Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 5:36 am by Debbie Fox
You’re getting married! Or maybe you’ve been married for years. Either way, there’s a good chance you have two rings, your engagement ring and your wedding band. Should you solder them together or keep them separate? There are clear benefits to both, so read on to find the best answer for you.
Benefits of soldering your engagement ring and wedding band together
Minimize wear: Wearing rings next to each other will rub and wear each ring down. The wear is noticeable after just a few years, especially with gold (white, yellow or rose gold). Platinum engagement rings will last longer than gold engagement rings. But after decades of wear, the rings are often no longer able to be repaired and have to be remade. Typically the underside or side of your prongs wear out, and eventually the diamonds can fall out. For rings that are very worn and beyond repair, we remake them exactly, using your diamonds and metal.
Eliminate spinning and turning: It’s annoying to look down at your beautiful engagement set and find that the wedding band has spun around. For many people there is a constant checking and straightening. Soldering your wedding band to your engagement ring will eliminate spinning.
Reduce turning: If your engagement ring is a bit top heavy (as in a thinner band and a large diamond or halo), it will tend to turn. Soldering your engagement ring to your wedding band will reduce turning, but not eliminate it.
The wedding band doesn’t look good on its own: If your wedding band is notched or has unique curves, it may not look good without your engagement ring. Soldering the rings together is probably a good choice.
Benefits of keeping your engagement ring and wedding band separate:
Wear the wedding band without the engagement ring: This is by far the reason brides prefer not to solder their rings together. To determine your answer, ask yourself when you want to wear the wedding band without the engagement ring. Do you want to wear the wedding band alone for travelling, gym workouts or gardening? If so, purchase an inexpensive ring that you won’t be attached to if it is lost, stolen or damaged. On the other hand, if you are in the medical field and are constantly gloving and de gloving, you’ll probably want to keep the rings separate. Select a wedding band style that is fairly flush and is straight. Then you’ll be able to add your engagement ring for weekends and special occasions.
Easier to remove: One wider ring is slightly harder to remove than two thinner rings. If your rings are already on the tight side, you might need to have them sized up a tiny bit before soldering them together.
Still not sure if you should solder your wedding band to your engagement ring?
Keep them separate for a few months. Notice if you wear them separately or not. Most brides want the flexibility of being able to wear the wedding band separately, but rarely do. After a few months, you’ll know if you should solder your rings together.
- Have the jeweler check to make sure the engagement ring and the wedding band have equal inside diameters
- Point out the correct alignment of the two rings, and if there is a correct side of the engagement ring that the wedding band goes on
- Your wedding band should be soldered to your engagement ring in at least two spots. At Fox Fine Jewelry we solder all along the back side for increased security. Soldering in one spot is easier, but the rings can flex, loosening diamond settings
- The soldering should be done carefully so that it still looks like two rings on the back side, and not one single ring.