(Closed) To solder or not to solder?

posted 6 years ago in Rings
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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Amajune:  I didn’t solder my rings.  I like having the option to wear my band alone.   It is sort of annoying to have to straighten them out all the time, but really it isnt’ that big of a deal. 

Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I went back and forth about this too, but I decided not to. My ering does spin some, but I guess it doesn’t bother me enough to put them together. My DH said that even if they are together they will probably spin still (maybe less but still). Plus, my ering and wedding band are from two different stores. If I put them together, it cancels the warrenty on one of the rings. They are also different sizes (my wedding band is slightly bigger than ering). That might make it awkward to resize if I need to down the road. Plus I would love to pass them down someday. I know that you can seperate the rings, but it just seems easier to keep them seperate. 🙂 good luck!

Post # 4
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Newbee

I don’t plan on getting my rings soldered together because I like the option of being able to wear the wedding band by itself, if I desire.

The rotating doesn’t really bug me.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: City, State

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Amajune:  I haven’t done it yet, but I plan to when we get married.  I have a gap with my wedding band and it looks great, but only if it’s lined up straight.  It would drive me batty if I had to mess with it all the time.  I talked to my jeweler and he said it is no problem to solder and then unsolder down the line if needed.  He’s done a lot of work for me before and I trust him, so I am going to go for it.  🙂  Good luck deciding!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I plan on soldering mine. I never wear them separately so I don’t think I would regret not being able to wear the band alone. The spinning bothers me and I am constantly lining them up and making sure they are pressed together- i hate having a gap.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

People I know who soldered their rings are glad they did it. And I don’t believe it’s difficult to un-solder them if you don’t like it. That being said, I’d never solder because I don’t like the aesthetic of one thick ring. 

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I’ve had many rings soldered and unsoldered over the years. My current set was soldered for a couple of years (I had a spare band for when I wanted to just wear a band) though I had them unsoldered a couple of months ago as I had soldered my ering with 2 bands, and wanted to just wear 1 band instead.   I debated leaving the ering and 1 band soldered, but decided to leave them all separate and wear a larger gap. You can’t tell they were ever soldered in first place.  Even when soldered, it was done with only a couple of points of contact between each ring on the inside of the shank, so very unnoticeable. I did not regret soldering them, I just decided I wanted to wear them differently!

If it is important to you to always have the rings lined up, it is a great option. If there are times you think you may want to wear a band only, you can get a spare band. It IS better for most rings to be soldered as rings can wear against each other in the long run and cause scratching/metal loss (depending on the metals and whether there are exposed girdles, etc). I have seen some very heavily damaged rings from just rubbing against each other.

Go to someone experienced who can line them up properly and who will do a proper job that is reversible without damage. The goldsmiths I have gone to have asked me exactly how I wanted the rings lined up, and tied them into place before I left store to make sure they follow what I wanted.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

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Amajune:  I had considered it but ruled it out because when I go to the gym; I like to wear just my wedding band.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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Amajune:  I got my rings soldered. My e-ring came with a matching wedding band, but we decided to get another band for symmetry. So, I would have had 2 bands moving around my e-ring and that, to me, would have been anboying. Plus, they’d never line up.

By getting them soldered, they line up and my ring rarely spins, But, if it does… it’s at least altogether. I don’t think I even thought of not soldering them.

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I initially planned on getting mine soldered together until we bought my wedding band this weekend (YAY!). My band is from a different store than my ering because the band matched so much better than any ring at the store where Fiance purchased my ering. So if I get them soldered together it will mess up the lifetime warranties on The rings. I am sure the spinning will drive me crazy but I thought it would be worth it to have a band that matches my ering perfectly . They fit together so nicely so I hope it will still be obvious how we’ll they match even with spinning!

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I am toying around with the idea myself. If they didn’t get them lined up perfect, I think it would REALLY bug me. Plus, I don’t like the idea of being without my rings for however many days it takes to do the job. That being said, if after a few months them moving around seperately bugs me, then I’ll look into it.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I looked into this and thought long and hard about it for the same reason as you.. I was worried about having to deal with the rings rotating and not matching up. In the end, I decided not to solder. I like the idea of being able to wear the rings separately and being able to mix and match bands down the road. I know that they can be unsoldered, but I’ve also heard horror stories where the bands ended up damaged from soldering. I don’t know any jewelers that I trust enough to do that, and I’m happy having more options and keeping them separate.

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