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Every woman should have a ring holder on her dresser, and in the kitchen, so that when she takes off her engagement ring (or any other rings), they're in a safe place. A random cup on the kitchen counter risks that a helpful partner, or friend, may accidentally send an important piece of jewelry down the garbage disposal.
Having a safe place in the bedroom is critical, too, as a friend of mine learned a few years ago, in the most terrifying way. This is a true story, and it could happen to anyone with a pet.
About 10 days before I was to be a bridesmaid in a close friend's wedding, her ring disappeared. She KNEW she had put it on the bedside table before she got into the shower, because she planned to slather on lotion afterwards, and didn't want to goop up the setting. She didn't put it back on immediately after her shower, and when she went to retrieve it before her fiancé noticed, it had disappeared.
Her tendency to leave the VERY expensive ring sitting around irritated her future husband tremendously, and they'd had words about it. So at first, she thought perhaps he had hidden it from her to teach her a lesson. After she literally tore apart their entire bedroom, she went to him and asked. That's when they both freaked out because her fiancé hadn't taken the engagement ring.
They attacked the bedroom together, rolling back the rug and stripping the bed. The bride was nearly hysterical when she happened to glance over just in time to see her Rottweiler snag a lip balm off the bedside table, and swallow it. It was the exact same place where her ring had gone missing. They'd found the culprit, or so they thought.
The vet told them to be patient, and check through the dog's, er, deposits thoroughly, just in case the stones had loosened during digestion. And that's exactly what the bride did, every time the dog went potty, for five days. No diamond ring.
In a panic, they took the dog to the vet for an X-ray, and there it was. A perfect picture of the ring inside the Rottie &mdsah; diamond still in the setting. Right at the dog's exit point. A long walk later and the family pet returned the engagement ring with a plop.
The setting had held, but the white gold finish on the band was destroyed from the dog's stomach acids, and the ring looked terrible. Fortunately, the jeweler had been alerted in advance and was ready to fix it (and clean it) as soon as the ring was found. She picked up the refinished ring a few hours before her rehearsal dinner and had it for the big day.
This true, lost-ring story had a happy (albeit disgusting) ending, but not every bride is so lucky. Get at least two ring stands and keep them someplace permanent and safe.
Sandy Malone is the owner of Sandy Malone Weddings & Events and author of How to Plan Your Own Destination Wedding: Do-It-Yourself Tips from an Experienced Professional. Sandy is the star of TLC's reality show Wedding Island, about her destination wedding planning company, Weddings in Vieques.