(Closed) Does E-ring have to be same metal as wedding band to avoid wearing?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Do different metals/gold weights in e-ring and wedding band matter? Do your metals match?
    Yes, it will : (16 votes)
    26 %
    No, it won't : (8 votes)
    13 %
    It may matter, but only over very long time : (9 votes)
    15 %
    My rings are same metal/gold contents : (17 votes)
    28 %
    My rings are different metals/gold contents : (10 votes)
    16 %
    Other, explain below : (1 votes)
    2 %
  • Post # 3
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    3175 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I am not an expert, but 18K gold IS softer than, say 14K, so I wouldn’t doubt that the softer ring would be more likely to be scratched by the harder one. Even if they are the same, though, I think you risk scratching if you don’t soldered.

    Post # 4
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    913 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    If you’re talking about white gold, it’s almost invariably rhodium-plated, whether it’s 14k or 18k.

    Post # 6
    Member
    913 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @ChemistryBride:  Right, it’s going to be rhodium against rhodium. The plating will eventually wear down–but not because of harder v. softer metal.

    Post # 7
    Member
    1761 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I know it’s not good to have platinum next to gold; I think the same concept goes for gold.

    Post # 8
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    4344 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    Yes, the softer metal will wear, so you would ideally either have them the same metal, or get a small spacer band of the softer metal, so that that band takes the wear.  Etsy has tons, in all metals, karats, and as thin as .8mm…imm is the most common, but I have seen them .8mm.

    For example:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/67422180/thin-gold-wedding-band-solid-14k-white?ref=sr_gallery_9&sref=&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=thin+spacer+band&ga_order=most_relevant&ga_ship_to=CA&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade

    Post # 9
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    5118 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I think that softer metals will give way to harder metals, but equal metals will scratch one another anyway. I’m soldering to be safe, but I think if you just keep watch on it and be careful, you can keep up your rings nicely by keeping them dipped and watching out for wear.

    Post # 10
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    3148 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: February 2010

    I think it takes a loooong time for one ring to wear down another. but I’ve seen it. my mom’s e-ring band is worn almost completely through, but it took like 3 decades of daily wear before it happened. 

    if your e-ring band is really simple, then it can always be built back up again with metal added to the inside of the band.  I think where you have the most to worry about is if prongs rub against something, they are tiny and you don’t want those to get weak!

    Post # 11
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    4478 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    while the softer metal will be worn away, it will take a long time.  It shouldn’t be as much of an issue with rings that sit flush with each other.  If your rings are irregularly shaped, I’d keep the metals the same.

    Post # 12
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    4344 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2009

    I have 2 rings that sit flush and both are 19k white gold, and they are wearing after only 3 years…  I can already see damage.  And, I don;t wear them everyday, as I have 3 wedding sets, so I alternate, and I only wear rings when I go out of my house.

    Post # 15
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    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Any rings will damage each other if they are sitting next to each other and not soldered together. Solder your rings, and they’ll be fine.

    Post # 16
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    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @janie-janie:  I have a platinum e-ring and a white gold diamond prong set wedding band and it only took a couple of years for the prongs on the wedding band to wear down.  I didn’t even realize it. I took the band in to be sized down and when the jeweler looked at it under the microscope she told me that many of the prongs had been worn down.  Now I wear them on separate hands (I find it more comfortable that way too).

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