Post # 1
We’re having trouble making a final decision on my fiance’s ring, so I was hoping to get some insight from the bees!
His favorite ring is this wood and sterling silver ring by Etsy seller naturalezanica, it’s about $300. However, I’m worried about it lasting.
He also likes the idea of getting a ring to “match” my sapphire ring, and we’ve been looking at this one on Gemvara. I really like that it could be an heirloom piece to pass on. It’d be about $500 in sterling silver and $2000 in palladium (slightly out of our budget, but if it’ll last a lifetime, it could be worth it).
Should we just get the wood ring, even though it might not last? Or should we go all out with the palladium ring, and someday he could get the wood one for fun? Do you have experience with a men’s sterling silver or wood ring?
Post # 3
The first one is beautiful, but I voted for #2 because of durability issues. Sterling silver will hold up just fine! That’s a thick, man’s ring, not exactly delicate. I don’t think the palladium price is worth it, personally. And btw there are so many beautiful wood rings out there, on Etsy for example, for a very wide variety of budgets. if your guy wants a second “fun” ring go for one of those 🙂
Post # 4
I would go with the palladium!
Post # 5
@sunsetchristy: There are a lot of wood rings online (we checked Etsy), and we were questioning how well they would hold up as well. I think the concept is fairly new, so there probably aren’t a lot of guys who’ve had them for a long time to review them and rate how well they’re lasting! I would get the wood one, because it is his favorite!
Post # 6
Palladium for sure, for it to last. But there are a lot of palladium mens rings that are way less than 2k.
What about something like this? http://www.etsy.com/listing/113659422/sapphire-ring-palladium-sapphire-wedding
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@love108: Thanks so much! I hadn’t thought of checking Etsy for gem rings. I also had no idea what the value of that sort of thing should be. so now I can do some comparison shopping… thanks!
Post # 10
I actually thought about buying #2 (but with yellow sapphire and diamond) for my DH! I love that ring. Gemvara uses Argentium silver and none of my silver rings from them have bent (or tarnished) and I would imagine this being a men’s ring would be even heavier/thicker/sturdier. I honestly don’t think you would have durability issues with the silver as far as it bending or warping, but I would still recommend palladium. The brushed metal in the middle might end up wearing away if the ring was done in silver.
I think Gemvara can be overpriced on some of their items (definitely some styles moreso than others) but their customer service is seriously amazing. They will go above and beyond for you and their pieces are beautiful. Plus, the rings are made to your exact specifications to order instead of just taking a stock ring and resizing it. So for me it is worth it to splurge there once in awhile because I know I’ll be happy with the outcome and it really can be stressful to buy jewelry online.
If you want something similar at a better price, you could probably find it though.
Post # 11
I would go with palladium. I have read quite a few threads around wb about wood rings not lasting very long (though I’m sure there are differences in quality and treatments). Silver is debatable. I’ve read so many people say silver will not last, but I’ve got a sterling silver ring that’s 3 years old and it looks as good as new so I imagine it will last quite a long time. But palladium is a sure thing so I would go with that for something intended to be worn for many, many years (unles the idea of replacing it doesn’t bother you, then get whatever you like!).
Post # 12
A wedding ring needs to be extremely durable since it’s worn everyday, perhaps all day if he doesn’t take it off. I would stay away from wood!!! It’s not very durable from getting wet and getting scratched. Silver is not a great metal either for everyday…some people’s hands make it tarnish, like my hands! hehe. I wear silver as earrings or pendants but never as rings. Palladium is an awesome metal, which gets my vote hands down. Totally worth the price, as it stays white and doesn’t tarnish. Go for it! 😉
Post # 13
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I love the wooden one! My Fiance wants a wooden ring too, and kind of likes the idea of it getting a little beat up and worn over time. And if it doesn’t last, we can always get another one. We’re not too sentimental about the wedding ring lasting a lifetime, though.