I’m in the “lots of marital bling” camp. (Love that term, NFLwidow:
When DH and I got married, he picked out a wide wedding band for me. It didn’t go with my ERing at all, so my ERing went into the jewelry box for many years. Then, when I got pregnant, I gained a LOT of weight. My original band didn’t fit any more and couldn’t be easily resized as it’s an eternity design. So, for several years, I wore plain silver bands. Over the last couple of years, I rediscovered my love of jewelry and all things blingy — especially rings, which have always been my favorite. I lost some weight, too, so now my original wedding band and ERing both fit (sort of — they are actually too big now, lol) again.
Sooooo … long story longer, I switch stuff out and around and mix and match every which way. I am sentimental about my original rings in that I would never feel comfortable getting rid of them or melting them down or something like that. But I’m not sentimental about having to wear those exact rings and only those exact rings. DH also doesn’t care, so long as I’m happy and look “married” when I’m out and about.
We’ve been married for 17 years (just had our 17th anniversary earlier this month), and together for a total of around 25, so that might be why I don’t feel as much of an attachment to wearing my original rings.
Some of my different sets:
Original ERing with a fairly new (about a year old) band:
For our 17th anniversary, I had my ERing redone a bit. Sort of a “facelift”, where I replaced the two diamond baguettes (which had always bothered me because they were set improperly and so always looked grey) with blue sapphires. I also just recently ordered a 3mm YG heavy comfort fit band to wear when I want something a bit more plain than my scroll band.
Anniversary Set: (a gift from DH for our 15th)
And my rose gold set, which is a London Blue Topaz solitaire and plain RG band. The solitaire was a gift from DH for hitting a weight loss milestone.
I mix and match my wedding bands, so sometimes I wear the RG with the platinum ring, the platinum band with the YG ring, the scroll band with the YG ring, etc. I also have a 5-stone band that was a gift for our 16th anniversary and a WG .5CT half eternity band I originally bought to go with my anniversary ring … but then ended up not in love with the look. I still wear that one sometimes, though.
This is my original wedding band: