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Electra A
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Feb 24, 2013 Electra A commented on Savage Love.
To NARG and other likeminded engaged folks.
My first engagement ring is a twisted pipe cleaner, because we spontaneously became engaged on my undergrad's Pipe Cleaner Day (a.k.a. self-sooth with fun). My next engagement ring, sized more appropriately, is an $8 silver band from the Portland Saturday Market. 100% increase in value, and I still wear it every day. My wedding ring is an $800 palladium-gold (like white gold but more durable) band which was custom-designed and hand-made, sculpted to look like a fluttering silk ribbon, with no jewels. It's beautiful but it is so sturdy that it reminds me of the scene in The Abyss (with Bruce Willis) where his solid wedding band saves his life by resisting the closure of a pressurized door.

I totally agree with the values of NARG about the ring not being worth the fuss. However, I was sold on the palladium-gold ring because it is simply more durable. There is a chance that my sterling silver ring can be literally torn-like-paper off my finger because silver is so malleable, and I was warned against quartz or cubic zirconium because they can shatter and against amber (my true favorite) because it can melt.

By working with a local artist for our rings, we were able to get exactly what we wanted to match our values. As for potentially losing it, you can get a cast of it or a copy of the design and can have it remade should anything untoward befall it.

If NARG's paying partner wants to splurge, may I recommend splurging on local-supporting, custom-made and durable glory that you truly love, rather than just a price tag and sparkle? It worked wonderfully for my partner and I.
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Dec 4, 2012 Electra A commented on Savage Love Episode 318.
Follow-up to #30 (myself)
Second, for the gentleman whose sexual history may have separated his sex life from his companionate pair-bonding abilities, maybe check out Stanley Siegel, a psychotherapist in NYC.
His website is http://stanley-siegel.com/
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Dec 4, 2012 Electra A commented on Savage Love Episode 318.
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