Post # 1
I’ve been searching and searching for decent info on how the durability of sterling silver and 14K gold compare. My SO bought the e-ring at some point in the last couple months (and I don’t have it on me yet, it’s waiting somewhere around until the right time. . . probably after I’m done with grad classes in December!). I had sent him an email with a couple of my favorite ring choices last winter, and by mistake, I found out which one (almost certainly) he bought. It has a pretty thin band– 1.2 mm in places, and if he didn’t customize the metal, it’s 14K gold.
I work outdoors a lot and am quite active, and like to just keep rings on as I worry about losing them if I take them off. I certainly don’t plan to take my e-ring off much, once I am wearing it! Thus the worry. . . .
To get to the point, though, I wear sterling silver rings constantly and after a year or two of wearing the same one, the wear on the band is visible– it gets a teeny bit thinner. So I’m worried that my future e-ring, with its very slender band, will wear out super quickly, if gold wears at the same rate as silver (I’ve heard that 14K gold is farily hard, but don’t know how it compares to sterlings silver). So, in your experience, does gold wear less quickly than silver, or at the same rate?
Thank you all!
ETA: just in case someone wonders– I didn’t think about the band durability when I sent him the links to the rings I liked. . . aaahhh!
Post # 3
I have 2 14k rings that I wear almost everyday. I’ve had them both for about 5 years or so and I haven’t noticed them wearing down in terms of getting thinner. They do however need to be rhodium plated pretty badly because the yellow in the gold is showing. My body chemistry eats thru rhodium plating pretty quickly though. I actually have a similar issue though. When we looked at rings I forgot to ask about the probability of getting the ring in platinum by the time I mentioned it he’d already ordered the ring which came standard in 18k which I heard can wear down faster (or looks yellower?) than 14k! So who knows? Hopefully someone else will get back to you with something more useful than what I just said lol!
PS I’m just sso glad the ring is in process that I’m not even going to worry about the metal! I think gold will be fine and last a lifetime!
Post # 4
@purpledaisies: Thanks! I know, I’m so glad that the ring has been purchased! I just really hope I don’t have long to wait. I’m stressing myself out over whether or not he’s talked to my parents, since they have had a difficult relationship with him.
It’s good to know that your 14K rings have not worn visibly. I actually managed to dig up a 2-year old thread on here discussing the same thing, and the consensus is that sterling is a lot softer than gold. Phew.
One other thing that makes me feel better is the fact that my mother and I were able to look at my great-great aunt’s gold engagement ring from the 1910’s recently, and the band–only 2 mm or so– was barely worn at all. Its owner was a somewhat wealthy housewife, so she probably wasn’t nearly as hard on her rings as I will be on mine, but it still makes me feel a little better.
Post # 5
14K gold is meant to be the toughest of the golds and gold is meant to be tougher than silver