Post # 1
Some of you may know I currently wear a rather cheap CZ ring that I am looking to replace with a moissanite ring. I wont be able to replace it until we get our tax returns, so I am looking for a plain band to wear for now, as my cz wont survive much longer (especially working in a hospital). What is your opinion on a stainless steel band (only to be worn less than 6 months)? If you have one, I would love to see pictures 🙂
Post # 3
@karissa_elaine: My husband made us both stainless steel rings out of nuts. He wears his most of the time, but I usually wear my moissanite ring. We’ll be married for 6 months next week and he works with his hands a lot (though he takes it off from time to time, especially with more dangerous things). It’s not exactly a usual ring, but it’s a pretty strong metal and holds up well (and we kinda like the rugged look).
This picture is of my white gold ring and another of his stainless steel rings (he’s had that one for about 2 years I think). It kinda has a matte look at this point.
Post # 4
I don’t have any photos, but I used to have a stainless steel gemstone ring. It held up just fine for over a year (lost it, unfortunately). I say I’d wear it about 3 – 4 times per week.
I have two stainless steel and CZ eternity bands that I’ve had for nearly a year and there’s been no problem. No pictures on this comp. but I get complimented on them quite a bit.
On the plus size, stainless steel is typically much cheaper than sterling silver. You should be able to get a plain band on eBay for less than $7-ish bucks.
This might help, too. Not sure if this is a biased site or not:
Post # 5
I found some cute stailness steel rings online for super cheap. It should hold up just fine, though it will scratch. If you want something inexpensive and practically indestructible then go for tungsten carbide. It’s so durable they can’t even resize it. You can get a plain tungsten carbide ring for about $40. I like this site, which is where we’ll be getting FH’s band.
Post # 6
I’d think stainless steel holds up pretty well… I mean what metal is used in more ways than steel? It’s just that useful: it does what it’s supposed to and doesn’t fall apart over time very easily, even in heavy use. But I’d probably want surgical grade for jewelry, if possible, just because. If it’s good enough for a scalpel, then, I figure it’s good enough for wearing. Not that I think stainless itself is a bad option either.
The only thing I’d worry about with steel jewelry is the source. You want to know that it is really steel and not something else or alloyed with something very unhealthy like lead. I would not get steel jewelry made in china.
Post # 7
FI and I bought SS matching bands about two years ago, and wear them seven days a week, working in the yard, etc. I have absolutely no complaints with ours.
Post # 9
@karissa_elaine: I’m at a similar place! Got a cz at the proposal and since I’ve picked out a few pretty moissy rings for him to choose as my forever ring! My cz ring is made with stainless steel, and everyone assumes it’s white gold. On that note, the scuffs stainless steel will get at first are very obvious (to me), but they wear down quickly and become almost dull looking and much less obvious. Also my ring has many small dings and scratches on the bottom and I have only had mine for 5 months. I must note that I have never regularly worn rings, and as such I have been extremely hard on it. I never take it off!
Anywhoo, congrats on your engagment! And please show off your moissy when you get it!
Post # 10
@MrsPirt_2013: Thanks so much for the input. I just got a second cz ring (stainless steel) because my origanl (which I picked out and was no fault of FI) was peeling badly. Then all the shiny came off. And it was hidious. It was silver so after a couple days it would start to tarnish. I would remove it, then it would be back in two days.
this was the origanal:
I guess you cant tell much by the picture, but in person it was bad. Also, I only had it for 3 months.
Post # 11
@karissa_elaine: Awe that sucks, the rig is very pretty! Stupid rhodium finishing! Such a tease! 🙁 My original cz ring he proposed with was gorgeous! But the rhodium finish started chipping and revealed the brass underneath- and that turned my finger green so we couldn’t keep it. I don’t love my SS ring as much as I loved the first ring (my current ring was poory made, wonky prongs etc.) but I love the sentiment! Plus it’s held up even with all of the torture of a virgin ring wearer! I hope you enjoy your new ring! Any pictures of it yet?
Post # 12
@MrsPirt_2013: I got the origanal from JC Penny and it was a huge waste of money. My dearest honey thought it was okay to throw away the reciept after buying a lifetime warrenty, so I couldnt even get it redipped. Plus, I will be starting my new job at a hospital on money, and it probably sat up too high for the gloves. I did rip a few during clinicals.
Here is my new ring.
Post # 13
I have this 2mm stainless steel ring and I love it so much, I bought a second one just in case I lost the first! it’s good quality (thick enough that it will not bend), and was only $7!
that brand – Sabrina Silver – has many other styles too. bonus: it’s super comfortable. they even have half sizes!!
I’ve been wearing mine every night for a year, and for camping too.
Post # 14
@OEC: where do you find stainless steel bands with CZ? I want one and they’re hard to find!
Post # 15
@karissa_elaine: What are the specs for this ring?
Post # 16
In Canada the engineers get stainless steel pinky rings, called “iron rings” but they’re made of SS. I’ve had mine for 2 years no problem but my dad is also an engineer and he’s had his for 30. He lost it last year and had to get a replacement but his original was just fine.
http://www.ironring.ca if you’re curious what they are.