(Closed) Soldered or separate rings–What do you have??

posted 8 years ago in Rings
  • poll: What do you prefer/have?

    Matching wedding set (bought e-ring and band together)

    Unique e-ring and unique wedding band (non-matching, not possible to solder)

    Soldered rings (may or may not match)

    Separate rings (may or may not match, but not soldered)

    I only have one ring (after the wedding)!

    Other (please explain)

  • Post # 32
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: December 2004

    Mine are not soldered becaue I want the option to add in extra/different bands and wear different combinations of ring/rings on my finger.  I like to mix it up.

    Post # 33
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Not soldered. I just prefer rings to be separate. That way, if I want to only wear my band, I can.

    My set looks like it’s a matching set, but they are not. They were separate. Engagement Ring is 18k white gold, wedding band is 14k white gold.

    Post # 34
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

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    @sheepandbear:  yeah, I have seen a few people think this, so it is not an uncommon belief! The bench jeweler should use a solder material with a lower melting point than the ring metal, and need only solder in a couple points on underside of bands. To take them apart he just heats and melts the solder & polishes them back up. They should also not be just throwing a bunch of solder in between rings, over filligree or carving, etc.

    I have had a few rings, including my wedding set, soldered and unsoldered, and even resoldered again with absolutely no signs they were ever soldered before. If your bench messes this up they are pretty incompetent!

    Post # 35
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    Bumble bee

    My wedding bands were purchased separately from my engagement ring. I was astounded to find a curved band that actually fit around the ER so we bought two! They are not soldered and I don’t plan on it.

    Post # 36
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

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    @redheadem:  I don’t think I have seen your set on the bee before, it’s beautiful!

     

    Mine are not part of a set but they look perfect together.  I do not have them soldered together because my wedding bands are really an insert, so my ering fits inside it nicely.  I am glad I didnt have them soldered together because when I was pregnant I couldnt wear the set but I could wear the ering alone.

     

    Post # 37
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    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I originally planned on leaving them separate, so that I could wear just the band. This plan got changed for a couple reasons. First, even though the rings both have smooth sides, the band damaged the e-ring badly. The damage started showing up two days after the wedding and soon wore the plating entirely off the sides of the e-ring. I really should have taken pictures. The band is 14k white gold, and the e-ring is 18k white gold. Also, I wore just the band to work in my rather dirty career, and it was getting damaged there too. I am much happier with them soldered together.

    Post # 38
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I put other because I’m still undecided if I’m even going to bother with a wedding band. We didn’t choose a matching set becaue I hated all of the sets that the stores had and we didn’t want to deal with buying a set and having to change the stones to ones I actually liked, not big into diamonds. 

    We ended up finding the perfect e-ring that could make us both happy. It has the dark blue sapphires and white gold I wanted, and has the diamonds and traditional feel that Fiance wanted. 

    I’m also not much of jewelry person, so adding a wedding band would probably drive me crazy, if I do ever decide to wear a wedding band, I won’t solder the rings together since I like the idea of wearing whichever or both I feel like.

    Post # 39
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    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    I found that having them soldered made them stay in “formation” easier – the diamonds on my e-ring, my wedding band and my keeper all are designed to line up. The only downside I noticed was that since there is a small amount of nickle in white gold (and I’m super allergic to nickle) and having the rings soldered restricted the rings from moving around at all, I started having problems with hives and (eww) infections. I just started taking my ring off as soon as I get home, and that remedied that, though.

    Post # 40
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    my rings are not soldered and i never will solder them.  my ering is sized snug enough so that it never flips over (even though it is very top heavy) and my band is a full eternity band so it doesn’t matter if it turns.

    i love to wear my rings together and individually.  when i’m not going anywhere special, i only wear my eternity band with my plain band.  i love this combo as much as the whole set.

    Post # 41
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Ladies,

    So many WONDERFUL Rings here… didn’t realize that so many Bees had gone the sapphire route. 

