The title of this post may seem a bit odd but by the time you get to the end, I think you will understand. I have been engaged for six months and have had the chance to go on two international trips since then. On both of these trips the diamond engagement ring Mark gave me stayed in our London safe and I wore a different one on my trip. Despite posting hundreds of photos only a few people noticed in my St. Lucia photos and in my Italy posts that the ring I wore for the entirety of both holidays was not my usual one. I absolutely love the ring Mark designed and really never want to take off, however, I would be devastated if I lost it or something happened to it. Yes, it is insured (see my post on 12 Things to Do as Soon as You Get Engaged) but still. Thus, a few weeks before our first international holiday I bought a fake engagement ring. It was a very weird experience but after only a few minutes of searching I was amazed at how many options there were!
I wanted something that looked similar to my original ring but that was cheaper (clearly not diamond and platinum) and far less sentimental so if anything was to happen to it, I’d be okay. Buy first, for a bit of background unlike some of my friends who take their engagement ring off to shower or to sleep I keep mine on 24/7. However, for the combination of the three weeks where I wore my fake ring I never worried about loosing it, damaging it, or anything else. I ordered a few from Amazon and while all looked great online the quality varied greatly with many having a weird purple or yellow hue to the cubic zirconium. I ended up keeping this one and you can see it in a handful of photos below from both of our trips – in St. Lucia I wore it every time we went scuba diving and Italy on all of our hikes and boating trips. Take a look:
On the beach in st. Lucia
Working out with Mark on vacation
At the Uffizi Museum in Florence
Wearing the ring for date night in St. LuciaOn a boat in Lake Como
As mentioned, I even wore it while scuba diving!
From my perspective it was a great investment though I would not say I am a pioneer in this trend. A quick Google search will bring up countless articles about how travelers leave their rings at home and wear a fake engagement ring that is cheaper or less sentimental on their trips. If you are in the market for fake engagement rings, you can find my ring and five others I like below in a variety of shapes and styles: