(Closed) Will a Sterling Silver ring last a Lifetime?

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Will sterling silver last forever with daily wear
    Yes : (17 votes)
    29 %
    No : (41 votes)
    69 %
    Ill write below : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I would get the 10k white gold. silver is more malleable and gets tarnished. If you wear the ring daily then it won’t tarnish as much, but it will still end up bent over time. If you never get the white gold dipped it will have a warm tone, but plenty of people like that color and its only really noticable when its next to another white gold ring which has been more recently dipped.

    Post # 4
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    749 posts
    Busy bee

    I have had a sterling silver promise ring for almost 2yrs, and it isn’t the most durable of materials but I’m sure it’ll be fine.

    Post # 5
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    4525 posts
    Honey bee

    I had a sterling silver ring I wore for a couple years and it’s gotten kinda scratched. Not bad, but there’s definitely some there. 

    Post # 6
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    304 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    10k gold is much harder.

    If you wear ss every day, it won’t tarnish, but as others have mentioned, it will get pretty scratched.

    Post # 7
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    853 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Silver gets banged up and bent easily. I had a beautiful turquoise ring my mom gave me – it was the first piece of jewelry she bought with her first paycheck – and it broke 🙁  I really think it’s worth the upgrade to gold, even if it’s a low quality gold.

    Post # 8
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    11416 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2010

    My husbad’s silver band completely bent & curved really bad. He had to get a new ring (tungsten.) I would go for the 10k gold & I actually have 10k gold. Its alot stronger for sure!

    Post # 9
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    3228 posts
    Sugar bee

    @FutureMrsRoos:  My original wedding band is sterling and I stopped wearing it because I am afraid to damage it as it is very sentimental. In the past I’ve had silver rings bend on me pretty bad so I don’t suggest it for every day wear. I would go with the 10k. 

    Post # 10
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    5557 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: December 2011

    If you can swing it, get the gold. I had a silver ring I wore everyday for about 6 years and while it is still a ring, the bottom is flattened and it is pretty scratched up just from daily wearing. I wouldn’t want it to be a forever ring like my wedding ring. 

    Post # 11
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    744 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    It depends on the alloy. I had a really heavy silver ring for about years and years and it looked like new when FI lost it. My parents wedding bands are 9k gold and they’ve had to replace them before but they are bent out of shape again. Obviously that gold isn’t a great alloy! My silver promise ring still looks great after two and a half years, not bent at all. 

    A decent quality white gold is stronger if you don’t mind replating to keep the finish but I find the idea of replating annoying so I only have silver, platinum and palladium now. 

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I have a Claddaugh ring made out of 925 sterling silver. I’ve worn it most of the time as my left hand ring, and it’s definately taken a beating. Because it’s almost always on, it hasn’t really tarnished, but it is bent and I don’t know if it’ll hold up for 50 years. My engagement ring, however, that I got within months of the claddaugh, is 14k gold, and is still perfectly round and not scratched. 10k gold is even harder than 14k, so I’d say go with that.

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