    Truly a DAZZLING array of Ring Porn.  Thanks for sharing.

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    Mrs.Charpentier:  I saw pics of your set earlier this week… and I must tell you they are GORGEOUS (and unique… and this is one girl who loves unique jewellery)

    I didn’t realize that the 2 W-Bands are soldered together as one… but that makes sense, as the sapphire band needs something substantial to support it I supose with the “notch out” (I understand from another post, that your rings were all part of an unmatched set that you had altered this way so that they go together and compliment your E-Ring … ingenious)

    Truly, very very lovely.

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    MrsFuzzyFace: Everytime I see your set I “see” cute little Xs on your W-Band… makes me think of “Hugs & Kisses” (xox) and well just seems so appropriate for a W-Band if you know what I mean.

     

    Post # 42
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    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2013

    @bmo88:  Don’t have rings yet, but I’m 100% sure I wouldn’t want them soldered. I like the idea of being able to wear just the band or just the engagement ring. I am not sure it would even be possible to solder the style of ring I want without damaging it.

    Post # 43
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    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    First Wedding (circa 1980) I had a matching Bridal Set… the E-Ring & W-Band matched one another and locked together (there was a notch in one and a tab in the other)

    This time round…

    We chose the E-Ring first and found a complimentary W-Band later.  They do not match, infact they were purchased at different Jewellery Stores and my E-Ring is 18 K White Gold, while my W-Band is 14 K White Gold.  But they do look very nice together… in that the diamonds on each match… so truly as if they were “meant to be”

    I won’t be getting them soldered, as I’ve planned all along to occasionally wear them apart…

    I may even get a 3rd Band (a plain W-Band) that I can wear seperately (when diamonds wouldn’t be the wise chioce… home renovating – cleaning – gardening – snorkelling etc).  And it would be nice to have the “stackable” option as well… wearing the plain band either with the other 2 rings… or even just with my “sparkly” W-Band at times.

    As for soldering…

    When Mr TTR and I were looking for my E-Ring, we spent some time checking out Estate / Heritage Jewellery.  And at one point in time we found a GORGEOUS set at a local jeweller who I trust very much… the set was soldered together.

    As it was important to me that I had the option of wearing the E-Ring alone during our Engagement, and having Mr TTR put the W-Band on my finger when we married I asked about the possibility of getting the set “unsoldered”.  The Jeweller said he didn’t recommend it.

    This Jeweller, who is also a Goldsmith… said that altho soldering rings together is easy enough to do… that unsoldering them isn’t always… and often he’s seen rings that have been damaged in the process.  He told us the set that we had seen, in the Estate Display Case was lovely just as it was… he was very afraid that unsoldering it would damage it… so he didn’t recommend we go that route.  Hence we never bought the ring.

    * TO BE FAIR… of course the set was Estate Jewellery… so he probably wasn’t the guy who did the original soldering.  Which may have been the reason WHY “unsoldering” might not have been so easy or the right choice for this particular set.

    As I said, I trust this Jeweller’s opinion… he’s been in business here for eons (at least 25 years) and I love the fact that he NEVER EVER is all about the money / business (pushy hard sale tactics).  He has gained his great reputation because he gives his honest opinion on things and truly lets the client make up their own mind on what they want to do.  Over the years he’s saved me a lot of dough… but in return it also means that I bring a good deal of business to his shop (if I want something fixed or done right).  To me that is what one wants in a Jeweller… honest & good customer service.

     

    Post # 44
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    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Now that I am on my regular computer and not my iPad or iPhone, here is a quick, blurry and big office picture (taken on iPhone though!) of my soldered rings:

    Post # 45
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I voted for separate rings, not soldered.  There are times when the fact that my rings constantly are spinning in different directions drives me crazy.  However, I really don’t want to have them soldered.

    Post # 46
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    My rings are mismatched and are not soldered.

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