Is this true??

posted 3 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Does a 10 kt gold band cause more wear to a 14 kt gold engagement ring than a 14 kt gold band?
    Yes, a lot more wear : (12 votes)
    33 %
    Yes, but only a bit more wear : (20 votes)
    56 %
    There is no difference : (3 votes)
    8 %
    Other (please comment) : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    3112 posts
    Sugar bee

    @Chani:  I’m not sure exactly, but I know where gold is concerned, it’s best that they match.  I have a sterling silver w-band with a palladium e-ring, and I’ve had no problems at all.

    Post # 4
    409 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    Tougher metals definitely wear away at softer metals. Many factors will play into how much wear exactly. I recommend getting a 14k band so you never have to worry about that or have ring regret. Most places will do the same ring in 14k, you’ll just have to pay a bit more. 

    Post # 5
    164 posts
    Blushing bee

    @Chani:  Generally speaking, a lower karat gold should be ‘harder’ than a higher karat. The actual gold is the soft element in the alloy, while the other materials used, like nickel, is the hard element. Therefore the less gold karat, the more of harder marterials are used, resulting in a harder ring overall.

    I’m sure there are different 10k/14k alloys various jewelers use that can be harder/softer than other alloys, but you’ll have to speak with them directly about that (preferably somewhere that does all their work in house)

    I don’t have any experience mixing different karats personally, but I’ve heard the same advice time and time again from multiple places and people, to use the same material for both rings.

    Post # 6
    3520 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    Gold rubbing together is a bit of a problem.  After 3 years, I was told I either need to solder, or I would start losing stones due to the metal rubbing.  So there is no way I could wear them like that for life.  I no longer wear that set daily, but if I had wanted to, I would have had to solder, to not destroy the 2 rings.


    Post # 7
    2047 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @jcent:  this.

    I got my rings soldered to prevent rubbing.

    Post # 8
    1293 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    My first wedding set was 10k holed ering and a 14k wring. Both white gold. The Rhodium wore of the14 quicker but no noticeable damage done to either ring. both were very sturdy channel set rings tho. To be safe get the same karat. 🙂

    Post # 9
    1194 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I heard this somewhere too. I was actually having the opposite problem. My e-ring is 10k and I was only finding 14k wedding bands. I didn’t want my e-ring to eat my wedding band so I just kept looking until I found a 10k wedding band.

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