Would You Travel With a Placeholder Engagement Ring Like Lauren Conrad Did?

We thought Lauren Conrad’s gorgeous round-cut diamond solitaire engagement ring reveal (with a flawless red manicure) couldn’t be topped, but the SoCal fashion icon’s style never ceases to amaze us.

On a recent trip to Guatemala, Lauren Instagramed a photo of her left hand showing off a pretty textile-inspired manicure — with something huge and sparkly missing from her ring finger! In her engagement ring’s place was a band that looks like rose gold and diamonds.

Traveling with a placeholder engagement ring is a smart idea, especially if you lose your engagement ring in another state or country. Missing the feeling and sparkle of your gem is understandable, of course, but wearing it when you’re paddleboarding in the Bahamas may not be the best idea.

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  • seabergber
    04/01/14 at 02:46

    I absolutely did this. I wore a fake diamond band from a department store for my honeymoon in Mexico. I have heard of way too many people who lost their rings/bands (both male and female) in the ocean especially!

  • 04/02/14 at 07:14

    Great idea, a ring means so much to both parties that it would literally be devastating if it was lost. Although it might seem like a drastic step I completely agree that a placeholder ring is a wise move, particularly considering the sum of money that is often spent!

  • Jill
    04/15/14 at 01:46

    This is what insurance is for!

  • Victoria
    04/16/14 at 11:53

    We went to Costa Rica and Nicaragua as our engagement trip, I didn’t think for a second I would take my ring. I wore a different ring in its place.

  • Dina
    06/04/14 at 09:27

    I plan to get married overseas and do not feel comfortable wearing my real ring – I will buy a $10 at claire’s! :-) I dont want to lose it in the ocean / in the sand, etc. I’d rather have piece of mind…insurance covers the cost but my ring is not replaceable.

  • samantha
    07/12/14 at 10:31

    I think it is a sign of respect to not be overly flashy while traveling in a developing country. Her stand in ring is probably worth something, it’s just more subtle.

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