Post # 1
I always thought the point of not bringing your ring on vacation was to avoid attention in unsafe places but so many people have stand-in rings that look like diamonds. Doesn’t this defeat the purpose? I’m often hesitant to wear ANY jewelry when I travel because I know tourists are often easy prey for criminals!
Post # 3
Its about insurance.
Id like to get a stand in ring, my ring is insured in NZ where I live, as soon as I go overseas it is not insured unless I add it to my travel insurance, I often go to Aus as I have family there and am soon going to England for a wedding, these are safe countries I can wear my jewellery and want to look married. But insuring my ring for each trip cost about $200! I can get a fake stand in for about $25 and use it over again.
Post # 4
I just use an extra band or some plain stacking bands as a stand in if I am traveling to a place that is a bit riskier for theft, or where there is more poverty (not necessarily out of fear of theft, but out of personal choice not to wear that kind of jewelery (rings or otherwise) in a more impoverished area. If I am just traveling to another major North American/European city, etc, or a safer area I wear my regular rings and bring my extra band along as usual for the kinds of activities as I usually do wear the spare and keep rings in safe where necessary (I always wear the spare band when running, etc). I use my extra plainer band for anything at home where I do not want to risk damage to ring or my finger as is (be it running, going to gym, swimming, etc) so I do the same when traveling.
I am kind of with you on the not getting point of wearing blingy rings if you are afraid of theft…as I would be far more afraid of getting mugged/attacked for something shiny on my hand (they don’t stop and verify it is CZ!) than the actual theft – my insurance DOES cover loss/theft while traveling just as with at home…but some have other reasons for their spares.
Post # 5
I bought my stand in rings for safety. I didnt want to wear them during the day while tanning so I put them in the safe but I did want to wear them at night. I heard that safes can be broken into so I didnt trust it to hold my real rings
Post # 6
OP, you are exactly right. It is best to not attract attention to yourself when travelling. That includes not wearing anything that looks expensive. Swapping out a diamond ring for a CZ just defeats the purpose.
Post # 7
Stand-ins are fun, but I don’t see the point in buying them for travel either. Unless it’s just a plain band.
Post # 8
I bought one simply because I don’t want to lose my rings for sentimental reasons. My “stand in” looks very similar to my real ring. I will leave my real rings at home.
Post # 9
We only brought “stand-ins” for the beach and the pool so we wouldn’t have to worry about somehow losing our real rings. We wore our real rings the rest of the time. So ours wasn’t for security reasons. However, you could always just get a plain band for each of you that won’t attract attention but still won’t leave your ring finger naked!
Post # 10
I bought my stand ins for my honeymoon which was on a resort in hawaii…I didn’t buy them because I was worried about drawing attention to myself, but to keep my actualy wedding set safe…salty sea water, sand, drinking…all ways to loose my beautiful set. If i were traveling out of the country or such I would buy just a simple plain band. no stones, nothing, just a band to wear on my finger to keep it company and still give the impression I am married.
Post # 11
I worry more about losing a stone or the ring itself than getting mugged. In fact, there were plenty of times I wore my real diamonds to not so great neighborhoods without even thinking about it (I remember one bouncer at a bar grabbing my hand and turning my ring around once LOL). If I lose a $30 ring in the ocean I don’t care but if I lost my diamonds I’d cry and cry, insurance or not.
Post # 12
I would say that a stand in would be just so that if you are stopped and mugged, you would lose the $25 CZ ring/band instead of your real ring/band which are not only more valuable but have sentimental value attached as well. I have a stand in for work sometimes, for volunteering at the state hospital and for job interviews.
Post # 13
@RayKay: I think we’re on the same page. I would feel fine wearing my regular set in Europe or NA but if I’m going to undeveloped Asian countries or India (where my SO is from), it’s really a matter of being a respectful traveler in addition to being safe.
@CaptainSpaulding: Can’t argue with fun!
@MerryWidow: You SHOULD worry about getting mugged! Though maybe not in Saratoga 🙂 I went to Skidmore! Love that town.
What everyone said makes sense, I certainly wouldn’t want to lose my rings in the ocean either! I’d likely just leave it all at home, like I do now with my regular jewelry. My SO always says to me, “is it really worth the risk?” and my answer is always the same.
Post # 14
I will have a plain gold wedding ring… and will wear that when occasions warrant… leaving my Engagement Ring at home or safely locked up in a safe somewhere.
Gotta agree with you…
Ya, it does seem a bit wierd to have a stand-in ring if one is travelling to an area where “glitter” might attract the wrong kind of attention.
They may still mug you for the fake… chances are less so if you don’t have any diamonds on (or what looks like diamonds on).
In my regular routine, I won’t worry too much about my real ring… we rarely travel outside of North America, and tend to stay in safe areas all the time anyhow.
I might consider a “fake ring” if we were on a cruise, something to wear aboard the ship but not ashore. BUT I don’t think that my real ring would too much at risk on board the ship anyhow. And if it did “disappear” from the safe (doubtful / unusual) it is insured for that sort of thing anyhow (would make me truly sad… but it is covered)
Post # 15
I just picked out a stand in ring from berricle today actually. I don’t travel much because of school so my reason was so I could have stand in ring for when I do messy activities but still look “married”. We go to the beach a lot for bonfires (not just swimming) walking the dogs in the park, and camping trips. I want to wear an ering during these activities but not necessarily my actual one. I guess I’m just paranoid about losing it, losing a diamond, and getting it really dirty. Oh not to mention when my ring is in for repairs or sizing.
Post # 16
I don’t understand the CZ stand in either. My stand in is a plain sterling silver band. I am considering a CZ stand in for the two weeks before the wedding when I have to send my set into the jeweller though.