(Closed) Buying a " fake" or "place holder" ring

posted 9 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Place holder ring?
    Yes, I have done it. : (38 votes)
    39 %
    No, but it's a good idea. : (25 votes)
    26 %
    No, I wear my original everywhere. : (34 votes)
    35 %
  • Post # 32
    338 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I have a cheap stainless steel eternity ring I wear to the gym, in the pool and other places I don’t want to risk my real one. Yeah, it’s insured, but it’s an heirloom stone and can never truly be replaced. And I like wearing a ring on my left hand, I feel naked without one. 

    Post # 33
    1509 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    @heathuhhhhwebbbb:  I, like several other posters, hadn’t heard of this until I joined the Bee.

    I’ve only had my engagement ring for a couple of months, but it’s the only ring I’m planning to use.  If I’m worried about something potentially happening to it, I just don’t wear it.  It’s insured, but I still obviously don’t want to lose it!

    I actually don’t even wear it to work since I work in a chemistry lab and deal with a lot of extremely harsh/dangerous chemicals.  I don’t want to run the risk of ripping my gloves and not noticing until I get something on my skin or ring.  I also don’t plan on wearing my wedding band to work once we get married.  We haven’t purchased our bands yet, but I’m pretty set on an eternity band that I initially tried on when we went engagement ring shopping.  I’m probably overly cautious, but it works for me.

    My fiance and I do our fair share of traveling, and I do plan to wear my ring wherever we go.  I’ve never had a problem with anything getting stolen while on vacation (and I’ve been out of the country a few times).  

    Post # 34
    1548 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t have a fake or place holder ring, however I will have 2 wedding bands – a diamond pave band and a plain platinum band. Sometimes I think the diamond band will be a little much. I travel a lot and am very outdoorsy – we hike, camp, going on our boat – sometimes I don’t want to be wearing a full diamond band. 

    Post # 35
    1244 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I have a plain gold band for those days I don’t want to wear my diamond rings (like the gym) but when I was just engaged, I did not have a stand in ring.  I just didn’t wear a ring at all (and my ring was at the jeweler for 6 weeks having a custom band made) so if people asked where my ring was I just told them.  I had not heard of a stand in ring until this site either.

    Post # 36
    2148 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I like the idea of having a plain band when I’m doing something that I wouldn’t want to wear my diamonds for. I think I will buy a plain or miligrain rose gold band, to wear on our honeymoon or any other time we’re traveling and I don’t want to worry about my ring. I wouldn’t want to wear my e-ring and new wedding band when swimming or using sunscreen or oil, and I certainly would never leave it in the hotel room safe. I like this a lot 🙂

    Post # 37
    2732 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Yes, of course I have stand-ins! Love it, love jewelery 😉 I feel naked without anything on my wedding finger. Otherwise I do wear my e-ring and wedding band 99% of the time. 

    Here are my valuable wedding bands. They are not really a stand-in because I wear them if I don’t want to wear my larger set (1% of the time, hehe). That’s what I would wear if my rings were in the shop because my wedding rings are soldered.

    My travel set for nice enough countries. It’s a white sapphire split shank with a thin diamond band:

    Now a very thin rose gold diamond band for cycling or exercice, camping:

    Post # 38
    8467 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    No, I haven’t done that. I’ve thought about it in the past, but once my house I grew up in got robbed, I feel the safest place for my ring to be is on me. 

    Post # 39
    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I just ordered a ring to wear for swimming and while at the gym. I just got engaged so I don’t want to go anywhere without a ring on my finger! Whenever I go on my honeymoon I’m giving my real rings to my parents and wearing my cheap one.

    Post # 40
    145 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    @heathuhhhhwebbbb:  lol i dont even have my ring yet but my SO is geting me a fake engagement ring (cz) as well because we travel quite a lot, in and out of the country. I think it’s a good idea because I for sure would not know what to do if I’d loose my ring!! 0.0; 

    Post # 41
    8570 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    I’m getting one for work. My work is very hands on, and I do alot of painting. I would seriously hate getting paint on my ring, as I have many small diamonds and that would take AGES to get off. My work also keeps VERY full filing cabinets that we have to sift through often for paperwork. I’ve alread gotten my rings caught on binders and other things in them.

    Post # 42
    1367 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I don’t see any need to call stand-in rings “fake,” implying (it seems to me) that they’re knockoffs. Some people wear silver and/or CZ rings as their REAL rings. For that reason, “I don’t like to wear fake anything” comes off sounding a little rude to me.

    As for myself, my personal values led me to buy an engagement ring that cost less than $100. (and my gold wedding band is <$100 as well). It does happen to be made of gold and (very) small diamonds, but that doesn’t meanthat a ring made of any other materials would be any less “real.” It’s vintage and OOAK, and obvioculy is irreplaceable in terms of sentimental value, but it’s definitely not worth a lot monetarily, so I plan to wear it all the time and enjoy the heck out of it.

    I do have a Berricle RHR that I will probably use as an alternative wedding band. I like the idea of being able to switch it up sometimes, and for our finances it’s not practical to buy multiple expensive rings. My mom never replaced her official wedding ring one it broke, she always wore something on her left hand but it wasn’t always gold and diamonds, it was just something pretty. So I guess that has always seemed pretty normal to me.

    Oh, and I should meantion I don’t plan on wearing my e-ring and wedding band together, since they don’t match at all.

    Engagement Ring:

    Wedding band:

    “Alternate” sterling silver and CZ band:

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