My First Marriage (circa 1980) and people were far more sentimental (practical ?) and kept their Wedding Rings for life… that is what my Mother did (Wed 1950s), and her Mother before her (Wed 1920s).
It is only since my Generation that the Ring Industry has truly taken off.
When I was married the first time it was just then becoming fashionable for a woman to add different rings into the mix… the 3rd Band (in an interlocking set sometimes added for a Milestone Annivesary, or the Birth of a First Baby)… An Aniversary Band… 3 Stone (Past – Present – Future)… an Eternity Ring.
Women of my Generation (and before) kept the rings they were given originally… they just might add to them
Example… My own mother added on a more significant Diamond Ring when she was married 25 years. And this was my wish too… I NEVER would have dreamed of expecting my Hubby to buy me another Diamond Ring before that kind of milestone (other than the 3rd ring to my Bridal Set, or a Family / Mothers Ring to mark the birth of our kids)
So honestly altho I’ve been a jewellery lover for many decades I never heard of the whole… I want a replacement ring / upgrade concept until I came to WBee.
Sometimes I get it (don’t have a lot of money now, want to add on later… then it is a mutual agreement) and sometimes I find it very self centered ungrateful behavior (I don’t like the ring I got, I want something better)
I don’t understand why someone cannot accept / embrace what they have now and move on.
An Engagement / Marriage is certainly a lot more than just a ring / piece of jewellery
And gosh there are years and decades ahead when one can add on… and still keep the original sentiment etc.
My First Marriage, we didn’t have a lot of money (fresh faced Uni Grads) we got what we could afford which at the time wasn’t much… Gold skyrocketing, and Interest Rates thru the roof (20% and up). Consequently my ring was mostly gold… no money left over for a diamond. Just a chip to say it was there (illusion / enhancer settings were HUGE in the 1980s so as to make the tiny diamond look bigger)
And I wore this ring without the thought of another for 20+ years. No complaints
This time when we married, Mr TTR & I are in a far better place financially… semi-retired, no big bills (mortgage)… so we splurged. We did because we could.. and because we knew that this was probably it… we may not be around for a 25th Anniversary.
My ring now is today and the future. It is also the past… because when I am out with my long time married friends who have received gorgeous rings for their now milestone Anniversaries… 20, 25, 30, 35… my very sparkly set fits right in.
Again no regrets.