(Closed) Unsolder my 3 rings? Opinions, please!

posted 5 years ago in Rings
  • poll: what should I do?
    keep rings as they are : (18 votes)
    40 %
    unsolder one band : (12 votes)
    27 %
    unsolder both bands : (15 votes)
    33 %
  • Post # 3
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    9083 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Unsoldering rings is not a romantic process.

    A jeweler will take a jeweler’s saw and will cut them apart. Generally this doesn’t damage the ring, but it will take away a bit of the metal. Probably nothing noticable, but the rings do have to be filed down and repolished to remove the damage from sawing.

    Generally the advice is, if you solder your rings together, you want to keep them that way (It prevents the rings from rubbing plus it keeps them aligned) but it’s understood that people change their minds or want something different.

     

    It can be costly. It depends on the rings, how they’re soldered, how long it takes them to remove the rings (This can depend on the type of ring and the type of setting. It can take a few minutes or it can take longer) and the cost of buffing/polishing them again.

    Post # 5
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    364 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I feel like removing one of the bands would actually make your halo look awkward. Personally I think halos look best by themselves or with matching bands on both sides. *shrug* They look lopsided with a single band. (Not trying to be mean its just the way I see it) I’d suggest keeping your rings as they are and getting a single wide band to wear when your e-ring is just too much bling.  

    Post # 6
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2006

    @NoOneYouExpect:  I tend to agree. I just upgraded and for our 10 year anniversary Darling Husband is getting me another band. I’m a bit OCD though so I like things to be symmetrical. 

    Post # 7
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    668 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I actually really like your ring as is. How expensive was it to add the halo? Ballpark?

    Here’s an idea, what about getting another anniversary band for whenever your next anniversary is that you could wear solo when you don’t feel like wearing the “chunkier” version of all three rings together?

    Post # 10
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I think it depends on how they’re soldered.  There is the seperation method mentioned by hyperventilate above, but I believe that is when theyre soldered with the same material theyre made from.  There is a second method where theyre joined with a different metal, with a lower melt point, so they can be heated and taken apart easily.  Take it to a jeweler and have them take a look.  

    Post # 11
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    9202 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    Yup I started out with an heirloom set of 3 rings soldered together. It was a little much for me, plus I work outside a lot and don’t want to always have a diamond on. They’re 60 – 100 year old platinum and 14k gold rings, and it was totally fine! I think it cost like $75 or something to get them separated? If it works best for your lifestyle, the actual procedure is no big deal. 

     

    Post # 12
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

    @Hyperventilate:  sawing them apart might be one way jewelers do it, but I’ve never heard of that method before. if the two bands joined together are plain, it shouldn’t really hurt them. if you think about it, it’s no more invasive than the process of resizing (where they have to saw the band open to change the size).

     

    @kennedy85: the more likely method is that they will apply heat to release the solder. they could release one or both if you want. then they would need to polish the bands until any solder left behind is no longer visible. 

     

    if you change your mind, they could be soldered back together again. 

     

    I used to cast & solder jewelry in college. the process I described above is really actually one of the easier things jewelers do. the only time it could be complicated is if the bands were covered in complicated filigree or something. but since the sides of your bands appear to be smooth, it should be no problem at all. 

     

    Post # 13
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    @nerdybird:  Heat unsoldering is generally considered riskier especially if the rings are gold. Gold is very soft and and while it may not melt, gold has the risk of warping or distorting during heat unsoldering. The “safer” way is to saw. You wouldn’t be removing much of the metal, just however much needed to be buffed off the sides of the ring to remove the solder and remove any uneven edges.

    Post # 14
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    Talk to a professional jeweler in person to see what they recommend.

     

    Post # 15
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010 - parent's backyard

    @Hyperventilate:  that makes sense. I’m sure it’ll still work out well. 

    Post # 16
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I really like the halo you added! I would definitely unsolder one band to make your halo come out more. I agree with you that it will flatter it better if it sticks out on its own, at least on one side. I love the one wedding band look (or stacked wedding bands on one side) so I would leave one soldered. It’s awesome that they are always perfectly centered and they don’t damage each other. 

     

    I soldered my wedding band and loved it. I ended up deciding to return the band to get a custom-made contour band, so they unsoldered it. It did damage the basket’s filigree a bit. It’s slightly distorted compared to the untouched side, but I don’t mind, because I will get the new band soldered 😉 I’ve had two other bands unsoldered because I changed my mind about them being together and there is absolutely no trace of soldering…so it depends I guess! 

     

    I just had another set of two rings unsoldered to resized the rings and they were soldered back together, and it’s perfect. I solder rings together because they are loose on my fingers and keep hitting each other and moving around otherwise.

     

    All this soldering/unsoldering is free in my case because Peoples/Zales included it in its protection plan. Sooooo nice! 

    Here are the rings I’ve unsoldered:

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