Monday, October 22, 2007

Edwardian bling

Edwardian ladies had much smaller fingers than me. I don’t have particularly fat fingers, but I do have chunky knuckles. They’re the sort that are better at giving a good punch than looking elegant. In fact, a psychic once told me: “Of course, you know you will suffer from arthritis when you’re older?” “Can you tell that from reading my palm?” I asked. “No,” she said, “I can tell because you’ve got big knuckles.”

I know this, but I have felt myself utterly compelled to bid on eBay for an Edwardian amethyst ring that I am unlikely to be able to force on to my finger. It’s just so beautiful and purple and old. There are a good few days left to run on the auction so it’s likely that I’ll be outbid (I know my limit and I stick to it). But however irrational, I really really want it.

My left hand is currently missing having its own ring. The last one – a gorgeous green amber and silver jobbie I called my dragon’s eye – was caught on the arena fence once when the Grey Mare and I parted company. I needed a hammer and plenty of patience to remove it from my finger. Prior to that, I had a square honey-coloured amber ring, which sadly snapped. The space is now waiting to be filled.

I wonder who the Edwardian lady was that owned the amethyst beauty? I wonder if she treasured it and wore it every day? I wonder if she’s left any of her aura on it? Sadly, I know for certain that she had smaller fingers than me.

26 comments:

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Well I don't think you should be thinking about buying a ring without trying it on for size. You are a silly billy! By the way ,many men find big knuckles especially attractive on a woman so bare your knuckles and be proud of them! Cast off your gloves and let everyone see them!

@themill said...

Buy the ring and write her story...

Mopsa said...

Buy the ring and have it extended - any good jeweller could do it for you. Good luck!

rilly super said...

M&M, this makes me think of a film in which a chap falls in love with the woman in an old sepia photo and goes back in time to meet her. I wouldn't worry about your knuckles, I think in those days they had smaller everything than us, I think that the unknown edwardian lady would be chuffed to bits to think her ring was going to someone who would think about all the people that had worn it. I think she'd want you to get the whole outfit to go with it as well though, and I'm sure you'd look fabulous, well, they did wear gloves in those days...

Karen said...

I have really slim fingers - well they're a little fatter now but they're still slimmer than everyone else I know! I bet I could fit that ring on...

It's funny as my mum and I were just talking about a week ago about things that you get second hand, wondering about who owned it and what it meant to them. I have been meaning to write a short story about a box that I got in a charity shop and aim it at children but I still haven't got round to it!

GeraniumCat said...

Shouldn't be too expensive to have it re-sized. Good luck, I hope you get it.

Gill said...

hope you get the ring and if it doesn't fit get it altered. how is the mare now?

occasional northerner said...

Hope your horse is getting better.

mutterings and meanderings said...

Fie! (as Gill would say) Some swine has outbid me and there's still five days to go - but I have spotted another that is actually there or thereabouts my size.

YP, I only wear gloves when it's cold (I have artist's hands and long fingernails, albeit often full of mud)

@themill, alas, she is lost to me I fear ...

Mopsa, I have been investigating this - about £15 from what I can gather...

Rilly, hello m'dear. Lovely to see you ... but I ain't wearing a corset or forgoing conditioner for my hair...even if I do live in t'North...

Karen, it better not've bene you that's outbid me!

GC, thankyou but it is slipping away ..

Gill and ON, the Grey Mare is now on a course of anti-inflammatories followed by 10 days rest. Finger and everything else crossed that she will be sound after that. Thanks for thinking of her.

Winchester whisperer said...

I'm so sorry you didn't get it M&M. You could always get one made to fit your finger?

mutterings and meanderings said...

Argghh! M'colleague knows the people who are sellingit.

Surely, that means it's meant to be mine??

Gill said...

only if you want to steal it!

Nunhead Mum of One said...

I've set you a little challenge! Come over to my blog.....

Rob Clack said...

It's really easy to stretch a simple ring - any jeweller should be able to do it for you in a few minutes. They have a long, tapered tool (a mandrell), slip the ring onto it and tap the shank with a light hammer until it's the right size, then polish out the hammer marks.

Much harder to reduce it - that involves cutting and resoldering, which even more difficult if there's a set stone, since the stone will usually have to be removed first.

Hope you get something good. I don't usually bid at all until a few minutes before the auction ends.

Omega Mum said...

Bling. It's what your left hand's for. And your right. Don't let them tell you different. Buy the thing. I have read back and see that as yet there is no cure but you seem much more hopeful for G. Mare. I tried the Jill stuff but it's my daughter who loved them. Also that series about that mad Arabian horse that kept trying to kill its little girl owner who, surprisingly to my mind, remained fond of her (just joking).

Pig in the Kitchen said...

Good luck, let your heart rule your wallet and slam in a high bid! You could always have knuckle surgery?, or as I've just noticed Mopsa wrote, have it extended, a far more sensible idea!
Pigx

ziggi said...

how is GM?????

muddyboots said...

buy that ring,you can never have too much bling now can you?

st said...

Did you get it?
What's the story with the grey?

Marianne said...

You're very quiet. How's the grey mare?

Nunhead Mum of One said...

How's Grey Mare? I'm a little concerned at your silence.....

lady macleod said...

Good luck with the bidding! I do love jewelry and clothing with a history. I think anyone with your Edwardian sensibilities will also be able to overcome a 'knuckle problem'; besides there are many times when a good punch will pull you out of more trouble than a slim knuckle.

Stay at home dad said...

I'm concerned too. You're not normally a monthly poster like some of us. Hope all well.(?)

mountainear said...

Some concern here too. Hope you're OK.

st said...

I drop by from time to time to catch up.
To find nothing is a worry, either something has happened to the grey and you don't fell like telling anybody.
OR you have another 'interest' taking up your time and the grey's ok.
must of all i hope your well.

farming-frenchstyle said...

Thick knuckles - a scurge of those (or us) who work outside. Hope you got it.