Some advice on channel set wedding bands please bees

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

channel setting i s very durable!  And I think it looks great with your ring.  🙂  I am an advocate of plain gold/plat bands though as well.  I think it is just a good thing to have, even if you wear the diamond one more, I think you will get use out of it forever, and sometimes, diamonds just get in the way.  😉

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Baybeejulia:  A channel set band will take a beating, trust me, I’ve beaten the hell out of my e-ring and had the prongs re-set several times….the wedding band looks as great as the day I picked it out of the case!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

If I were you, I’d get a simple band for a wedding band and then have the diamond band for your 1 year anniversary/eternity band. That way you get to wear all three together, just the e-ring if you want, just the plain band, just the diamond band, etc. Mix and match them. Seems like the best way to make sure you don’t feel any regrets! 

As for the band lasting, I don’t see why it wouldn’t, if you did decide to keep it as your wedding band. 

Whatever you decide to do, I’m sure it will look lovely and last a life-time. 

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I own two channel set bands (gemstone) as RHRs and they’re very durable.  I did take one in for cleaning earlier this month and was told that the stones were loose – not necessarily in danger of falling out, but they did some work to it.  But I’ve worn it almost daily for 4+ years and this is the first time I’ve taken it in so maybe that’s on me more than the band!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Baybeejulia:  

I just recently got married (september) and have a channel set band. Although its only been a few months is has held up great lol. But really the jeweler we went to said that channel set are the most durable since nothing is sticking out theres really no way for the stones to get stuck or pulled out. If you run your finger over the top you can tell that its flat and smooth. The only thing I would take into consideration is that have the channel set band vs plain gold band is that the diamond band will need to cleaned every once and awhile if you want the diamonds to sparkle just as much as they do when you first get it.

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I have a channel set wedding band as my eband, the only thing I would suggest to watch out for is water under the ring. That can sometimes cause a nasty rash. Your set looks very lovely!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

@Baybeejulia:  I think more channel set as it can have a larger ‘hole’ underneath than other rings but that beings said you can certainly get things stuck under any ring that can cause irritation on your skin (that was the first thing the jeweler said when she saw a rash on my finger ‘Take that ring off when you are washing your hands and putting lotion on!’ She is super sweet that lady). Though to be honest I had a huge rash when I had the white gold version of my band but since I’ve switched to the yellow gold, I haven’t had any reddness so my rash might have been an allergy. Good luck!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 1993

I have two channel set princess cut eternity bands as part of my upgrade.  I chose the channel set for the durabiity but haven’t had them long enough to know if it really holds true or not.  I did get 3/4 around instead of full bands to allow for sizing and knocking about.

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

Channel set is fine.. but I wouldn’t count on your daughter wanting it one day. You never know, but styles do change.

It’s probably as durable as you’re going to get when it comes to diamonds in a band.

Post # 16
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

A channel setting is probably the most durable of all settings… in that the diamonds are encased within the ring itself (and not just held in place by prongs)

I am an Encore Bride…

So when I got Engaged this time round… I KNEW myself and how I typically wear / would wear a Bridal Set… so this was part of the reason that I opted for a Channel Setting (I have it in BOTH my ERing and my WBand)

My first marriage was over 20 Years… I wore my Rings every.single.day… rarely taking them off ever.

When I was doing my ERing research this time round (reading up on Diamonds, Metals, Settings) it became clear pretty quick that I was going to be looking for a Channel Setting

The setting is as I said very secure and can really take a beating.

The one thing I would advise tho is look for one that has the “holes” on the underside if you can (not all rings have this feature).  The underside holes provide a lot of benefits for the longterm.

Here is a copy of a reply I did for another Bee who asked about these holes recently:

== cut & paste ==

I have 2 Channel Set Rings…

Both of Good to Excellent Quality

(GIA Certified, Canadian Diamonds, Very Good Cut, F & G Colour, SI Clarity)

My Half Eternity WBand comes from Peoples Canada (Zales USA)

It has 10 Diamonds, each approx 0.055 in size (Half Carat range = 0.45 to 0.58 ctw) 

The Diamonds in it are set without the holes underneath.  It sparkles nicely BECAUSE of the Quality of the Diamonds (and it is fairly NEW).

My ERing is semi-custom from a Family Jewellery Store / Independent Goldsmith.

My Feature Diamond is in a Straight Prong Cathedral Setting… so the Diamond receives a lot of light from all sides.

The 46 other Diamonds (rounds & baguettes) aprox 1.05 Carats do have the holes underneath the setting.

This assortment of smaller diamonds altho the same quality as my WBand… far out sparkle my WBand…

What happens is the light shines onto the facets of the Diamond, and then is reflected downwards and back up.  It is the “space” that makes this happen… in the same way as a Stained Glass Window works… or a prism.  In that if the backside was shut off from reflecting light… the effect would be lost, as the light must be free to travel / bounce to obtain the desired visual effect.

As well, having holes makes it a lot easier to clean a Diamond… in so much as you can get the gunk out behind the stone… say with an ultra-sonic cleaner, or a soaking solution.

A channel set right without holes, means that the dirt & grime is going to get between the stones, and eventually into spots where it might not be able to get out of behind the Diamonds, making them appear cloudy or white vs clear.

And as others have said, it also means that each Diamond in the setting has a spot for its point to safely sit.

== end ==

Hope this helps,

 

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