I have been "between wedding rings" for a while now. I never had a engagement ring and once we got married, I just continued to wear my mom's ring that she wore when she was married to my dad. She had given it to me a few years before and I put it on when I went out because it was pretty and unique. It was thick and tall and heavy. It was gold and nuggeted, if that makes sense. (Please do not google gold nugget ring, you'll see many ugly rings that look nothing like mine)
Once I got married, I was happy to wear that ring, I just couldn't wear it all the time, it was too heavy. I looked around for other rings that I liked as much as that one but I never found one or if I did, I deemed it too expensive. And after I had exhausted my search, or myself rather, I decided that I had the best ring for me.
That ring meant something to me. It was a symbol of my parents and their relationship. This was not a long marriage but I am the product of it and I couldn't have better parents. The relationship the ring symbolized for me was their ongoing friendship and commitment to being the best parents they could for me. I never saw them fight or argue. It wasn't until I was in college that I realized they had been having weekly phone calls to talk about me. They took/take their jobs as parents very seriously and never let the fact that they weren't married change that.
And that is why I cried the day I realized I had lost my ring. Since the ring was so heavy, I would often take it off when I got tired of wearing it, sometimes I would go days without wearing it but I always put it in a secure place. And so I didn't ever worry about losing it because I had the habit of securing it. And then I couldn't find it in any of my usual places, places that now seem so terribly unsecured.
So I have been on a hunt for a while now for a new ring. I find a lot of stuff that I don't like and often just think I'll go with the standard gold band but then I get the itch to have something a little more unique.