Loving Day Wedding Rings

ON [Interracial] MARRIAGE

 Share what "Loving v. Virginia (1967)" means to you for a chance to win a handmade set of Loving Day wedding rings!

I’ve been creating socially conscious jewelry for over 10 years now. One of my first collections was called "RIGHTS" and stemmed from my obsession with “Loving v. Virginia (1967)” -- the case that made interracial marriage legal in the US. I took the seemingly cryptic case ID# that granted my Irish-American mother and Chinese-American father marriage equality and engraved it onto wedding rings and jewelry. This case would become even more special to me in 2011, when I married my multi-ethnic wife and partner, Radika. 
 
Every year, we team up with Ken Tanabe and the awesome folks at LovingDay.org to create a Loving Day Wedding Ring  Giveaway. This year, we've upped the eco-friendly factor by handcrafting our rings from 100% recycled silver. We've also added new lettering that will make your inscription even more unique and whimsical. Each ring will be engraved with the case ID# for "Loving v. Virginia (1967)". 
 
-Dana Walden Chin, Co-Founder & Designer
 
The winner will be chosen by Ken Tanabe on June 12th, 2014. 
  Please submit your entry by 11:59am EST on June 12th, 2014.

Here's how to enter:

    1. Leave a comment below with what Loving Day means to you
    2. 'Like' the Dana Walden Jewelry Facebook Page
    3. Copy and paste your comment to our Dana Walden Jewelry Facebook wall

14 comments


  • Carol Burns

    The one true thing as a woman of color. I am truly blessed to be a part of this landmark experience. My children are Black and Puerto Rican, and although I faced some racism raising them in other communities outside of mine. We ignored it and allowed God to be our source of happiness. When I found out about Loving Day in NYC, I had to schedule my meet up group. I am the assistant organizer for Philly Asian Men/ Black Women Rock! The founder is my friend Tei Williams. We have successfully connected with one of the NYC groups and collaborated events together. Although my husband and no longer together I have many years later met a guy I’ve been seeing for over a year. He is Chinese American, divorced with one child from an interracial marriage who was black as well. I came across this landmark case as a young woman while married to my ex-husband. History has always been my passion for all cultures. But this case as a paralegal was a blessing to come across. I have three beautiful jewels inside and out from my marriage. They are phenomenal in their own way. Thank you so much for allowing us to use this as a platform for the one try thing dear to my soul! Unity of all the races.

    Members from our meet up group will be their again for the third year in a row.

    Please check us out at PhillyAsianMen/BlackWomenRock!/meetup.com

    Best!

    Carol,


  • Monica

    My husband and I are high school sweethearts, together for 20 years this year. If not for those that blazed the path for us, we wouldn’t have been together for even one day. As a matter of fact, he may not even have existed. He had an Asian father and a Jamaican mother. I am from Latin America. Even my family’s prejudice almost kept us from getting together, but we knew we were each other’s one and only from the age of 17. For us, Loving Day has meant the best 20 years of our lives, free to live in peace and harmony. Every once in a while we will travel somewhere that reminds us that there are those out there that see color rather than love. We are so grateful to be merely passing through those places of ignorance and that in general we live in more tolerant times, but it is a good reminder to always be thankful for people like the Lovings who fought for their rights and the rights of future generations.


  • Christine

    I’m a Caucasian woman. My son’s father is African-American. My son is a Blessing :) and his wife is Caucasian. Their baby girl, my granddaughter is Beautiful, created from Love.

    The man I love is African-American.

    Loving Day means that all of my family members live in a world where who I see when I look into their eyes means so much more than race or skin color or religion or sexuality or politics or economics or heritage or anything else.

    I’m so grateful for Mr. and Mrs. Loving – that they changed the world — even created the world — in which I live.


  • Olivia

    “If your mother and I had gotten together at that point in history, I would have been killed,” My father told me when we first discussed Loving Day. He said it very matter of factly, and I knew he wasn’t lying. Lord knows how many Black men were killed for being with (or even suspected of being with) a White woman.

    That night, I found myself contemplating my existence. Here I am, a product of an interracial relationship that at one point would have cost my father his life. The Lovings fought against this persecution by simply loving each other. After my conversation with my father, I realized that Loving v. Virginia not only allowed interracial marriages and increased acceptance of interracial couples, it also effectively embraced the children of these unions. Allowing for bi- and multi- racial children to grow in a world where they were not told that they should not exist.

    Although I appreciate and celebrate the Lovings. I also know that the fight against prejudice and discrimination has not ended. Although Loving v. Virginia allowed my parents to be together, I was still asked if I was my father’s child, couples have not been allowed to marry in their Churches because of race (i.e. https://news.yahoo.com/blogs/sideshow/kentucky-church-bans-interracial-marriage-150009470.html), and there is uproar when an interracial family represents Cheerios (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=188339389). Furthermore, some will use Loving Day, Interracial couples, and bi- and multi- racials to argue that we are now in a colorblind society. However, I believe that the Lovings teach us to celebrate our diversity, not ignore it.

    I am now in a relationship with a person who I love very much, who supports me in my endeavors, and with whom I have open frank conversations about race, ethnicity and history. We have chosen to celebrate Loving Day rather than Valentines Day. Therefore, The Lovings, Loving Day, and these beautiful rings designed by Dana Walden Chin, not only represent the love between my partner and I, but also the commitment we have to continuing the dialog on the increasingly diverse population that is the U.S.A. (One which we will be adding to one day!)


  • Christy Fedirchuk

    Loving Day means to me that the laws of most nations are unable to determine how love is expressed. As so many have benefited since the passing of “Loving v. Virginia (1967)”, others await State legitimacy of their love. One’s ethnicity no longer determine who you can or can not love and or marry; sadly, many other facets of our humanity still deny a person the right to love and or marry.
    I wear the necklace with the “Loving v. Virginia” Case ID that Dana made years ago (it is a simple long horizontal silver rectangle with ID no. stamped on one side and “b-side” on the other.) Love it, especially when people ask me what it means – too often people are not aware of the past and are shocked to learn of this law was repealed in 1967. I hope that this opens up the conversation , thereby questioning other current repressive and unfair laws, specifically the right to marry no matter sexual identity.
    We need to continue to fight laws so that all of humanity are respected and treated equally – especially for those to come – as Loving Day symbolizes, the State remains reflective of the white male heterosexual maj(min)ority unless challenged.
    Love freely!


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