(Closed) loose diamond / pros and cons of soldering? seeking opinions

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I’m curious to know the answers to these questions as well!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I would never solder them together for the reason you just stated – I’m clumsy. And I would hate having to wear both the ering and band in every situation because there will absolutely be times where I would like to show I’m married but keep the ering at home to keep it from further damage. I don’t care if a simple band gets banged around or a little dirty. But I do care if I knock my stone loose and lose it forever, insurance or no insurance. Like you, I’m clumsy. And I would like to limit accidental damage if I can. 🙂

Post # 7
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Sugar bee

@thehoneybear: That’s a good idea. Some jewelers don’t like soldering because it essentially permanently damages the ring. End product looks great. But I’ve met a couple that just didn’t like it for that reason alone. It’s not terribly expensive though and if you have a plain band that could stand in and you’re comfortable with them being permanently attached together, go for it. 🙂

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

@thehoneybear: Not sure about that. Hopefully someone who knows more than me can answer. I’m only guessing that the process of unsoldering them if you ever changed your mind would be more damaging than simple wear and tear. Even if you had them soldered you still won’t avoid wear and tear. The metal will still eventually scratch and wear down, it just might not wear down between the rings because there is no movement there. But the rest of the ring will still be susceptible to normal daily wear and tear and you’ll eventually want to get it redipped or polished, which really defeats the purpose of soldering, if that was the reason you wanted it.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I have a friend who used to work for a local jeweler who specializes in engagement and wedding rings.  She looked at me as if I were crazy when I said I wasn’t planning to soder.  She says that the when the bands rub against each other it will damage and wear away at the gold.  She highly recommends sodering them together, which I now plan to do for the reasons listed above and asthetic reasons.

 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

I just can’t see myself doing it. I really love my options and I don’t want to lose the option of wearing them seperately if I need to.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

@thehoneybear: I don’t know how long you’ve had your ring but prongs will eventually become a little loose. It’s why people take their rings in periodically to get checked. Now, if it doesn’t take a lot for your stone to start rattling around, you may want to look into replacing/repairing the prongs. Soldering will just glue the rings together. I don’t think it will actually help your prongs hold stones, not 100% sure, but I don’t think this is the case. You’d get some great info and pricing if you popped into a jeweler to find out what that process would involve.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@thehoneybear: No help here but I just wanted to add… Your rings are GORGEOUS!

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Wearing two rings next to each other un-soldered can damage the stones, i found this out too late.  I purchased the matching wedding band to my e-ring but had it customized with pink sapphires instead of being an all diamond eternity band. I wore it for a couple weeks because I was curious to see if I liked it. It was not soldered. In just a few weeks due to the two bands rubbing together, the sapphires are chipped and broken. To the eye they look fine but under a scope there is damage.  The jeweler recommends that I wear the two rings on separate hands which would have been really nice to know before I purchased the wedding band because I’m not so sure I would have picked it. FYI, Tiffany does not recommend that you wear two diamond Celebration rings next to each other because of potential damage. They list this when you create a stack online and tell you in the store. 

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