In 2006, a year after the couple met, Mike fell off a mountain while volunteering for an orphanage in India, badly damaging his right leg.
“He was told he was lucky to be alive,” Melita told BuzzFeed Life. “The force taken to break the bone would have skewered him if his legs had not buckled.”
Mike wanted to keep part of his bone, so the medical team agreed to give him part of the shin bone.
Melita said her now-husband was inspired by a friend wearing imitation bone earrings made of plastic.
Mike worked with London-based jeweler Ingle & Rhode to create the ring as a surprise for Melita.
The ring is made from platinum and inlaid with two pieces of Mike’s bone and a quarter-carat diamond. A spokeswoman for Ingle & Rhode told BuzzFeed Life that the bone fragments were completely sterilized before they worked with them, so the jewelers were happy to incorporate them.
“I guess why it’s so special to me,” Melita said, “is because I think it shows his bravely coming to terms with something like that so positively… which has to be a good attribute for marriage.”
The Guernsey-based couple married in November 2011 on a beach in the Philippines and is currently expecting their second child.