Post # 1
So, 2 months before the wedding, I finally got my fiancee to start looking at rings. Thankfully, as soon as he did, he was all over a certain style: Steampunk.
The problem is that, as cool as they look, a lot of them are made out of Sterling Silver. I’m just worried that they won’t stand the test of time, or will start to turn his finger green after a point. We’re totally ok with some scratches – he likes the distressed look of it. But rust and color changes are not a pretty picture.
Does anyone have experience of knowledge of Sterling Silver rings? And if these aren’t such a good idea, any suggestions for similar rings under $250? Thanks so much!
Here is the ring he’s really liking:
Post # 3
That’s such an awesome ring! Though, I am a really, really big fan of unconventional rings, AND steampunk 😛
That looks like a really wide, thick and substantial ring, with a lot of metal. I can’t imagine how it might get wrecked other than, as you say, surface scratches.
Actually, I’m always a little confused by people saying on these boards that sterling silver isn’t hardy enough. Yeah, maybe not if you’re a mechanic or if it’s a really dainty, flimsy ring, but otherwise, not a problem. And they definitely don’t turn your skin green, that’s copper! And solid sterling silver should not rust or change colour.
Most of my life I’ve worn sterling silver rings daily, some for many many years daily in fact, and they look the same as ever! Granted, I’m not super hard on my hands, but I do wear them when I’m cleaning, doing dishes, etc. and nothing bad has ever hapened.
Post # 4
Sterling silver IS much more weak than gold. I wear SS rings on my right hand 24/7 and they get scratched up, scuffed, and some have even bent before. I think you would definitely need to replace his ring down the line if you go with that type of metal.
Post # 5
I’ve had sterling rings that I’ve nearly worn through. They’ll wear down on the inside if they’re worn daily, or they can bend.
Maybe look at tungsten? I was able to get DF’s ring in tungsten for $30.
Post # 6
I would say Tungsten too only for the fact that that destressed look he is looking at doesnt go all the way thru most of the time so when he scratches it it will be silver underneath. I am not familiar with steampunk so I can really say for sure tho.
Post # 7
Very cool band! I know silver doesn’t bother some people who wear it but for me, it always tarnishes and turns yellow or brownish. It also has something to do with the oils from your hands and all that chemistry. A wedding band deserves a metal that won’t tarnish down the line. Some metals like titanium and cobalt are darker metals than white gold or platinum. He may like that! You could always have something made custom…
Post # 8
I think you’re correct to query whether this ring will ‘stand the test of time’. When we were looking for our rings the guy who was making them for us couldn’t stress how important it was to select a durable metal.
Think about it; you’re going to be wearing this ring every day for the rest of your lives. What’s the point in getting something cheap and flimsy which isn’t going last?
Spend that little bit more on something long-lasting.
Post # 9
It should not rust. I have 5 sterling silver bracelets I wear (at one time) that I have been wearing for 19 years STRAIGHT. They NEVER come off…heck, my wrist has even warped a tiny bit from weight gain/loss over that 19 years. They are super bright & shiny, and I never clean them ever. Some have some black in the more intricate parts of the detailing, but not enough to notice. They bang around & slide all over each other. They have minor scratches if you look real close. I have numerous friends & family with these exact same bracelets and if they go for a long time without wearing them, then they turn black.
A note about the black tarnish color though…my best friend inherited my grandfathers bracelet (same as mine…just thicker) & he hadn’t worn it in years…as a result, it was BLACK…my friend loved the look & refused to have it cleaned. He wore it as is…BUT, within 2 weeks of continuous wear it turned right back to shiny silver, much to his extreme disappointment. Not sure if the above ring would turn from black to silver with everyday wear, but just wanted to throw that out there. Though one friend (yes, with exact same bracelet) could turn his black within like a week of putting on a new one…something with his skin chemistry.
Also have a thick 8mm silver band RHR I’ve worn everyday for many years now(not 19 though) & it’s pretty scratched up, but isn’t showing any indication that it could wear through. Maybe because the thickness.
Post # 10
Just wanted to throw this out there…my brother in-law has been wearing his James Avery sterling silver wedding band for 15 years now. It has a patina of fine scratches like platinum, but otherwise is fine and hasn’t worn down or bent. And he’s in construction! He doesn’t have issues with tarnish, the silver is very bright and white. It really depends on how thick and well made it is, silver is not flimsy– they used to make kitchen utensils out of it!
Post # 11
Sterling silver is fine. DH’s is!
Post # 12
My Fiance picked out a steriling silver ring and it looks fine on him. Its a popular seller so I’m guessing it cant be all that bad if everyone likes it.
Post # 13
I am hearing all this negative stuff about silver and not sure why. I get that its not as hard as gold, but it is still durable. And affordable.
Fi LOVES silver and wanted a silver band. I also really like silver and love the way it looks and compliments my skin tone. We got fi a stainless steel band and and he is on love. It is a fraction of the cost of white gold or platinum and won’t scratch as easily (per the research reports). At 1st I was hesitant to get the stainless and wanted to steer him towards tugsten or the like, but like a poster on another board said to me, it’s his ring and if he loves it, let him have it.
Post # 14
I totally agree in being befuddled by all the silver-hate! Again I want to reiterate that the ring above looks SOLID, as in quite thick and substantial, so it would take a great deal to bend it out of shape. I’m pretty sure a slimmer, thinner white gold band would bend a lot easier. And what’s with people saying your silver turns funny colours? That definitely should not happen if you wear it regularly!