(Closed) Traveling Overseas with Engagement Ring?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
Post # 17
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Sometimes I have to do some heavy-duty work for my job.  I have a plain palladium band I wear.  It is a wedding band, but it was only $150 at http://www.eweddingbands.com.  I would recommend some kind of sub.

Post # 18
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Sidebar: You do have your rings insured, right? Even if they are not super-pricey, everyone should have their rings insured (including his) in case they get lost or stolen. We have ours insured as part of our homeowners insurance. Thi is important to do whether or not you plan on wearing your rings on your honeymoon.

Post # 19
1003 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

There are parts of my city that are more dangerous than places I have been to abroad. If it really sketchy I just turn my ring around. 

Post # 20
829 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I don’t have any plans to travel overseas in the near future, but when I do it depends on where I travel.  When we travel out of the US it’s usually to places like Thailand – lots of swimming, possibility of being mugged, etc. so I wouldn’t even think about bringing it.  I’d either go “naked” or wear a cheap band. If we went to the UK, or someplace like that I’d probably wear it.

Post # 21
13095 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Honestly – I think you’re being paranoid.  I travel overseas with my e-ring and diamond wedding band (and all my other jewelery) and don’t give it a second thought.  I wore them all to Malaysia by myself just last month.

You are just as likely to lose it or get mugged here in the States as you are abroad and you don’t keep it in a drawer here at home out of fear.

Post # 22
5282 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

It depends where I am going – but if I ever feel uncomfortable I just swish it around to my palm. I’ve even does this here in the states when I’m pumping gas alone at night or something like that.

Post # 23
3571 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

My fiance and I specifically work in Aid & Development (specializing in conflict & post conflict zones) and I think it depends on a few things.

1. You ring, no matter what, should be insured.

2. Really when it comes down to it, your engagement ring is probably not going to be “the thing” that puts you in a dangerous situation. Rather, its a multitude of factors including your own behavior (not knowing somewhere is unsafe, or taking part in wreckless behavior (i.e. getting trashed), the way you present yourself (Are you dressed extravagantly? Do you have a terrified look on your face look extremely out of place and uncomfortable?) I think making sure that you’re educated on the place you’re traveling to and being prepared culturally does ALOT to decrease your chances as a target. Learn a bit of the language, be careful, pay attention, and be polite. 

3. I don’t know how expensive your ring is. If its very expensive and uninsured, why risk it? I know for me, my ring is chosen specifically to allow me to wear it around the world. I love it, I plan to wear it everywhere I go and hopefully it’ll still be on my finger when I die at 85. However, I’ve also made peace with the fact that if it comes down to it, if someone really wants my $1000 moissanite ring, they can have it. It’s not my marriage, its replaceable, and really, if I’m in the situation where I’m being threatened/kidnapped/etc, my engagement ring is really the least of my concerns. But again, you need to do what YOU feel comfortable with.

4. Finally, I’d say if you’re not wearing your ring out of fear of being a target for robbery, a $200 gemstone ring isn’t going to eliminate that. Go buy a $20 silver band. People will know your married (Which you actually really DO want whenever your out of the country without FH.  – The “Easy American Girl” stereotype is really obnoxious to deal with) but silver doesn’t have much of a value in Latin America.

Post # 24
2142 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m spending a month in Guatemala this summer doing a field study and while theft isn’t a concern in the village we’re staying in (our professor has been going there for the past 30 years) we are spending sometime in larger cities. So I bought a cheap (14 with shipping) titanium band to wear. It’s petite so it still won’t be readily noticed, light, and but is still there.

I posted a couple band options here (http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/help-me-pick-a-stand-in-ring) when I was looking for my stand-in

Post # 25
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Just reviving this 1 year old post….

I’m traveling for a week in San Francisco and Vancouver with my Maid/Matron of Honor and I’m wondering if I should take my e-ring or not.

I don’t know if i’ll be flagged as a lost, rich tourist (which i’m not!)

My ring’s centre is 0.90

Even when I take public transit, I turn my ring inwards. Just paranoid, I guess.

Fiance says not to take the ring on vacation

Post # 26
1529 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

@Sparkle_Bee:  Buy a plain band – titanium. It says “taken”.

Personally i would not be afraid where you are going, but if you are turning your ring in towards the palm in Toronto, you might want to nix taking it with you.

Post # 27
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t mean offense, but $200 is a LOT to spend on a stand-in ring. Both of my “real” rings cost that much put together! Like PPs have said, what’s wrong with a simple, cheap band?

I really don’t get why people think a fake stone is going to attract less attention than a real one – it’s still flashy, still screams “wealthy American” and will still attract potentially dangerous attention if that’s what you’re worried about.

Post # 28
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

A couple years ago I got a plain white gold wedding band for about $100 on goldenmine.com

I know you said you didn’t want a plain band, but in many countries, that’s what is standard. It shows that you are committed to someone and the men better steer clear

Post # 29
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Miss Fish:  I have travelled through S america for 8 months a few years ago, and I would advise against bringin your E ring, as there are some very rough parts of the country where you wouldn’t want to  stand out with flashy things. Even of your e ring is very modest by most standards, I would get a nice simple little band or something as a place holder. It’s Ther Peruvian people are lovely, and I’m sure you’lll be fine, but you wouldn’t want to risk it. And for those calling you paranoid, I would much rather be safe and ot draw attention to myself.

Post # 30
482 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@Sparkle_Bee:  And yes take your e ring! Vancouver is a very safe city, I live very close to there!

Post # 31
2733 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@Sparkle_Bee:  It’s a fun thread to revive! I’m also from Toronto and have travelled both in San Fran and Vancouver…I’d be comfortable wearing my rings there. Of course, just as in Toronto, if you’re in a sketchy neighbourhood, just spin the rings around. 

For other countries, I’d wear a simple metal band to keep it simple. 

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