Issues with THIN 18k gold rings?

posted 4 months ago in Rings
Post # 2
7395 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I can’t remember what kt it was (I want to say 14), but I used to have 1.5mm stacking bands and they bent when I pulled open a mall door. Like normal pressure, and I’m definitely not the hulk. I was pretty disappointed. I would not recommend 1.3mm especially with a diamond on top! Does the jeweller make this band or would you be specially requesting it?

Post # 3
1034 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2020

I wouldn’t reccomend anything below 1.6 mm or 18k gold. It would be so fragile. That dainty look really is beautiful though, so I get why you were drawn to it. 

Post # 4
557 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have 18 k gold heirloom ring, not sure the band width but it is definitely on the thin side. I get it re shaped about every 6 months, it definitely gets bent and warped, but I’m able to take it to the jeweler and it gets put back to round. I moved overseas about 6 months ago and I got it reshaped before I left and this is what it looks like today. I don’t really trust any of the jewelers where I live now (developing country) so I’ll just kind of deal with it until I go back to the States. My wedding band is 14 k and I have no issues with it. I would definitely go with the 14 K

Post # 5
1528 posts
Bumble bee

I have a very thin tapered 18k rose gold engagment ring, not sure of the exact width but it’s very thin! I’ve had it for two years now and not had any issues at all and I never take it off. 

Post # 6
211 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018


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ariesscientist :  I think rose gold is stronger than yellow/white gold because of the copper content, so this may be a good option for OP!

Post # 8
4986 posts
Honey bee

A thin shank of any metal, 14kt gold, 18t gold, platinum will be subject to being misshapen. Platinum is the softest and I’ve seen a lot of thin bent rings. 

Post # 9
2667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: County courthouse

I have a 1.3mm spacer band and it has definitely misshaped. I wouldn’t go that thin. There is no structural integrity. My family jewler wouldn’t recommend anything under 2mm actually and most reputable jewelers wouldn’t either. My Grandma has some pretty thin rings and they have become oval instead of round now. I know that thin rings are in now…but I honestly wouldn’t go under 2mm for a lifetime ring. It won’t hold up to wear and tear and stand the test of time

Post # 10
1624 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018

Ahh yes, the True Gem Company. I have seen people talk about their rings from there warping over time. They’re just too thin to last (both in width and thickness if that makes sense). I was inspired by their rings and the dainty bands so I had a 1.8mm band made for my solitaire, though it’s also made of 14k gold. 

Post # 11
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Nikkiww :  I have an 18k rose gold ring, it was a custom design by a local jeweller. He did an amazing job, it is possible slightly deeper to give it more strength and slightly thicker at the back but face up it is 1.5mm pave and I haven’t had any issues – but only had it since May. 

Post # 12
939 posts
Busy bee

Honestly I wouldn’t go that thin. My ring is 2mm tapering to about 1.6, and it looks very dainty. 

Post # 13
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

I wear two 1.3mm gold bands daily. They are 14k though. I have noticed no issues with shape and I am not careful with them. They are thin in every direction. I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t last forever but they’ve lasted 1.5 years with no issues at all. 

Post # 14
140 posts
Blushing bee

I had a thin, 1.5mm white gold pave band in my first marraige. Wore it every day for almost a decade and it never warped/bent. 

Post # 15
6125 posts
Bee Keeper

This is my engagement ring. It is about 27 years old. My husband and I were engaged for 6 years, and I basically wore it 24/7 during that time. It is 18K yellow gold for most of the setting, with the center stone set in platinum. It is somewhat thicker across the top, where the stones are set. If I am remembering correctly, it’s about 3mm across the top of the stones. And the band tapers down to be very thin on the sides and at the bottom. I believe it’s around 1.3 or 1.5mm at its thinnest.

I didn’t baby it in the least. I literally did everything in this ring for the 6 years we were engaged. Once we were married, I wore a band only for several years and no longer wore my engagement ring. I wear it on occasion now, but not as much as I did when we were engaged. (I have a few different sets I switch out here and there.)

You can see that, after several years of wear, the band is more of an oval shape than truly round. It basically molded to the shape of my finger. This doesn’t affect the view of the ring from the top or the sides. You only see it when you look at the ring in complete profile like in this photo. I had the ring checked a few years ago, and the jeweler pronounced it still in good shape, with no need to add gold to the bottom of the setting. But, I expect I will have to do that at some point in the future. I never thought of my ring as being fragile, and I never really worried about breaking or damaging it. It is insured, and I make a point of checking the thinner parts of the band regularly.


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