(Closed) I'm puzzled. Why are some bands so cheap?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

The only thing I could think of is one may be soild gold and the other is just plated? Mine is 10k gold (I am beastly hard on rings so I wanted to have something I couldn’t bend) but it was still like $100. The other thigh is the width because a 4-5 mm ring has more gold in it than a 2mm.

Post # 4
1360 posts
Bumble bee

Be wary of things that say “14k gold-FILLED”, because it isn’t solid gold, and a gold OVERLAY also isn’t solid gold. That could explain the price difference.

Post # 5
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

They could also mean “gold the color” not “gold the metal.” You never know with listing online. I would go with a reputable jewler–you get what you pay for!

Post # 6
2494 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@mspartridge:  The amount of gold that you would need to make a gold band would be more, in weight, than $20. I have a gold promise ring that I tried to sell and was offered $40 for the weight of it in gold and it is a thin, small band! I would expect that if you are paying less than $75, it’s likely gold plated or gold overlay or gold colouring.

Post # 7
11272 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

i agree with pp.  it also depends on the weight of the ring.  gold is sold by the gram (or ounce) so obviously the more gold, the heavier, more $$.   you would be surprised.  my hubby’s old ring was only a 3mm but was heavier than my old 5mm.

also, i found that if it’s a comfort fit band, it is usually more $ too.


Post # 8
3452 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I agree with others.  It probably has something to do with the weight of the ring.  Though for $20, I think it made be only gold plated or gold filled.  I haven’t seen a gold band (even a thin one) for less than $100 lately.  The price of gold is high.

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