Post # 1
I’m going to Peru for 12 weeks starting next January, and I am so excited! Mr. Fish thinks it’s a great opportunity too, but he seems to think that my small, white, American self is going to be mugged. Gotta love the vote of confidence. I mean of course it’s a possibility, and I’m always very aware of that (hello, I live in YOUNGSTOWN). We will only be in a partiularly dangerous area for about 3 days, but the last thing on earth I want to do is lose my engagement ring in a foreign country, with or without force. He has a totally valid point.
He has offered to buy me a much less expensive ring to wear while I’m abroad (we’re talking like, 200 bucks tops). It would help ease his mind, and it’s a good idea… but he doesn’t want it to be anything that will attract too much attention to myself, as everything about my appearance already screams “stupid American,” apparently.
I don’t want it to look like a wedding band, though. Maybe some kind of gemstone (probably simulated) or interesting design? I don’t really have any major ideas. It just has to be white gold, as my skin tarnishes the HECK out of silver.
Do you ladies travel with your rings? Have you ever had a problem? And do you have any suggestions for an affordable temporary e-ring replacement that isn’t a plain wedding band?
Post # 3
I usually leave mine home when I travel. I bought a fake e ring at Claire’s that looks pretty real (until you get real close) for about 8.00. I’m lose mine around the house, so I’m always super worried I’m going to take it off to shower or whatever in the hotel and then end up leaving it there.
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Post # 4
I travel with my rings all the time. If I’m at a location where I feel like it could be an issue, I turn them so that the diamonds are inside my hands and my rings just look like plain bands.
Then again, I always travel with my husband, and my rings are not so expensive that they would attract unwanted attention or be impossible to replace (apart from sentimental value).
Post # 5
I always take my wedding set with me, but when we were recently in Mexico (there were riots going on the day we were there = ) I wore my ‘stand in’ ring that I got at JC Penny for $10 just in case.
Post # 6
Not to be rude, but does it really matter if you have a ring while you are there? If you’re afraid you’ll get mugged with your rings on, then just leave them at home.
I don’t feel any less married/engaged without my ring on, so it wouldn’t be an issue for me at all.
Post # 7
@mommytobee: Hey I can link to names now! My ring is not especially expensive or flashy (in fact it’s just .44 carats) but it’s a lot of money compared with what we have now, and it’s really sparkly 🙂 And I would be DEVESTATED if something happened to it.
I like the cheap Claire’s and JC Penny ideas!
Post # 8
I wore my rings on our honeymoon but when we went out to excursions that were not so nice ports I left my rings in the safe on the ship. It was exteme to think this way I know but I didn’t want anyone trying to cut my finger off to get my jewelry. Or hurting me just trying to grab for it.
So for me I would go with nothing. The thief doesn’t know it’s not real and would/could use just as much force.
Post # 9
@futuremrsfish: *shrug* I don’t feel “less engaged” without it, I just feel kind of naked when I’m not wearing it. And I’m spending 3 months away from everyone I know, so having that little something with me is important.
Post # 10
I would definitely leave your ring at home. I wanted to wear my engagement ring with my band on our honeymoon to Mexico and my parents kept telling me I was crazy. I realized in the end they were right and it sat in the jewelers safe while we were gone. In an area like Peru you are just taking an unnecessary risk in my opinion. I don’t think you’ll get mugged by any means but if you have never been to South America before I think you are in for some major culture shock as far as the poverty level is concerned. The last thing you want to worry about is losing your engagement ring 🙂
Post # 11
@Talishazwi: Mr. Fish brought up the same point. Perhaps just some kind of decorative band or non-diamond?
Post # 12
I was worried at first when I wore my ring in the Philippines. I turned it around so you couldn’t see the diamond right when I got off the plane. But after a while I didn’t even think about it and that I was just being paranoid. If you’re not one to take it off and leave it somewhere I say just wear it. But definitely get your ring insured before you go on your trip.
Post # 13
Personally I would wear a sterling silver band or something while I was there. Because even if the substitute ring you have costs just $20, if it even resembles a diamond then you could get mugged!
Post # 14
Sounds to me like $200, while not a super expensive pricetag for jewelry, is still a lot to pay for something just to serve as a temporary finger warmer.
If silver doesn’t work for you, there are loads of other options. Titanium is super cheap, I think last time I checked, Amazon had some bands for like 10 bucks.
Post # 15
I would go with a plain band or something that is clearly not valuable at a glance. For the reasons that other posters mentioned, it’s not just that you don’t want to lose the diamond, it’s that you want to avoid being mugged and putting yourself in danger!
Post # 16
I travel with my e-ring on, and my other jewelry (other ring, diamond earrings, etc. My e-ring is a solitaire, slightly over 1 carat, so I’m sure if thieves knew what they were looking for, they’d know it was worth something. I usually turn my diamond around and then it looks like a band, if I feel I need to. I also work in a sketchy part of town and do that there too. But if I was going somewhere that I was really worried about, I’d just leave my jewelry at home.