(Closed) Sterling Silver

posted 7 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee

Just a heads up…silver is not as durable as gold.  So if you are going to wear your e-ring everyday, be prepared to need a replacement soon or have a ring that gets scratched up a lot. 

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

It will be significantly cheaper, but I can tell you now that it will be really scratched and banged up. 

I don’t have any pics but my FIs engagement ring is sterling silver because we knew he wouldn’t wear it after the wedding.. compared to mine (white gold) it’s looks about 10 times as old.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

If you’re on a budget like my husband and I were then I suggest looking online on Etsy and EBay for a white gold ring. Sterling won’t last a long time. My husband and I got married with silver bands and they bent and looked horrible. Plus silver scratches easily and needs to be polished. They’re plenty of white gold rings under $200 on Etsy and EBay. You have to read reviews and feedback to make sure the seller is trustable. But the extra research is very worth it!

What is your price range and style? Maybe we could point you in the right direction! : )

Post # 6
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Honey bee

 

I have a lawyer friend that got a sterling silver and CZ e-ring while “poor” in law school and never upgraded despite having the $$ to do so; it’s been years and it’s held up fine. I have several sterling silver rings that have also held up fine (but not my e-ring.)

Yes, it’s a softer metal and will show wear and tear and such. But, if you’re not hard on your rings, you may be pleasantly surprised at its performance over time.

Just my $0.02.

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

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NFLwidow:  Your comment reminded me! 

OP, my mom has a second set she wears. She has been married for 15 years and wanted something more her new style. She decided to put her diamond and 14k YG wedding set in her jewelry box and bought a sterling silver CZ set from Berricle. She has been wearing it since her 12th wedding anniversary three years ago. She pretty much wears them daily! When it comes to silver you need to buy from someone who makes quality pieces. You don’t want it to be too flimsy or it will bend like my husband’s old band. But my mom’s look like new! Her set was well under $100. It’s a yellow CZ and then white CZ side stones. It’s also rhodium plated which makes it more durable.

Momsrings

Post # 8
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

So bottom line is, you can for sure get beautiful 10-14k gold pieces if you’re willing to look around and do the research. Also if you’re willing to buy used pieces. But if you want sterling silver you can do that, too. It can hold up over some time (thicker silver could hold up for a long time) but you may need to upgrade down the line if A. the ring bends or breaks or B. if the stones are CZ and they cloud up. If you’re okay with that then I think it’s a great option. But if you want the ring you get proposed to for forever then I’d suggest getting a gold ring. 

ETA: They’re also plenty of 10k gold rings that are new under $200 online on many jewelry store’s websites. Some even have white sapphires, other gemstones, and smaller or cluster diamonds in them. : )

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Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

If the silver is plated and you get it redipped, it won’t show it’s age.  I have a few sets from berricle and have yet to have it show it’s age.  My stand-in set now is missing a pave stone, but I wear it to the pool and while exercising.  If you take care of it than I think it will be fine.  

Post # 11
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Honey bee

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tonit:  

Sort of. My hubs bought me a 14k yg/cz a-band and said we’d upgrade/switch out the stones for diamonds one day. It’s been 15yrs and we still haven’t upgraded. So my temporary setting has become rather permanent.

So far. 😉

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

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tonit:  I would honestly just get a plain gold setting and maybe upgrade later. If you get silver, and it starts showing its age before you are ready to upgrade, you will not be happy.
I can also tell you that the way many people spot “fakes” is in the setting. I know you said you already have a diamond, but putting it in a SS setting may make it look fake. Most people know that real diamonds are hardly ever set in silver.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

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MrsAL2012:  I totally disagree. If you can tell something is sterling silver, you can tell if something is diamond! Diamonds never look “fake”. But I agree that white gold is the way to go, because silver is softer and I wouldn’t recommend sterling silver prongs to hold a diamond. 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

If you’re placing your stone in a SS setting I would do so with caution. Sterling Silver prongs can be damaged easily. If you get 4 prongs I would be terrified one wack and the stone would be lost. If you get 6 prongs (if you have a round stone) then I would feel a little better about it. 

What is your budget exactly (if you don’t mind) and what shape is your stone? 

Amcordesign.com has beautiful 14k gold settings with diamond side stones (good quality) under $500. 

This one without the center stone is $371

http://www.amcordesign.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=20004_73&product_id=44020372&metal=14KTWhiteGold&stoneQuality=Good&weight=0.20CT.TW

This one without a center stone is $396

http://www.amcordesign.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=20004_73&product_id=44020201&metal=14KTWhiteGold&stoneQuality=Good&weight=0.20CT.TW

And if you like more bling this one is $412 without a center stone

http://www.amcordesign.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=20004_73&product_id=44020224&metal=14KTWhiteGold&stoneQuality=Good&weight=0.25CT.TW

Of course you can get sterling silver if you would rather do that. But if you’re worried about getting attatched and then having to change your ring or if you don’t want to upgrade later on then there are options out there for those of us who are on a tighter budget. : ) And this site has settings for other shapes, too!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Have you considered titanium? That’s a cheap but very durable metal. 

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