But the truth is, after over seven months of wearing it, I am realizing that it's just a little bit impractical. Reasons being:
1. I work in a really sketchy neighborhood. The blessing and the curse of my ring is that it's quite eye-catching! I'll only be here until December, and, since I'm an intern, no one expects me to be here past 5:00 PM, ever (at least, this is true in my field and at my site; I know that's not true for interns across the board!). But by the time daylight savings ends, it gets dark pretty early and the "locals" around here are hardly the most upstanding of citizens. Of course, it's less likely that any of them would try to steal my ring, and more likely that I would be accosted by an agitated schizophrenic who thinks I'm trying to rob him (this has happened before, when I worked here regularly and not just as an intern, and it was very weird). And there's a good chance I'll be in this neighborhood after I graduate, too, which will not have a definite end date (hopefully) and won't necessarily have a 5:00 quitting time.
2. I have a very active lifestyle, which is incompatible with such a delicate ring. I play sports, I lift weights, I hike, and I do houseworkall of these things are terrible for diamond engagement rings. And my engagement ring is a bit on the delicate side, what with the diamonds throughout the band and the high profile setting. Although I didn't like them as much, sometimes I think that the cathedral or bezel settings would have been the wise way to go.
Of course, I'm not going to be changing my engagement ring (unless Mr. Spaniel wants to buy me Tiffany for an anniversary gift? no?), so I'll just try to remember to remove my e-ring before doing most of those tasks and try really hard not to lose it while it's off my finger.
But I can use what I've learned in the search for my wedding band. We'd originally planned to buy the matching diamond band for me, but I'm thinking now about at least looking at a plain white gold, 2mm band that I can keep on my finger even at the times when the e-ring needs to come off.
What did/would you choose? And is it weird to go with a plain band when there is a diamond band that is made to match with my e-ring?