(Closed) honesty about sterling silver…

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

what kind of stone are you looking for? I really don’t think you are going to find any diamond rings set in silver. you definitely will be able to find sterling silver rings (some rhodium plated, some not) in a halo style set with CZ, but they might not be the best quality. 

look around on etsy. I’ve seen some pretty rings that are moissanite & silver, but none of them were halo settings. 

Post # 6
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175 posts
Blushing bee

If it’s too thin it gets bent out of shape. I had a CZ RHR that actually broke in 2!

Post # 8
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862 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I don’t think it’s weaker than gold, but it seems to tarnish more easily.  Silver also can’t be cleaned the same way as gold.  I was told that a silver ring cannot be put in an ultrasonic cleaner.  It is possible to get silver halo rings, though, if you’re not looking for a diamond.  I have a silver and sapphire halo ring.  I’ve also had a silver Claddagh ring for over twenty years and even though it got badly tarnished, it’s fine otherwise!  I was also able to remove the tarnish by lining a casserole dish with aluminum foil, putting the ring on the foil, covering the ring with baking soda, and then pouring boiled water over the ring.  The chemical reaction caused by this will clean the silver and the dirt goes onto the aluminum instead.  I think the answer to your question is that silver requires a little more care but it’s pretty durable overall and it’s beautiful.

Post # 9
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2738 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I had a silver ring with a cushion cut white sapphire and the prongs were so bendable that I had to return it. I didn’t trust wearing it at all. Also, with my skin chemistry, silver tarnished badly on my hands. 

When you speak of metal scratching, also think about the gemstone you’ll choose because many scratch too if worn all the time. My initial e-ring was a smoky quartz and it got large scratches over a year. I changed to diamonds after that, because they are the strongest material in the world and stay beautiful. 

Here’s the silver ring I returned:

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

silver rings don’t tarnish on me as long as I’m wearing them. they only tarnish when I take them off and put them away.

I think it would be fine to get a sterling engagement ring that you’ll wear for a year or two.  but if you do plan on wearing it every day for more than a year, you might be better off getting something that is bezel set, or has thick prongs. I really don’t think a halo setting will hold up very well for longer than a few months because they tend to have really tiny delicate shared prongs. 

my recommendation: go to etsy and type “sterling engagement ring” into the search bar. there will be so many gorgeous gemstone / silver rings to choose from.

you might even be able to email the designer and ask them if they think their ring could handle everyday wear.  just be careful where you are looking. not all items on etsy are handmade, and basically if the item is really inexpensive, it might be very poor quality. I’ve bought a few things that looked nice in the picture but were super bad quality in real life (but I’m talking about really cheap stuff, like under $20). 

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