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Inventor lights up fiancée’s life with glowing engagement ring

Ring lights up whenever the two lovers are near each other, meaning she will always be able to keep track of her man.
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Gord Woodward, May 24, 2013 10:19:06 AM

Ah, the glow of young love. So bright, so pure, so innocent. So ignorant of what lies ahead.

Well, a smitten U.S. inventor has made that light shine even brighter, by designing for the love of his life an engagement ring that actually glows when he is near. Yep, glows. Now, altogether, everyone: “Awwwwwwwwww.”

This romantic deed comes from the heart and mind of one Ben Kokes, a San Franciscan, who says he embarked on the project because “doing things in the most complicated way possible is just what he does to show the love.” (And here we thought all men chose the complicated route, because we are lousy with directions.)

He tells his love story on his blog which, like most Harlequin romances, delivers far less than the cover promises.

After nine failed attempts (see: Men Lousy with Directions, above) our man Ben came up with a titanium engagement band encircled with stones in an “infinity” style setting. How does it work? Well, it’s some science-y process involving LED lights, an electromagnet and copper. That’s not important. What really matters, to men anyway, is how Ben got away with spending less than three months’ salary on a rock – one made with copper, no less! — and still came out looking like a hero (fiancée Julie reportedly claims she is content with the ring her man created for her, choosing to forego a professionally made ring that Kokes had originally planned to get for her).

As for women, well, many would probably trade places with the lovely Julie in a heartbeat. A few would want to be the recipient of such a romantic gesture, to be sure, but others – especially those who have been in a relationship for a while – have a more Machiavellian motive.

Think about it, ladies. It would be your very own early warning system, much like a bell on a cat. Every time your man was approaching, you’d know it just by looking at your ring.
That’d be handy if, for example, you’re, uh, getting your own glow on with a secret admirer. If the ring lights up, you’ve got just enough time to send your paramour out the window before your husband walks in. (And to plaster on a sexy smile so he thinks this is all a surprise afternoon delight for him.)

Or maybe you just need a few seconds’ warning to clear the History on your computer. Or to stash that cute new dress and heels combo – the one you promised your guy you would not buy. Or to cut short the conversation with your BFF about how useless your man is around the house.

The possibilities are endless.

And that’s kind of fitting. Because that’s exactly what we all said when we got engaged too.

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