(Closed) Help – Stand in, travel, or "test" rings? Opinions & pics please

posted 1 month ago in Rings
  • poll: Would or have you bought or worn a stand-in engagement ring?
    Yes and I liked it / it worked well : (26 votes)
    41 %
    Yes but it wasn't for me : (1 votes)
    2 %
    No but I would : (12 votes)
    19 %
    No and I would not : (25 votes)
    39 %
  • Post # 16
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    I voted no. I had and have no reason to own one. I knew what I wanted as an engagement ring so it wasn’t necessary for me. Also I can‘t come up with a situation I’d need a stand in ring for. And if a situation should arise I’d just wear my wedding band alone or go naked. 

    Not that I havemt looked at stand ins or silicon bands… I have a thing for that one rose gold elements ring from Enso. 

    But by all means if it’s a cheapie just get it. Why not? If that helps you… it will go great with the crime fighting RBF 😉 

    Post # 17
    531 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2020

     ..am I just naive here, I’m not even considering this? When we travel to our wedding destination, and to our honeymoon, I was just going to wear my engagement ring. Starting to second-guess myself now-

    I, too, would love to hear from bees who have a stand in ring for travel. Or from bees who don’t! Is this necessary? 


    OP, as to a deterrent- I have tried that for a few years. Even when I was single, I wore a ring on my left hand sometimes. But it reeeeally doesn’t work. It may keep honorable, good men away, but it sure doesn’t give creeps even a moment’s pause. 

    And honorable, good men aren’t the problem, are they – as soon as they find out a woman is committed, they’re not going to pester. 

    A ring in that case isn’t the answer – 

    Post # 18
    1308 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2018

    The only reason I have a stand in “set” is because I ordered 2 rings off amazon to try out styles I was interested in. The only reason I wear them now is when I don’t want to wear my real stuff because of the possibility of damaging or losing it.

    All my pieces except maybe two are antiques/heirlooms. Even though they are insured-they are irreplaceable both sentimentally and materially (I’ve seem similar looking stuff but no exact copies-the problem with antiques). But honestly I’m usually ringless in these types of situations….

    also having a ring on your finger doesn’t deter untwanted attention, as much as it should. Even with it being 2019 and all…

    Post # 19
    89 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 1995

    We have worn our travel rings equally for modesty reasons and as a general safety precaution. We did a lot of traveling just the two of us through various places in rural Thailand, Vietnam and Egypt. Wearing a diamond ring was just unnecessary when a lot of people we met were working so very hard just to provide a life for their families. 

    On the other hand, my mother-in-law was on a cruise and inadvertently left her diamond ring behind in the shower and when she came back a few hours later it was gone. So there’s a good reason not to take your good jewelry on vacation. 

    My travel rings: (Top) Silver, Dh made in art class. (Middle) Greenstone from New Zealand about $5. (Bottom) Tungsten wih black banding, Ebay $13.

    Post # 20
    2364 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I don’t have a stand in. If I’m traveling somewhere that I don’t want to draw attention to myself with a diamond or doing an activity where I might harm my ring, I just wear my plain wedding band. Part of why I selected a plain wedding band is so that I have a ring I never really need to take off. 

    Post # 21
    349 posts
    Helper bee

    I bought a pack of silicone rings on Amazon, which I wear to work (I work in a greenhouse and with machinery) or anywhere else I wouldn’t want to wear my “real” ring. I haven’t really thought about getting a stand-in which is a metal as for me the main purpose of a stand-in was safety reasons (I really like my fingers all attached!) Note to anyone considering an Enso ring or similar, they are like $40 for one rubber ring…you can buy a 10 pack on Amazon for $10. 

    But if you’re someone who travels a lot I can see it being wise to leave it at home – and as many others have commented, there are lots of cheap CZ sterling rings available online so, why not. 

    Post # 22
    974 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    I recently had to send my ring in for resizing, so I bought a stand-in on Amazon as I didn’t want to go 10 days without anything on my finger. I wouldn’t use it for vacations/traveling, though, I’m fine wearing my actual e-ring.

    Post # 25
    1526 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2019

    I personally wouldn’t wear a fake engagement ring as a deterrent when you aren’t engaged. If bf wants to deter guys, he should get you a ring for real. 

    That said, if you aren’t sure about the size of stone or style and think getting a cheapie might help you decide then go for it. But then I’d put it aside until you’re engaged and need a stand in.

    That said, I do have a stand in. Two actually In different sizes. Because it’s fun, and I don’t like silicone rings but my fiancé loves when I wear a ring. Thus I have two that look semi real. One large but plain and one that looks very similar to my real one at a distance. So if we go to the beach then I don’t have to worry about it coming off or getting bent when working out etc. Itll be insured soon and not as concerning, but I’d still hate to lose it even if we recovered the value. 

    Post # 26
    392 posts
    Helper bee

    I bought many CZ rings from Amazon, Berricle, etc to see what style looked good on me.  Interestingly, everything I THOUGHT I liked (Halo, princess cut, elaborate side stones, wide bands) ended up NOT looking good on me.  I found out that for the most part I am a solitaire, simple 3 stone girl and I would not have picked either of those styles before the great CZ Experiment! You will save money in the long run to narrow down YOUR PERFECT style. Take some inepensive fun rings for a test drive !

    Post # 27
    2317 posts
    Buzzing bee

    When I’m gardening, going to the gym, cooking, etc., I don’t feel the need to wear a ring at all.  I have many ring holders placed around my house and our cabin so that I can put it there for safe keeping.   If I’m not at home and I need to take it off, I will put it in my wallet or zipper side pocket of my purse.  Or I will put it on my necklace chain.  

    I just don’t really worry about it all that much.  

    Post # 30
    9546 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

    I bought some CZ wedding bands to try out with my engagement ring to see how they fit, and if it was the style I wanted. I think it’s a cool idea to get some cheapies in the styles you like to see how they look/feel on your hand. I also have a few different RHRs that I’ll wear on my left hand if my engagement ring is in the shop (which is like, super rare). Mostly if I don’t have my e-ring on I just wear my wedding rings. 

    It sounds like you’re just really excited to get engaged and have your forever ring! …And I think this is the real reason you’d want to switch it over as a “deterrent” 😉 Maybe it’s time to talk about speeding up the timeline, lol

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