Lately I've started to question whether I really need to wear my engagement ring every day. My wedding ring, yes, but the jewels--no? I am a person who is naturally self-conscious, which may or may not describe many people and their jewelry and/or accoutrements.
A plain gold or platinum band really says it all, in my opinion. I'm married. Period. Most of the time I just wear my engagement ring. I'm sure this creates the question (if anyone catches a glimpse) of whether I am engaged, married, or simply have a sparkly ring on my left ring finger. On the other hand, there really is a mystery in a simple band (milgrained if you feel a little fancy).
There is also a security factor that goes along with wearing a wedding band for the majority of the time. I'm sure others have had that panic of thinking one's engagement ring had been misplaced. I often take mine off before I take a shower, go to bed or wash the dishes. I have a routine, but it still freaks me out a bit. Personally sometimes the only thing I notice about someone is their engagement ring. The other day at a conference I couldn't stop staring at the huge rock on the presenter's finger. This beautiful woman (and ring) worked for the IRS, and wow. You really wonder how some people can act normal with small fortunes decorating their person day-in and day-out (at the IRS no less!).
(Picture Source: Tiffanys.com)