(Closed) Anyone ever downgraded their rings?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

My aunt traded in her marquise cut engagement ring and matching wedding band (yellow gold set) and now wears just a platinum and diamond eternity band. I think it looks really chic.

Post # 4
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I really love the simple bands.  I think they are so elegant but I don’t think I could get rid of my original set completely.  Maybe further done the road I would be more open to it but right now I can’t think I would ever want to let it go even if I were to only were the band.

But if that is what you want, and you are ok with it, it is your call 🙂

Post # 6
870 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

My mother had a diamond e-ring and plain 2mm band.  Later, they got her a 5mm band and that’s all she wears now.  I didn’t see her original set until I got engaged…

Post # 7
3296 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - An amazing non-profit retreat

Depending on what my lifestyle is like after we’re married, I may just wear a plain gold band. I really like the look of them.

Post # 8
2903 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Nope, I have upgraded..lol But yes I do have a stand in band for when I do stuff outside.

Post # 9
3227 posts
Sugar bee

@MrsRuby:  Yep. I did. My origianl that I chose was just too much bling so I went for something more  simple after losing it.

Post # 10
365 posts
Helper bee

I’ve downgraded in size but upgraded in quality.  Over the years I’ve found that (for me) simple is better because I’m a stay at home mom and I’m left handed.  I bang my rings up a lot.  If I hadn’t gotten my small solitaire, I would’ve bought a fairly wide plain band.  I think they are so beautiful.

Post # 11
2031 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Yes and Sort Of, LOL.  Picking a wedding ring was, for me, a nightmare.  I could NOT decide what I wanted, I wavered between a plain band and a diamond band, and the diamond bands that I liked all wavered also.  At one point I think I had my eye on like 8 different wedding bands (some plain, some engraved, some with diamonds, etc) and loved them ALL.  I initially compromised and got a rather plain titanium band (titanium was a must, to match DH) with 5 tiny diamonds that was pretty.  It’s still pretty, but the more I tried it on around the house the more I didn’t like it as much.  It wasn’t plain enough to be PLAIN, and certainly wasn’t blingy enough to be blingy.  So I ended up with an even thinner PLAIN titanium band on a whim, about a week before we got married, that I absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE.  

Sort Of is because about 2-3 weeks before we got married (I can’t remember) I finally found a diamond band that I loved, but Darling Husband and I were really really low on funds, so I said that if he ever wanted to surprise me (future anniversary, birthday, Christmas, etc) I liked that one since he is ALWAYS asking for ideas.  At the same time he decided that he absolutely had to sell his old car, which had been sitting for months because we just didn’t have the funds to fix it (we each currently own a car, this was an extra).  He decided that if he could sell it for enough to pay for the ring, he would buy my new wedding band.  Well he did sell the car, the day before we got married, so we put the ring on the back burner until this week.  Now though, I’m having second thoughts on it because I really love the plain band.  In fact, in the short time we’ve been married I’ve worn the plain band alone more than I’ve worn it with my engagement ring and whenever I look at it I remember him slipping it on my finger while we said our vows.  I even went to a local jeweler the other day to look at their diamond bands, and ended up trying them on with my plain band instead of with my engagement ring, because I really don’t want to take this one off.  So I’ve basically decided to not ‘upgrade’ my wedding band for now, because this one makes me happy.  Maybe someday he’ll surprise me with it, or maybe I’ll forget all about it now that we’re married and onto new things…either way I’m happy 🙂

Post # 12
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - ceremony at a gazebo outside, reception at neighboring restaurant on a lake

You mighty regret it later.  Once it is sold, you can never get back the ring your fiance first put on your finger when he asked you to marry him.  I’d keep it in case 10 years (or 10 days!) down the line you aren’t so much in the minimalist mindset anymore.

Post # 14
1245 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m in the “kind of” camp too but not really intentionally.

My original e-ring had kind of a funky design that you could not wear with a band so when we first got married I wore my e-ring on my left and my diamond w-band on my right hand.  The e-ring was never very comfortable so after a while I wore just my w-band on my left hand.

I then received a family diamond a few years ago and had it put in a 3 stone ring and I wore just that on my left hand.  I tried wearing it with my diamond band but never liked the look of it, plus I thought each ring looked better on it’s own.  I truly prefer to wear one ring.

A few years ago I lost my diamond wedding band and it wasn’t insured.  So for my 10th anniversary I got a small diamond half eternity band (the diamonds were much smaller than my original w-band).  I had the family diamond reset into a halo setting with a plain shank and now consider that along with this diamond half eternity band my “set”.

However….I still prefer just one ring.  For my birthday I finally got a diamond band to replace the one I lost and that’s what I wear the majority of the time.  I save the set for when I’m going out.

I’ve posted this before but here’s my new band


Post # 15
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Fiance proposed with a 2.5 tcw ring that just wasn’t me.  My current ring is 1.6tcw

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