At this time last year we were counting down the days to our honeymoon in Jamaica. Since we were going to a Sandals all-inclusive, we figured that the resort would be secure enough that we didn’t have to worry about being robbed or anything like that and we could safely walk around with our rings on.
|Our wedding rings. Photo courtesy of Dave and Charlotte|
As it turned out, security was not the issue. My husband’s ring managed to slip off his finger while he was snorkelling. Even though he noticed it was missing just minutes after it happened, with the waves, current, and shifting sand, sadly his original wedding band still sits somewhere along the bottom of the Caribbean Sea.
This side story is all to say that last year we learned a very expensive lesson that we will not be repeating. We’ve agreed that we'll wear our gold and diamonds while in Canada and the States, but definitely not when we’re travelling (at least not in our budget backpacking style).
Despite that, I like the idea of jewellery, albeit much simpler pieces, acknowledging that we’re married. I found the cutest rings on Etsy when I was pulling ideas for my recent post Pinning Lately.
For us, leaving our rings and other expensive jewellery items at home just makes sense. Aside from the risk of losing something again or having it stolen from us, we’ll be going into some pretty poor communities and I think it’s just bad taste to have our gold and diamond rings on display, don't you?
Though it may take several weeks to pick out our travel wedding bands, I’m looking forward to the days of exploring new areas, ducking into local shops, and browsing the markets to see what little treasures I can find. As an added bonus, jewellery and other small accessories are my favourite souvenirs to buy when travelling. The pieces are so unique because they have a whole set of travel memories associated with them, plus it’s a great way to take small pieces of your travels home with you.
What jewellery do you wear when you travel? If you’re married or engaged, do you wear your ring on the road?