(Closed) To solder or not to solder, that is the question!

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Do you think I should solder my engagement ring and wedding band together?
    Yes : (31 votes)
    56 %
    No : (22 votes)
    40 %
    Let me tell you a better option! : (2 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    From what I’ve heard here on the hive it’s not such a big deal if you want to separate them later.  I think it’s a personal decision and I’m personally against soldering however if it’s what you’d like to do, go for it.  

    Post # 4
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    Bumble Beekeeper

    Holy crap, you’re the first person to start a thread like this and spell “solder” right, haha!

    Do you ever wear your rings separately, ever?  If you do, I wouldn’t do it.  My rings fit together but often spin so they aren’t lined up properly, but I don’t want to solder them together because I like the option of wearing them separately in the future.  Good luck deciding!

    Post # 7
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @MoonlightRose:  I wear three rings (diamond wedding band, e-ring, and thin diamond anniversary band), and, if I’m using my hands at all, my rings won’t stay where I put them for more than a couple of minutes, at most.  I am CONSTANTLY having to twist them all back into alignment.

    Although it drives me crazy to do this, and although I can see where my wedding band has indented the platinum on the side of my e-ring, I still have resisted the temptation to solder. I want to be able to wear my rings separately if I ever decide to do that, and I’m often playing with my ring order (WB, e-ring, AB or WB, AB, e-ring) and I like to have options.

    However, your rings clearly look as if they are meant to go together and that you likely would not ever wear your contoured wedding band by itself.  So, you may be a great candidate for having your rings soldered together.

    The only other comment I will make is that you’ll need to make certain that you can take your rings on and off your finger at the same time before you have them soldered.  It’s often much harder to get one larger (width-wise) ring on and off your finger than it is to get two or more narrower rings off of your finger one at a time.

    Post # 8
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    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I agree with all the above posters about possibly wanting to wear them separately in the future – depending on your lifestyle/work, a larger setting could be a pain to wear constantly, not to mention you may have difficulties taking the soldered ring on and off.

    Another thing I would worry about would be how it would affect the look of the ring – it looks like it’s got quite an intricate design…would soldering affect the design at all? I’ve seen some pretty botchy soldering, and I’d be worried that the heat might discolour the metal or that there might be some scrappy looking bits where the two rings join together.

    Post # 9
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Your set looks like its designed to be soldered. From what I understand they use a metal with a lower boiling point that the metal used in your rings to solder them. So to seperate them they can heat your rings until the solder melts without damaging your rings.

    Personally with your set I would just do it. my boss has a set with a contoured band and they are always misaligned and it drives me nuts (which is totally my fault for looking but she has an unusual set and I like looking at rings).

    Post # 11
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    11352 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    @MoonlightRose:  You’re very welcome! πŸ™‚

    Post # 14
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    1902 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    @MoonlightRose:  Only once, thank goodness! It wasn’t a ring, it was a brooch gemstone that a friend tried to have made into a pendant – the soldering was all uneven so it looked different from different angles, plus the metal around where it had been soldered was discoloured from the heat. She wasn’t impressed….

    Post # 15
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    114 posts
    Blushing bee

    If you are planning to have children, you may want to wait until after your children are born before soldering the rings together.  With the potential for swelling, you may want to wear your wedding ring alone since wearing both could be too uncomfortable. 

    Your ring is beautiful!

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