A Minimalist (and Cheap) Twist on Wedding Rings

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
I've been wanting a new wedding ring for a while. Not that I don't like my current one now, but sometimes I just want something simple so I'll just wear my band, but then Chase gets upset and reminds me how much money the engagement ring cost and I start feeling guilty and wear them both again. I've been looking at cheap options and finally got Chase to give me a price range and he said $35 because that's how much his wedding band cost. (Thank you, ebay!) So I've been looking around Etsy to see what my options are and picked a few out that I liked.


Chase and I are leaning towards the flat diamond silver ring and then maybe getting this $9 thin gold band to wear with it. I like the stone rings but I have no preference in stones and it would take me ages to pick one out. I do like the topaz one because the faceted stone is smoothed into the band but I'm not sure if I'm a size 7...or if I want topaz.

What are your thoughts? Do you like the idea of getting a new wedding ring?

21 comments :

  1. great post! funny you should say that. when my husband and i were planning our honeymoon, he informed me that i wasn't allowed to take my wedding or engagement rings (something about my losing them in the ocean, really expensive, blah blah blah) which made me pretty upset, so i said fine, i'll need a replacement to wear (because, my argument, who goes on their honeymoon without a ring?). so for a bride gift the morning of the wedding, i got this bad boy
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/93856417/14kt-rose-gold-ultra-thin-almost-all?ref=usr_faveitems
    (except he had her make it all the way around and in white gold) and i absolutely love it. it's simple, beautiful and has just the right amount of sparkle for when i don't want to wear so much bling :)


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  2. exactly!! i never take my ring when we go on adventurous vacations like our recent Philippines trip so this would be a great alternative.

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  3. I love that idea. I saw these a while ago and loved the idea of having my husband's name on it. http://namesring.com/products/initial-name-ring-handwriting-font-sterling-silver

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  4. I think having an alternate is a good idea for traveling, or swollen-finger-days. I would first try visiting a flea market or little Tibetan store, as you'll find sterling silver (w/ or w/out stones) from $10-25!

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  5. actually that's a good idea.... thanks!

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  6. thank you for this! I love this kind of thing.




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  7. thanks! that looked like an amazing trip! (if i could be knocked out for the entire flight) i'd love to go there one day

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  8. I will probably get a new engagement ring at some point. I had that one first (obvi), and when it came time to find a wedding band, I couldn't find one I liked that really "matched" the engagement ring. So I just got the one I like and said to hell with matching. But I feel like they're kind of competing for attention on my finger (I think they fight with each other when I'm not looking). So I might like a simpler engagement ring sometime! I really like these Etsy ones. Looking forward to seeing what you pick!


    Sarah's Real Life

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  9. I love this idea. I've been thinking about doing the same for a long time. There's something about a simple wedding band that I've always thought is really ladylike.

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  10. There are also wooden rings, but they tend to be from $80 and up. Examples would be : http://www.etsy.com/shop/stoutwoodworks?order=price_asc&page=1

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  11. Goodness...they're all pretty. Really...whatever you choose, I think you're not going wrong ;) but...I do love that gold topaz ring. but if the size isn't right you better not risk it! I like your first idea as well! Don't you hate making these types of decisions?? Just get what you love!!

    run-style-run.blogspot.com

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  12. i'm SO GLAD you posted this! i've been wanting a "work ring" for awhile (i work in medicine) so changing gloves/constant washing/hand sanitizing makes me sad for my ring. thanks!!! these are gorgeous and so affordable!!

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  13. i buy vintage rings at thrift stores whenever i see a good deal ($5-$10) so i can mix and match whenever i feel like it/need to (I'd never take mine on a crazy vacation either). plus, i now have various sizes because my fingers got bigger during my last pregnancy and i needed more wiggle room. i loooove buying rings!

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  14. Rings are really just symbols for the rest of the world - you took your vows, you know you're married, so you can wear as much or as little as you want! If you want to wear a different ring every day of the week, that's cool! I know a lot of married people who don't even wear rings - they don't like jewellery, or they work with their hands a lot, or it's not part of their culture, whatever. They're still married :) So have some fun with it!

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  15. I tried to pick out a band to alternate with my original set but couldn't do it! I did buy a cheapy set ($8) to wear to Mexico last fall.

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  16. I have a plain wedding band, and I purposely didn't get my rings sautered (spelling?) together so I could wear just my plain band sometimes. But when I do wear it w/out my fat rock, I like to layer it w/ other simple bands. Guess I don't really do simple after all.

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  17. I really love this, I'm not one for flashy diamonds and chunky rings. I love the simply beauty of this.
    kendrrat
    kendrrat.blogspot.com

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  18. So true! I believe that wedding rings are a symbol of love. And love still exists without the rings.

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  19. I like those rings! I'm not into jewelry, and while I usually wear my wedding band, I never even got an engagement ring, so I've also been on the lookout for something very simple I can wear with it.

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  20. I'm definatley super emotionally attached to my wedding ring! I could nevereverevereverever change it up- it means way too much to me!

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