I wanted to show them off, both for the sake of making a shameless plug for Sara (who is and has always been very talented and artistic - we still have records of our seventh and eighth grade notes, from which I can attest that even Sara's stick figures far surpassed mine in both design and execution) but also because these rings are such an obvious symbol of mine and DH's love for each other. I also think it important to note here that DH was not hurt or offended when I told him, much as I loved the design of my original rings, I considered them to be too "bulky" and was happy with having the opportunity to have them redesigned. The reason why this is such a big deal is because I think it's a mark of strength that DH wasn't hurt by my opinions of the rings he had picked out for me, that he didn't take it as a personal slight. We've come a long way in that regard.
And as for my shameless plug: Sara is a wonderfully talented artist and a very dear friend of mine, so I see no problem in directing anyone interested to her for any jewelry needs. Her work on these rings included the dis-assembly of my original rings, as well as the complete redesign and fabrication of the new ones. Her knowledge about metals and stonework is extensive.