Post # 1
Hi Bees! My FI is considering getting the fingerprint ring as his wedding band. However, we are afraid that the metal will scratch over time and the integrity of the fingerprint grooves will deteriorate.
So let me know if:
1) Your FI/husband has the fingerprint ring – how is it holding up?
2) If your FI/husband has a ring in general – how is it holding up?
We are asking since one of our friends’ wedding band, which use to have this intricate design, is wearing down and the design is wearing away – and he works on the computer all day!
Post # 3
It really depends on the kind of metal you have. Some are softer than others. Metal DOES wear down over time…it just takes a long time for it to get a “softened” look about it. If he’s rough on it, though, it’ll scratch over time.
Post # 4
my husband has a plain, white gold band. the outside is wearing… but we don’t really care that much because the engraving is on the inside and as long as that sticks we’re happy.
Post # 5
@ejs is right- it depends on the metal type. I love the idea! Because the print is on top of the finger – I don’t see a problem.
Post # 6
How about having the fingerprints on the inside? It would be cool and you’d be sure it won’t wear off.
Post # 7
My FI and I contacted this esty seller last week asking for prices on 14K white gold bands! The only difference is that we wanted ours to have the prints inside.
I agree with the others. If you’re concerned about the print on the outside wearing down, maybe consider getting the print done on the inside. It seems to me like it might last longer there since it would constantly be cushioned by your FI’s skin and won’t be knocked into anything.
Post # 8
Thanks Bees! He totally wants the prints on the outside, because he wants a unique ring – I’ll look into the different types of metals to see which holds up better. He’s a teacher too, so it’s not like heavy-duty work, so it might be lighter wear on his ring.
Post # 9
We have ordered these rings and they shoud be here in 1-2 weeks. We got the ones with the fingerprint all the way around. I think the fingerprint will last longer on the outside as the thing that will wear it down the fastest is the oil from your skin. I didn’t want to spend a ton of money as I’m sure that FI will be rough on it and mught even lose it. I love how unique they are and ordering them again wouldn’t be too hard on the pocketbook!
Post # 10
personally I like the inside the best….can someone link me to these rings?! =) thanks
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Has anyone discussed this with the makers of the ring? I’m curious what they say, we’re thinking about it as well but FI is a guitarist and the ring will take a BIG beating so the fingerprint will have to be on the inside but I’ve never heard about the oils wearing it down can someone expand on that?
Post # 13
Oil can wear down metal if they are abrasive but I don’t know if that’s the case with skin oil. Sometimes we use abrasive oils in industry-cutter fluids and specialty coolants. Oil is actually used as a lubricant. Or it can be used to cool a part down. Not that that applies.
Maybe the opposite is true for industry–maybe skin oil is different. But typically we oil coat metallic parts to protect them. I know oil is bad for stones and precious gems, but I’ve never heard of that being the case with metal.
If anything, salt is a big culprit to causing certain types of corrosion in metals. But really, what you wear on your finger (typically gold or platinum) isn’t subject to this sort of breakdown. Unless you go with an atypical metal such as aluminum or titanium–gold has unique properties which make it ideal for jewelry.
I think it’s probably the fact that the oil in your skin carries salt to the jewelry and can cause it to very very very slowly wear away. Salt is notorious for corroding metal.
Post # 14
- Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!
Buttons ordered this for Mr. Buttons. I don’t think they’ve come in yet though.
Post # 15
I just ordered and printed my FI’s fingerprint ring recently. He’s getting 10K white gold in 3-4 weeks. I never thought about it wearing down. If you’re fingerprints are done well it gets engraved well and deep enough that I’m assuming it wouldn’t fade. Would you expect regular rings with any sort of design to fade – I wouldn’t. They offer plenty of different metals and were helpful in choosing one.
Post # 15
i know this is an old thread, but my fi is thinking of a tungsten fingerprint ring. any of you order one and if so are you happy with it? where did you order from?