Spring 2017 Scholarship Winner Announced

Congratulations to Oceana Madani from University of San Francisco. She is the recipient of the Tungsten Rings & Co. Scholarship for the Spring of 2017. The Tungsten Rings & Co. Scholarship program is a needs based scholarship and is awarded to students enrolled in an accredited post-secondary academic institution.

What I find in jewelry that makes it so special is that it often can symbolize any meaningful event in one’s life. It can be passed on through generations, given by a significant other as a sign of love and affection, or it can be gifted on any special occasion. I have two necklaces that mark the anniversary of my relationship with my boyfriend. I wear these necklaces every day as a reminder of how much he loves me, even if we live in different locations. My sister’s mother-in-law told me a beautiful story of all her wedding rings. Her first ring from her husband was when they were 20 and every few years or so he would keep giving her another ring, each more expensive than the one before, because it symbolized how far they made it in their relationship. The fact that jewelry symbolizes so many different forms of love makes it my favorite part of it.

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Not only does the jewelry in its original form create a symbol of love, it is always beautiful that it can be customized to each person. Even with weddings and fashion, they can be created in the eye of its creator. Some ideas and people are so unique it is impossible to find a standard idea to make their dream jewel or wedding become part of their reality. The amazing aspect of shell jewelry is that every shell is different and can be wrapped in metal in any way. Island jewelry is one of my favorite styles of jewelry because you can either do it yourself or ask someone to shape it the way you want it and I just find that to be incredible.

There are many types of jewelry from different parts of the world, that by itself is amazing. How other cultures can create their own style of jewelry. In Hawaii, they create shell jewelry. The amazing aspect of shell jewelry is its individuality that every shell is different and can be wrapped in metal in any way. Island jewelry is one of my favorite styles of jewelry because you can either do it yourself or ask someone to shape it the way you want it and I just find that to be incredible. I truly believe all these aspects of jewelry and what it does for a person.

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How to meet the new mother in your life

How to meet the new mother in your life

There is a great deal of women who absolutely adore their mother in law. They talk about being welcomed into the family even before the wedding. Some mothers give their sons heirloom engagement rings passed down from generations. However, not all mother and daughter in law relationships are perfect. There is a great deal of women who were asked about their relationship with their mother / daughter in law and their response is best described as “I wish it could be better”.

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The fact is, your mother in law is only human. There is an earth shattering change in the relationship between her and her son. You are now taking the role which was long held by her. This transfer may seem pleasant on the surface, however; may be filled with tension or full blown discontent.

• Let’s walk a mile in her shoes

When your fiancé was growing up, his mother was the primary woman in his life who took care of him. Eventually he became a man and needed less care from his mother. He could take care of himself. Once he gets married, another woman will be part of his life. When you think about this type of demotion, it is not surprising that there may issues even from the most pleasant mothers.

• Bridging the gap

First, lose the labels. Don’t see your mother in law as a needy or bossy woman. You must change your perception and see her as a person and work with her. It does not mean you must maintain a regular schedule with her, however; try to spend some time with her independently. Search for a common interest and discuss what you enjoy about it. If you both enjoy crafting, set some time aside and create a project together. When you try to build that positive foundation early, it will help you down the road.

The best time to start is before the wedding. Often, they just want to feel like they are a part of the wedding as opposed to just another guest. Invitations such as wedding dress shopping with your mother and the bridesmaids may have a big impact on your relationship. Sometimes just letting her know what is happening in the wedding planning makes her feel like she is part of the process.

• Setting boundaries

When your mother in law continues to intrude on your life, you may need to enlist the help of your fiancé. When you show a united agreement on where her boundaries are and where she fits into your new family, she may be more receptive. Be prepared for a talk and help your fiancé understand your pain. His first response may be to defend his mother’s actions without fully understanding the issue.

• Always take the high road

If things do begin a little rocky, be patient. You have time to make the relationship with your mother in law work. Always remember, you and your mother in law have something in common. You both love your fiancé. Bear in mind, if you choose to have children, you may find yourself in her shoes.

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