From the Battle Field to the Front Page for Love
How did a British Army bombardier in Afghanistan make a one penny wedding ring? He made it from an Afghani penny and end up on the front page of the Daily Mail!
This story came to me from the blog post of my English jeweler friend Mark Johnson at Serendipity diamonds.
She Didn’t Want to Ask for Too Much so She Asked for A Penny
Ben Mc Dowell, stationed in Afghanistan was going to miss Christmas with his girlfriend Jolene Riley of the UK. He called her and said, “I will be away for Christmas – what do you want me to get you?”
“A penny.” She replied. This was the least expensive thing she could think of.
From here, the concept of the one-penny wedding ring was born.
Three Months, a Hammer, a Rock and a Big Heart
Ben McDowell, found an Afghani penny and spent the next three months beating it into shape with rock. What an amazing surprise he came up with! Can you say romantic?
The Bombardier then sent it to my jeweller friend Mark Johnson of Serendipity Diamonds in the UK to size it and polish it.
Once the story was out it was covered by the Daily Mail who loved writing about such a unique story.
In Case You Were Wondering
Jolene said yes!
The Afghani penny was made of a nickel based alloy. Once it was finished and shined contrary to the Daily Mail story it did not need any plating. It shined up that well on its own.
I asked Mark about the Daily Mail’s claim that it had been plated. He said, “they just made that part up, it’s not plated!”
Mark ended up doing the couple’s engagement ring as well. Way to go Mark!Jewelry Blogger,