Can an engagement ring have too thin of a band?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’ve heard of stones falling out of very thin bands. Most jewelers warn against getting a band under 1.8mm for that reason. For a solitaire it may not be too big of a deal but pave stones will most likely fall out.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

The strength of the band depends more on the metal than the thickness.  I wouldn’t get a very thin band in 18k, for example, because it’s very soft. Platinum should be fine if it’s cast properly.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

@bkrocks13:  platinum is softer than 18k gold.

I dont know if we’re talking about thickness (profile-wise) or width (top-down view), but width-wise I don’t find bands under 2mm wide are flattering on adult fingers, even 3.5 sized fingers.

Since wearing and bending are significant issues for these ultra-thin rings as well, I would not recommend a daily-wear ring less than than 2mm wide (top-down view).

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@happilyeveraftergirl:  or platinum or palladium.  Palladium is a great option if you want that silvery platinum color without having to re-rhodium and without the cost of platinum,

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@joya_aspera:  true, but platinum doesn’t wear out as fast as 18k and doesn’t need re-plating.  Platinum also has no memory when it comes to holding stones even though it bends more willingly.  Gold is more likely to wear-down and therefore lose stones as a setting.

 

 

It also depends on how your platinum or gold are processed into a ring- stamped jewelry from pressed sheets will always have more strength than wax cast pieces, so thats also an option if you want a very thin band.

 

 

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper

@bkrocks13:  I’m not sure gold is more likely to lose stones. It will eventually wear, but most stones are lost because prongs bent, not wore away, suggesting that platinum will cause more loss of stones.

Platinum will wear away less, yes, but become more misshapen. Obviously, people prefer that neither of those things to happen to their rings, which is which I wouldn’t recommend under 2mm width, regardless of material – it’s just not a “forever” width, whatever the material.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

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Post # 14
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Sugar bee

@happilyeveraftergirl:  I agree 100% with your concerns!  I had a 2mm e-ring and w-band, and for my anniversary ring, I bumped it up to 2.5.  Is it in your budget to ask them to put your dream setting on top of your alternate option #2 shank?  That would solve your problem, but would add a custom design fee.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2006

@happilyeveraftergirl:  I have a ring similar to that (but pear shaped) with a 1.4mm band. I’ve had it for several years, and have never had a problem with it. I do switch my rings around a lot, but when I’m wearing it, I never take it off, even for clunking around cleaning and stuff. I say, if you’re careful with your jewelry in general, you should be fine with a skinny band.

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