Wearing engagement ring in Greece

Mar 20th, 2015, 08:44 AM
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Wearing engagement ring in Greece

My husband and I are going to Athens, then spending a few days on a cruise of the islands, then back to Athens. He's concerned about me wearing my engagement ring in Greece. Worried it will attract the wrong attention. Should I leave it behind or is it fine to bring with me? I never thought about it until he said something. Any opinions? Thank you!!
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Mar 20th, 2015, 08:53 AM
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Unless it's the koh i noor you should be perfectly safe wearing it. I would be more concerned about loss if you ever take the ring off.
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Mar 20th, 2015, 08:58 AM
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Is he concerned that you lose your ring during your holiday, or does he believe the Greeks are a bunch of undernourished thieves ready to cut your finger to get your ring ?
If you are really worried and have a big diamond, just turn the ring so that the diamond be inside your palm.
Funny to read about all these people who think we're in a war zone in Europe...
Enjoy your stay in Athens - it is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to. And the Greeks are charming.
Actually without your wearing a wedding ring, you'd attract more attention to yourself !
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Mar 20th, 2015, 09:20 AM
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I got Mrs Bilbo a cheap copy for everyday use and she loves it more than the one in the safe.
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Mar 20th, 2015, 10:07 AM
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Just turn your ring around and it looks like a simple gold band. I do that whenever I'm concerned about an area I'm in, whether it's overseas or local.
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Mar 20th, 2015, 11:37 AM
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I'm reminded of the proverb that goes something like "Your possessions end up owning you."
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Mar 20th, 2015, 11:38 AM
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I never wear/take expensive jewelry on trips. Why bring it? Easily lost or even target for trouble. True even in USA.
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Mar 20th, 2015, 11:45 AM
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You gotta watch out for those cruisers, a nasty lot.
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Mar 20th, 2015, 12:36 PM
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I'm with Elaine. I never travel with anything I couldn't stand to lose. (Well, losing my photos would be upsetting...) I don't necessarily expect jewelry to be stolen, but it marks you as someone with money and therefore a more desirable pickpocketing target, and unless you never take it off there's always the chance of losing it. What's the problem with leaving it at home? (I travel sometimes for months at a time, the good stuff goes in my safe deposit box.)
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Mar 20th, 2015, 01:02 PM
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The place I felt the safest while traveling is Greece.
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Mar 20th, 2015, 01:08 PM
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I always wear my ring when I travel....I just always wear it. I am no more worried about it away from home than I am at home. I do not take it off and have never been the target of a successful pickpocket.
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Mar 20th, 2015, 01:18 PM
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Now why do you think this could happen in Greece and not in your own city/country?
The Greek islands in particular are among the safest places that i know..
Besides wearing an engagement ring is something most Greek women do... there's nothing spectacular about it really....
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Mar 20th, 2015, 02:00 PM
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Unless your ring is a really giant rock, I wouldn't even think about it! I've been wearing both my rings - engagement and wedding- for years in NYC and Athens with no problems. Believe me, the only thing to worry about in Greece is not wanting to come home!
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Mar 20th, 2015, 02:14 PM
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I think it's OK to wear an engagement or wedding ring traveling if you are a person who never takse your rings off. Otherwise I would be more worried about you losing them, not about someone stealing it.
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Mar 20th, 2015, 03:42 PM
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The ladies who shop at ilias lalaounis in Kolonaki aren't going to even acknowledge your presence let alone notice your ring.

Are you staying at the Grande Bretagne?

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Mar 20th, 2015, 07:03 PM
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Your cabin has a safe. You can leave your valuables there when you feel you need to. Travel insurance is highly recommended no matter what mode of travel you use.
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Mar 22nd, 2015, 03:08 AM
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I really hope this is a joke. You are not going to a 3rd world country dear, Greece is the 29 most developed country in the world. And Athens is just like any other European capital, and it's one of the safest to be precise.
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Mar 22nd, 2015, 03:55 AM
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I once took off my engagement ring in the ladies' room on the autostrada, and walked out leaving it above the sink. Luckily, someone followed me to ask if it was mine. Since then, I leave it at home when I'm traveling.
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Mar 22nd, 2015, 07:58 AM
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I left a ring on the sink edge in a public washroom on the autobahn...no one came after me though, lol. It wasn't a diamond but a Geog Jensen silver ring I'd bought in Copenhagen. Still miss it and that was 50 years ago!
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Mar 22nd, 2015, 08:10 AM
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Well the lesson there is don't take off your rings when washing your hands in a public toilet, or if you do put them in a pocket or your bag, not on the side of the basin.
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