(Closed) To solder or not to solder

posted 10 years ago in Rings
Post # 3
133 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

pros- no spinning, easier to deal with

cons- cant wear just the band by itself or just two of the 3 and you may be surprised about how you want to wear them 10 years from now, harder to clean

 ETA: Or…what if you soldered just two together and left one unattached? That way if you ever wanted to wear just a band you had one, or if you were swollen and only wnated two you could do that as well. 

Post # 4
500 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Consider soldering to be permanent–so if you’re the least bit unsure, don’t do it.  Once you do it, you won’t get the same rings back again if you change your mind–there will be damage/repairs to the sides that may or may not be noticable.

I’d vote no on that set–it’s 3 bands and is sort of thick–so if/when you have a bun in the oven–your hands will swell and you won’t be able to wear that at all.  If you keep them separate, you can at least probably wear one of the bands. 

You just lose a lot of the versatility you have by keeping them separate.  What if you’re going somewhere and don’t want all 3 rings on your hands?  Or what if you just feel like wearing the e-ring and one band one day?  The convenience of soldering just isn’t worth the loss of versatility.

Post # 5
3189 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I never even considered not soldering mine – I don’t see why I’d ever want to wear just my e-ring or just my band, I wear both everywhere. And consstantly adjusting them so that they were flush and the curve in my band was in the right spot would be a total pain.

As far as pictures go, it would look exactly the same as your unsoldered picture, except they just don’t come apart.

Post # 6
1844 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

 I soldered my bands and it was the best decision ever! I dont regret it for a minute.

Post # 7
12340 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Con – taking away the option to wear it separately.

That pretty much does it for me, soldering was too permanent.  I didnt think I’d ever want to wear it separately, but I will be next month already when I do some travel for work on my own in unfamilar territory.  Normally I’m all for wearing it whereever I go since its insured and all, but I will be leaving at home not for the safety of my rings, but for my personal safety.

Post # 8
1601 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I never had my rings soldered and I had three as well (one band, one e ring, one enhancer).  A friend of mine had all of her rings done, and when she had a loose prong on her e ring she was completely ringless for WEEKS, yikes!  Then you have to worry about the integrity of the bands if one needs work for whatever reason.  And you can’t ever have the option of wearing them alone (for gardening, cleaning, doing grungy things you wouldn’t want to risk damage to your diamond with).

If you DO solder your rings, it will prevent spinning which can cause wear to the sides of your rings.  I do believe, however, that if you have them inspected periodically they can re-dip your rings (if they’re white gold) every few years to bring back the original sparkle. It’s a matter of opinion, but like PP said…this is permanant so make sure you’re SURE before you do it.  If you change your mind after they can be unsoldered, but they’re not quite the same after from what I understand.

Post # 9
2402 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I think that based on your rings, you would be happier to solder them because they will always line up perfectly.

I somewhat disagree with zomgwut — if you go to any decent jeweler worth their salt, they will be able to separate the soldered rings and fix them up as good as new. it shouldn’t be that hard if the sides of your bands are plain (as in smooth– no decorations).  I used to make jewelry myself (casting, soldering) and if learned anything, it was that metal can be soldered together / separated as many times as you want as long as the jeweler is very good and very careful. just do your research and get a good one. don’t cheap out.

CON: the wider the band, the harder it is to slide over your knuckle. for example, I have to take my rings off one at a time, there is no way I’d be able to get them all off at the same time w/o using oil.

because of that, you might want to consider getting them sized up by a half or quarter size.

Post # 10
6377 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m not soldering mine. Prior to getting engaged I thought that I would but after speaking with a close friend, I opted against it. When she was pregnant, her hands swelled so much that she was no longer able to wear her e-ring. Her band, which was the same size, still fit (we both think it’s weird) so she was still able to wear her band alone. If she would have soldered them together, she wouldn’t have been able to wear either. That pretty made my decision for me but there are other reasons why I wouldn’t solder.

For one, my e-ring and band are from two different places. I have a warranty on my e-ring that I imagine would be void if soldered. That alone is enough of a reason not to do it but I also don’t want to be “stuck” with this band forever. It’s great for the time being but down the road, I will more than likely want to upgrade. I’m not sure if rings can be unsoldered but I assume some damage would occur if so. The spinning is a pain but it’s really not that big of a deal. The cons far outweigh the pros for me. 

Post # 12
2223 posts
Buzzing bee

I wouldn’t do it for the simple reason that there WILL be occassions where I won’t want to wear my e-ring because there is the chance it could be damaged, soiled, stolen, or would simply get in the way. I’d rather have the choice of just sporting the band because I know I’ll be more comfortable roughing up a band that was a fraction of the cost.

Post # 13
2811 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2004

I have been pondering the same thing.  Thanks for asking the question.

Post # 14
1416 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My set is actually very similar to yours, though I just have one band. I soldered, because they moved aorund too much and the diamonds wouldn’t stay lined up and it just bothered me. I thought I may not solder them at first, but it just bothered me too much that I had to constantly adjust the band. I do not regret my decision at all.

I do like the suggestion to solder one and leave the other band to wear solo if necessary…though, honestly, I can’t think of an occasion where I would only wear my band.

Post # 15
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Mine are soldered and I love it!  No spinning around, no constant trying to line them up, and only one ring to take off, clean and track.  Love, love, love it!

Post # 16
1392 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Thanks for this post.  I’m trying to decide what I want to do with mine.

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