(Closed) Best Ring Styles That Stand Up To Abuse

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Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

you aren’t going to want to wear big stone that is for sure. Especially if you are worried about it catching on things. A plain band will show a lot of scratches if it’s white gold because that is such a soft metal! Look into platinum. 

Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Correct. A lot of little stones would be the worst way to go.

IMO: A low set, 6 prong or better yet bezel solitaire with plain shank and band (which yes, you would scratch up but it happens regardless) not under 2mm in width. In platinum, which is the strongest metal.

Really, the banging it on things issue is a lot about size too. A 1 carat ring wont bang around like a 2 or 3 so consider that. 🙂 

 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

Yes, a bezel setting with a smaller stone would work well. You need it to have a low profile so you won’t hit it against things. Have fun searching!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

I agree with PPs, a large stone may not be the best way to go. I chose my ring specifically because it will take a beating and still be ok. We have 3 dogs, I garden and climb, not to mention I am very clumbsy and clip my shoulder and/or hand on many doorjams as I walk through. I ended up with a partial bypass setting. The jewler told us this thing was practically as indistructable as a diamond ring can be.

My diamond is .7 carats and truthfully I would have preferred something smaller but the smaller ones we saw had more inclusions, so we went with this stone. I included a picture below (please ignore the horrible photo skills :-P).

 

FWIW- we ended up going with platinum because it is sturdier. It does scuff more but that is easily buffed out.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

Definitely go for low profile! I’ve heard of too many accidents happening with blingy rings and horses….the type of stories ending up with “and then she had 9 fingers” :/

ETA: on second though…low profile isn’t necessarily going to always help. The worst degloving story I’ve heard is when a curb hook got caught on a ring as/while a horse flipped out. Gruesome.

I’m on a break from horses at the moment (no time to enjoy all the $$ being spent to keep up the hobby) but if I were to go back to it, I’d probably not wear either of my rings at the barn. I have larger knuckles so both rings are loose enough that a small object could get caught beneath and rip the rings off (or worse). Baling twine, clasp of a blanket, etc…ouch. I do have a professional rider-friend and she wears her rings on the yard at all times. However her mum (also a professional) wears them on a necklace around her neck — personal preference I guess!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

gold is fine, it scratches but mostly on the bottom from slamming your hand on things. Just be prepared 🙂 

Post # 11
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Honey bee

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rusty15:  

The less you’ve got going on on the ring itself, the less likely that stuff happens to the ring embellishments. After years of wear and tear and soap scum, I’ve gravitated away from pave and melee. Bezel settings are pretty durable, too, along with channel set stones. As well as the vintage illusion sets. Those things take a lickin’and keep on tickin’. (Sorry to steal Timex’s slogan.)

By The Way, there was a thread like this a few months back; I’ll try to bump it for you.

 

 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

My children’s grandma is a pretty hardcore Western cowgirl, and she wears her diamond wedding set every day, every where.  Riding, roping, branding, I mean EVERYTHING.  It is one bigger stone, probably 1 carat, and 6 or so smaller stones scattered around it, pretty 1980’s style.  She lost one stone a million years ago, and has never replaced it.  The others have held up to it all.  And she’s left handed.  I think it might just be luck. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

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rusty15:  BEZEL BEZEL BEZEL! It is the most secure way to hold your stone! I went from a four prong to a bezel and loooooooooooove it! I teach Pre K so my hands are always in something! I never felt secure with the prongs and it kept scratching and snagging things! 

If your worried about loading stones I’d stick with solitaire, no pave or halos because this loose stones. I do have rose gold and as long as you get 14 and not 18 you should be fine.  

I know you didn’t ask but I’ll send photos anyway 😉 btw I love horses and am super jealous you get to be around them all the time! I miss riding! 

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

I rode horses for 15 years. I would do a bezel set if you are hard set on wearing your ring all the time. I would have taken it off for safety (yours as well as the horses) and I could see it being uncomfortable holding the reins while riding (English). You could also go the Qalo route. 

Post # 15
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Honey bee

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rusty15:  

I bumped the thread for you. 

Here’s Grandma’s wedding ring. Vintage style with “class ring” comfort and durable. Diamond center, sapphire sides. Circa 1923. White gold. Decades of farm gunk and farm work. Zero trips to a jeweler in the last 50yrs. 

 

eta: I also like some of the “bubble rings” like this one:

http://www.diamondsandrings.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/8e644ab48ab310ee86466c18e02456b9/t/h/three_stone_bubble_diamond_ring.jpg

 

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