Post # 1
I am on a low budget and so am looking at rings which are sterling silver but can be gold plated – I am guessing this means that they are coated in a layer of gold instead of solid gold.
I know that sterling silver reacts badly to chemicals etc my question is does the gold coating make it completely safe?
Post # 3
No. The plating will chip and rub off quickly. You would have to take off constantly. Maybe you could do 10kt gold? It’s a lot less and won’t tarnish.
Post # 4
@JazzieB: Forgive me for being a nosy parker, but what’s your budget? We can help 🙂
Post # 5
Gold plating is like the cheap-o type of jewelry. Gold filled on the other hand “wears and tarnishes like real gold”. It’s a good option.
But you can find a dainty, “real” gold ring at an affordable price.
Post # 6
our whole wedding budget is £3000 so we have budgeted £350 for both rings. They don’t have to be spectacular 🙂
Thanks for clarifying I am really glad I asked now! that could have been a disaster decision
Post # 7
Even gold fill isn’t a great option for something that would get the daily wear a ring normally does. OP, try to go at least 10K (some countries sell 9K); at least that is solid and the same colour (if yellow or unplated white) all the way through and less likely to tarnish or turn your finger green. If you shop around, you might find more within your budget than you think.
Post # 8
What kind of styles are you looking for? £350 converts to about $570 so off the top of my head here’s a $20(£12) extremely durable and non reactive tungsten ring for him:
And here’s a gorgeous 14k yellow gold and diamond ring for $500(£306) or even less since you can make an offer:
Which means you’re under budget by £32!
The eBay seller I linked to above gets great reviews and have some of the lowest prices. They can also custom make almost anything you can imagine and they don’t charge extra for it.
This seller is one of the absolute cheapest I’ve seen, they just don’t get rave reviews about quality the way the first one does.:
But at $169(£103) you can always get something nicer later on.
Sorry none of the links are clickable, I’m on my phone.
Post # 9
I have found styles that I like already within budget from a local jewellers 🙂 I was just exploring my options and thought that gold coated might be a good alternative budget option but I guess not! phew
I also heard that things like titanium etc are not good because if you get injured and your finger swells or something it is almost impossible to get off which makes me feel really nervous.
Can anyone give me the scoop on the pros and cons of silver, gold, titanium, steel and wood? If you know your stuff about metals haha
Post # 10
- Wedding: October 2014 - Vegas baby!
@JazzieB: My current (temporary) e ring is platinum plated sterling silver. I have had it for about a year and it still looks brand new. The platinum hasn’t worn off, or at least I can’t tell at all. Here’s a current picture:
ETA: It was only about $30 on Amazon! I should add I almost never take it off. I did notice a little tarnishing after swimming in a VERY chlorinated pool, but it came clean after a few hand washings.
Post # 11