Man Pans for Gold for 18 Months to Create One-of-a-Kind Wedding Bands

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Men about to propose, brace yourselves. Someone just significantly raised the stakes!

Not only did one Scotsman envision the perfect gold band he wanted to present to the love of his life, he actually panned for the commodity that created it! Say what? 

John Greenwood of Scotland spent 18 months in the Highland Boundary Fault with a trowel, rake, shovel, and his trusty gold pan before he was able to collect enough of the precious metal to craft a set of matching wedding bands. (See photo above!)

The man who has raised the bar substantially, causing all bachelors to smack their foreheads in awe/disgust, explained:

It was a labour of love. It was an amazing feeling to put the ring on her finger. I was really overwhelmed. They talk about gold fever. I was panning for gold in my dreams. I was driven by it. I reckon I spent 20 full days getting enough gold for the ring. It was a bit like climbing a mountain and getting to the top.

Wow! What do you think of that?


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While some may view this as the most romantic thing ever, I don't know if I'd love it. In fact, part of me wonders if he was just hiding out from all the drama that often surrounds planning a wedding. 

Maybe I'm too pragmatic, but I wouldn't want to hear, "Sorry, honey, I can't look at china patterns with you, I need to keep panning!" Or, "Deal with the caterer, band, and honeymoon yourself, I'm off to the fault in search of gold!" 

And! Can you imagine the pressure of knowing how devastating it would be to lose that ring? Holy cow, I couldn't handle that! My husband lost his wedding band while raking leaves and we were sick about it for days. If I'd panned for the precious metal that created it for 18 months only to have it disappear somewhere between our backyard and the recycling center, I'd probably be institutionalized.

OK, I'm exaggerating, but still, this is a major undertaking! I had a friend who could barely get her fiance to the jewelers to even look at wedding bands. I'd love to hear his thoughts on this! 

Does this gesture strike you as sweet and romantic or completely over the top?


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