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tara3056 Nov 11th, 2005 03:30 PM

Trip to Paris - take diamond rings/jeans??
I have a very nice, expensive looking, wedding-set. Shoudl I just wear a plain band in Paris so as not to attract undue attention? (I have heard they don't really do the whole large diamond engagement rings over there like we do here.) I doubt it would cause a problem, but wanted to ask you guys.

Also, will I be out-of-place if I wear dressy (dark, trouser style) jeans?


jules4je7 Nov 11th, 2005 03:35 PM

Hi Tara,

They wear jeans all over Paris -- I was just there in late September. Just don't wear those high-rise Mom Pants, but wear trendy new ones, and dress them up with a nice pair of black shoes/boots, and you're good. I never saw jeans WITH tennis shoes on anyone who wasn't American.

As for your rings -- wear them if you want, just consider what neighborhoods you'll be in just like the States. Unless it's some eye-popping Hope Diamond job and you're going to Paris next week before the riots might be over.

There was a very lovely, very well-put together older woman on one of the buses I took that was dripping in jewelry -- including a very nice expensive wedding set, and she looked like she didn't have a care in the world. For some reason, I think the Parisiens are used to being around money and people who at least look like they have it.

Happy travels,


hermie Nov 11th, 2005 03:46 PM

I spent a quick weekend in Paris in August and wore jeans and had my nice engagement ring/wedding band and felt fine.

I didn't even think twice about it.

SeaUrchin Nov 11th, 2005 04:11 PM

Years ago in Paris (could have been anywhere, but I was reminded of it while reading your question) I was in a salon having a shampoo when someone started massaging my hands. I supposed it was part of the pampering until I felt a tug on my ring! I looked up through my shampooers arms and came face to face with a sheepish grin on another face. The two of them (shampooer and tugger) spoke in French with each other and the other woman bustled off behind a curtain.

Needless to say the pampering moment was ruined and I was skeptical about the whole salon after that.

The moral of the story is: be aware just like in any big city.

Pausanias Nov 11th, 2005 04:14 PM

Well, you can talk about Naples, Seville and Mexico City, but the only place I've ever been robbed was Paris.

crefloors Nov 11th, 2005 04:23 PM

I am also wondering what Mom jeans are. Probably the kind I wear so when I bend over I don't look like the friendly plumber.

avalon Nov 11th, 2005 04:36 PM

Wear your jeans and no one will ever suspect that those diamonds are real.

Mom Jeans, the ones that actually come up to your waist as opposed to "jeans" that ride below your belly button. And if you want to look good you better be sporting a 6 pack and not a cellulite gut.

degas Nov 11th, 2005 05:09 PM

I never saw jeans WITH tennis shoes on anyone who wasn't American.

Really? You would think SOME Europeans would know how to look and feel good at the same time.

Margie Nov 11th, 2005 05:13 PM

People in Paris wear both jeans and diamond rings - it's not a rarity.

satnitcboy Nov 11th, 2005 06:06 PM

As long as you're not wearing your diamond jeans, you'll be OK.

Calamari Nov 11th, 2005 08:17 PM

You should be fine with both jeans and rock. You might be even more comfortable just leaving your ring at home in the SDB and take a fake. I was nervous last year about wearing a recently inherited and very expensive watch on our last trip to Europe. My dad told me to just wear it and not be a "prisonor or my possessions". I did end up taking it but I worried the entire time.

satnitcboy Nov 11th, 2005 09:07 PM

... I meant to add a big WINK to that.

I think it's sweet that somebody asked a simple question hoping for a simple answer. (OK, there are no simple answers here, but the thought was nice.)

Nothing wrong with wearing some rocks when you travel - most folks say it's risky to take extras along that you have to keep track of. But truly, Paris is a place where you might look around at dinner and wish you had your sparklers if you leave them at home. Parisiennes LOVE jewels.

But lots of people are a little uncomfortable about traveling with their diamonds - if you're one of them, into the safe deposit box with you!

As for jeans, if you look hot in jeans, wear them. If you don't, leave them at home. Jeans are for the young in Paris and most of Europe. Adults are happy to look like adults.

HAVE FUN!! And enjoy looking good!!

