nick and I are a team. I already knew that, but I think that if you get upset at each other over silly things, then your entire team loses.

Old ring:

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New ring:

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Basically the same!

Do you have any crazy ring/jewelry stories?

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All photos: Photo by Basia

20 responses to “1 Husband. 4 Wedding Rings….”

  1. Amanda says:

    Ha! Good job getting a cheap ring for him. He can’t handle an expensive one! That’s funny. Although does the cheap ring turn his finger green? Jordan’s ring was $60 and made of ceramic. He hasn’t lost it in 5 years, but he has come close a few times!

    • Carolann says:

      Hahaha! He really can’t! After three years of marriage, I am getting smarter. There was no way I was spending a lot of money on his 4th ring. So far, it seems good. Amazon said it was the same material as his old ring and so far it hasn’t turned his finger green! So glad Jordan never lost his ring even with the close calls!

  2. That’s so funny that he lost his ring 3 times and that it was because of the shape of the ring. Who would have thought? You also would have thought that the ring store would have told you about the shape of the ring before you bought it too! And I think that y’all did the right thing in ordering the cheaper version, and I probably would have made Chris order the $16 ring after the second time. The best part is that it shipped for free because Amazon Prime is amazing!

    • Carolann says:

      I really should have learned my lesson the first time! haha! I was so annoyed about the shape of the ring! And that was one of the things that Nick liked most about the ring — that weird shape made it more comfortable, so I kept telling him to reorder it. I’m so glad we figured it out and I can stop spending $300 every year 😉

  3. Heidi says:

    That’s crazy!! So glad you were able to figure out the problem! We ordered Loren’s wedding ring from etsy for $50 – then had to order another one a couple months after we got married because it was too small.

    • Carolann says:

      I love Etsy! Rings are so weird. I feel like my finger gets bigger and smaller depending on the weather. Thank goodness my rings feel nice and tight no matter the weather, because if I ever lost my engagement ring I would be so upset!

  4. SAME OVER HERE! We finally ordered one on amazon, and I honestly can’t even tell the difference!

    • Carolann says:

      I can’t believe how many other people have such similar stories! I thought it was just my crazy husband. I’m thankful for cheap rings! And I really don’t think Nick’s new ring looks any different either!

  5. I loved this post Carolann and it made me laugh because my hubby frequently doesn’t wear his ring and I know it’s because he doesn’t always find it that comfortable (we probably should have done more research before buying it) but I think he’s always worried it’ll upset me to say that and in fact it is ME who keeps telling him that if it’s not comfortable, just flipping get a new one – I’d much rather he’s comfortable with what he wears than being all sentimental for my sake with an achy finger 😀

    • Carolann says:

      Oh yes, Shikha, he should go ahead and get a new one! I’m all for sentimental things but comfort is key when it comes to something you will wear every single day. Hopefully he just listens to you and gets something more comfortable. Just make sure that it won’t fall off his finger 😉

  6. Audrey says:

    Oh my goodness- what a crazy story! I’ve seen silicon wedding bands for active couples and I’ve thought about getting those for us, only because the bulky rings we have tend to get caught on stuff or drive us nuts while we’re doing things (drumming, in K’s case). Fortunately, we haven’t lost a ring yet. My grandma has lost her wedding ring like three or four times… haha!

    • Carolann says:

      You know, I’ve thought about getting one of those for Nick for when he’s working. I will have to look into that! It would be great too for me for vacations or when we go swimming and hiking. Too funny about your grandma — turns out, losing 3 or 4 wedding rings is not as uncommon as I thought!

  7. Sorcha says:

    Haha! It’s great when you finally work out these little mysteries.

    I bet your dad’s right and the $16 ring will probably last forever. Crazy how that happens sometimes.

    • Carolann says:

      I really couldn’t understand why Nick kept losing his rings… This makes so much more sense! I’m glad that we finally figured it out before I shelled out another $300! I honestly can’t tell the difference between the old one and the $16 ring so that is a win!

  8. Susannah says:

    Haha. Oh goodness, I’m glad you had a good sense of humor about it! 😉

    • Carolann says:

      Haha! I really had to, otherwise I will start thinking about the fact that this has cost me over $900 😉

  9. Mandy says:

    Such a cool post! I have two wedding rings – diamond eternity rings on either side of my engagement ring. I once lost one of the rings for a year – I’d taken my rings off at work on a really hot day and one of them disappeared. Then all of a sudden it reappeared a year later and now my set is complete again!

    • Carolann says:

      Wow! That is such an awesome story. I love when things turn up like that unexpectedly. This happens to me a lot when we move — something I thought I lost will suddenly turn up in a random box that the movers packed!

  10. Rachel G says:

    haha! And look what good stories you got out of it! 4 wedding rings in not all that many years of marriage is probably higher than average. 😛 Love your laid-back attitude! I wear a lot of rings all the time, and I’ve had one ring on my pinky that I got in December–it’s a little loose, and has fallen off all sorts of places (grocery store, movie theater, theme park, etc), but somehow I’ve always felt it fall off and found it again for the last 7 months. I know one of these days I won’t find it again…but it only cost less than $10 so I’m not too worried.

    On the topic of husbands who are prone to a particular kind of accident, my husband is most prone to locking the keys in the car. It’s happened 4 times when he’s been with me and I’m sure more times when he’s alone…

    • Carolann says:

      I hope that that doesn’t happen to Angel again when he’s too far from you! haha. Nick and I are both like that so together it can be dangerous. Maybe I’m getting older but I just don’t see the point in getting upset over little things like that. I did reach my limit after he lost the third ring — clearly it made no sense to get another expensive one. But the cheap one is just as good.

      I have this Harry Potter bookmark that keeps flying away from me at the beach… but somehow it always ends up back in my bag, or blowing over my feet, or in the back of the book…. I know that one day it won’t come back to me but it’s crazy how I keep losing and finding it!

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