(Closed) Sterling silver for a ring–what's the catch?

posted 4 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
8368 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

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forever_a_bride :  Silver is prone to tarnishing whereas gold doesn’t tarnish. Do you know if silver tarnishes on you? Also, silver isn’t as strong as gold. Most people are not willing to trust it to hold precious gems. If the stone falls out, will you wish you’d spent the $875? Or will you be able to say “bummer but it might have fallen out of gold too”? 

Post # 3
224 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I agree with PP. I’ve had a couple of sterling silver rings and a lot of the times the alloy is inconsistent. Some of my rings still to this day look as shiny as white gold, and others have tarnished so black, and are quick to tarnish even after a good cleaning. Sometimes I feel like after a certain time they can’t ever be restored to their original shine. I am in the same boat as you though. I bought a 9.6mm rose cut moissanite for $18 and CANNOT justify a $800+ setting for such a CHEAP stone. My stones are just sitting there. One part of me wants a sterling silver setting (cheap from eBay) but I know I’ll regret it when my rings start to tarnish. So in the meanwhile I’m just saving up some cash here and there. There is a great etsy seller called Rose Designs who had AMAZING vintage/ modern settings with real diamond for a great price. 

Post # 4
5987 posts
Bee Keeper

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forever_a_bride :  sterling silver can last a while, but I don’t think it’s considered a forever band.  I have worn sterling silver for years and have had no issues with it. All the bands I have have never tarnished but ot might be my body chemistry.

My friend’s forever set is in sterling silver and she’s worn it for four years now with no issue.  So for some it’s no problem others it’s a major issue.

Post # 5
1067 posts
Bumble bee

Silver tarnishes and isn’t the best choice for everyday wear. However since you have a berricle ring setting then that means it’s rhodium played sterling silver which will hold up a bit longer, plus you could also have it redipped when needed. If you really love these stones and wish to wear them as your engagement ring then I suggest still saving up for the white gold setting even if you decide to do the silver ring for now

Post # 6
2618 posts
Sugar bee

I had several sterling silver rings I wore daily for over 10 years. They only tarnished after I stopped wearing them. I did end up with some nicks and scratches, but that happens with gold too. If you have a setting you like, and want to set a pretty stone in it, go for it. No one will know it’s not white gold. 

Honestly I would never even consider rhodium plating sterling silver. It doesn’t need it. 

Post # 7
3855 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I know sterling gets a bad rap but my personal experience has been great. I’ve worn a sterling and turquoise ring every single day for over a decade. It has been white water, rafting rock climbing, digging in the dirt, hit on things, smashed out of round and it’s still going strong. I’d say go for it. 

Post # 9
1233 posts
Bumble bee

I have a sterling silver ring from James Avery that I have worn everyday for the past 6 years. It’s still in perfect condition!!! Granted, it doesn’t have stones so I can’t speak for prong stability and such. Maybe see if you can get a silver band and white gold prongs?

Post # 10
1656 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Silver is softer then gold and more likely to get scratched that gold. Not my first choice for valuable stones, but perfectly fine for lots of uses. The are issues with silver in that it can have more porosity than other metals as a result of casting mistakes (or just bad luck when casting…been there). Its actually harder to get right than gold or platinum despite it being comparatively inexpensive. Silver will also pit fairly easily in salt. Tarnish on silver can be an issue if it tarnishes in hard to reach places such that silver polish can clean it. But, I have lots of silver and I actually have platinum plated ring that has a base metal of silver. 

Post # 11
352 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2006

I have lots of silver jewelry and have no issues with it. I use the cheap cleaning wipes they sell at Walmart to clean them and they always look shiny as if it was white gold. I wear a moissanite band on silver everyday and no issues. If you have stones set I think you just need to be sure that the prongs are not loose, then again one should always check on that w a gold ring also. As long as you wear your ring it shouldn’t tarnish and if it does any silver cleaner will bring it back to its original state. 

Post # 12
1506 posts
Bumble bee

Depends on the sterling silver, I think, and what they mix in. I have a necklace and a bracelet from Tiffany’s sterling silver collection that still look great after 10+ years, and I haven’t cleaned them. The bracelet has some minor scratches if I look closely. They haven’t tarnished at all.  

On the other hand, sterling silver that I’ve gotten basically anywhere else has tended to look awful after a few months and 90% of the time causes an allergic reaction  because they’ve mixed nickel into it. 

Post # 13
279 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

Silver doesn’t tarnish on me, so if it were me, I would consider it. I will say, as PPs have said, it is very soft. The prongs would concern me somewhat…I wouldn’t want you to lose your beautiful stones! I have sterling jewelry that is plain, has gems with bezel settings and some David Yurman pieces with pavé that have held up wonderfully, though, even after years of wear. I say go for it but check those prongs often. 

Post # 14
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

Silver turns my fingers green and makes my skin dry which is why I don’t wear it! Doesn’t happen to everyone but definitely happens more often with silver than it does with gold!

Post # 15
189 posts
Blushing bee

I think the problem with silver is that it is soft and therefore doesn’t hold stones as good as gold…


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