(Closed) Silver wedding band

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I own a silver ring that I wore daily for a few years. It’s very banged-up. Silver is a very soft metal, on the opposite end of the spectrum from tungsten. Your FI might end up disappointed by how poorly it holds up. If longeivity is important to you, I would consider any other metal first. 

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

Yes, silver is quite soft, & also prone to tarnish. For both practical and symbolic reasons it’s not the best choice for a ring intended to be worn all day, every day.

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

my parents’ wedding bands are silver and still looking great after 35 years

My dad actually made them  himself out of silver quarters

 

My grandmother has quite a few silver rings that she has been wearing daily for many decades and they all look great

Perhaps very cheaply made and thin silver rings get banged up easily–a ring that is worn daily shouldn’t have a chance to tarnish

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but from what I understand about silver, there are actually different “blends” out there. Some silvers are harder than others, and some resist tarnish better than others. I have a very thick silver ring that I wore every day for years and it still looks pretty good. It’s scratched and definitely doesn’t look like chrome anymore, but over all it doesn’t look abused or tattered. Shop around for a well made ring. If he’s looking for something thinner, silver may not be your best choice.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

Yeah, if he wants a thin band I would for sure look into a sturdier metal. If he doesn’t mind a thicker band, maybe you could make it work.

@athame1983:  If he made them out of quarters, did he verify that they were minted prior to 1965? If they were made from quarters minted 1965-onward, then they aren’t silver, they’d be a mix of mostly copper with some nickel.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I’ve got a thin silver band (non-wedding ring.. D-shape, 2mm) that has been on my finger for about 10 years now. I’ve never taken it off and I’ve done some tasking things with it on (I used to work in a bar where I’d have to lift kegs/other stock, alcohol and cleaning products got on my hands, etc.) and it still looks great. It’s got a couple of scratches, but they’re only noticeable if I inspect it carefully (the only reason I looked at it was to compare it to my white gold e-ring band so I could answer you!). Because it’s kept on, it won’t really tarnish; your fingers give it a natural “polish”. If it were to lie in a box for months on end then yes it would tarnish, just like other metals, but that’s what cleaners are for!

 

My e-ring has been on my finger for 3 months now; never left. It has just about less scratches than my silver band.. I’d estimate that in 10 years it might match my silver ring as it is today!

 

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

has your FI ever tried any titanium rings? they are really light and are more scrach resistant than silver and also has less of a chance to cause any sort of allergic reaction.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

My e-ring is silver. I’ve had it on my finger for almost 3 years now and it looks great. It has some scratches, but I’ve never had to polish it. I put it in a polish dip the other day just to see if it would shine any more, but it stayed pretty much the same.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@KCKnd2:  yes of course…he isn’t a moron, he knows that only pre1965 quarters are silver……..

you can actually tell by looking at the edge too

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@ChocolateLime:  You can cut off a titanium ring. They mostly only need to cut them off if theg get bent anyway and titanium and tungsten are less likley to bend. Tungsten get’s shattered off rather than cut but both are perfectly easy to remove. My aunt and uncle are nurses, they have seen it done. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@athame1983:  I think that is a beautiful history behind your parents rings!! i bet they are beautiful.

 

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