Once you've got an engagement ring on your finger, you might never want to take it off. And while that's a great idea when you're out around town, you might be nervous about bringing it with you on your honeymoon, especially if you're traveling internationally. Should you listen to your fears and leave your ring at home, or can you not even imagine celebrating your marriage without such an important symbol on your finger? We turned to the experts for a few things to keep in mind when deciding if you'll wear your engagement ring on your honeymoon.
Deciding whether or not to bring your engagement ring on your honeymoon requires a little proper planning before you head to the airport. We spoke to James Allen and Michele Sigler, the co-founders and husband-and-wife team behind James Allen to get insight from jewelry pros on what to consider before you take off. Here are four tips they say every bride should keep in mind when traveling with her engagement ring.
Insure Your Ring
If you didn't get jewelry insurance right when your engagement ring was purchased, make sure to do so before heading on a trip. It's better to be safe than sorry in case anything happens! You should also head to the jeweler to have your ring serviced and inspected. This way any loose stones can be caught and repaired before they have a chance to fall out of the setting.
Wear Your Ring Strategically
If you do bring your ring with you, know when to wear it — and when to take it off. If you're heading out for an active excursion like a hike or SCUBA trip, you're better off leaving your ring in your hotel room so you don't damage your ring during strenuous activity. Going to the beach? Sand and sunscreen can cause grime to build up on the stone and inside the setting, so at a minimum you should tuck your ring into your bag when you're lathering up.
Lock It Up
Whether you're leaving it behind during an afternoon activity, heading to the spa, or just going to sleep, be sure to store your ring in the safe in your hotel room any time you aren't wearing it.
Rock Your Wedding Band
Not comfortable bringing your engagement ring with you? Totally understandable! You can still wear your wedding band even if you decide to leave your engagement ring at home. It still says "I'm married!" without risking your more expensive engagement ring.