(Closed) Will rings damage each other if they are not soldered together?

posted 9 years ago in Rings
  • poll: Will rings damage each other if they are not soldered together?

    Yes, mine damaged each other.

    No, I have had them apart and they have caused no problem to each other.

    I will be soldering

    I will NOT be soldering

  • Post # 3
    2637 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I researched this a bit and it seems that if they are the exact same metal, you should be good for many years, but if they’re not the same metal, then you should definitely do something with them (or dont wear them together very often.)

    Post # 4
    4812 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    Over time, unless the sides of your rings are very, very smooth (like a dome band) and flush set (so nothing against prongs) then yes, your rings will wear on each other simply via shifting, spinning, rubbing. Rings with shared prong settings, pave, softer metal against harder metal, that are not flush, with engraving or filligree, will often show this wear more quickly. I have seen rings with obvious wear within a handful of years, even when of the same metal.

    I am getting my new rings soldered and they are with the jeweler now. While the sides are smooth they are uneven and rub when they move. I was hesitant at first but I would rather have soldered rings than rings that are worn down on sides and putting sidestones at risk. They are brushed 18k and I could already see the shininess from where they were rubbing after only two weeks!

    After 2 1/2 years of marriage, I find I never wear my bands alone. If I am not wearing my ering, it is in a situation I do not want to wear my bands either as they are just as important to me. I wear stand in bands at gym, camping, etc. Bonus is it is easier to keep track of one ring over four!

    Some get a thin spacer to eat the wear, which is an option, but not totally foolproof.

    Post # 6
    109 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I will NOT be getting mine soldered EVER… here is why:

    My Mum had a set of three rings, typical three piece set with diamonds in the sides and diamonds in a matching bands that were made to fit each side of the ring. She wore them with no issues but a little wear for more than 25 years. After this much time she took them to the jeweller to have them checked and he said they were starting to wear so to prevent further damage she should get them soldered. So she did.

    Only a few months later the whole ring broke, because the rings still want to move with the finger but cannot so they pulled at each other and one of the side rings snapped on the top leading to 2 diamonds being lost and the ring having to be re made and she had to buy new diamonds.

    The only a few months later, the other one broke.

    Then the repaired one broke again in a different place.

    After 25 years of non soldering the rings had never had any problems, less than one year after being soldered and she has had to stop wearing them and my Dad bought her a new ring to wear because they just keep on breaking. And they cannot be seperated or anything, they are just ruined.

    So I surely wont even consider having my rings soldered, Id rather they simply wore out and get them re built up.

    Post # 7
    4812 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2010

    @Pink Turtle:  To be honest, that just sounds like a bad soldering job or the rings were weakened and thinned too much by wear and tear over time by the time they soldered them (or a combination). Soldered rings should be strong and secure – like one ring. They should not want to move “on their own” and should be no more susceptible to breaking like that than if you bought them as a solid piece to begin with. I know people who have had rings soldered for 20-30 and aside from the usual scratching, they still look solid and new! Not all rings can just be built up either.  Mine are handforged and could not just be built back up!

    I am sorry about your mom’s rings. Why can’t she get them separated?

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