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

posted 2 years ago in Rings
Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

forever_a_bride :  primarily because silver tarnishes and gold doesn’t, at least not easily. Silver is also a very soft metal and when people get rings they typically want a ring that will hold up through a lifetime of everyday wear and tear. For me gold rings where a MUST and I went with Moissanite instead of sapphire for the durability (diamonds where never on the table for us we think they are overpriced). If you fully plan to save up for the setting you want I see no issue with using the sterling silver ring in the mean time. Also we got my hubs a Tungsten band because we knew he was going to either wear no ring or a silicone ring for everyday wear (he doesn’t like wearing jewelry) so there was no point in getting anything super expensive him. 

Post # 17
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Buzzing Beekeeper

forever_a_bride :  Seem like if it’s valuable enough to insure, it should be valuable enough to set in gold but it will probably be fine.

Post # 18
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44 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2018

Actually, my engagement ring is a silver claddagh ring with an alexandrite in a bezel setting. I’ve had an all silver Claddagh for almost 10 years before that and it never ever tarnished. True, it scratched a little, but I also wore it everyday and for hard physical work, too.

Now, my fiancé actually asked the jeweller about this silver/white gold thing and he was told that silver isn’t that much softer than gold at all. If you look at the Mohs scale for silver and gold, they both have a 2.5 – 3. Also, apparently white gold needs to be cleaned every couple of years? So, sterling silver was definitely the better option for us, as we both don’t earn tons of money.

I’d recommend not wearing silver while you clean or handle chemicals, but apart from that you should be fine.

I don’t know if it is a good choice for holding stones in prongs, honestly, but with the bezel setting that isn’t really a problem.

Post # 19
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre

I don’t have any issues with silver. My right hand ring is silver and I wear it daily yes it does tarnish and I polish it quite often it only takes a couple of minutes. I also wear silver earrings and a silver necklace daily. All of my jewelry other than my engagement ring and wedding ring is silver and I haven’t had any issues 

Post # 20
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195 posts
Blushing bee

I’m considering a silver wedding band, they’re so much cheaper than white gold and I don’t want to pay hundreds for a 2mm thin bit of metal lol

Post # 21
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I have been using a diamond ring in silver with rose gold for over 3 years and it’s perfectly fine, you only have to clean it more frequently but it still looks beautiful almost like new.

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