How do erings/bands under 2mm hold up?

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

My engagement ring is an antique from over 100 years ago. When we bought it, the prongs needed to be redone, but the band, which measures 1.6mm at the thinest, was fine. I’m sure it has worn down over the years, maybe it used to be 2mm, but it’s still strong. I’ve worn it 24/7 since October and haven’t had any problems. I’m rough on jewellery and wear it hiking and other places I probably shouldnt. I went on a backpacking trip and was scrabbling over loose rock fields using my hands to hold myself wearing my ring. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Jonesishere:  Nope, it’s rose gold, which apparently is the most delicate of the golds. 

I have heard that most jewellers wont go thinner than 1.5mm. I love this ring, so I decided that it’s worth it for me to keep an eye on it and get it repaired if it ever needs it. My insurance makes me get it checked every year anyways. I was assured that if it ever needed it they could build up the band. Mine is thicker on the top and very thin at the bottom.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Jonesishere:  You’re welcome. It’s hard to choose what rings to get! Have fun!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 1987

My 18k D-profile yellow gold wedding band was 2mm in width 27 years ago when I got married.  Although I’m not rough on jewellery, with wear (and regular polishing) it is now 1.9mm in width.  It has worn the same all the way round so the wear isn’t noticeable.  My diamond ring is a more recent aquisition.  It is a 2mm knife edge.  Knife edges look thinner than other profiles, particularly from a distance, because the light tends to only strike the top edge but they are very strong.  

Whatever width you choose allow for 0.1mm loss in gold every 25-30 years of marriage.  I think in a plain band 1.8mm is about as thin as you should go if you want it to last 75-90 years.  With a diamond band, where strength ais compromised by drilling holes for diamonds, stick to 2mm. 

 

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Post # 8
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Jonesishere:  My wedding band is 1.7mm 18k gold and was my grandmother’s, so it’s about 75 years old.  It’s a little worn but seems perfectly sturdy… doesn’t ever feel like it’s going to bend or anything.  I wear it about 99.9% of the time through all kinds of activities.

One thing to think about – when I do wear it alone, it looks VERY delicate on its own, like it’s way too thin for my hand (until I get used to it).  So aesthetically, you might want something more substantial if you plan to wear a wedding band alone frequently.

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