Post # 17
- Wedding: April 2010 - Signature Events
I won’t be taking mine. I wore a fake ring on a trip right after we got engaged and left mine at home. It was a little boohoo when people would ask to see my new ring, and I had to tell them it was at home. But I know I would’ve been worried, and I’m a lot more fun to be around when I’m carefree. : )
Post # 18
@hergreenapples: I think it has to do with what people are used to. I live in a major metropolitan area in the US with a decent amount of crime, and I know which areas to avoid and which are ok. I turn my ring around if I find myself somewhere shady. Although we can never be 100% sure that we are free from being victims of crime, I try to stay in areas where I feel safe. In contrast, when you travel abroad, you don’t know your way around or where you will end up, and a lot of times you do look like a tourist, therefore you are a target in a way that you are not in your home country.
Also, depends on where you travel, but some countries simply DO have a higher violent crime rate than US. My family is Dominican and lives in DR and for instance there, there is so much disparity between rich & poor that it leads to a level of muggings and robbery that we just don’t have here in the US. I feel like in Europe there is a higher level of “sneaky crime” rate – ie, pickpockets and scams. Maybe it affects tourists more than locals, but I have only heard of one person getting pickpocketed in the US, whereas I have heard of dozens upon dozens of folks getting pickpocketed or scammed in Europe.
Post # 19
I think that when considering taking the ring on a trip abroad, it is not necessarily that these countries are more violent or crime-prone, but for me personally, it’s the contingency action that I am concerned about.
I live in Orlando, which can definitely be shady, but I feel as though I would know who to contact and how the issue would be resolved. In a foreign country, I might not have proper communication access or know who to trust, law-enforcement wise.
Post # 20
See, DH didnt want me to wear mine, and I agreed (We went to Zihuatanejo, Mexico) but I forgot to take it off, so I wore it. I did NOT leave it in my room, I kept it on the entire time (snorkeling, diving, fishing, and all.
I would have bought a stand in had I thought of it…
Post # 21
Having travel a lot, I just don’t understand the American desire to not wear jewlery. People in Europe wear it every day and we here in the US get all riled up about whether or not we should wear ours. I mean, dude, he spent some major coin on our ring. Wear the damn thing! (Unless you’re going deep sea diving and expect to be ambushed on a coral reef).
Same thing goes for people who only wear their ring out in social occasions. I guess I just don’t get it.
Post # 22
I did… it was fine. As long as you have it insured, you should have nothing to worry about (unless it is an irreplacable family heirloom). Also, when we got ours insured, our insurance agent suggested that I get really good pictures of it (detailed) in the event that it would have to be re-made/replicated.
Post # 23
I think part of why people feel unsafe wearing expensive jewlery is that it might call attention to you. If you have a fairly large diamond or something else with some bling, it might make you more of a target, not necessarily to steal the ring but more of “she has that huge ring, she must also have high value things in her purse so I’ll snatch it”
@hellohellohello – I turn my ring around sometimes too!!
Post # 24
I bought a fake ring at Kohls and am gonna wear that on my honeymoon. After hearing how my friend lost hers snorkeling—I want to spend my trip “worry free.”
Post # 25
I’m only going to take my wedding band on our honeymoon because my engagement ring is irreplaceable. Since my wedding band is a bit common (2mm half eternity band), I could get a similar band if needed (though I’d hte to have have my “real” wedding band!), but my engagement ring is from about 1928 and is (essentially) one of a kind as I’ve never seen anything like it. We’d never be able to find an identical replacement should I lose it! (And of course it’s possible to lose it at home, but somehow it seems less safe to take it thousands of miles away!)
Post # 26
I didn’t wear either of my rings on our honeymoon to Egypt…I just had a simple silver band…I read something before I left that said if you have a sizeable ring a lot of times the vendors will try to gouge you because they look at you as a “wealthy tourist”
Post # 27
I am going to wear mine but if we were going on a tropical sort of honeymoon I probably would not because I live at the beach here and leave it home for that sort of thing. This summer we are going to the British Isles and Sweden and I will be wearing my e-ring. I also think its funny not to wear it to Europe. I mean in Europe all the women are wearing their rings so if you are going to be targeted as a tourist it will happen with our without a ring on.
Post # 28
Aren’t your rings insured? I’m wearing mine for sure–I can’t wait to get my wedding bands and don’t want to have to part with them immediately.
Post # 29
I’m only wearing my band. My fiance refuses to let me wear my e-ring on our honeymoon because we’re going to Costa Rica and will be doing ziplining and a lot of active stuff. I would like to wear both, but I see his point. I’m afraid to lose it despite having insurance.
Post # 30
i’m going to purchase a simple silver ring for our honeymoon. Like many of you I am afraid to wear on the beach or in the pool, so i’ll be leaving mine at home
Post # 31
My rings will stay at home with my mother while we take a beach honeymoon. I plan to wear them both in Europe daily but just don’t want to risk losing them in the sand or ocean. My diamond belonged to my great grandmother and insurance can’t replace a family heirloom. A friend of mine lost his wedding ring on his honeymoon and I’ve lost earings while boating so I just don’t want to chance it, I won’t be wearing earings in the water if I remember either.
As far as Europe, I think it’s more that the engagement ring will give you away as American as most Europeans(UK excluded) don’t wear such a flashy engagement ring if any at all.