Cluttercast: Gold ring with diamonds

February 14th, 2009

Today is Valentine’s Day. I have a lot of love in my life–and I know how lucky I am—everyone doesn’t feel as lucky as I do.

I tried to find something shaped like a heart for today. And there’s a simple story behind this ring. I don’t wear it anymore. It’s vintage; I bought it for myself, and it’s real. I hope having it might help someone feel a little more love–and a little more luck.


(I don’t know the ring size; probably 5 1/2 or 6)
If you would like to have this item, please let me know in a comment. If you know someone else who might like it, I hope you’ll share this and let them know.

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  1. Julie
    February 14th, 2009 at 10:31 | #1

    I would like you to donate this ring to my niece Jody Landers. Last year we held online auctions to help raise money to pay the huge fees for their African adoption. She is amazing… 30 years old and has 4 biological kids and she and her husband Andy adopted twins last year from Sierra Leone. Now her heart is in Africa and she has started a site to raise money for clean water in Liberia. You can check it out @ and Jody’s personal blog @
    The money raised by Jody auctioning that ring could bring clean water to so many people. This could truly be an amazing cluttercast!


  2. Karen Nicholls
    February 14th, 2009 at 10:53 | #2

    I would love to own this ring. I have no sad story or horrible life threats. I just love rings and wear them daily. It is a beautiful ring, it’s valentine’s day, and it would be treasured forever and worn with love.


  3. Carol Ader
    February 14th, 2009 at 11:50 | #3

    My first thought on the ring was for you to keep it…so that when your kids have their own children, if they are girls, they might have a nice ring from grandma. However, if the money from an auction can be a source of clean water for desperate people, I say give it to Julie to donate.


  4. February 14th, 2009 at 12:22 | #4

    I also think you should give this ring to Jody to donate. She has such a huge influence on so many people – through her blog, her life and her passion for clean water. She can make your ring worth WAY more than you think it is!!!


  5. Jann
    February 14th, 2009 at 12:33 | #5

    I know you probably gave this ring away already. I’d just like to add something in case you haven’t. I wear a size 6 ring. Or at least I think I do. See, I have known my husband for 30 years this April. We were married 2 years later after we met. We have never had money becasue I have always been ill and have medical bills. He gave me a saphire ring as an engagement ring. It no longer fits. We were never able to take a honeymoon, or buy a house, or do any of the things “normal” couples do. I always wanted to collect antique jewelry. This ring could be a “start” for me. It could also make me feel as if “all is not lost”.


  6. February 14th, 2009 at 13:51 | #6

    First of all, thank you for your kindness and generosity. This is such a great idea.

    My vote: ditto Julie and Courtney!!

    Many thanks!


  7. patty
    February 14th, 2009 at 16:53 | #7

    Hi Darryle, “HAPPY VALENTINES DAY” to you and your family! You most certainly share of your heart today and everyday, that in itself is beyond heartshaped.


  8. February 14th, 2009 at 17:07 | #8

    I think it would be a nice gift to Jann.


  9. Anna Lorenzen
    February 14th, 2009 at 17:50 | #9

    This would be a wonderful gift for my grand daughter Jody, mother of 6, the youngest are twins adopted from Sierra Leone. Check out her blog at for her story. She encourages and inspires us all by blogging daily while raising funds to dig wells in Liberia so people there can have clean water. If she receives the ring she will auction it off to raise more money for wells.
    Thank you.


  10. Cindy H.
    February 14th, 2009 at 18:13 | #10

    First of all, thank you for the “Celebarte Life” notebooks! I plan to keep one and share the others with 2 friends who are taking chemo for cancer right now, one who has a good prognosis and one who doesn’t. I believe that a positive attitude is SO important and that is what your notebooks teach. Thank you for sharing so I can share.