Trophywife007 Nov 11th, 2005 09:26 PM

If you feel uncomfortable at all at the thought of taking your diamonds then take something else. On some trips I wear my diamond and on others I leave it at home, depending on my "comfort" level... usually has to do with whether or not I've visited there before, and whether or not I perceived it to be unsafe for some reason. If I'm unfamiliar with my destination I leave my wedding ring at home. There's no point in having to worry while on vacation!

Barb_in_Ga Nov 11th, 2005 11:19 PM

My advice on the diamond is 2-fold:
If it's insured, then wear it unless the sentimental value is great, then leave it at home.
DON'T replace it with a fake ring, just a plain band. The biggest reason not to wear a lot of jewelry on vacation is that it calls attention to your wealth, with the possibility of purse snatches. The likelihood of anyone stealing the ring from you finger is slim, just don't leave it in the room.

GSteed Nov 11th, 2005 11:51 PM

Again - If you are intent on making a 'smiling' impression on the street wear a skirt or tailored slacks. If you are going to dinner or the opera or a University function leave the jeans in the room. Jewelery is always at risk. If you must wear it be sure it is insured for theft or mysterious disappearance.

nona1 Nov 12th, 2005 12:20 AM

Wear what you like. Why should you care? You are on holiday not some sort of undercover pretend-I'm-French spying mission. Admittedly some of the more extreme 'American' looks can raise a bit of a snigger in Europe, but not jeans. If I think of a stereotype American tourist comedy-picture I visualise a very loud obese couple, with him in those bright checkered golf trousers, both with baseball hats on (at aged 50) and her in a baggy brighly patterened nylon dress (or a huge bum squeezed into very tight jog-pants and too small t-shirt) and a bad perm, and big sunglasses. And asking REALLY stupid questions (I volunteer at a historic house dealing with visitors and I have to say the Americans come up with the oddest things. One asked me what the lawn was made of!) So if you don't look like that you should be fine....

walkinaround Nov 12th, 2005 01:09 AM

the whole <<jeans + "tennis" shoes = american >>

is just a cliche that anyone who does a fair amount of traveling around the world would know is far from the truth. associated with this cliche is some weird assumption that in france you have only locals and americans and that everyone's focused on the americans because they are the only non-french "oddballs".

tod Nov 12th, 2005 02:15 AM

I just love these questions!!
Answer Question No.1:
Yes, wear your rings if you want to take the chance they may be lost some other way - I would eat my air-ticket if they got stolen in Paris!
Answer No.2:
You would be out of place if you DID NOT wear your dark trouser-style jeans.

Tallulah Nov 12th, 2005 05:36 AM

Pray tell, are you suggesting that Paris is somewhere on another planet where nobody has ever seen a few diamonds before, and therefore will be compelled to mug you for them?

Have you no comprehension of how patronising, condescending, ignorant and downright rude questions such as this sound?? And I don't even like France!! You're going to one of the world's major capital cities - not to the middle of the Siberian Steppes (with all due respect to those people who live in the Siberian Steppes, but just an example).

My apologies if you think my response is harsh but whilst you may treat places as holiday destinations and a slightly novel change of scenery, do remember that many, many millions of people manage to get by living on a day to day basis quite well there. And, believe it or not, some have even managed to scrape some money together to buy their own nice jewellery! :-)


PS. Most people the world over, are way too intrested in themselves to give two hoots what anyone else wears....

Christina Nov 12th, 2005 05:41 AM

I think some Parisiens do wear "sneakers" or "tennis shoes" (a term Americans use a lot for shoes that aren't shoes made for playing tennis) with jeans, but that depends on your definition of sneakers. They might wear those popular Puma-style colorful shoes, but not your big white Nikes that are only for gyms.

They did a fake commercial on SNL once about "mom" jeans, I suppose that's where the term came from. It is not just high-rise jeans. It is a reference to cut and quality and general style more than that, and the type of waistband. Mom jeans in that skit were baggy jeans with elastic waistbands, that kind of things. Also, cheap jeans you might buy at a discount store are not of good quality denim (and may not really be denim at all) and don't have the traditional French seams, etc., that is part of the standard jeans design. I don't know what the OP means by a "trouser-style" jean, though. That sounds like something with pleats or cuffs or something.

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