11 Occasions That Deserve a Sparkly Ring
Recently, Mila Kunis designed a "motherhood ring." Yet, why limit rings to babies and engagements? Here, more accomplishments we think deserve bling.
"Carrying a child and bringing new life into the world marks the start of an incredible journey," says new mommy Mila Kunis. And how do we recognize a seminal event like a baby? With the ultimate "push present"-jewelry, of course! Mila celebrated the birth of daughter Wyatt with a gorgeous emerald ring, explaining, "Throughout history, every culture has its own way of recognizing this extraordinary event, often with a gift for mother or child. Precious green emeralds are traditionally symbols of motherhood, wisdom, and long-lasting love." Sounds like a perfect pick!
Yet why limit the bling possibilities to just baby-baking and marriage-making? Here are some other cool milestones we think are totally worth a sparkler.
1. Buying your first house. If signing your name to a stack of papers binding you for the next 30 years to the most expensive purchase of your entire life doesn't say "I'm officially an adult" then we don't know what does. Commemorate your new money pit, er, home with an agate ring-the swirly stone is said to confer protection from both bad guys and bad dreams.
2. Earning a diploma. After years of toiling through all-night study sessions, and papers about subjects you'll never think about again, you deserve some glitter along with your diploma. Try an amethyst as the purple gem is supposed to encourage clarity of though and wisdom. (Also useful: Lolite is said to help with reducing debt. We're not sure how buying a gem will reduce your student loans but it is such a gorgeous blue.)
3. Your first big girl job. Big jobs don't just bring a bigger paycheck but also bigger responsibilities, so to mark the occasion invest some of your new cash in a garnet sparkler as the deep red jewel is said to bring success in business ventures.
4. Finalizing a divorce. Life is horribly unfair: Not only did you have to put up with the wrong person and then go through a painful divorce, but now you're supposed to lose the pretty wedding ring you spent months picking out? Soothe some of the hurt with a peridot ring. The bright green bijou is said to "help one understand relationships, and to alleviate depression, anger, fear, jealousy and anxiety." Bonus: it's also thought to promote growth and openness to new experiences (like a happier relationship, perhaps?).
5. Hitting your goal weight. Losing weight can sometimes feel like a full-time job. So why shouldn't you celebrate this huge accomplishment? A blue topaz is said to show courage and a willingness to tackle fears and obstacles head-on.
6. Conquering your biggest fear. Whether you're terrified of heights and went skydiving or you gave that huge presentation at work (even though public speaking makes you want to wet yourself), honor your courage with a sparkly sapphire. The deep blue "peace and happiness" stone is supposed to help with communication, insight, intuition, and inspiration-all things that will help you trust yourself and your instincts even more the next time you're nervous!
7. Booking your first big trip. There's a big world out there and traveling to see how other places work can be life-changing. The world is your oyster but instead of a pearl, try an aquamarine band as the turquoise twinkler is said to give the wearer courage. It will "soothe, calm, alleviate fear, and help relaxation on long journeys." A bonus if you're traveling by boat: It's also said to prevent sea-sickness!
8. Crossing the finish line of your first marathon. Putting in the miles to prepare for your first big road race can be grueling, painful, and really boring (especially if your iPod dies). But when you cross that finish line, you know it was all worth it. Celebrate with a smoky quartz, the stone of endurance. It's also said to imbue serenity, calmness, and positive thoughts.
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10. Ditching that guy it was never going to work with. It takes a lot to recognize that someone you thought you loved is really bad for you and then take the steps to get him out of your life. But it's better to be alone than to be with a person who is sucking the life out of you. Wear an opal ring, the gem of love and passion, to remind yourself of what you really want in a relationship. Plus, the mystical rainbow rock is said to boost your spontaneity, imagination, dreams, and healing, which will help you find the person you're really supposed to be with.
11. Losing a loved one. While losing someone important to you certainly isn't reason for celebration, it is one of those things that happens to all of us-and yet we often feel like we're not supposed to talk about it. (Which is crud, by the way!) Memorialize your loved one with a ring in their favorite color or go with diopside-the little-known green rock is nicknamed as the "cathartic stone" and is thought to help you cry healing tears.