Post # 1
I’m trying to decide if I want mine soldered or not… I probably won’t before the wedding, just because I don’t think I can decide that quickly and I sort of forgot about this decision until today. I feel like it would be more convenient to have them together, and they’re both small so it’s not like I’d ever want to take my e-ring off and wear the wedding ring only at work or something. But… what if I do want to wear just one at some point?
So, are yours soldered? Why or why not?
Post # 3
Sometimes I like to wear all, sometimes just the w-band and sometimes the w-band and a-ring
Post # 4
I soldered mine because the two are a set and are meant to be soldered together. I waited for about 6 months after the wedding to solder mine together because I at first thought I wanted the option to wear them separately. They soon got annoying as my wedding band usually ended up upside down on my finger all the time. I was able to get them soldered in 2 days at the jewelry store we bought them at and I am so glad I did!
Post # 5
I wouldn’t solder mine together in case I wanted to wear them separately (travelling etc)
Post # 6
I will be soldering mine together.
Post # 7
it bugs me a little bit when they spin and are not lined up perfectly, but it doesn’t bug me enough to solder them together. i like to have options.
Post # 8
I’m soldering mine together. I don’t see how I would ever not wear them together – they’re a set. If I just want to wear a wedding band, which would only be during situations where I don’t want “the good stuff” to get all bashed up, I have a faux wedding band.
Post # 9
I have been considering this and haven’t decided.
I have two wedding bands and my e-ring and it drives me nuts when they aren’t lined up correctly. I had considered soldering one band to my e-ring and leaving the other band on its own incase I just wanted to wear a single band at any time.
Besides not being able to mix it up are there are other cons to soldering? Does it damage your ring?
Post # 10
I soldered mine because they were constantly spinning and wouldn’t stay lined up (my rings are sized large in order to fit over my knuckle). I didn’t plan on wearing my wedding band alone, so I didn’t see the point in keeping them apart, especially since the spinning was causing them to show wear. I asked the jeweler about cons other than losing the option to wear them separately, but he said there aren’t any. He also mentioned that they can always be unsoldered if I change my mind in the future.
Post # 11
@Treejewel19: no it doesn’t damage your ring, and soldering can actually be reversed .. unless you tell the jeweler to solder all around the ring instead of one or two spots like they usually do xD
Post # 12
I was sort of against soldering my own rings for a long time. Until I got my new rings. As they are brushed metal, I could see where they were already rubbing each other and after having seen the damage that can happen on rings over time..even in a couple years…I took them in to get soldered.
I love them this way! In addition to the wear issues, it is great having one ring only to worry about when I remove it or put it on. Plus they are always lined up as I prefer! I also sort of like that it is all joined as one.
I have an extra matching band to wear for running, traveling, the gym, and so on. I usually just keep it on my right hand ring finger and switch it over when needed.
It is totally reversible, and a GOOD metalsmith will solder them with a solder that will melt at a lower point than your rings so you will never see any sign it was soldered before once they polish. I originally had my four rings soldered, taken apart and resoldered with three. You cannot see where it was ever soldered before (and it was in a different place) and the extra band, well I have scrutinized and cannot see where it was ever soldered. I cannot see from outside my soldered rings where it is done, and on inside there are just two small metal connecting dots between each adjoining ring.
By the way, my former set I never soldered as always thought “what if I just want to wear one”. Well, over 2 years I never wore one without the other. If it was too risky for my centre stone ring or my hands, I did not want to damage the band either! I just wore nothing or a plain stand-in band.
Mine only took a couple days, but that is because the place I go has a bench in house. If they have to send them away it can take a while longer.
Post # 13
@RayKay: Very good point, thanks very much. I think I will go with my original plan afterall…now to find someone to do it.
Post # 14
I have not gotten them soldered together. Although I always wear them together, I am more comfortable with not having them soldered.
Post # 15
I voted yes. As a few others have said, my wedding ring and e-ring never stayed lined up. My wedding band is curved to fit flush against my e-ring, so I would never wear it alone, regardless. My e-ring is heavier on top so it was always sliding upside down and driving me nuts. Even DH would see it and HE would realign them cause it bugged him, haha.
I was also told, as others mentioned, that not soldering them can actually damage the ring as it causes them to rub together, and soldering can be reversed if you ever desire to do that.
I just asked around to find a reputable jeweler to do mine and it cost about $50.
Post # 16
I just got mine soldered and i LOVE them! They fit better and look great!