(Closed) Wearing ring to Mexico?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 32
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

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@Laurenskii:  I don’t think you should be. I prosecuted for 3 years in Brooklyn and I NEVER came across a case where someone was robbed (gunpoint, knifepoint, or just plain robbed) for an engagement ring. We had the occasional necklace-grab (usually, it was a thick gold chain on a guy, actually, but one time I had a gold necklace grabbed off a girl). For the most part, jewelry was stolen during burglaries and electronics/money were stolen during robberies. Granted, that’s not overseas and things might be different in Mx, but I think tucking away a fake engagement ring in your pocket when you get off the plane until you get to the resort is a lot safer than putting your real engagement ring in your pocket during that time. *shrug* Just my opinion. Either way, hope you have a blast on your vacay!

ETA: I’m sure all the brides who have destination weddings don’t leave their real erings at home and get a replica for their weddings. At least, that’s not what I’ll be doing.

Post # 33
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i have a small diamond compared to other people. we’re going to cancun in january for a friend’s wedding, and i intend on buying a cheap cz solitaire to wear while we’re there. i’ve wanted one to have anyway, so i figure that cancun is a great excuse to get one.

Post # 34
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I just came back from Mexico. I would normally leave my diamonds at home, but I took them this time because we got married there and obviously I wanted them for the ceremony… I locked them up in the room safe (which felt secure enough for me since they are insured) when I went off the resort or if I was going to be in the water at all.

Otherwise I either went bare finger, or I wore a 2mm gold band that I bought as a stand in. Maybe not the BEST stand in, since it’s still valuable enough that I would be quite upset to lose it. We were only in the touristy areas though, and I felt plenty secure wearing it.

My SIL on the other hand, she wore 2 sets of diamond studs and 2 gold and diamond rings the entire time! She wore all of it swimming with the dolphins even! She didn’t lose anything, but that is definitely not something I would recommend. (My rings are higher carat weight, but probably less sentimental value. Hers are from her grandma.)

Anyhoo, to satisfy all fronts, I suggest buying a cheapo plain band. You can get stainless steel or titanium on amazon for around $10. Then you have something on your finger, you don’t look rich, and you won’t worry about losing it. Good luck, and have an awesome vacation. 🙂

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

@Laurenskii:  I’m just gonna add this to the conversation. English speaking countries aren’t the only ones to wear wedding rings. People in Mexico get engaged and married and wear rings also. And chances are they don’t all stay at resorts or can easily avoid the shady areas. They don’t leave theirs in a safe to grab groceries, they just wear it. Like a PP said, just use common sense and you’ll be fine.

Post # 36
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

DH and I both have cheapie rings we wear when we’re somewhere it might be “risky”. We haven’t traveled out of the country yet but I’m talking about camping/tubing/etc. I actually lost my cheapie one (it was just a super thin SS band that I got for under $10) so I’m looking at a set or band that would be a little nicer but still something I wouldn’t be heartbroken if I lost. Both my e-ring and wedding band are pave and even my wedding band is super sparkly so I want just a plain band to rock at work and stuff when I don’t want to be as flashy. Check overstock.com – they have some awesome nice looking stuff for cheap!! 

Post # 37
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

 

@Laurenskii:  

Why do you want to leave it at home?  To make sure the ring doesn’t get lost/stolen?  Then leave it at home.  Are you also trying not to look like a wealthy American to avoid being a target?  Then don’t wear some flashy stand-in that’s supposed to look like a lot of bling.  

If I were you, while in Mexico and in a resort, I would think a stand-in would be totally appropriate.  If you plan to go out and about away from the resort, then I wouldn’t wear the stand-in.  

One other thing to consider when you travel – do you want to look married?  FI and I traveled quite a bit before we were even engaged, and I would more often than not wear a plain gold band when we were in places where the culture is much more conservative and to travel and share a room we should really have been married.  

Post # 38
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’d leave it at home.  Better safe than sorry!  I left my ring home when I went on my honeymoon in July and used a “fake” in its place.  I looked at it like a relationship; spending a little time away from it made me appreciate it more when I got home 🙂

Post # 39
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Ontario, Canada

I just got back from Playa del Carmen, Mexico. I brought my rings and wore them pretty much all the time with no problem AT ALL. Now for reference my solitaire is 2.5ct and my wedding band is 0.50ct so it’s on the larger side. I wore it grabbing a taxi at the airport, around the resort and walking down 5th Avenue and we got treated no differently than we did last time we were in Playa when we weren’t yet engaged And I wore no jewellery at all. 

I only left my engagement ring in the hotel safe when we went on excursions where we were snorkling off boats and in cenotes and stuff like that as I didn’t want to worry about loosing it in the water. 

As some pp said you as long as you are a bit smart and dont stray off the beaten track, walk around crazy drunk (i.e making yourself a target) and stuff like that I think you’ll be totally fine. I think you are more likely to be mugged for your designer bag or iPhone in the US/Europe than for your ring in Mexico. 

 

Post # 40
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

@Laurenskii:  It’s better to be safe than sorry. You don’t want to spend your entire vacation worrying about your ring, right? If your Fiance is worried about other guys hitting on you, as PPs have said, tell him to get you a cheapo stand in.

Post # 41
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@MrsGo:   whhere did you stay in playa ??? 

 

I just came came back from playa del Carmen . I actually got married out there and wore my rings and I was fine.  I actually seen so many women wearing their rings in Mexico. 

Post # 42
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’ve discussed this with my Fiance as well and we both agreed that I would have a fake for when we travel. I just don’t want to worry about possible theft or even just losing it! I would never wear it to the beach and even when travelling through cities, I don’t want to worry when we are all go! go! go! 

He will wear his original band and I’m getting a Swarovski ring as my cheapo replacement! 

Post # 43
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@andielovesj:   Totally agree with you, I had a coworker tell me her husband will not go to Mexico he doesn’t feel safe and if he was to go it would only be if he would carry a gun . smh I said wow and yet we live in Chicago where ppl are getting killed left and right and we have a horrible crime rate .  

Post # 44
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

i’d check your insurance policy first and if international travel is covered and your ring isn’t too bling-ey, wear it. from a safety standpoint i feel better wearing a ring (and wore one before i was engaged in certain foreign countries) – looking like a solo female traveler makes you just as much if not more of a target for crime than wearing an e-ring. 

If you go for a replica ring I’d be very sure to keep it modest as in the CZ equivalent to .24-.5 carats, a theif isn’t going to have your ring appraised before snatching it. Or you could just wear a wedding band if you have one…

Post # 45
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I bought a ring from berricle as a stand-in for vacation. Even though my ring is insured, there’s no replacing the sentimental value.

Post # 46
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I’m getting married in Los Cabos, Mexico so I’ll be bringing everything! I think it’s perfectly safe to bring a ring on vacation tbh.

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