Post # 1
I have never considered this, but when I went to pick up my engagement ring the jeweler suggested that it’d probably be a good idea to leave the engagement ring behind when I go on my honeymoon. He said that he’s heard a lot of horror stories from women saying that they had their rings stollen from them when they’ve been out of the country. I’ve never heard of this before but now I’m worried that I ought to be leaving my ring behind (when I was planning on staring at it next to my wedding band for 2 weeks). What do most people do? Has anyone else heard something along these lines?
Post # 3
I think it depends where you are going. My parents and I never had a problem going to most European countries. Plus, that is what you have insurance on the ring for. I would be more worried about leaving it at home to be stolen when no one is around.
Post # 4
I’m taking my ring with me on my international honeymoon! And when I asked FH this question he looked at me and said “wait, you DON’T want me to wear my ring?” LOL, so I guess that means he’s bringing his along too.
I don’t see how it could get stolen. Unless you leave it just lying about somewhere.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2011 - Bartram's Garden
I don’t know, I think that anything can be stolen from you at any time if you’re not careful. It could happen in your hometown as easily as in a foreign country. Just be alert and aware and I think you’ll be fine.
Now if you leave it out in your hotel room while you’re out, that’s a different story. But most hotel rooms have safes nowadays.
Post # 6
Where are you going? I’ve worn my ering in Europe but didn’t take it when I went to Africa. I think if you’re going to Europe, a resort area, etc., it’s fine. If you’re traveling on public transportation in a 3rd world country, I’d probably leave it at home.
Post # 7
I know I’m in the minority but I don’t like the idea of traveling with my ring(s). I plan on buying a fake set for the honeymoon and any other travel.
We got engaged on vacation in Ireland and I was kind of a wreck traveling with it. I know it was new at the time but I still think I’d feel the same now that I’m used to it.
Post # 8
I think it really depends on where you are going and what you are doing. If your doing a lot of touristy things in another country, you probably don’t have a problem. If you are backpacking through a third-world country, eh that may be a little iffier.
ETA: The pp’s are right, you could get your ring stolen in your hometown! I am way more worried about getting my ring stolen in Chicago than I was on my honeymoon.
Post # 9
I went to hawaii (i know it’s not international) and I wore my e-ring. I wasn’t really nervous about it getting stolen b/c i NEVER take it off, but I was pretty nervous about wearing it in the ocean. My ring fits perfectly, but when I got in the water it would loosen a bit and it freaked me out that it might fall into the ocean! There is no way to find it if that happens! So i put it on my middle finger while swimming and it worked out well. If I were you I’d just keep it on at all times.
Post # 10
I think unless you are vacationing in a 3rd world country and/ or you have some 10 carat monster you’ll be fine.
Also I think jewelers are programmed to be extra cautious with jewelry; if it were up to my jeweler I would take my ring off and put it in a silk box every time I needed to use my hands, which is totally unrealistic.
Post # 11
i never take mine off unless im at home or about to go to bed – just came back from a week long cruise where i wore it to the bahamas – no problem whatsoever. if you are a forgetful person or are going to a questionable country i would take it off and leave it at home maybe get a cheap set, otherwise, i dont see an issue.
Post # 12
I got engaged in Thailand and it was a little bit of a hassle because I refused to leave it in the hotel’s safe. When we went to the beach, I stored it in a waterproof security pouch around my neck. I was always worried about! When we go on our Asia backpacking trip for 3 months, I am sending it home. We will be going to a lot of poor countries.
If you do plan on bringing it with you, some insurance policies cover personal items that are lost or stolen (only up to the amount specified in your plan) as long as you have the original receipt. I would have done this because my policy would be enough to cover the costs of the ring, but I rather just send it back home to the US and not worry about it.
Post # 13
if my fingers swell or shrink, i just slide it on to my necklace. I wouldn’t leave it at home ever! Also petty crime is bad everywhere! are people worried that it will be stolen off their finger?
Post # 14
shortly after getting engaged i went to a 3rd world country to work in a hospital and left my ring back in the states…the boy toy and i talked about it and decided it just wasn’t smart for me to take it with (partly because i can’t wear it in the hospital, it would poke through gloves and partly because it was a 3rd world country)…
i bet most honeymoon locations are pretty safe–the caribbean and europe are pretty industrialized
Post # 15
I didn’t wear my ring right after I got engaged on a month long trip to China and Vietnam. If I went back tomorrow, I would wear it. The difference now is that I am used to it, I have a routine, and I don’t play with it. If any of those things aren’t you, I wouldn’t travel with it.
But I do think it is hilarious when people think foreign countries are so unsafe. The US is probably the least safe industrialized country in the world (though we have fewer pickpockets than many places). There are also many third world countries that are safer, especially for women, than the US. I would go to Vietnam with absolutely anything, I felt 100% safe there. Women run the whole place!
Post # 16
@monitajb- its true about the US- I traveled all over europe solo for 7 months and the first time i felt apprehensive to be a girl alone was on my way home in LA. I felt much safer in Paris and Rome and Amsterdam!