(Closed) Sterling Silver instead of Gold?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

Well my promise ring is silver.

I’d get a ring with a decorated band so wear is less noticeable. Silver scratches easily, BUT, if you get thick silver, it’ll wear just as long as gold. When I get mine cleaned they polish it too and that keeps the scratches down. I’d suggest a rhodium plated one if you can find it. 

Other then that, find a good silver polish  cloth to get rid of tarnish. =)

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

Silver just isn’t a good option for a long term item personally.  I dont see it being any issue as a temporary item.   It will tarnish (which means it will need polishing), scratch, and actually mold to your finger since it is pliable.  and the metal will wear down quicker once you pair it with a wedding ring.

Post # 5
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Helper bee

I prefer silver to gold.  For me there is something in gold that makes me break out.  Not sure if white gold will do that since I do like silver better.

I haven’t had an issue with much tarnishing on my silver rings.  The only time I’ve had a ring tarnish was when I didn’t wear it.  The one I wear all the time is shiney as ever still.  And not sure about scratches, the band is the antique design in it so it is already textured.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

I had a silver “promise ring” once. It was so so beautiful and dainty with a gorgeous patina (it was an antique filagree ring that used to be his grandmother’s.)

It was not quite small enough for my finger but very pliable so I intentionally bent it to be more oval-shaped. One day the strain was too much for it and it snapped. I was so sad and I felt so guilty for intentionally making it into an oval shape.

The ring didn’t fit, and was very delicate in design (dainty, somewhat narrow band, and filagree, not solid). I shouldn’t have intentionally tried to bend it. Still, the pliability of the metal was a factor. I don’t think it would have happened if it was a platinum or gold ring.

So, consider the design of your ring. Is it sturdy or delicate? If delicate, I think you may run into durability problems.

I suggest, if you really love the design, take a photo or drawing of the design to an independent jeweler, to make for you but out of palladium, gold or platinum. If you really like the look of silver, msybe they can make an alloy that is part silver, and part something harder.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper

@Omgbunnies:  No harm in getting an estimate, they’re free 🙂 Custom work is not always more expensive…it is sometimes cheaper! I suggest trying on some rings in palladium to see if you like that metal, too. Palladium is an affordable, hard metal.

Post # 9
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Don’t get silver! My right hand ring is (was) silver. I’ve worn it like 7 years and I wore away the back of it (so the back broke). And then the prongs move when I hit them really hard. It also scratches very easily.

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

@waitingalongtime:  You are having a reaction to the metal they is alloyed to the gold (probably nickle). It’s a fairly common thing. Just make sure that the metal alloy does not contain nickle, and you should be fine.

Post # 11
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458 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Yes, the reaction to gold is from cheaper alloy with more nickel in it. My finger reacts to some gold rings (even an expensive on I have) but not all. I don’t react to white gold at all. And by react, I mean my finger gets dirty looking under the ring.

Post # 12
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1716 posts
Bumble bee

If you get cheap silver it bends or breaks.

I have one silver ring my mother bought me when I was ten. I’m 26 and still have it. I wore it daily until SO gave me the silver ring I have now. 

If you take care of it it will last forever. Also, I got a lifetime garentee against breakage for my promise ring. Try Helzburgs. They have great silver jewelry.

 

Post # 13
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1716 posts
Bumble bee

And Tiffany&Co silver is amazing too. There is a bit of a mark up but I think it’s worth it. And they have some really pretty silver rings.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I have a silver E ring and it is great. I find that gold scratches just as much as silver. And my ring does not tarnish because I wear it 24/7 and in the shower. I have worn silver my entire life, including one ring I wore every day for a few years. I’ve never had a silver ring bend or warp. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve worn gold/white gold jewelry before and it caused an allergic reaction for me. When we had gone ring-shopping, I had to make sure the ring was either silver, stainless steel, titanium, etc. I picked a silver E ring, and haven’t had any problems so far. 🙂

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