(Closed) Bands Un-Soldered…Has anyone heard of/ done this?

posted 7 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Should I have my rings un-soldered?
    Keep them soldered as they are. : (10 votes)
    37 %
    Have them un-soldered. : (17 votes)
    63 %
  • Post # 3
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    2442 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I’ve have never heard of it.  But I have heard that once rings are soldered it is permanent. I assume that means they would be ruined if unsoldering was attempted. How about simply purchasing another wedding band to wear to work?  

    Post # 5
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    878 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    A lady I work with has 4 rings solderied together.  And now she is a little older, she cant get the rings on her finger.  Individually she would be able to, but together she can’t get them over her knuckle.

    She was talking about it with me, and was upset she had been told that she can’t have them seperated as their edges basically would be ruined.  I don’t know it it possibly depends on how they were joined in the first place.

    I knew then that I would not be getting my bridal set joined together.

     

    Post # 6
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    1250 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Soldering is fully reversible, I’ve done it before (not with my wedding band and engagement ring, but with other things).  They have to unsolder them if you ever need them resized or anything, and it’s a fairly straight-foward process from what I’ve been told. The jeweler will cut the two rings apart, then buff and polish the two rings like new. You might lose some metal off the edges in the process, but they should be able to fill this in. Just be sure to take it to someone who knows what they’re doing and has done this before.

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

    In my rings from my prior marriage, they soldered them together unevenly and crookedly, and I  asked them undo it and re solder them. It was no problem, and caused no damage, although their work at this particular store was sloppy all around. 

    Post # 8
    Bee
    1433 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House

    My FI’s mom had her wedding band soldered… but wanted a new one… and she got them unsoldered and gave us the old one, so we can use the diamonds in anniversary bands down the line.  

    The ring has a very scratchy edge where it was soldered and it would be unwearable.  I think they file them apart. 

    Post # 10
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    40 posts
    Newbee

    I had my ring unsoldered when I reset my engagement ring. It took him only a few minutes to seperate them and he polished the edges so they were smooth again. Once I got my new setting, I had them re-soldered. I tried them seperate for about a week but the constant turning was driving me nuts (it is a curved band). He only soldered them in two small spots in the back though so it probably depends how they were done in the first place.  

    Post # 11
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    365 posts
    Helper bee

    I had my rings unsoldered.  🙂  I had the same rings you do, actually!  Princess cut 3 stone with a channel princess band.   As someone else said, they have to unsolder the rings to resize them and they do that all the time.  Your shanks are smooth so it won’t even show when it’s done.  I decided that I liked wearing my band alone and it worked better for me that way.  From what I understand, gold solder has a much lower melting point than gold, so they simply melt the solder and pull the rings apart, then smooth and buff any rough spots.  You can’t tell mine were ever together.

    Post # 12
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    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I work in a laboratory and have to wear gloves all day long.  My ring obviously kept snagging on them so I asked my jewler if they could lower the setting so it didn’t stick up so high.  There were able to and I was much happier.  However, the downside if it matters to you is that they seat them up high so that more light can come in from the bottom making the diamond sparkle a little more which you will lose some if you have it seated lower.  Personally I didn’t mind.  The ring still looked amazing and honestly I couldn’t even tell the difference.  Just a thought.

    Post # 14
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    3981 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    I know you can. My mother had it done for one reason or another. I have a similar problem where I can’t wear my e-ring to work and but I don’t want to risk damaging my wedding band to risk the diamonds getting knocked out at work. So I have a work ring Mr. Hedgie got me. It is still sentimental to me because he got it for me to wear in place of my set to work. If you are worried about getting then un-soldered that is alwasy a possibility!

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