(Closed) 22ct victorian wedding band – high carat antique lightweight rings questions!

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Buzzing bee

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Shinytoy :  Okay, let me see if I understand you correctly cause I’m confused. You want to take the plain bland and put an ruby in it?

If that is your goal I am unsure I would do that with and antique. 

As to your other questions. I have four antique rings. Two are plantinum. One is from 1923 that I wear it on and off and the other is my wedding band from 1910, which I never take off. Both are holding up fine.

I have two antique came rings that I wear daily. One is my great grandmothers so I’m guessing 1890s? 1900s?  The other I have no idea how old it is. Its Victorian. Both never come off. One cannot come off because my knuckle is too large.  I have had no issues with the gold. I had to reset one of the cameos, but that is it. I’m guessing that both are around 9ct gold.

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Blushing bee

I’m with VictorianChick on both counts:

As a collector of antique jewelry myself, I would strongly advise against setting a stone into a 150 year old band that’s that thin (or, really, at all). I’d suggest getting a new(er) one and doing it, and leaving the 1850s ring intact as-is. 

As to the wear on antique rings, I also second that it would be fine. It isn’t so much that it’ll wear down super fast as that it’s soft and you’d need to be relatively gentle with it, and understand that it’s going to scratch more easily than more mixed alloys. My ering is from the 1910s, and I have several other rings from that period (and before) that are just fine with constant wear for years. My fiancée has a ring from the 1820s that she wears on a regular basis, also about 22k, and it’s also fine – just be careful and use common sense and it’ll be alright. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

I wouldn’t wear a wedding ring that high of karat. It’s too soft for a ring. My great grandmother’s e-ring was 14k and after her wearing it and my grandmother wearing it, it wore down too much for me to wear. It is too thin on the back and the setting around the diamond wore off too much to be safe. I wouldn’t go below 14k in an e-ring. 

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Buzzing bee

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Shinytoy : Neither gold ring is marked, which wansn’t unheard of. My plantium ring isn’t marked either. 9 ct gold rings were around during that period.

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

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Shinytoy :  “carat” (or ct) refers to the weight of gemstones; “karat” (or k) is the purity of gold alloys. only mentioning this because i was SO excited to click into this thread to find a picture of some massive antique rock!

22k gold is soft – it’s nearly pure gold. it can last your lifetime, but it would require more babying that a 14k or even 18k band would. so it depends how hard you are on your rings.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 1995

I wear this 22k thin band on my pinkie daily and it is fine. It is from mid 1800s. It still shows its subtle pattern as well.

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