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Walter's Jewelry Story

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Every week we will feature a story related to jewelry or a great jewelry shopping experience on our blog. This week's story comes from Walter of Cincinnati, OH and it really moved the staff here...

"After 28 years of happy and compatible companionship, sharing our lives in every way, my partner, Russell J. Speidel of Duttenhofer's Used Book Treasures in Clifton, Cincinnati, and I decided to get married as soon as possible after New York State passed a law making it possible to do so there. My brother, who had inherited the family summer cottage on Grenell in the Thousand Islands of the St. Lawrence River in Upstate New York, immediately and generously and enthusiastically offered the place for our marriage. Shortly afterward, on September 3, 2011, Russ and I became husband and husband, in the presence of my daughter, her husband, and their then-baby, as well as my brother and his wife, at Alexandria Bay, N.Y. We were the first male same-sex couple in that county, and the service was performed by a charming and supportive female judge. Naturally we got our wedding rings at Paolo's (actually, we'd ordered them several years earlier, when we hoped to catch a deadline in San Francisco, Cal., that did not work out).
When Russ died after years of painful prostate cancer, on July 16, 2013, less than two years later, I equally naturally went to Paolo to get Russ' wedding ring refitted for my right-hand little finger, which seems appropriate for, not a "Merry Widow," but a gay widower. I have also taken to wearing his watch on the adjacent wrist, as well as my own on the other side, which not only provides a frequent reminder of our joys and my loss, but has also proved very convenient when I want to check the time without any one's noticing! Perhaps I'm setting more precedents than I realized?"

Walter has won a $100 gift card to the store. Thank you for your submission Walter, and we encourage everyone to keep the submissions coming in!