Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard
I had never really heard that there were such a thing as stand-in rings before. I’d heard of ladies wearing inexpensive CZ rings when traveling who WEREN’T married for “safety” reasons, but not about stand-ins for the real thing.
I LOVE my ring. It is certainly well made, but I do have to be a bit careful with it.
I am a very active and outdoorsy person. I fly-fish nearly every weekend of the season and we take an entire week off in the summer to fly-fish in wilderness country. I cross-country ski in the winter, as well as go ice-fishing when FI talks me into it. (Cold!) We cut down and chop firewood every year for our primary source of heat, etc. I am not inside knitting all day, is what I am saying. (But I do knit – just horribly!)
Needless to say, my e-ring will not be making those trips. But I really, really still want a ring on my finger. I am SO VERY PROUD to be engaged (soon to be married!) to A. I want that symbol on my finger for all to see, including trout and grizzlies. 😉
I guess I kind of can’t get over feeling like a stand in is a bit of a frivilous purchase (for us and our budget, not for anyone else, no judgement, etc.). I would only spend about $50 or so.
But, I want one. I guess I should just admit and get something I like that I can wear during these activities. Yes?
(I am horrible at buying things for myself, in case you haven’t caught on. 😉 )
Post # 3
@engagedsagebrush: I have a stand-in, and lead a similar lifestyle to you. My husband and I are quite outdoorsy, we camp, canoe, hike and fish quite regularly. I was afraid something would happen to my rings and felt sick at the thought so I invested in a stand-in. It was the best decision I’ve ever made. It gives me peace of mind, and I love that it’s a bit different from my original set so I get a bit of variety. If you’re intersted, check out http://www.berricle.com, they have amazing rings!
Post # 4
@engagedsagebrush: $50 on a stand in is likely less than one repair on your real ring, should you damage it by wearing it while doing any of your activities :).
I’m all for stand ins. They are great for wearing if you are worried your ring will be damaged, if you have to send yours in for repair/sizing and don’t want to be naked, if your fingers become swollen (in pregnancy, for example). They are also great for falling back in love with your own real ring, sometimes wearing something else reminds you of why you adore your own precious so much!
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I got a stand in from Berricle and I really like it. It’s a CZ band and it gives me better piece of mind when I’m doing things that might damage my ring. I often wear it to the gym, or when we go camping. I wore my e-ring on a camping trip two weeks after we got engaged, got an insect bite on my finger which made it swell up huge so I had to take my ring off (thankfully I was able to) and put it in my purse for the rest of the trip which was usually left in the car. I wasn’t a huge fan of doing that but had no choice at the time. Now I don’t think I would wear mine out camping again just in case. My ring cost like $20-30 with a discount code.
Post # 6
@engagedsagebrush: I have a really gorgeous ring that is sturdy and well made, but I would not ever want to lose it or damage it in any way. I just bought a sterlig silver stand in ring on Berricle last night and I’m so excited to get it! My FI didn’t understand why I needed it, but we’ll be frolicking on a beach soon and I don’t want to worry about my ring at all.
The Berricle ring I chose came to $50, including international shipping costs. It had great reviews, and I’m hoping that it can be my cottage/beach/sailing/skiing/travel ring.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@engagedsagebrush: Yay for outdoorsy Rocky Mountain girls 🙂 I do all those things with my ring on… except for mountain biking, cause I eat major shit on occasion. But mine is fairly unobtrusive. if you think yours is potentially damageable, YES get a stand-in! Just make sure it’s not too big or high-profile, because “real” or not, that will still get annoying when you’re trying to tie a fly or get your gloves on.
Random sidenote, have you ever been into the Wind Rivers? The fishing there is unbelievable in some areas – some of the best golden fishing in the country.
Post # 8
@engagedsagebrush: I hadn’t even thought of this. I was just going to leave mine at home. I mountain bike, ski (alpine), play a lot of sports. For the sports, I have to take all my jewellery off, but the rest I would leave the E ring at home so it doesn’t get damaged or come off with my gloves (bike and ski).
Interesting… that’s some food for thought. 😛
Will you update us with what you decide to do?
I actually dreamt that I lost my centre stone last night. I had been swimming (I was a competitive swimmer, I have swimming dreams the way other people dream about being in school) and when I got out of the pool my centre was gone!
Post # 9
- Wedding: July 2014 - Backyard
Well, you all sold me on the decision! I will call it my Christmas present.
Also – so glad to see all you other outdoorsy ladies!
Post # 10
I just got my stand-in set from Berricle. I love it!
Post # 11
I have a stand-in set that I got off of Etsy, I wanted an stand in e-ring and band. I honestly love it, and it’s nice to switch things up a little bit and know that if I loose them it isn’t the end of the world.
Post # 12
My stand in is just 2 I love that DH gave me that I stack when doing things more rough and tumbly 🙂 It just happened to be I stacked them and now love the look!
Post # 13
@engagedsagebrush: I don’t have any advice for you, other than to say I wish we were friends in real life. Your hobbies sound amazing.
Post # 14
I too have a thin CZ stand in band from Berricle. But if I’m doing something dirty, I don’t want anything in the stones, so I have a plain tungston band (I could wear nothing, but then my hand feels naked). My berricle band was around $30, and the tungston band was $9.
Post # 15
Just a thought: What type of wedding band will you be getting? When will the wedding be?
I’m fairly outdoorsy, and jsut plan on getting a simple gold band for that reason. That way, when I”m doing something that could damage my engagement ring, I will just wear my wedding band. If you don’t want a standin maybe you could talk to your fiance about buying the wedding band early and then wearing it now while you’re doing rough things? Or be patient and just be ringless for a bit? I know it’s hard!
Post # 16
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@engagedsagebrush: I’m not nearly that active and I have stand-in ring. DH appreciates the idea, I take my ring off everytime I was my hands and it makes him SO NERVOUS that I’m going to lose it. He likes that it’s safe and sound when we’re on trips.
I spent $15 on mine, so I don’t consider it frivolous. Or you could get a nicer band that’s plain or only slightly embellished – whatever you want! My stand in looks just like my ring, only CZ (and a little bigger!)