Will a silver wedding band hold up for decades?

posted 3 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
2675 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

I don’t think it will hold up as well as other less expensive alternatives like tungsten or titanium. I have a lot of silver rings and many of them have started to dull/tarnish over 1-5 years. I would look into the other less expensive metals and see what he thinks. I have found tungsten rings on ETSY for $30-$40.

That said a friend of mine gave her husband a silver ring (men in her culture were not allowed to wear gold) and it held up just fine for 5 years so far

Post # 4
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Ms_Purple:  +1 on the tungsten suggestion.

silver won’t hold up very well, especially with constant wear.

Post # 5
462 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We’re going with titanium because it will hold up better than sterling. Ours are on the more expensive side, but there are definitely cheap titanium rings out there

Post # 6
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Silver needs regular polish. A silver jewelry dip once a week or so.  But it is a strong metal and holds up well.  I have a few antique rings from the 1920s that I wear continuously and they still look beautiful. However my rings are not sterling silver, but rather pure silver.  I’m not sure if that makes a difference.

Post # 7
9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@skippydarling:  Yes, you just have to clean and polish it more often.  My dad gave me a silver “Love” band he had bought back in the 70s to give his girlfriends.  Other than a bit of greying which can easily be polished, it has held up very well.  Very minimal nicks and scratches.  My ex husband had a titanium band and while it was much cheaper than gold (we paid $30-40), it was practically indestructible.

Post # 8
1340 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I don’t think it holds up well at all. I have a silver claddagh I bought in Ireland 15 years ago and it’s all bent and nicked. Silver is too soft. Go with titanium or tungsten, which are both very cheap. 

Post # 9
1849 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My late mother’s sterling wedding band was almost 25 years old when she passed away, and it looked as new as the day Daddy put it on her finger.  They didn’t have a lot (read: any) money when they married, and a sterling band was all that he could afford.  And then once there was enough money for something else, she didn’t want it (she was sentimental like that).

Post # 10
2189 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Silver is very pliable, I have a lot of silver rings/jewelry that I wear, and most of the rings have become bent over the years. One of my rings’ shanks even broke apart and had to be repaired at the jewelers. I would not recommend it for a ring that he’s going to be wearing every day for the rest of his life.

Post # 11
811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

We got my guy’s tungsten ring on Berricle with a coupon for less than $50.  You can’t beat that!

Post # 12
2044 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Decades?  Probably not. Yes, it’s possible but it is a softer metal and can bend very easily…I’ve had many silver rings that still look great, and some that I managed to bend with my bare hands without meaning to.  If you’re 100% against ever replacing it for sentimental reasons, silver might not be the way to go since there is no guarantee…you either get lucky or you don’t, unfortunately.  

If price is an issue, I strongly recommend Titanium or Tungsten and I also strongly recommend Amazon. My original wedding band was titanium from there, and with shipping cost me less than $9 LOL.  I didn’t pick it for the price, it just happened to be exactly what I wanted, but it was a lovely bonus haha. I also got my husbands titanium band from Amazon for less than $20 if I recall, and he has never taken it off and works a job that would just destroy anything else and it looks exactly like it did over a year ago. You can’t beat that!

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