Ring Regret and My Obsess List

Recently, I was inspired by a wonderful lady who contacted through my Etsy store.  She had purchased a ring from another Etsy seller and then returned it.  Not knowing that she had bought and returned this ring, I bought it.  As it turns out, she had regretted returning it from the moment she had done it.  So she reached out to me as its new owner and asked if I would be willing to part with it.  After hearing the story, I had to say, "Yes!"  We've all been there, after all.

If you’re a collector, you’ve felt it this same regret at a missed opportunity.  And, probably more than once.  And, I suspect that like me, you have also vowed to never let it happen again!  But alas, it does.  Over.  And over.  And over, again.  We try to learn from our mistakes.  Our hunt for those amazing pieces can take on an almost obsessive-like fervor for fear of missing that “perfect,” once-in-a-lifetime ring/pendant/earrings/etc. again.  Each time, we become crushed with disappointed when that Bucket List piece falls through out fingers.

This white gold, onyx & diamond ring from Gilded Lane was exactly what I was looking for but some
other lucky soul beat me to it!  It still haunts me every time I'm looking for something to go with all black! 

I suffer from the same affliction as many of you.  I refer to it as ‘Independently Wealthless.’  I’ve not been lucky enough to strike it rich and my real job happens to be in the public sector where my salary will never live up to my champagne tastes.  But, that doesn’t mean that I’m not still afflicted with “Ring Regret” – it just means my “Obsess List” is longer.  (Let’s be honest, as a public servant, the list of jewelry that I’m obsessing over will more than likely always be longer than the list of pieces I am able to check off it!)

This ruby & platinum harp from Aletheia's Lair was on my Obsess List for ages but always
out of my price range.  It was recently sold to someone & my heart
was crushed!  I knew I should have sold that darn kidney.  Isn't it sublime?!

I’m always on the lookout for a great deal and hoping that I am just lucky enough to snag one of my Bucket List pieces before someone else spots it!  But what happens when I’m not that lucky?  The same thing that happens to every other collector – I get crushed a bit inside.  And like they say, “misery loves company” so I thought I’d share with you all some of the pieces that have been on my Obsess List for ages but ended up causing me some serious “ring regret!”

An opal & diamond halo ring has been on my Obsess List for YEARS.  Then, this stunning
opal & diamond ring came into the shop where I work part time & I thought it was going to be
mine when it slipped through my fingers.  Seriously, I still dream about this ring!

I truly adore turquoise - especially when it is with my favorite metal, platinum!  This sweet little ring
from Gilded Lane was in my cart for weeks.  I was working as much overtime as I could
but some lucky person beat me to the punch & now this beauty is gracing another finger.

Although I am not normally a fan of synthetic stones, the mounting is what got me on this beauty.
When I went in to work at my part time job & saw this over-the-top 1960s stunner.  I had plans
to replace the synthetic stone with a genuine amethyst or even a citrine but, alas, it was not meant to be.

I have been on the search for the perfect diamond cluster ring for years when this one
from Gatsby Jewellery slipped through my fingers!  Isn't it sublime?!?!

Another ring that has been on my Obsess List is a pear shaped diamond ballerina ring in either
white gold or platinum.  I loved this one from Portable Wealth on eBay but the auction ended
before I was able to make my move!

So let's hear from you all - What is your biggest Ring Regret?  Let me know in the comments!

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