    Now, to the ring. Vintage jewelry has been a passion of mine for many years and I would like to share with everyone, a sweet story about some pieces I purchased this year. After I was forced to retire in May of 2008 after 26 years of teaching, I started to help my husband find things to sell in his store. Craig’s List seemed a great place to look, so I started buying from different people. One day, a buyer offered Vintage jewelry for sale. I could hardly wait to buy, and buy I did. This seller had tons and tons of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets from Europe and the World War II era. I was in Vintage heaven and bought basically everything she had. During the process, the 2 of us became friends. It is so funny how you can instantly connect to some people and become friends so quickly. Since that time, the two of us have met and visited many times during which time, I purchased more vintage items. While visiting one day, she shared with me the reason she was selling all of her treasured items. An unscrupulous financial manager had stolen all of her retirement, savings, and other money accounts along with not paying income tax on her employees or herself. She not only had no money, but had to pay the IRS back for this non-paid income tax. One way she had to do this was by selling all of her family heirlooms and treasures. I now understood why she would often cry when she sold me items. That was always a puzzle for me, but now I understood. Needless to say, I was heartbroken for her. I could not imagine having to start all over with my finances, when I was only 7 or 8 years from retirement. She had quit work prior to this happening but was forced to return. Her whole life had basicaly been turned upside down because of this man.

    I started thinking about what I could do to help her. I definitely do not have money of my own to give her, and I knew she wouldn’t take it if I did. After much thought, I decided to store all the things that I had purchased from her, that I now know to be “Vintage” Family Heirlooms – miscellaneous items and the many Vintage Jewelry pieces. One day, when she has recovered financially from what has happened to her, the IRS has all the money they want, and she is not having to sell things to get by, I am going to give ALL the items I bought from her, back to her. She will then be abe to decide on her own, what she would like to do with these things. She may want to do some of the things that you may choose to do to your ring.

    She may want to pass these things down to her chidren like you might want to pass this ring to your chidren. Children (especially those little girls and daughter-in-laws) love to have things that once belonged to mom.

    She may want to give her things away to others, as I will give them back to her. I would LOVE for someone to give me a piece of Vintage jewelry since I now have none. (Well I do at this moment, but it is in storage waiting on me to collect it and give it back to her as soon as she has her life back together financially.)

    The last thing she can do with her “Vintage” items is to keep them for herself. After all, she has the choice to do what she wants as they are her things. You may change your mind and decide that you really are not ready to part with the ring because of the story behind it.

    To make a long story short- if you decide to give the ring away – I would love to have it. It would be wonderful to have something to replace the jewelry that I bought for myself from my friend, but because of her circumstances, have decided to give back to her. I am not giving it back so that I will receive something in return from anyone, but it would be nice to have a Vintage piece of jewelry to wear, since I can’t wear any of the many piece I bought from her intending to wear.

    Again, thank you for all the good you are doing with this site. Because of your example, I am starting a local giving group similar to this. Everyone I have discussed it with thinks that it is a great idea. One person even mentioned doing 2 items at a time – one to either give away to a friend or keep and one to give to someone in need. If you, or any of your readers, have any ideas to help my friends and I get this off the ground in our hometown, please comment and let me know. Thank you!!
    Cindi H


  11. Brenda Miles
    February 14th, 2009 at 18:25 | #11

    I would like to give this ring to my mom, who never asks for anything and gives so much to others. She endured an abusive, sociopathic first husband. Then, she held several jobs to support 4 kids; she always sacrificed for us, and she continues to give everything she has to others. She never asks for anything in return. She is battling bladder cancer and still continues to care for her grandson. Quite simply, I love my mom, and I want her to have something elegant that she can treasure.

    Brenda Miles
    San Jose


  12. Laurie Lorenzen
    February 14th, 2009 at 22:22 | #12

    I admire your generosity also and would like to suggest a great place to donate for an opportunity to help provide clear water for many in need. Jody Landers, mother of 6, is trying to rally folks to come together and pool together whatever they have to bring clean water to those that desperately need it. She has organized 300 You can hear more of her story The ring could be auctioned for funds to contribute to this cause.


  13. terri
    February 14th, 2009 at 23:38 | #13

    I knew this would happen with a piece of jewelry, especially with precious gems. I’m not surprised everyone would like it for themselves, their family or to sell. It will be so hard to decide to whom you should give it.

