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Thread title pretty much explains my worries. I'll have an expensive ring and I will not want to let it be off my person at any time whatsoever. When flying into HCMC do I have to go through metal detectors? If so will the ring set it off?

Please give me some advice. I know someone who's ring was "confiscated" by "officials" at the airport in HCMC some years ago. It caused a huge scene and even after a complaint by the US Embassy the ring was never returned or paid for.

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I would keep it in my "carry on" bag (In case the airline loses your checked bags). The area near those detectors is so disorganised, it's everyone for themself (survival the fittest) trying to put all their luggage on 2 small machines and I've never seen anyone stopped. They're looking for firearms.

Note: Don't mention the ring on the "Customs Declaration form"! Just go through the Green Line and keep going straight, and before you know it: You'll have 10,000 pairs of eyes starring at you and it's 95 degrees!

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Hey There Matt,

Keep it in your carry-on luggage within your toiletry bag. I usually keep any jewelry there when I go to the UK.

DON'T keep it in your suitcase that you'll be checking. The possibility exists that your bag could be lost, delayed or "sifted through"...

Last time I went to visit hubby, he gave me a vintage 18kt Zippo lighter. I had no choice but to keep in my checked luggage, due to the no lighter policy. Well, long story short...It was delayed in France and TSA went through it and helped themselves to the wedding gift that my husband gave me...I am STILL fighting for a reimbursment...

Let's see a the ring already !! : )

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Thread title pretty much explains my worries. I'll have an expensive ring and I will not want to let it be off my person at any time whatsoever. When flying into HCMC do I have to go through metal detectors? If so will the ring set it off?

Please give me some advice. I know someone who's ring was "confiscated" by "officials" at the airport in HCMC some years ago. It caused a huge scene and even after a complaint by the US Embassy the ring was never returned or paid for.

:help:

Matt,

Just put the ring in the carry on luggage to go through the metal detector in the US; after you get through, take it out and put in your pocket. I don't remember there is a metal detector at the HCM airport on arrival when I went back last December. That was what I did and I had no problem.

Goodluck to you and wish you all the best.

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OK, here is the ring. Anh said she does not want to see it until I present it to her and I believe her.

http://static.zoovy.com/img/everestdiamonds/-/1073n1a

Matt,

:thumbs: That ring ROCKS ! Literally : )

It is beautiful !

Absoulutely lovely !

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Tread softly because you tread on my dreams"

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Matt, that is a beautiful ring. It is very similar, in style, as the one I gave to my fiancee. I had it wrapped in a jewelry gift box, and carried it in my carry on. I had a compartment in my carry on that I could lock, so no one could get into it. I never wrote anything on the the form about it either. I had no problems at all. Just keep a close eye on where you have it located. The only think I was worried about was on the plane, when I wanted to sleep. I placed it inside my pocket in my cargo shorts in a bathroom stall in the airport. Then when I was sleeping, I made sure I kept my hand over the pocket. Good Luck!!! We are all very happy for you in your travels to see the one you love.

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It's a beautiful ring, Matt. I haven't seen my wedding ring yet though it had been here for a while. I promised Nathan not to look at it and I kept my word. When he left here last time I gave back him all of the jewels because I worry I may lose them when I travel there.

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I carried my fiancee's ring on a chain around my neck. Never took it off...never had a problem.

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Beautiful ring!

Yacine was afraid that the ring he bought me would be confiscated by Tunisian customs... However.. all he did, was put the ring on his own finger!! He turned it around so it looked like just a solid silver band... Worked just fine :)

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I am pretty sure the ring won't fit even onto the tip of my pinky. :D But from what I am reading here I think I can relax a bit.

The issue now is my jeweler. I just heard some exceptionaly bad things about him and will be talking to him today to make sure he is not trying to pull a fast one on me. A fast one would be to try and sell me a "Clarity Enhanced" diamond without disclosing that is what it is. CE diamonds are rocks of lower quality that are inserted with a substance to hide the inclusions. They will look much better, but it does not change the fact that they are sh!t.

If this is the case the deal is off and I am searching for another ring with not much time to do so. :(

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Let me add a follow-up. The ring is going back. They lied. It is that simple. But they will give me a full refund, so I will be satisfied when that happens.

In the meantime I have ordered a ring that I was going to go with in the first place and will have it by Thursday afternoon, which is just one week before I leave.

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