(Closed) Inexpensive set for everyday?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Helper bee

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SandyBee23:  My original ring is a beautiful Tacori, but we don’t have a the company servicing and it’s got a lot of smaller stones. It’s also an overall larger look not the center stone but the whole setting.

I got a simpe Montana sapphire solitaire with a plain band and a bezel set anniversary band that I wear almost daily now. I but out my “real” ring for date night and family trips, and when I’m feeling nostalgic, but this is so much easier for me everyday. It wasn’t really inexpensive, depending on your limits for that kind of thing, but that’s mainly because I wanted platinum everything, lol. The a band is a vintage steal from Etsy. I’d definitely look at vintage rings there, you can get some beautiful pieces for a fraction of retail price. Even solitaires and things. I can reccomend some people if you’d like.

No one ever compliments my sapphire but I love it to death. Here’s the original:

and the sapphire:

Post # 17
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Honey bee

 

I have stackers, and, therefore, “multiple wedding sets” that I switch out at whim. Some are quite costly, the sterling silver and CZ ones, not so much. I’ll wear what seems fitting to the occasion and wear the lesser-valued things whenever I think best. And, ironically, some of my lesser-valued things might have cost more, I just don’t value them as much, if that makes sense.

 

Post # 18
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Bumble bee

I’m an RN and I only wear my plain white gold wedding band to work, never my engagement ring or anything with stones. For me, it’s not just about the possibility of damage, but hygiene as well. I don’t need nasty things getting lodged between my stones, it would be difficult to clean and I try really hard not to bring that stuff home with me. I wear gloves all the time, too, but a diamond could rip through those, no problem. And as hard as you try, there are times when you don’t have gloves on and stuff just happens. No thanks!

Post # 19
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Newbee

I totally understand your thoughts on having two sets because i .. do the same. I have my original Set that i wear sometimes and i have one I wear every single day in the shower doing dishes taking care of there kids whatever u name it. my husband absolutely understands why I do this cause he also feels the same way which is the reason why i have a substitue ring.. last time I wore my more expensive set to a crab fest and started cracking open crab legs with my ring on he was like ” are you sure you want to be cracking open crab legs with ur ring on like that?” obviously it was a joke we both laughed but yea- that was just an example of how we both feel cautious when I wear my more expensive ring. Anyways I’ll post pictures for fun 

my original above and something I just wear every single day on the bottom. i think it’s whatever you want to do- whatever you feel like wearing on whatever day whatever makes you happy- doesnt matter 🙂 

Post # 20
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

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SandyBee23:  I’d get a moissanite solitaire to wear to work. Since you use your hands alot a cz might get scratched up where as a moissanite could take the beating. Moissaniteco.com has several solitaire rings for great prices. If your not wanting to spend a few hundred dollars on a stand in ring then I’d go with something from berricle.com that way if it gets damaged it will be inexpensive to replace. 

Post # 21
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I am all for doing whatever makes you happy—have as many “wedding sets” as your heart desires, but am I the only one who finds it strange that so many people seem to be afraid of wearing their rings for everyday life?  Diamonds and gold are very durable—I think as women we can sometimes come up various exuses as to why we “need” different sets instead of just calling it what it is—we like variety!

Post # 22
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Honey bee

 

I agree, ginger, that some comments seem to indicate that “avoidance of damage” and such is a common theme for going with a secondary set. All the while, the good metals and natural stones can take a beating, get cleaned up, and sparkle anew.

I know that I’ve purchased a couple of ss and cz rings, to test-drive the style prior to taking the plunge on a natural stone and high value metal ring. (Comfort is a big thing for me, and if the prongs dig, I don’t care how pretty it is. Like my cz eternity rings in different point sized stones and settings. I’m still test-driving those before I drop the cost of a another car onto my finger, but, boy, do I want 20-pointer stones in an eternity ring for our 20th anniversary, drool!)

Anyway, those test-drive rings often are my grubby days choices, too, or when working in the church nursery, or gardening, or whatever. I can sparkle in the sun, but not worry about looking down to see a stone missing. Drats. But it was only a ss/cz. Sigh of relief. You know?

 

 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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gingerwillmington:  I was also thinking that it’s the downside to the trend of larger, more complicated, “blingy-er” sets that no longer do simple, utilitarian work of identifying the married vs. the unmarried.  <br />Though, that said, I have my grandmother’s basic thin gold band that she wore instead of her very small, modest diamond when she worked in food service and had to wear gloves, so it’s not like the alternate ring thing is a new phenomenon!

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I agree there are times when wearing your wedding set ( nursing or a delicate heirloom piece etc) is not a good idea for practicle or sanitary reasons, but it just makes me laugh at all the excuses we, as women, can come up with to feed our jewelry obsession!  Like I said I’m all for whatever makes your heart happy.  Stack them, upgrade them, expensive, and non-expensive—just enjoy:)

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Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016 - Long Island, NY

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BeautyAndTheBeast:  holy crap that’s a thing! How funny and clever!

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I wear my e ring all the time except when I think it could possibly be lost or damaged. It was bought to be worn so that’s what I do. I would not purchase something I was not gonna be comfortable wearing most of the time. I’m a substitute teacher and wear it to work with no problems. I did purchase a Qalo band to wear to the beach and gym. I’m afraid of losing it at the beach and it’s uncomfortable for me to grip with a metal ring at the gym. The Qalo band is inexpensive and practical. I wouldn’t purchase another set just to wear sometimes. That just doesn’t make sense to me but just my opinion. Do what makes you happy. Here’s my Qalo band. Maybe something you could look into.

Post # 27
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

 

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BeautyAndTheBeast:  what!!!??? I haven’t seen these! Those are awesome. Why don’t I ever think of stuff like that. Now I want one. Although that would be one big ugly tan line from the beach. Ha!

Post # 28
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Newbee

I agree that I also like variety and just love jewelry in general- I’m not gonna lie I probably will be buying more rings in the future lol which really isn’t a bad thing I dont think. I love collecting gold and silver and just sparkly things 😉 ! But I really am very cautious of my  engagement ring ( way more than my other pieces )

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Post # 29
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

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gingerwillmington:  lol I was just thinking the same thing.  DH got me this set to wear.  He spent a lot on it for me to wear, not to just tuck away in a box most the time.  I agree with him, I’m wearing the crap out of this ring and getting my moneys worth!  haha.  The only time I make sure to take it off is when I’m painting, staining, or polyurethaning something that would be a pain to try to get off it.

But if I were to get an inexpensive ring to wear for whatever reason, I’d get this 8mm white sapphire

http://www.overstock.com/Jewelry-Watches/Miadora-10k-White-Gold-White-Round-cut-Created-Sapphire-Solitaire-Ring/4032165/product.html?searchidx=0

or if that’s too big, the 6.5 mm one.

http://www.overstock.com/Jewelry-Watches/Miadora-10k-White-Gold-Created-White-Sapphire-Solitaire-Ring/4032164/product.html?searchidx=2

Or just a band

http://www.overstock.com/Jewelry-Watches/Haylee-Jewels-10k-White-Gold-Diamond-Accent-Ring-I-J-I2-I3/4269163/product.html

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: TBD

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Ambers61582:  Lol, yeah it wouldn’t look too pretty. I hadn’t seen them either until I came across it the other week. I thought it would be a good $10 investment for when I’m at work. I was surprised that I couldn’t find any threads about it on here, other than just a comment about it. I’ll make a thread when it gets here though. 

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