    There are so many people in need in this down turned economy. Many have lost their jobs, homes, savings, retirement, and hope. The U.S. is adding to the number of desperate people daily, and because of the shrinking economy, churches, food banks and charitable organizations are finding less donations coming in at a time when it is needed the most, now!


  14. terri
    February 14th, 2009 at 23:52 | #14

    So I suggest that you donate your beautiful ring to CityTeam Ministries
    found at so you can help regular people, neighbors, many of whom have found themselves in a situation for the first time in their lives, needing to ask for some help. Many are newly homeless and never thought this could happen. All it takes is a job lost for a long enough time, and we could all experience a little of this too.

    This is a record recession with depths that only compare to the Great Depression. There is so much new need right now.
    And you can get a tax deduction for your diamond ring donation.

    How about donating this beautiful piece of jewelry so that someone who will buy it can help CityTeam help a few others!



  15. PL
    February 15th, 2009 at 07:32 | #15

    I suggest you take the ring back to the jewelry store where you bought it and see if they will either sell it for you on consignment or give you a credit for you to buy something you do like and will wear.


  16. Cassie
    February 15th, 2009 at 12:12 | #16

    i too think you should donate it to jody landers to auction of at
    thank you!


  17. Kanani Brown
    February 15th, 2009 at 17:15 | #17

    I would love to see this ring go to my Auntie Kay( Karen N.) She has played a big part in my life growing up spirtually. She loves the Lord and is a very giving person. She wrote that she doesn’t have a sad story but I do have to say she has fibromialsha. If you don’t know what that is it takes every bit of your energy, with pain. There were times when she can’t get out of bed. She does love jewerly and always has a ring or two on her fingers. She truly would wear it with love. This way if you gave it to her you would know where it went rather than donating it in an auction. I’m sure the ring will find a great loving home. ~Kanani~


  18. Brenda Miles
    February 16th, 2009 at 09:27 | #18

    I work at Silicon Valley Independent Living Center, and we rent our building from CityTeam Ministries (Terri works there; see above). I had originally asked for the ring for my mom, but I have changed my mind after reading Terri’s words. CityTeam does wonderful things to help people, and one ring will help so many people. My mom does not NEED that ring, but many people NEED the benefits that the ring will provide.

    Brenda Miles
    San Jose


  19. terri
    February 16th, 2009 at 17:52 | #19

    Hi all,

    Brenda, um, I think you might have me (Terri S. in Saratoga) mixed up with a Terri who works at CityTeam Ministries. I don’t work there nor am I affiliated with them. I just thought of them because they own some land in my neighborhood, and I was looking into donating 5 boxes of maternity and nursing clothing to them. They have a place called Heritage Home that helps women who need these things and baby items too.
    I’ve never actually been there either (their website says there’s one in San Jose, CA).

    Having said that, I agree with Carol’s first thought, and one of Cindy’s suggestions, that Darryle, you should KEEP that special vintage ring and pass it down to either your daughter or daughter-in-law. You have some special memories of what this reing meant to you, it has a history, and it can continue its family history with your daughter or son.
    After all, it is clutter that does not take up much space, and I don’t think your children would think it was clutter.


  20. terri
    February 16th, 2009 at 17:54 | #20

    So I vote keep this particular piece of “clutter”!


  21. February 16th, 2009 at 22:04 | #21

    Mine is a “Cinderfella” story in that my husband was on disability when we courted, fell in love and got engaged almost 23 years ago. I had purchased wedding bands on layaway while a single girl (his and hers matching rings) but my honey couldn’t afford a diamond for me once we met and fell in love. Your sweet and lovely ring looks as though it would match my gold band (especially if a size 6)and give my hand the completed “bridal” look (once my ring is fixed since it had to be cut off at the ER when it got stuck a few years ago!). Thanks for considering my somewhat silly-but-true sweetheart story!


  22. Marg
    February 17th, 2009 at 15:08 | #22

    Thanks for your generosity. I think Jody Landers would be a great person to give it to, to be auctioned off to provide for clean water in Sierra Leone.


  23. August 14th, 2010 at 21:06 | #23

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